Professionally built, oneofakind custom conversion done during the late 1970s or early 1980s with 400+ hours of labor
ScenicCruiser Roof from a 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon has been mated to a 1962 Ford Thunderbird
1969 Ford 390 CID V8 with crankshaft and highlift camshaft from a Ford 428 V8
Rebuilt Holley 650 cfm fourbarrel carburetor
CruiseOMatic threespeed automatic transmission
Medium Teal over Jadestone exterior with a gray and black interior
Refurbished braking and steering systems; new battery
New windshield and Plexiglas hatch
Documentation dating to 1994 when previous owner purchased cars
Featured in Special Interest Autos #162, November/December 1997
Documentation includes conversion and maintenance receipts plus two binders of conversion photos
Lyman C. Dye may have answered the question some Ford executives and fans wondered should this VistaBird have been Fords reply to the Chevrolet Nomad or Pontiac Safari? MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this highly unique 1962 Ford Thunderbird Custom Wagon.
Dye, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, owned a body shop there that also did customizations. Dye imagined the possibilities of blending the ScenicCruiser roof from a 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon with a 1962 Ford Thunderbird hardtop coupe, plus various other parts. It is estimated that Dye put more than 400 hours of labor into this project.
It took two tries to obtain the roof; a tornado destroyed the first one he ordered from a local junk yard before he could claim it. He found a second donor vehicle and detached the roof himself. Dye briefly had second thoughts about the alterations after he sliced the TBirds roof. He slapped the roof on from the donor Olds and was astonished at how well it fit. The Bpillars had to be rolled out slightly to meet the wider roofline of the wagon but the rest was natural.
He left the original trunk floorpan in place to serve as a spot for the spare tire well, putting a flat, wooden floor over it to form the wagons cargo floor. Dye applied carpeting over the cargo floor, matching the rugs in the cabin. The whole rear lower body and bumper were left intact to maintain structural integrity.
For the hatch lid, he took a sheet of clear Plexiglas, added hinges from a Pinto hatchback at the top, fitted a generic Thandle at the bottom, bookended by two cabinet locks in the lower corners.
The exterior is finished in Medium Teal over Jadestone and is in very good overall condition, however, some blemishes are apparently where the wagons Cpillars meet the metal above the circular taillights.
Under the hood is a 390 CID V8 from a 1969 Ford, with a crankshaft and a highlift camshaft from a 428 CID V8 engine and breathing via dual exhausts. Backing up this motor is Fords venerable CruiseOMatic threespeed automatic transmission. Driver convenience features include power steering and power brakes.
This oneoff wagon rolls on Hankook Optimo whitewall radials mounted on steel wheels topped with factory wheel covers. The tires are in very good order while the wheel covers are in good, original shape.
The original Thunderbird interior contained ribbed metal portions on the inner door panels, center console and instrument panel, which have been replaced with burled walnut pattern Formica sections. As he customized this Bird for his own use, Dye selected seats from a 1978 Plymouth Sapporo, featuring lumbar supports and a tiltback feature that fit well with the gray and black color scheme. Fords nifty SwingAway steering column and wheel were left intact, too. A factory AM radio rounds out the interior.
However, the Thunderbird stitching pattern was followed to match the original rear seat, which was mounted on brackets so it could fold flat to extend the cargo area. Unfortunately, the VistaBird languished at an upholsterer for more than two years and during that time, the shop employees forgot about the folddown rear seat, covering it in beautiful job that prevents the seat from folding. No one has had the heart to redo it, so the back seat remains upright.
Total weight gain after the conversion is around 25 pounds, negligible on a vehicle that easily tipped the scales at two tons prior to the change.
The wagon won multiple awards during the mid1990s in California. Documentation includes conversion and maintenance receipts plus two binders of conversion photos.
This incredible, oneoff vehicle would be a worthy addition to anyones collection. Stop on by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to see the results of what more than a little help from an Oldsmobile station wagon contributed to Fords fourseat, personal luxury boulevardier. It would have made an interesting addition to Fords TBird hardtop and convertible models.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 24,566 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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Exterior: Medium Teal over Jadestone
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