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I like the rear chrome treatment. It would have been appropriate for the period.

What was the chrome dress-up? Just the air cleaner housing and valve covers?

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Old 11-14-2017, 08:21 PM
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Hi Dean. The chrome dress-up was all available that you see on my T. Bird from the Dealers when ordering your car, except for the Port-hole windows, & the 4 muffler tips.
The Wire Wheels weren't available on the T. Birds till 1962.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 11-15-2017, 09:31 AM
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Chris I don't believe that the chrome trim dress up on the tail fins were period correct from the factory. Most of the advertising brochures in the day, showed the tail fins the same colour as the exterior paint code.
I have only seen this done over the last decade or so when owners did the restorations to their liking.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:04 AM
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Chris I don't believe that the chrome trim dress up on the tail fins were period correct from the factory. Most of the advertising brochures in the day, showed the tail fins the same colour as the exterior paint code.
I have only seen this done over the last decade or so when owners did the restorations to their liking.
Have to agree with you Dan. Only two cars came from the factory with chrome tail fin sections . The two 1960 Stainless Steel cars had them chromed to match the S/S body finish . This most likely is where the idea to chrome them in later years came from . It does look good chromed however .
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As far as I know the chrome tail light surrounds were part of the exterior chrome dress up kit along with the headlight surrounds and the hood scoop. I've seen a few cars over the years with that kit and I've been told it was original. I'll have to look through the Thunderbird Restoration Guide. Maybe Carl knows for sure.

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According to the Thunderbird Restoration Guide the rear taillight surrounds were part of the exterior chrome dress up kit. Also included were the windshield wiper well covers.

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Old 11-16-2017, 12:28 AM
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Even though my Bird was all dressed up in chrome when I bought it 10 years ago, I looked up the "Automotive Mileposts". It reads
(1) Chrome Engine dress-up kit.
(2) Exterior Chrome dress-up Package.
(3) Sport Spare Wheel carrier.

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