62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

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62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by Orign62tbirdred » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:06 am

So i recently bought a 62 thunderbird, standard hardtop. Has ps, pb, a/c, power windows, power seat, radio, and standard 390fe @ 300hp. And as i was doing the rear shocks i discovered the original build sheet, or shal i say sheets. There are two. One for my car, and one for apparently a different car. Still attached from factory and doesn’t seem like they have been touched since put there.

Any reason for there being two?

How come it says my car doesn’t have some options as it does?

As I’ve been decoding it, some of the letters or numbers on the build sheets don’t exist, what’s the meaning behind this?

(This is my first post and I’m not that familiar with these cars, more of a mopar, chevy kinda guy but i love me a 62)
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This is the 2 build sheets attached under the rear seat.

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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by Joe Johnston » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:27 am

I too had 2 build sheets and neither were for my car! One was a Thunderbird and another a Lincoln. Guess it happened occasionally.
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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by redstangbob » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:50 am

looks like you have the sheets from a tbird and lincoln, the lincoln behind the bird in build rotation. tbirds and lincolns were both built at the Wixom assy plant just north of Detroit, the sheets were often mixed up or ended up missing if a repair had to be made before shipping. nice find!
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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by Orign62tbirdred » Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:46 pm

Oh wow, that’s really cool. didn’t know that. Thank you for informing me of this.

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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by RAVEN » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:09 pm

For even more info, go to the General Tech section and klik on Jim Wulf's Garage posting, then klik on Wixom film, on the assembly of a Bullet Bird. It shows the assembly of both Thunderbird and Lincoln cars. It will amaze you on the build. One point is the install of the rear bumper, and how quick it is done.
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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by tbird » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:38 pm

Looks like your top sheet is for a Thunderbird and as best I could enlarge the picture looks that the bottom is a Lincoln.

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Re: 62 thunderbird build sheet(s)?

Post by Alan H. Tast » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:48 pm

Orign62tbirdred wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:06 am
So i recently bought a 62 thunderbird, standard hardtop. Has ps, pb, a/c, power windows, power seat, radio, and standard 390fe @ 300hp. And as i was doing the rear shocks i discovered the original build sheet, or shal i say sheets. There are two. One for my car, and one for apparently a different car. Still attached from factory and doesn’t seem like they have been touched since put there.

Any reason for there being two?

How come it says my car doesn’t have some options as it does?

As I’ve been decoding it, some of the letters or numbers on the build sheets don’t exist, what’s the meaning behind this?

(This is my first post and I’m not that familiar with these cars, more of a mopar, chevy kinda guy but i love me a 62)

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Power brakes and power steering are standard equipment on a '62 T-bird and would not be listed. You ROT does have code '6' for the AC, should have '1' for PW, '1' for power driver's seat, and I would have to recheck my list for the radio. AC cars also typically have tinted glass, which your ROT sheet shows, and your ROT indicates that your car came with windshield washers. I haven't checked it to see what it shows for installation of fender shields or other options. A list of codes is in VTCI's 1961-1963 Original Factory Specifications book, available through the VTCI Country Store for VTCI members.
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