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1737  Swift Creek Rd,  Smithfield, NC 27577

1956 Ford Thunderbird: Reviving an American Icon


The 1956 Ford Thunderbird project embarked on a journey of restoration, reminiscent of its heyday in the 1950s. TJ Auto's skilled craftsmen initiated the process with a comprehensive disassembly of the front end, carefully cataloging each component to ensure a flawless reassembly. The bodywork began with the front, where dents and imperfections were skillfully smoothed out, and a fresh coat of paint was applied, bringing the Thunderbird's iconic contours back to life.

With the front end reassembled and polished to a mirror-like finish, attention shifted to the rear. Each part was methodically disassembled, and the same level of dedication was applied to the bodywork. Doors were set with precision, the trunk lid and the tops of the rear fenders were stripped, filled, and blocked to ensure an even surface. After extensive bodywork, the rear received primer and paint, restoring its original allure. The reassembly process was complemented by a meticulous wet sanding and polishing, resulting in a seamless fusion of past and present.

The Thunderbird's revival was not solely cosmetic. A diagnostic of the lighting system revealed a broken wire within the steering column, a common issue in vehicles of this vintage. Our technicians disassembled the steering column with the utmost care, repaired the turn signal wire, and installed a new fuse to ensure reliability and safety.

This 1956 Ford Thunderbird now stands as a beacon of automotive history, its bodywork and paint restoration speaking volumes of the car's legacy and TJ Auto's unwavering commitment to excellence. Each curve, chrome detail, and the gleaming finish is a tribute to the era when this Thunderbird first took to the streets, now ready to turn heads for generations to come.

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