S.A-S.H.: The 1960 Thunderbird

1960 Thunderbird Cover.JPG
In response to Hooniverse’s 4 part series of Thunderbird brochures (1, 2, 3, 4) in their R.A-S.H. series. R.A-S.H. stands for “Rusty’s Archive of Showroom Hyperbole”, so I’ve called this, creatively, S.A-S.H. or Salguod’s Archive of Showroom Hyperbole. Archive is likely incorrect as I’m unlikely to do this again, but i digress.
Since the R.A-S.H. posts were mostly taken on the ‘bonnet’ of his ’98 Audi A4, I decided it only fitting to photograph this on the hood of my 1960 Thunderbird Convertible. Let’s have a look at ‘The World’s Most Wanted Car‘.
1960 Thunderbird  Brochure 1-2
Thunderbird – one of the great all-time automotive classics!
This is year 3 of the first of the 4 seat Thunderbirds. The Squarebirds, as they’ve come to be known, were a resounding sales success. The ’60 alone was the best selling T’bird until the ’77 models came out, out selling all 3 years of the 2 seaters combined. However, until recently, the 4 seat T’birds, and the Squarebirds in particular, were the red headed step children of the Thunderbird universe. Even though the 4 seaters are gaining popularity and respect now, there’s still a 2 seat vs. 4 seat divide in the T’bird world, even among parts suppliers. It was certainly one of the most desirable cars at the time, but to call it an all-time classic when new was certainly a stretch.
1960 Thunderbird Brochure 3-4
Just say “Thunderbird”!
The very name evokes an image of glamour and spirit and distinction. This beautiful car comes by its beauty naturally. You won’t find another car with lines so clean. So unaffected. So smart.

You want hyberbole? This is 1960, we’ve got hyperbole.
Sports car roadability and luxury car comfort.
Yeah, if 0-60 in 10+ seconds, body roll and a floaty ride are “sports car roadability” and a tight-for-4 interior is ‘comfort’.
Fully automatic, the top disappears completely!
Along with 75% of the already meager trunk space. Actually, and I’m biased here, but this is pretty cool. The predecessor to the system on the 4 door Continental Convertible, the 1960 T’bird’s top goes down from the driver’s seat, with a flip of the two windsheild latches (conveniently left out of the brochure) and engaging the switch. The deck-lid rises, the top goes down and the deck-lid closes, leaving a clean, finsihed appearance. No boot to fuss with. It’s not a simple system with a hydraulic pump, 4 cylinders, 12 relays and numerous limit switches and solenoids. Should the system fail and you need to access the trunk, you jack the car, remove the wheels, drop the fuel tank and disconnect the hydraulic cylinders in back and the deck-lid latches through small access holes under the car. Thankfully, the system is actually pretty reliable if used regularly.
1960 Thunderbird 5-6
Decades before Photoshop, that top image is a retouched lie. They’ve used the split created by the lady’s arm to stretch the rear seat leg room to about 3 times actual. Compare to the green interior below.
The bellman on the left is thinking “Lady, I’m not sure this is gonna close.” Yes, the trunk is 5′ 5″ wide, but it’s not deep enough for a full paper grocery sack to stand upright. This page talks about Thunderbird’s ‘compact’ dimensions, but that only applies to the interior, it’s nearly as long and wide as my 8 passenger Saturn Outlook.
1960 Thunderbird Brochure 5-6
Accessories “To add an extra measure of comfort and pleasure.” Luxurious things like backup lights and a window washer. Check out the sliding steel sunroof, on an American car in 1960.
Thunderbird Brochure Pages 9-10
300 or 350 HP, but that’s gross, not the now standard SAE net. As I said before, the base engine isn’t particularly quick. It does feel quick, especially if you pay attention and put it in D1 so you don’t start in second gear. Note, however, that you could get your ‘luxury’ car with a 3 speed stick – on the column. Note that there’s nothing hiding those beautiful V8s and that the top image is actually a painting of the engine, not a photograph.
1960 Thunderbird Brochure 11-12
What strikes be the most on this page is how bad that top image is. Look at how blurry the people are. The image is so bad, that all the detail on the car – the grille, headlights, door cut line, quarter panel trim – is airbrushed in.
1960 Thunderbird Brochure 13-14
Oh, for the days of “15 Luxury Lounge” interiors, 56 different two tone exteriors and honest to goodness colors. Modern cars have maybe 10 colors and 6 of them are grey.
I hope the fellow Hoons at Hooniverse will forgive my plagiarism borrowing of their format. I’ve always been a fan of auto literature (I have boxes of the stuff from all the shows I’ve been to) and enjoy the R.A-S.H. posts. With their 4 T’bird themed entries this week, it seemed fitting.
1960 Thunderbird Brochure Back
Disclaimer:- All photos were taken by the author and are of genuine original manufacturer publicity material, resting on the hood of a 1960 Thunderbird, currently in hibernation awaiting warmer days. All copyright rights remain in the possession of the manufacturer.

Lenten Sketchbook

Give Up
Four years ago, my online friend Paul Soupiset committed to sketching daily for lent. I linked to his amazing sketches at that time because they were very good and because I was a bit envious. I always wanted to be able to sketch like that, but I’ve never had the patience, discipline or whatever to develop the skill. I can draw, but I can’t sketch like this.
Anyway, this year he’s doing it again and they are every bit as incredible as before. These arent’ necessarily sketches about Lent or spiritual art (although the two I’ve chosen here are), but it’s about the discipline of slowing down, observing and immersing himself in his surroundings and meditate.
You can see them all here and if you missed them in 2007, some (though it loks like not all) are here.
Little Church


I mentioned how impressed I was at our recent art gallery during our church Christmas party. While the entire show was impacting, one piece, shown above, impressed both my wife and I beyond the rest. We couldn’t stop admiring it and talking about it. In fact, it we liked it so much, we did something we had never done before.
We bought it.
We decided that this would be our Christmas present to each other. Never mind that we normally don’t buy each other anything (and that I had already violated that rule in buying something for Maria), we were both moved my it and felt that it would look great in our home. It does. I think it’s the most extravagant and frivolous gift we’ve ever done.
It’s an oild on canvas painting, 36″ square, painted by Said Oladejo-lawal, who is relatively new to our church. He’s from Nigeria and has been painting for a long time, having sold many works back home. Here’s what Said placed next to the painting in the gallery.

These images evolved from the scripture “out of the mouth of children and babes you have ordained praise”, this is a piece that thrives on linear abstraction with some element of surreality which is accounted for by the appearance of some elements in it such as wings and so on. It is all about praise that expresses the awe of God.

Said Oladejo-lawal

We feel blessed to have this on our home. It seems that each time we look at it we see something new.

The Gospel In Glass and Grout

Gospel Plate
last week our church had our annual Christmas party and for the first time our arts ministry had a small gallery of pieces on the one word theme “Hallelujah”. It was simply amazing. Not just because we have talented people in our church (we do), but because of how those pieces communicated what God has done for us and for them personally.
One of the most moving pieces was this simple plate made by Paige Dietrich, one of our campus students. Here’s what she said about it:

“Gods Glory is Man Fully Alive”
When thinking about the word Hallelujah the first thing that came to mind was Gods glory in Adam and Eve when they were first created perfectly in His image. I put the mirror in the middle of the piece to show how we too can be like Adam and Eve in all the glory God intended. When you first see the mirror you see it as broken but with the death of Jesus (the seven black pieces around the mirror) and his blood (the red pieces) it brings them together like the top half of the mirror and we can see ourselves as God sees us as holy and fully alive. The redwood trees and the sky line represent a few things where personally I see Gods glory.

We are broken, but through Jesus we are made whole and God that’s how He sees us (though we still do not). What an amazingly succinct presentation of the gospel in a small circle.

This is Either Cool or Tragic

Camaro Purse
Yes, it’s a purse. On my blog. Bear with me here for a minute.
Kim White was lucky to find an entire warehouse full of old unused auto seat fabric and bought the whole lot. Now, she uses it to make cool purses and handbags. Hey, I’m not a girl but what’s not to like about a back made from 1983 Camaro seats (in three color combos)?
The tragedy is that this fabric could have been used to fix up actual Camaro seats. Still, ain’t it cool?
If the Camaro is a bit much, maybe the one below is better. It was scheduled to cushion your fanny while driving your 1974 Plymouth Fury. Then there’s the 1975 Gremlin bag, the 1975 Pacer bag and more.
Fury Bag.jpg
HT: Michael Banovsky at vLane

Ford Model A Sink

Sorry for the silence of late. Life happens sometimes. Anyway, I’ve got a few fluff posts lined up, here’s the first one.
Ford Sink 2.jpg
Check out this cool bathroom vanity made from a Ford Model A pickup bed that I saw on the Hemmings Blog a while ago. The guy who owns it lives in Toledo, OH (where my parents live) and he bought the truck bed parts from a Ford parts place in Moberly, MO (where Maria’s parents live). Weird, huh?
I wonder if Maria would let me build something like this in our master bath?

Soupablog: Moleskine Sketches

Paul Soupiset is doing a series of Moleskine sketches for Lent. If you’ve never taken a look at his sketches (he’s been doing them for longer than just Lent), you should go here and take a look.
He explains the purpose behind the Lent series:

one might think that lenten art ought to be rendered in greys, perhaps using rustic vine charcoal or comprising still life tableaux. you’d hardly expect whimsy. that isn’t appropriate. nor humor. nor vivid color. nor visual puns. this is all wrong. entonces
the moleskine (‘mol-a-skeen’-a’ — but in conversation, simply ‘mole-skin’) sketches are primarily a means for me to slow down and be still every day during the 40 days of lent. it’s an imposed discipline wherein i must sit still long enough to breathe, consider the blank page before me, and pour myself onto the page with intentionality. yes, to express myself, and then to share with God, with you, whatever. the color makes each session last a little longer — the painting must dry before i scan it, for example. …
so anyway, my intention is to continue creating at least a sketch every day of lent, to reflect on the way of Jesus, listen to God, and by means of frail and fumbling prophetic imagination, to “create… an alternative to the current system” [Bruggeman].

I’m not exactly sure what he means by all of that, but the sketches are way cool. I do understand the need to stop, slow down and meditate.

I admire folks that can sketch like this. Paul’s a Graphic Designer by day, so it’s natural that he should be able to do this. (Don’t tell Paul I have an Industrial Design degree. I certainly never had that kind of sketching ability.)
Cool stuff, go check it out.

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