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1978 and 1979 Ford Thunderbird

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 2:42:47 PM

Read about The History of Golde Sunroof/American Sunroof Corporation (ASC), the company responsible for building so many vehicles with Power Sunroofs, Moonroofs, or Astroroofs. A man named Heinz Prechter moved to the United States from Germany and started installing Golde Sunroof Kits in a shop in San Francisco to support himself while he attended college.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:43:03 AM

We've added two new articles to the 1962 Imperial Contents and 1963 Imperial Contents pages.

We've also announced that minor updates to pages already online will be posted here on the blog rather than on the Recent Site Updates and News page. All new pages will continue to be announced there, and substantial changes to pages or sections will also be announced there as well as here. We hope this change will reduce some of the congestion on the on the Recent Site Updates page, as we're trying to streamline it for faster loading. More updates likely later today. Enjoy your Tuesday!

Post 2: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:31:00 AM

Per our message from last Saturday, we are making a change to site navigation. We'll be adding navigation links at the bottom of the contents pages for all makes and models. We originally didn't design the page with the intent an article would appear on it. So, the links to paint codes, interior trim, etc., were all on the upper left side of the page where they were convenient. However, with an article on the page, once you've read it you have to scroll back up the page to get to the links. So, we'll be providing the basic links for that make and model at the bottom. We decided to go back and update the recently published 1977-1979 Thunderbird Contents pages, and we've done that. If you're reading this, those pages are online. We hope this makes moving through the site easier for you. We'll be updating all contents pages as time allows in the coming months.

Monday, September 28, 2009 5:35:20 AM

Good morning, everyone. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Just wanted to give you a quick update. The 1969 Cadillac section is finished, and we're well into the 1970 Cadillac section. We're in the process of updating the HTML in a couple of sections, including the Movie and TV-Birds and Automotive Books sections, and the Recent Site Updates and News page. You won't notice any changes to the Movie and TV-Birds section yet, but the other two have begun to show a few of the changes. Our intent is to make the file sizes smaller so they load faster and are easier to navigate and read. That's it for now, have a good Monday.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 7:07:21 PM

Not much to report today, we're still working on the 1969-1970 Cadillac sections. Actually, the 1969 is pretty much finished except for final proofreading and spell checks, so if all goes well they should both be online in the coming days. We're holding the 1969 section so both can be published at the same time.

In other news, we're making a change to site navigation to provide additional section links at the bottom of the Make/Model Contents pages. The first page to receive these new links will be the 1969 Cadillac Contents page, and they will be live when everything else goes live. We'll keep you advised. Enjoy your Saturday night and Sunday!

Friday, September 25, 2009 8:30:49 AM

In what world would a 2005 Ford Thunderbird be a clunker? Apparently, our world. Andrew Angove takes a look at the Cash For Clunkers program in his new article in MILEPOSTS Garage: CARS/Cash For Clunkers Death List. You will be shocked at the vehicles that were turned in under this program!

We've finished up in the Garage for now, although we will be returning to this section later for more refinements, we are beginning to work in the very neglected Automotive Books section of the site. We will be updating it with new books, and reconfiguring the pages to make them more user friendly. Have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:12:18 AM

Early this morning, we finished up the revisions to Volume 1 of MILEPOSTS Garage. Ad banner code has been modified so we can accommodate our advertiser's requests, and the page sizes were reduced somewhat so they should load faster. They also have a cleaner look, and it's easier to see the title of the article on the upper left side. It's no longer buried in a graphic, and we think the updated version looks much better. We've completed the ad banner code on all pages as of this morning, and will be working in Volume 2 today, and possibly Volume 3 as well, so if pages are slow to load or otherwise, that's probably why. Give it a couple of minutes and the page you wanted to see should work fine. We're also continuing the 1969-1970 Cadillac sections. Enjoy your day!

Post 2: Thursday, September 24, 2009 10:03:00 AM

We're progressing nicely in the garage...Volume 2 is completed, and we begin Volume 3. Remember, if a page doesn't load properly it might be because we're working on it at that point. Just give it a couple of minutes and it should be fine.

Post 3: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:36:14 PM

We've finished up (for now) in MILEPOSTS Garage. Seems like it went pretty well, and our apologies for any inconvenience. We've also updated the 1969 Thunderbird Interior Trim page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:08:47 PM

Meant to post this earlier, but got busy and forget. (Sorry.) We're working on pages in MILEPOSTS Garage today. The ad code is being changed out so we can accommodate requests for additional advertising that we can't handle now. We'll be doing this over the next few days, as well as making some other changes to the pages in this section so they'll load faster.

We changed the color scheme for the Imperial section this morning as well. We discovered that some browsers were reproducing the background color in a shade closer to orange than the copper color we'd intended, and we didn't feel that was appropriate for a car of The Imperial's stature. So, now it's a steel gray, an appropriate color for an executive automobile.

Monday, September 21, 2009 8:14:49 AM

Good morning, hope everyone had a great weekend! We've updated the 1968 Cadillac Eldorado Paint Codes page with paint samples and enhanced images. We're working on the 1967 Eldorado page as well, but it will require more work. We hope to have it online later today, and the 1969-1970 Cadillac pages are progressing nicely as well (online hopefully this week). Have a great week!

Post 2: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:06:20 AM

That didn't take as long as we expected...the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Paint Codes page is updated and ready to go. We wish all of the projects we undertake were as easy as this one! (If you don't see the special "floating text" effect, you need to upgrade your browser. We test in the latest versions of Internet Explorer (currently 8.0+) and Firefox (currently 3.5.3).

Post 3: Monday, September 21, 2009 12:37:35 PM

We've made changes to over 20 pages on the site this morning alone. Some of those changes aren't worth a separate entry here, but they represent the constant revisions AM goes through virtually every day. You might not notice some of the changes, but they keep the site fresh for repeat visitors. For instance, we changed the accent color on the 1965 Thunderbird Optional Equipment page, which used to be gold and is now a color closer to the Emberglo used on the 1965 Thunderbird Special Landau. We also fixed the stationary background images on a couple of pages so they'd work with the newer version of the Firefox browser. That's it for now, back to work.

Post 4: Monday, September 21, 2009 3:05:30 PM

We begin publishing the "standard" Cadillac (is there anything standard about a Cadillac?) automobiles (such as the Fleetwood, deVille, Calais, etc.,) with the 1969 Cadillac Contents page. The data pages will be coming online over the next few days. The 1969 Cadillacs will join the 1967-1970 Fleetwood Eldorado pages, already online. (They have received several updates as well.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009 12:43:17 PM

We're testing a new location for the Classic Car Parts Auctions I-frames that appear on our Contents pages for individual makes/models. This can be seen on the latest 1977-1979 Thunderbird Contents pages. We've moved the frame lower on the page so it's close to the bottom links, below the article. Hopefully this will be a better location and not interfere as much with viewing the page. Let us know if you don't like the new location. So far the pages referenced above are the only ones with this feature.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:33:27 AM

Good Saturday morning, classic car fans! We've updated the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado Paint Codes page with samples of the colors available for 1970. While these aren't exact color matches (and never can be due to variances between computer monitors), they are representative of the colors available.

Post 2: Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:24:55 PM

We felt like the 1969 Cadillac Eldorado Paint Codes page looked shabby after updating the 1970 page earlier, so we added a few new images to it, as well as color samples of the paint. Same cautions as mentioned in the first message. Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. (Yes, the 1967 and 1968 Eldorado Paint Codes pages will be updated as well, but it probably won't be this weekend...however, you never know...)

Friday, September 18, 2009 3:45:48 PM

Read all about the 1978-1979 Ford Thunderbird T-Roof Convertible option. Made popular by the Chevrolet Corvette, "T-Tops" were all the rage in the 1970s, and they were offered on a wide range of cars, including the 1978 and 1979 Thunderbirds. This conversion was very well done, and didn't suffer from the rattles and leaks other similar units had. If you like that open air feeling while driving your classic car, these are worth seeking out. Fun, fun, fun! Have a great weekend, everyone. (The 1969 and 1970 Cadillac sections are progressing nicely.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:26:39 AM

This morning, we've published a page on the 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado GT, which was a high performance option offered by the factory in 1970, and one that has been misunderstood for years. So, we've attempted to clear a few things up about it. More new stuff coming online later today, so check back!

Post 2: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 4:31:57 PM

We've spent much of the day adding the final touches to the 1979 Ford Thunderbird section, which is now online. We hope you enjoy it.

We'd also like to announce the next cars to be published here at AM: the 1969-1970 Cadillac. Work has already begun on both years, and we'll likely publish both of them at the same time, since they are so similar. Stay tuned and we'll let you know when they're getting close to being online.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:33:22 PM

Now online: 1979 Thunderbird Heritage Edition in Light Medium Blue...we published the page on the Maroon version back in August, but we thought the blue one deserved its own page as well, so here you go! (Yes, we're going to do the same thing for the Ember Diamond Jubilee Edition, as well as all the other color combinations Ford introduced late in the model years).

Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:54:26 AM

It's official: the 1978 Ford Thunderbird section is live. We are still updating some of the pages, and are making a few corrections we spotted now that we published everything. We're working on the 1979 Thunderbird pages now. Everyone enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 11, 2009 5:17:36 PM

1978 Ford Thunderbird is online! We hesitated to publish this section today, but decided to make it unofficial to our blog readers only. We will make a formal announcement on our Recent Site Updates page tomorrow. We have some final details to tend to, so expect some changes to these pages over the weekend. We hope you enjoy.

Saturday, September 05, 2009 9:41:05 AM

We continue to progress on the 1977-1979 Thunderbirds. This morning, we've published the 1979 Ford Thunderbird Contents page, which is our main navigation page for that car. It serves as a place holder, and will link to all of the pages in that section when they're ready to be published. We are close to finishing up the 1978 Thunderbird section as well, and hope to have that online very soon. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend, everyone!

Friday, September 04, 2009 3:40:21 PM

Has it really been a week already? Amazing! We're still working on the 1978 Thunderbird section, we do plan to have it online soon, it's just taking a bit longer than we anticipated. We've also been laying the ground work for a few other makes and models that we'll be introducing to the site. This seems to be happening with no logic to the order, so the 1957-1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Contents page has been published, with some preliminary information on interior trim and exterior paint colors for the 1957 and 1958 model years. Really, really incredible cars. Truly over the top for their time, and remain so even today! We'll be back to let you know when the 1978 T-birds are ready to fly!

Friday, August 28, 2009 10:30:18 AM

We begin publication of the 1978 Ford Thunderbird section today. The Contents page with a new article is online now, as is a special page covering the Diamond Jubilee Edition. Other pages will be going online over the next few days, so look for this section to be complete pretty soon. The 1978 models have gone down in history as the most popular ever for the Thunderbird line, and it's no wonder since there were so many options available to people who wanted to personalize their new car. You sure can't do that today when you buy a new car!

Monday, August 24, 2009 7:01:22 AM

The 1979 Thunderbird Heritage page is online now, and links to it from other sections of the site should be live soon. Work is progressing on the 1978 Thunderbird section as well. We hope to have it online by this weekend, with the 1979 Thunderbird section soon after that. It's not difficult to understand why so many of these cars were sold, Ford offered so many different interior colors, trims, seating configurations, and options that one could truly get exactly what they wanted. So different from today's "take it or leave it" attitude. As long as you want gray or beige, it's available.

Sunday, August 23, 2009 6:25:15 PM

Here's a heads up to all our blog readers out there. The new 1979 Thunderbird Heritage page is officially being published tomorrow, but you can view it tonight as we're doing a soft publication on it Sunday. Hope you enjoy!

And what the heck...we decided we'd dress up the blog a bit for you, as well. (More changes coming!)

Saturday, August 22, 2009 8:58:53 AM

On Monday, August 17th, we published the first car in Phase Two of our site. The 1977 Ford Thunderbird. It had a new size, price, and look but the magic that was always Thunderbird remained intact. It went down in history as the best-selling Thunderbird up to that time. We hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 14, 2009 5:18:31 PM


The first car to be published in Phase Two of AM will be...the 1977 Ford Thunderbird! We had more people E-mail us asking that we complete the 1970's Thunderbirds than we did for any other car, and we thought that made a lot of sense. The contents page is already online with history notes on the car, and the rest of the section will be following soon. Thanks to everyone who contacted us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:36:25 PM

Beginning with this post, we're going to time and date stamp everything. It's possible we may have multiple posts on the same day, so we thought this would make it easier for you to identify the posts you've already read. We've received quite a few messages regarding our Site Construction Schedule, which has been updated this afternoon. A few makes, models, and years have been shuffled around into a different phase, and a bunch of approved cars got scheduled today. We also approved a few makes and models for publication, so if you haven't checked in for a while, you might take a peek.

August 11, 2009

A couple of important things happened on Monday, August 10th. First of all, we published the 1970 Toronado section. And we must say, the Toronado's are extraordinary automobiles. Anyone who's ever driven one of these cars will understand what we mean. With the publication of the 1970 Toronado, we've completed the first generation of that model. We also completed Phase One of Automotive Mileposts, a milepost that has been a long time coming. We know we're running behind, and we'll try to pick up the pace a bit going forward.

We should add that just because Phase One of the site is finished, that doesn't mean we aren't going to still be adding information to it. What is online right now is just the core information that we provide on every car: production numbers, standard equipment lists, options available and their prices, mechanical specifications, measurements, weight, tire sizes, interior trim materials, colors, and codes, vinyl roof or convertible top colors and codes, paint colors, codes, and mix numbers that should allow an auto paint store to match the original paint color. And a little bit of history about the cars as well. That information comprises about 60% of what will eventually be listed. So, essentially, Phase One is just about 60% complete now.

We think it's fun for you to come back to the site from time to time and discover new information about your favorite car(s) that you hadn't known before. At least, it's fun for us to research it and put it online for you.

Our next big announcement is...what's next! Naturally, Phase Two begins. And, we've already started on it. In fact, we're gathering information and researching Phase Three at this point as well. Care to guess which car will be the first one published in Phase Two? You can see all the contenders on our Site Construction page. Make your choice, then keep your eye on the site for our announcement later this week.

August 8, 2009

The 1968 Toronado and 1969 Toronado sections were published on Friday, August 7th. They are really fascinating cars. A combination of personal luxury and performance with excellent handling qualities. And with the W34 high performance engine option, they are the peer of almost anything on the road.

Work has already started on the 1970 Toronado, and we hope to have it online within the next week or so. At that point, Phase One of Automotive Mileposts will be complete. Research is underway for the cars in Phase Two, watch this page for the announcement of which car will be the first in Phase Two to be published!

As always, thank you for your support and patience. You make our efforts worthwhile.

August 1, 2009

Late on August 1st we finally got the 1966 Toronado and 1967 Toronado sections published. We're still working on a couple of articles to add to those sections (one article for each year), and hope to have them completed this week. We are looking into some irregularities regarding the trim codes for the 1967 cars, and will update that page as soon as our information is complete. Thanks to all the Toronado aficionados for your patience. Work on the 1968, 1969, and 1970 Toronados has already begun.

November 15, 2008

When it first appeared on the scene, it moved down the road with an aggressive stance never seen before.

People stopped to watch it as it went by.

No one knew for certain what it was the first time they saw it.

But they knew they'd never seen anything like it before.

1966-1967 Oldsmobile Toronado: Ho-hum driving is out. Toronado's in! Coming next.

November 1, 2008

If you'd really rather have a Riviera, well now's your chance! In our largest group publication to date, Automotive Mileposts has published all three years of the first generation Rivieras: 1963, 1964, and 1965! So now you can have a Riviera at AM! Our thanks to all those Riviera enthusiasts who have waited so long for their car to be added to the site. We're still plugging in some additional information, but we hope the wait was worth it.

September 30, 2008

We close out the month of September, the third quarter of 2008, and the first group of Imperials with the publication of the 1966 Imperial section today. This section is several years behind schedule, as we had to back track and rewrite the HTML on many of our pages to improve their appearance in a wide variety of browsers that didn't exist when the site was first published. These rewrites also improved loading times for most of our visitors as well.

We still have additional information to plug in here and there, and we will be doing that between now and the end of the year, so look for new things added to existing pages—as well as new features and articles—throughout the site. We thank everyone for your patience during this time, it has been very time consuming and we know people like to see new things when they come to the site.

September 20, 2008

We've been busily working on the 1966 Imperial section of the site, and we must say these are quite incredible automobiles! What an assortment of exterior finishes and interior trims to decipher! The good news is that we're almost done, and its stylish arrival at Automotive Mileposts is imminent! Hang in there, and prepare yourself for the incomparable 1966 Imperial!

April 5, 2008

Over the past few weeks, we've been recoding our pages to change the way they display in monitors. Some of you may have noticed this change, while others likely have not. It all depends on your individual monitor settings. Basically, we've changed the display width on most pages from a fixed one to a fluid one. Most pages at are now set to display using 95% of the width of your monitor, regardless of what resolution you have it set at, or how large or small your monitor screen size physically is.

This allows 2.5% on each side of the page, which we feel is a benefit to you, as pages that are set for 100% go to the very edge of the screen on both sides, which means sometimes links get inadvertently clicked when the intent was to scroll down using the side scroll bar. This 2.5% gap prevents that from happening, and makes it easier to determine where the site content ends.

While it's impossible to design a site that displays exactly the same regardless of monitor size, screen resolution, browser type, operating system, etc., we feel this change will be appreciated by our visitors who have larger monitors and higher resolution settings. is optimized for recent versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox browsers, which are the two most popular universally. Visitors using other browsers may not see the site as it was intended, due to their browser. As of March 2008, 91.8% of our visitors were using IE or Firefox as their browser. Opera, Netscape, and WebTV browsers accounted for 4.1%, with the rest less than 1%. If you have browser settings that aren't traditional, you may not experience some pages as they are intended to be viewed. For instance, the 1964 Thunderbird Paint Codes (opens in this window; maximize page for proper effect and click back arrow to return here after viewing), page has a unique background image effect that allows the content on the page to float on top of it. If you don't see this effect, it is likely your personal settings or use of a browser other than IE or Firefox.

Please note that some pages are still set to a fixed width due to design requirements that do not allow for a fluid width.

We appreciate the time your spend at Automotive Mileposts, and wanted to take the time to explain why we do some of the things we do.

February 13, 2008

The 1961 Imperial is finally online! Thanks to all for your patience. Actually, patience doesn't even begin to describe it. Let's just say we deeply appreciate your understanding. The good news is that the 1966 Imperial section is well underway! All the pages are in the design stage, and our researchers are almost finished compiling and verifying data. Look for them to come online soon.

And what else is around the corner? Well, here's a hint:

Wouldn't you really rather have one?

Image: 1963 Buick Riviera

October 20, 2007

We are continuing to update current pages for faster loading, optimizing images for a cleaner appearance and faster loading, as well as continue research for the 1961 Imperial, 1966 Imperial, 1963 Riviera, and 1966 Toronado sections.

Thank you for visiting Automotive Mileposts.

June 1, 2007

During the past few months, we have continued to update the HTML code on our pages. We've done hundreds of them during this period. By now, most should notice their favorite pages load much faster due to these efforts. We are also adding more color to some pages to make them more interesting, and are taking steps to have a unique look that identifies all of the pages for a particular year and model. Photos have been updated and new information and photos are being added to pages that haven't been updated in some time.

Once we complete updating the older pages, new content will again be added to the site. We apologize for the delays in adding new content, but we felt we needed to deal with the issue of slow loading pages for our visitors on slower connections. As we rework images, they will be optimized to load quickly, however we will not sacrifice image quality in order to shave a few seconds off loading time.

This is a very slow, somewhat tedious process and we appreciate your patience.

The Automotive Mileposts Staff

Please note: Some of the pages on this site are in the process of being updated, rewritten, and recoded. Until everything has been addressed, old versions of these pages may not appear properly in all browsers.

If you come across any broken links or anything else that you feel needs attention, or that we may have overlooked, please let us know by sending an E-mail to:

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