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Thunderbooks - T-Bird Reference

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*On CD-ROM when available



Note: 1963 is a Supplement to 1962, so both are needed



Note: 1968 is a Supplement to 1967, so both are needed



Anyone who owns a classic Ford Thunderbird should have a factory Shop Manual for their car. These publications include a lot of information about the car, and are the best reference when making major as well as minor repairs.

The older shop manuals contained information on just the Thunderbird, with everything included in one book, sorted by the various components, such as engine, transmission, rear axle, interior, electrical, etc. A new manual was typically printed for each model year, but in 1963 and 1968, only supplements to the previous year were printed, which means you'll also need a 1962 or 1967 manual for complete information on the 1963 or 1968 Thunderbirds. Beginning in 1969, Ford combined all of its car lines into one set of manuals, with each book organized to contain removal, repair, and installation procedures for one particular vehicle component, such as trim or body.

It's important to note that older manuals usually included wiring diagrams, while the post-1969 manuals didn't. Wiring and vacuum diagrams were provided as a separate reference, in large format, so they were easier to read.

Original manuals are often still available, as are reprints of the originals. We've found some of the reprints have illustrations that are difficult to see, although some are better than others.

Most shop manuals are now available on CD-ROM format, which we prefer over the printed versions, although we do recommend having both. Why both? It's often easier to look up multiple items in the printed version, especially when you have to flip back and forth between pages. Also, you're not stuck at your computer.

The CD-ROM allows you to zoom in on illustrations for better detail, and they include both electrical and vacuum diagrams. When you're ready to work on your car, you can print out the pages applicable to the repair you're doing, and enlarge any illustrations that are necessary. These pages can be taped up near the work area to prevent the wind from blowing them around. If they get dirty, you can just throw them away.

There's no need to risk getting a nice set of shop manuals dirty or greasy, and the individually-printed pages from the CD-ROM can be kept in a binder, documenting the repairs to your car. This is handy when selling the car, as well as when you need to refer back to something you've already done.

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