Automotive Mileposts

2011 Site Updates

December 2011

Image: Automotive Mileposts' 2011 Holiday GreetingHoliday Greetings from Everyone at Automotive Mileposts!

Thank you for your support this year. We've established our Facebook and Twitter pages, and appreciate the participation of so many people and companies on those sites.

View our 2011 Holiday Greeting.

November 2011

No updates month to date. Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates.

October 2011

No updates month to date. Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages for new things daily (links in right column). Site updates will resume soon, thank you for your patience.

September 2011

No updates month to date. Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages. Site updates will resume soon, thank you for your patience.

August 2011

Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for August updates.

July 2011

Please visit our Facebook and/or Twitter pages for July 2011 updates. Normal updates should return in August 2011. Our apologies for the delay, and thank you for your support.

June 2011

"" June 1, 2011 sets a new record for visitors during the month of May, 2011. Our unique visitors total was up 109.2% over April, a month in which we also set a new record. Thank you so much for your continued support of this site. We appreciate you, and the time you spend here, very much!

May 2011

"" May 31, 2011

Image: 1957 Ford Thunderbird engine1957 Ford Thunderbird Engine Options
Did you know that Ford's factory racing arm built a modified Thunderbird that was clocked at Bonneville at over 160 mph? Automotive Mileposts takes a look at the various power train options available to new Thunderbird customers in 1957, including the 300 horsepower McCullough supercharged 312 V-8!

The Thunderbird was the big sales winner against all competitors, and it was also winning honors on the racing circuit as well, until the plug was pulled on factory-sponsored racing.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Have fun and be safe.

"" May 30, 2011

Image: 1957 Ford Thunderbird1957 Ford Thunderbird

The 1957 Thunderbird ranks right up there among the top icons of the fifties—Marilyn Monroe might be #1, but we're not sure about that. Heavily restyled with new doors, rear fenders, and front and rear bumpers, many improvements were made to address issues that had persisted since day one, namely lack of luggage space and leaky hardtops.

The styling revisions retained all of the T-bird's original character, while giving it a fresh new look. Inside, a new instrument panel appeared, as did a new design for the seat and door trim panels.

Under the hood, more engine options than ever made sure the T-bird was as fast as its owner wanted it to be. A new supercharged engine provided 300 horsepower. Cool new options included the Dial-O-Matic power seat and Volumatic Signal-Seek radio. Each and every one was a collector's item virtually from the moment it rolled off the assembly line.

"" May 13, 2011

Image: 1969 Lincoln Continental Town Sedan Show Car1969 Lincoln Continental Town Sedan Show Car

Following the success of the 1964 and 1965 Town Brougham show cars, Lincoln topped off the decade with the Town Sedan for the 1969 auto show circuit. Now fancier than ever, the '69 version came with a telephone, electric doors, a Philco color television set for rear compartment passengers to enjoy, and a Continental Mark III-inspired front end styling with concealed headlamps. The response to the car at the shows was incredible.

"" May 7, 2011

Image: 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Custom Biarritz interiorVOTE! Question: Which classic luxury car has the best interior?
Your choices from the cars nominated by our readers over the last few months are on our Contest page, and voting is underway on our Facebook page right now. (Both links open in new window or tab.)

Which one will be the winner?

"" May 2, 2011

A new record for the most visitors set for April 2011. Thank you, once again we have set a new record for April 2011. We were up 103.7% over record-breaking March.

We spent much of April focusing on establishing our Facebook and Twitter accounts, will have new updates appearing on the site soon. Next in line for publication are the 1957 Ford Thunderbirds. If you haven't yet followed us on Twitter or liked us on Facebook, please do so as we update both regularly.

Thank you for your continued support, we know we owe it all to you!

April 2011 sets new record for the most visitors in a single month!
We couldn't have done it without you, for the month of March 2011 we had more unique visitors than ever before in our almost 11-year history! Visits in March were up 103% over January 2011, when the old record was set. We owe it all to you, and thank you for your continued support.

March 2011

"" March 31, 2011

Image: 1956 Ford Thunderbird interior1956 Ford Thunderbird
In its second year, the flashy T-bird received notable styling updates, mostly to address issues from its maiden year. The spare tire was moved outside the car, and perched on the rear bumper to allow for more luggage room in the trunk. This caused some handling issues, however, so a more substantial restyle for 1957 would place the spare tire back inside the trunk.

New port windows were added to the hard top to improve visibility, and customers could choose between them or the standard top without the windows at no charge. 90 percent opted for the new "porthole" windows. Front cowl vents allowed for more interior air flow, as the passenger compartment was somewhat warm once the engine and transmission heated up.

New colors inside and out, a new engine option, a 12-volt electrical system, and the availability of most modern luxuries made the T-bird one of the most desired cars on the road. Production fell due to a late introduction, but came close to 1955 numbers, which was quite good since 1955 was a record year for the industry.

"" March 22, 2011

Image: 1955 Ford Thunderbird1955 Ford Thunderbird
This is the car that didn't fit in any mold. It was sporty, but it wasn't really a sports car. It was luxurious, but it really wasn't just a luxury car. It was often a second car, but too small to be a family car. It was a personal car. Designed to fit the individual needs of the driver.

A compact convertible with a sports car flair that also offered luxury conveniences and features that most sports cars at the time didn't offer. Things like roll-up windows, multiple tops, a telescoping steering column, and the availability of power windows and seat. The new T-bird became an instant status symbol, representing an adventurous spirit and an exciting lifestyle. It also became an American icon, and a classic in its own time. Resale values remained high for used T-birds, giving them an enviable resale record.

What made the first generation Thunderbirds unique was also their biggest negative: not enough room for more than two people. Even as the first 1955 Thunderbirds were rolling off the assembly line, plans were underway for a new, larger Thunderbird that would open the door to Thunderbird excitement to even more people.

"" March 8, 2011

Image: 1977 Ford Thunderbird1977, 1978, and 1979 Ford Thunderbird Body Side Moldings Being given a choice is usually a good thing, but can there be too much choice? Possibly, when it came to choosing your 1977, 1978, or 1979 Thunderbird. Pick the exterior color. Then the interior color. OK, not too bad. Now, do you want a vinyl roof? Color? Accent stripes? Color? Body side molding? Which one? Black vinyl insert, wide bright, or color-keyed wide vinyl? What color? Do you want to match the paint, the vinyl roof, or the interior? See what we mean?

You'd still need to select your interior seating configuration and material, and the options and accessories, engine, and the like. Hopefully people set aside a block of time to order their new Thunderbirds in the late seventies, because they surely needed it! This page discusses the various types of exterior moldings offered, as well as restrictions in use and pricing.

"" March 2, 2011

Image: 1963 Lincoln Continental Sedan shown in Burgundy Frost Metallic1963 Lincoln Continental For 1963, styling changes were once again kept to a minimum on the Continental. The focus was on quality and improvement rather than sweeping styling updates. Due to its more compact size, one criticism of these motorcars was the limited interior space, especially for rear seat passengers. Changes were made to the interior to maximize available space, and an increased wheelbase was being readied for introduction the following year, which would finally resolve the issue.

Additional power was provided under the hood, a new AM-FM push-button radio option was introduced, and a variety of stunning exterior paint colors and interior trims was offered. One of the most beautiful cars ever built, the 1963 Lincolns were also wonderful automobiles to drive and ride in.

February 2011

Date February 25, 2011

Image: 1962 Lincoln Continental Sedan1962 Lincoln Continental
Jack and Jackie were in The White House, Cary and Doris, and Joan and Bette paired up on the big screen. The average cost of a new house was $12,500, and a gallon of gas was 28 cents. And you could buy a brand new 1962 Continental, the base price of which cost more than the total average yearly income at the time of $5,556.

For 1962, Lincoln made changes that improved the functionality, dependability, and quality of the car. Most of the styling changes people could see were the result of improvements made to the car for other reasons. For instance, the headlights were raised to provide better lighting, and the front grille and bumper were also changed, in part due to the relocation of the lights. Most of the concerns from owners who bought '61 cars were addressed—except for one: rear seat room. But changes were on the way for '63 to address that. 1962 was a great year to buy a new Lincoln Continental.

Date February 19, 2011

Did you know the Movie and TV-Birds pages are all new? The new design now includes previews of many of the movies (with more to come), plus a cleaner design with improved navigation. This is the first part of our new roll out, soon we will be dividing the pages by series (1961-1963, 1964-1966, etc.) to make the page sizes smaller and faster loading. Pick a favorite year and watch a show where the car's the star!

The Fifties | The Sixties | The Seventies

Date February 3, 2011

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January 2011

Date January 25, 2011

Image: Thunderbird AMP gaugeTECH TIPS:
1967-1971 Ford Thunderbird and 1969-1971 Continental Mark III AMP Gauge Repair
For years, owners of late sixties and early seventies Thunderbirds and Continental Mark IIIs have dealt with what appeared to be dead AMP gauges. And this situation wasn't limited to the luxury cars, either. Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, and Ford Truck owners also have lived with ammeters that don't appear to do anything, even though everything in that circuit looks to be operating normally.

This article covers a few things owners of these vehicles can do to restore functionality to their AMP gauges. Even though these gauges were designed to show minimal needle movement to begin with, some movement is better than nothing. Ford did release an updated, increased sensitivity gauge for the Thunderbird during the mid-December 1969 production run of 1970 Thunderbirds, but it isn't clear if updated gauges were released for any of the other models.

At any rate, here are a few things you can try that just might encourage that ammeter gauge to move a little!

Date January 15, 2011

Image: PerTronix Ignitor II KitPerTronix Electronic Ignition Conversion We believe that one of the best modifications classic car owners can make to their cars is an ignition system upgrade to eliminate the troublesome points and condenser set up. One of the best and cleanest installations is made by PerTronix. The Ignitor is concealed completely under the distributor cap, and most people will never know a change has been made, unless they know what to look for. What you give up in originality is more than compensated for by improved overall performance, easier starting, and a smoother, more stable idle.

We've long promoted this system, but have now expanded our information and made it easier for you to order. We've included a complete model compatibility pages for the Original PerTronix Ignitor, Ignitor II, and Ignitor III. You can compare the three models on our PerTronix Electronic Ignition Conversion page to see which one is right for your needs.

We've also added PerTronix Installation Instructions for Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles, along with a tip or two about installation, as well as something you can do during installation that just might prevent your classic from being stolen! (Installation details for GM and Chrysler vehicles are coming soon.)

Date January 4, 2011

Image: 1961 Lincoln Continental engine test1961 Lincoln Continental Quality Control Audit Most Lincoln enthusiasts have heard about Lincoln's 12-mile road test given to each new Lincoln built during the sixties. The car had to pass 189 checks before it could be approved for shipping, which was a great way to determine just how good the quality control during assembly really was. But Lincoln's quality control procedures began long before that 12-mile test.

From the very beginning, during the design phase, Lincoln sought to create parts that would be trouble free and durable. The best materials available were specified, right down to the carpeting on the floor of the car. Components were tested before installation as well as after installation, to make sure they operated properly.

This was done because Lincoln wanted to find problems before new owners did. So equipment was built to test electrical systems to determine if anything wasn't up to par before the car left the factory. Gaps between body panels were checked and re-checked to ensure close tolerances were met. Completed cars were spot checked, and some were even taken apart to see if any assembly processes might be troublesome down the road. Lincoln went to great lengths to make certain the car it built was worthy of its 24-month, 24,000-mile warranty, the best in the business at the time. In this article, Automotive Mileposts gives you a more detailed look at Lincoln's Quality Control Audit process.

Date January 2, 2011

Image: 1961 Lincoln Continental 4-Door Convertible1961 Lincoln Continental A year ago, on the last day of 2009, we announced the publication of the 1971 Lincoln Continental section. That year, Lincoln celebrated its Golden (50th) Anniversary, and we thought that was a good way to end the year.

This year, we start 2011 off with Lincolns that are a decade older, and are themselves celebrating their 50th birthday this year.

After years of not having its own identity, and several failed attempts to compete directly with Cadillac on Cadillac's turf, Lincoln decided to rewrite the book on American luxury cars. And the 1961 Continentals were the result of that effort. Smaller than typical luxury cars of the day, the new Lincolns had quality control equal to or better than any other car in the world. Thoroughly tested before being approved for shipping, new owners quickly fell in love with their cars, and kept them longer than they normally would have.

Just two exclusive models were offered, a beautiful 4-door sedan with center-opening rear doors, and an elegant 4-door convertible, with fully automatic convertible top that folded itself into the luggage compartment. Both were immediate classics, and their styling is as beautiful today as it was in 1961.

Start 2011 off with a journey that goes back 50 years, to a time when Lincoln proved—almost single handedly—that huge tail fins, gobs of chrome, and sheer bulk no longer defined luxury American motoring. This was the car that changed Lincoln's story.

Date January 1, 2011

Thank you from Automotive Mileposts

Automotive Mileposts set new traffic records for 2010, and we'd like to thank you—our reader—for your support. Unique visitors were up 119 percent over 2009, and page views were up an incredible 165 percent! Documenting these classics is a labor of love, and we very much appreciate the support the classic car community has shown us over the past decade. Thank you.

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