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Hey Xracer... You do realize that NONE of the 100 T-bolts were delivered.

They were all to be Picked up at the assembly factory...

I got a call from a guy in the Sacramento area yesterday, he found it and is going to inspect it today and buy it if everything about it is genuine.
 

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I think that was just the group 1 cars, which were the first 11 made.
 

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Bill Ireland T-bolt is long gone..... Bill sold it to Gary Wanless in Vancouver BC Canada. car was sponsered by Mclellan Motors in New West BC. Gary altered the wheelbase (alot) and stretched the front end. Sometime in late 1966? Gary installed a tube chassis and cut the body off and made it into a 1967 Cougar funny car. Body was given away to "some kids" or destroyed. Car is destroyed/scrapped. see link to my post on the HAMB forum

Features - Ford Thunderbolts Photos Wanted | Page 128 | The H.A.M.B.

you can also see other pictures here. along with the ex #5 Les Ritchey car that also came up to Vancouver BC Canada. Car has not surfaced since the late 60's.

Features - Ford Thunderbolts Photos Wanted | Page 128 | The H.A.M.B.
 

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Bill Ireland T-bolt is long gone..... Bill sold it to Gary Wanless in Vancouver BC Canada. car was sponsered by Mclellan Motors in New West BC. Gary altered the wheelbase (alot) and stretched the front end. Sometime in 1966? Gary installed a tube chassis and cut the body off and made it into a 1967 Cougar funny car. Body was given away to "some kids" or destroyed. Car is destroyed/scrapped. see link to my post on the HAMB forum

Features - Ford Thunderbolts Photos Wanted | Page 128 | The H.A.M.B.

you can also see other pictures here. along with the #5 Les Ritchey car that also came up to Vancouver BC Canada. Car has not surfaced since the late 60's.

Features - Ford Thunderbolts Photos Wanted | Page 128 | The H.A.M.B.
That's a nice Fairlane you have, was it in Car Craft last year?
 

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According to the man that called from the Sacramento area it's supposed to be the real deal.
Papers form the original sale and proper vin numbers... All stripped and primered and ready for reassembly.

I guess time will tell, I told him where the vin's were and other things that identify a true T-bolt.
 

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Unless he has a bill of sale from Gary Wanless, I doubt it's the Bill Ireland car. We'll find out soon enough.
 

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Any updates?
 

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It says he sold the body ( what was left of it) to local guys and didn't surface again. Who knows maybe they put it back together with another Fairlane?

Chances are it is long gone though or sitting in a Barn somewhere.

It's a shame what he did to it. But that's what they did back then. And guys still cutting them up like that. That's their thing though.

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I was driving my 64 Fairlane to work one day several years ago. T-Bolt hood on it. And a older guy pulled up next to me said he had a real one at home. I couldn't stop to talk. But do you know of any cars around Indianapolis still?

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I think some people buy a 64 with a teardrop hood and believe it to be a tbolt without realizing how rare these cars are and can't be had for 15k. Happened on Facebook not too long ago. I think it was a hardtop too.
 

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It says he sold the body ( what was left of it) to local guys and didn't surface again. Who knows maybe they put it back together with another Fairlane?

Chances are it is long gone though or sitting in a Barn somewhere.

It's a shame what he did to it. But that's what they did back then. And guys still cutting them up like that. That's their thing though.

John,
I was driving my 64 Fairlane to work one day several years ago. T-Bolt hood on it. And a older guy pulled up next to me said he had a real one at home. I couldn't stop to talk. But do you know of any cars around Indianapolis still?

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Even if someone went through the effort to piece back the shell (which I highly doubt) it would be a re bodied car. Nothing original to the car except the skin. The inner fenders with the VIN numbers were scrapped way before the shell was removed and sold. The engine and transmission were sold separate. The rear axle assembly stayed with with the tube frame and cougar body.

In have no idea if there are any T-Bolts in the Indianapolis area
 
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