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1963 Ford Thunderbird
Sail Away in a 1963 Ford Thunderbird

1963 Ford Thunderbird

Not much had changed for the 1963 T-bird, with the success from previous years. It was available in four distinct models - Landau, Hardtop, Convertible and Sports Roadster. Extra features including a swing-away steering wheel which moves to the side when you enter, ah, what luxury. Plus don't forget air conditioning, power windows, power seat, power steering and power brakes plus more.

 

 

 

1963 Ford Thunderbird Production and Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Thunderbird Series
P/M 83 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe $4,445 4,195 lbs 42,806
P/M 87 2 Dr Lancer Hardtop $4,548 4,320 lbs 14,139
P/M 85 2 Dr Convertible $4,912 4,205 lbs 5,913
P/M 89 2 Dr Sport Roadster $5,563 4,395 lbs 455

Chassis Data

Model Number Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tire Size
Thunderbird 113 in 205 in - - 8.00 x 14

Vin Number Decoding - 1960 - 1969 Ford (All Models)

Location: stamped on top upper flange of left front fender apron. Located on top of dash visible through windshield. On lock face of left front door.
 
First Symbol - Year
0 = 1960 1 = 1961 2 = 1962 3 = 1963 4 = 1964 5 = 1965 6 = 1966 7 = 1967 8 = 1968 9 = 1969
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
A = Atlanta L = Michigan Truck
B = Oakville N = Norfolk
C = Ontario P = Twin Cities
D = Dallas R = San Jose
E = Mahwah S = Pilot Plant
F = Dearborn T = Metuchen
G = Chicago U = Louisville
H = Lorain W = Wayne
J = Los Angeles Y = Wixom
K = Kansas City Z = St. Louis
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
01 = Mustang 2 Dr Hardtop 51 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom)
02 = Mustang 2 Dr Fastback 52 = Ford 2 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
03 = Mustang 2 Dr Convertible 53 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
10 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan 54 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Galaxie 500)
11 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan 55 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (Galaxie 500)
12 = Falcon Station Wagon 56 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
20 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Futura) 57 = Ford Convertible (Galaxie 500)
21 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan (Futura) 58 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
22 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Bucket Seats) 60 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (XL)
23 = Falcon Station Wagon (Futura) 61 = Ford Convertible (XL)
30 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop 62 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
31 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan 63 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback Coupe
32 = Fairlane Station Wagon 64 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (LTD)
33 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop (500) 65 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe
34 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan (500) 66 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
35 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500) 70 = Ford Station Wagon (Ranch Wagon - 6P)
36 = Fairlane Convertible (500) 71 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 6P)
37 = Fairlane Station Wagon (500) 72 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 10P)
38 = Fairlane Station Wagon (Squire) 73 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire - 6P)
40 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 XL) 74 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Sedan - 10P)
41 = Fairlane Convertible (500 XL) 75 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -6P)
42 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 GT) 76 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -10P)
43 = Fairlane Convertible (500 GT) 76 = Fairlane Convertible
47 = Fairlane Ranchero 83 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop
48 = Fairlane Ranchero (500) 84 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
49 = Fairlane Ranchero (GT) 87 = Thunderbird 4 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
Fifth Symbol - Engine
A = 8-289 Q = 8-427
B = 6-240 R = 8-427
C = 8-289 S = 8-390
E = 6-240 T = 6-200
F = 8-260 U = 6-170
J = 8-302 V = 6-240
K = 8-289 W = 8-427
L = 8-221 X = 8-352
M = 8-390 Y = 8-390
N = 8-429 Z = 8-390
P = 8-428  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 100001
Code Transmission Type
1 3-Speed Manual
5 4-Speed Manual (std. ratio) 2.78 1st.
6 4-Speed Manual (opt. ratio) 2.32 1st.
T Cruise-O-Matic (FMX-L)
U C6 Automatic (aluminum 1 piece case)
W C4 Automatic (aluminum 2 piece case)
X Cruise-O-Matic (C.I. case)
Y Cruise-O-Matic(C.I. case)
Z C6 Automatic Special (aluminum 1 piece case)

Note: 1960 through 1963 Thunderbirds: The VIN plate is located on the left front body pillar below the driver's door hinge opening

Engine Data

Engines Displacement Horsepower Bore & Stroke Compression Ratio Carburetor
S 6-144 85 3.50 x 2.50 8.7:1 1 BC
U 6-170 101 3.50 x 2.94 8.7:1 1 BC
T 6-200 116 3.68 x 3.13 8.7:1 1 BC
V 6-223 138 3.62 x 3.60 8.4:1 1 BC
L 8-221 145 3.75 x 3.30 8.8:1 2 BC
F 8-260 164 3.80 x 2.87 8.7:1 2 BC
C 8-289 195 3.00 x 2.87 6.6:1 2 BC
K 8-289 271 3.00 x 2.67 10.5:1 4 BC
X 8-352 220 4.00 x 3.50 8.9:1 2 BC
P 8-390 300 4.05 x 3.78 9.6:1 4 BC
Z 8-390 330 4.05 x 3.76 9.6:1 4 BC
M 8-390 340 4.05 x 3.76 10.5:1 6 BC
B 8-406 385 4.13 x 3.76 11.4:1 4 BC
G 8-406 405 4.13 x 3.78 11.4:1 6 BC
Q 8-427 410 4.23 x 3.78 11.5:1 4 BC
R 8-427 425 4.23 x 3.78 11.5:1 8 BC

 

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