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What Would This Thunderbird Look Like If It Wasn’t So Ridiculously Long?: Cold Start

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Every time I see a picture of one of these early-to-mid-1970s Thunderbirds, I’m struck by how absurdly long they are. Like this 1974 one here. That’s a two-door car, and I’m pretty sure there are buses in operation in the world right now that aren’t as long as this thing was. These land yachts were dramatic machines, and I think so much of that drama is just the drama of holy shit, that thing is long. So what if we quickly de-longify one of these?

For whatever reason, that’s the idea I couldn’t get out of my head, which is why and how we ended up here:Cs Thunderbird Short2

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Wow. I don’t exactly dislike it, but you do lose the drama when you lose the length, that’s proven now. You know what it reminds me of? One of these:

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I’m not exactly sure what point we’ve proven here just now, but we did it. Length=drama? Is that it? Length=presence? Is that the shortcut we’ve all been seeking? As a short person, does this mean I’m kinda screwed? Because for people, height is equivalent to length, isn’t it?

Man, now I’m more confused than when I started.

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1961ford
1961ford
9 months ago

I thought there was an AMC Pacer hiding under there
’76 AMC Pacer Commercial (1975) – YouTube

Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson
9 months ago

Jesus, thanks a lot Torchinsky.

Now I want a Leata Cabalero.

Jesus Helicoptering Christ
Jesus Helicoptering Christ
9 months ago

The shortened one looks like it should have a transverse mounted engine and FWD, then the boot floor could be low due to a lack of diff under there, freeing up space.

I’d totally drive that too.

Maymar
Maymar
9 months ago

That shrunken Thunderbird is probably about the same size as a Citroen DS (fun fact! The Citroen’s wheelbase is actually a couple inches longer), so as a fellow efficiently-sized person, I think the lesson is you can still have presence if you’re not pretending to be a big person and just lean into the iconoclasm.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
9 months ago

As expected, an abridged T bird looks like a warped Mustang II Ghia.
On a related note I saw a 70s Ranchero which is bizarre looking because the hood and bed are the same length so it looks like a center cab locomotive.

Notsurewhy
Notsurewhy
9 months ago
Reply to  Slow Joe Crow

Yup, as soon as I read the headline I thought “like a mustang II?”

Wagen Volk
Wagen Volk
9 months ago

That’s what she said.

Wagen Volk
Wagen Volk
9 months ago
Reply to  Wagen Volk

Damn @Col Lingus had the same idea already.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
9 months ago

Put an electronic fan on it instead of the engine driven one, ditch the shroud, and you have room for an inline 8. Or a V-12. Maybe an Allison V-12 or a Rolls Royce Merlin?

Joe The Drummer
Joe The Drummer
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris Jackson

I like the cut of your jib, old chap.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
9 months ago

If you’re gonna do stupid things, you might as well do awesome stupid things.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
9 months ago

I’m surprised Ford didn’t do this very thing and drop it on Pinto running gear. Thunderbird II.

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