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1953 thunderbird color #82270
08/19/05 3:05 am
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what is the corect color(s) for a 1953 thunderbird


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82271
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Hey, you lucky if you have a '53 or later rigid Thunderbird because you actually have two colors that are correct. Thunderbirds starting in 1951 were painted a medium/light metallic blue (polychromatic blue), but starting in 1953 there was an option for black (the so called 'Blackbirds'). If you go with blue then just about everything should be blue (sheetmetal, nacelle, frame, etc.), with the exception of a few black items, such as the front and rear numberplate. If you choose black, then that is easy, because everything is black!

Here is a picture of a 1951 that was painted black. Not exactly the same as a '53 (different nacelle and taillight), but gives you the general idea.

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Hope this helps,


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82272
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thanks for the info, good to hear its black. heres the bike im geting, in spite of the badge does the tank look original? is that rear fender too short? <a href="http://img387.imageshack.us/my.php?image=trump3vf.jpg" target="_blank"><


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82273
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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82274
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zgears, I am also trying to find out what is the exact color combination of the 53 T Bird. Several books say several things. Most everyone I have seen in a photo is painted black. It dosen't appear many were made is Polychromaic Blue, or most everyone restored them in black. I am getting a copy of an original piece of colored litature from a friend and hope that sheds some more light on the subject.
So far I believe that everything is painted blue except for the from brake plate, which is aluminum. Some one out there has to have an original photo of this bike in blue, or has done the research already.

Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82275
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I saw thisnicely restored '52 T-Bird at a local show a few years back , not sure if it is the same color as later models ? Gonna try and post a pic and link to more pics ...


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Hopefully the pic showed up , more pics as well as other nonsense at this link

[url=http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2160448820050931432blwRac ]'52 T-Bird[/URL]


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82276
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Brent -

Wasn't the black option for export to the US as they were having a hard time selling the blue ones stateside?

Are you going to the Leesburg Rally on 10/7? Would love to see some of those bikes you have listed...... laugh

Cheers,

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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82277
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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82278
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Lets try that again
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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82279
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Thanks for the super photos of some super bikes, however I need the 1953. According to the books and other items (photos)I have found the 1950-1952 had some black painted on the stays, etc. The 1953 seems to have all blue (polychromatic)including stays, etc. I try to made these bikes as close to original as possible, then I ride them.

Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82280
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That blue looks alittle light to me. I had a 51 T-bird with some original paint under the tank and it was a bit darker. Could be the color in my computer though. If you do the all blue any dirt or oil will stand out like a whore in church. I cheated on mine and did the cycle parts and nacelle in black and did the rest of the sheet metal in blue like the late swing arm models. Later I did a speed twin in all red and hated it. Original is nice but you still have to like it......

Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82281
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Tiger39 those bags are great! Already pencilling a scketch to make something close to 'em lol smile


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82282
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ask marlon brando....of course a black and white movie makes it easy


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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82283
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39 Tiger,

That is a stunning machine! I put it on my screen saver and I can't take my eyes off of it. Love to see it posted in the calendar.

Very well done! clap

Tom

Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82284
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Aloniw - thanks for the complement. My camera and computer don't do the color justice. I'll probably bring it to Corvallis next year along with a 48 T100 I'm just finishing and you can see it in person.

Cheers
Terry

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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82285
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ask marlon brando....of course a black and white movie makes it easy
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Colour stills, help ! :bigt:

The coolest T-bird of them all ...Right colour, too
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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82286
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I am also restoring a 1953 Thunderbird, and have researched the colors. The color Polychromatic blue seems to be on all surfaces except the license plate bracket (black) and the front brake anchor (aluminum). The rims are chrome with no painted ring. I have an original piece of colored literature and this looks to be the case. However the literature does look like an artist conception. I also have a DVD from the 60's showing a 1951 riding around and the color seem to be the same. You can e mail me if you have any questions, I have been researching this for awhile and I am satisfied with the answer.

Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82287
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The rigid framed Thunderbird is one of my favourite bikes- a real beauty!
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Re: 1953 thunderbird color #82288
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The rigid framed Thunderbird is one of my favourite bikes- a real beauty!
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You know, if Marlon Brando's motorsickle hadn't been so beautiful then I wouldn't be riding anything let alone Triumphs today.
The 6T looked just the perfect vehicle for the nascent teenage misfit ..., a lean, sinewy, raw bike much like we all were way back when .... Lee Marvin's Harley looked like an armchair in comparison


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