72 was 216 inches long and weighed 4600 lbs.   The 77 was just barely shorter 
but about 500 pounds lighter.  I bet the engine in your Mom's car was a 429.  

The T-Bird swelled in size up to 1976 where it was 226 long and 5100 pounds.  
So, the 77 was 10 inches shorter and almost 1000 pounds lighter. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Max Dillon [mailto:dillonm...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:56 PM
To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Thunderbird

As a kid, my mother drove a '72 T-Bird for many years.  It had a 427 ci engine, 
what a gas hog!  I think the body was very similar to your brother's car in 
terms of size (HUGE), but not as angular.  Terrible in the Wisconsin winters 
without snow tires, but Mom drove about thirty miles each way to work so she 
preferred all-season tires.  That car got stuck a lot in the winter, I think we 
kept a chain and shovel in the trunk year-round.  Very comfortable ride, fast 
for the time, stylish, I think it had over 150k miles when it was sold to the 
mailman.  He drove a rural mail delivery route and racked up many more miles in 
short order, I think the car only lasted a few more years on mail delivery duty.
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On October 12, 2016 12:09:56 PM EDT, Donald Snook via Mercedes 
<mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>If you are into non-mercedes collectable cars, my brother is selling 
>one of his.
>It's a cool car and the car has been a winner at multiple car shows he
>has taken it to.   I was with him when he bought the car.  It had
>19,000 miles and now it has 22,000 miles.  1977 was the first year for 
>the downsized Thunderbird.  I suppose "downsized" is relative because 
>this is still a big car!  It really looks like it has 10,000 miles on
>it.   Not everyone's taste, but still interesting.
>Donald H. Snook
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