JUNKYARD THERAPY: Fords from the ’60s and ’70s

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These vintage Fords exemplify the decades in which they were made, with styles that were typical for their times.

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This Thunderbird is marked as a 1964, and it makes sense that it would be – ’64 was the year the ‘Bird when from a pointy front end to something more massive, with its quad headlights flanking a grille with an underbite. Best guess on its color is Pagoda Green, although it appears more blue than that.

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Lots of love for those elaborately-shaped Thunderbird center consoles that merged with the dash. Never noticed how much of a blackened cove the instrument  panel was.

Also from the ’60s is this Falcon that was just about picked clean.

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Always interesting to see a car stripped to its base elements.

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Leading us out of the ’60s is this relatively rust-free 1969 Mercury Marquis. The shade is probably either Burnt Orange or Red; time and fading have blurred the lines between them.

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Not much left of that imposing Marquis front end – the blank-faced hidden headlight panels have given way to an almost skeletal gaze.

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Inside, the instrument panel is typical of the period, with two gauges and a clock framed with bright trim and fake wood.

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Growing up, a neighbor had a Marquis from this year, and I thought the rear end was mad at me. You can see why, with the sharp angles of those vertical blades.

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A ruined Pinto from 1974 will test anyone’s tolerance for excess green. Best guess here is that it’s Dark Yellow Green over Medium Lime Yellow. Just wow.

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The interior is a Luxury Decor package in a more neutral green/tan shade. This passenger seat still has the plastic guide for the shoulder belt, which would usually break off in the first few years of service.

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Speaking of green, this one’s for the wagon lovers, a Ford LTD II that appears to be Light Green.

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It’s listed as a ’77, but Light Green didn’t come along til 1978.

Kids of the 1970s will remember sitting next to dark green door panels like these.

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Interior is in good shape, and the body ain’t bad. What happened here?

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Ah. Looks like there was a barbecue under the this LTD II’s hood.

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Yep, it definitely got hot under there. Too bad, otherwise this wagon might still be on the road.

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