1955 T-BIRD WILD BIRD AYALA CUSTOM RESTORATION

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  • #19256
    Yaril
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    I started this thread over on the HAMB, but felt it worthy to also be uploaded and updated here. this is my first post on this site, my name is Yaril and i love kustom cars 🙂 i own my own shop were i work on customer and personal cars / trucks. so anyways here we go…

    Its my pleasure to start this thread! the original Gil Ayala Thunderbird known as Wild Bird is at my shop, Yaril’s Customs, for a full restoration back to its little book days. ill try my best to document the process as i go and chime in with info on what ive found and is going on in the project. we are always looking for more info on this car, either of the 2 versions so that we can restore it more accurately.

    we are also looking for a donor 55 Tbird, we need things such as seats, motor, glass and a lot of misc parts so a rusty car is not a bad thing so long as it is complete! let me know if you have something we can use.

    so ill start off with the first batch of pics showing how we received the car in a red primer. first things first was to strip it down to bare metal so that we can find out what the condition of the original metal is. ill let the pics do the talking and chime in on the next post.

    thanks!
    Yaril
    Yaril’s Customs

    From Miami, Fl
    http://www.yarilscustoms.com/

    #19267
    Yaril
    Participant

    more pics…

    From Miami, Fl
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    #19278
    Yaril
    Participant

    even more pics…

    From Miami, Fl
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    #19289
    Yaril
    Participant

    and even more pics…

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    #19300
    Yaril
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    thats it for today. more to come soon.

    From Miami, Fl
    http://www.yarilscustoms.com/

    #19314
    Torchie
    Participant

    Glad to see you over here on this site Yaril as I loved the job you did on your Ford custom convertible.
    Great to see that this car is in good hands.
    Keep the posts coming.
    Torchie.

    #19315
    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    Thank you Yaril for starting this thread here.
    I have been looking forward to see Gil’s T-Bird get into the good hands and see it getting restored for as long as I know the car is still around. I was amazed it took so long for somebody to decide to restore it. Its a Gil Ayala Car…

    Fantastic work so far.

    Enjoy the beauty of Customizing

    #19322
    memo ortega
    Participant

    right on torchie, i agree with you glad yaril is starting on gills old t bird restoration with great photos here with rik on the ccc so we can all see it as the cars on progress right on good move, another great custom coming alive memo,

    wow rik, this is like we are going with you guys on this trip to the a bombers show how cool, cant wait to see more , palles car looks awesome with the chop an new martinez top memo,

    #19323
    Bjørn Inge Jansson
    Participant

    It’s not an easy task, since there is so few pics out there, especially of the second version, but also of the interior and details… Hopefully everybody that has additionally pics would be so kind to help out with the restoration by sending them to Yaril or post them here.

    Keep up the good work!

    #19338
    Yaril
    Participant

    Rik its my pleasure to be able to contribute to your site! ive always appreciated all the time you spend posting such great pics and info not only on the web but in books / mag too.

    thanks memo and bjorn this is not an easy task but its one worth doing!

    From Miami, Fl
    http://www.yarilscustoms.com/

    #19379
    Dave Tartaglia
    Participant

    Yaril,
    Nice project!
    Here are two Florida Craigslist postings you may be interested in:

    Sarasoto Craiglist 1

    Sarasota Craiglist 2

    #19509
    Yaril
    Participant

    thank you everyone for the comments! well time for another update. i have gone over every square inch of the exterior body sanding and cleaning and exposing. got to carefully block some of the original lead work and prep the body for its first coat of protection. look at all the pictures and you can see some the rust issues, old repair issues (especially on the passenger front quarter and driver rear rocker area).

    From Miami, Fl
    http://www.yarilscustoms.com/

    #19520
    Yaril
    Participant

    more pics…

    From Miami, Fl
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    #19531
    Yaril
    Participant

    last pic…

    From Miami, Fl
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    #19535
    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    You have been busy Yaril.
    Good to see it all in bare metal.
    Looks like it had a kind of a rough life.

    Do you or the new owner know where this car has been after Gil Ayala sold it? And when he sold it.
    With all that not so well repair work, it looks like it was sort of loved by somebody.. at least loved enough to fix it up for a new paint job? Or perhaps was it done to get it back in primer to make a better sale on it, which makes the poor repair work make more sense. I hope the history on it can be back traced.

    Thanks for keeping us updated… very exciting.

    Enjoy the beauty of Customizing

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