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I was thinking the other day to my self.... self you shold start a thread on how you got you cougar/thunder bird and how other people have gotten theirs.

well my car was origanly my grandmothers and my car was a 1987 boneville (my dads old car) well the car being as old as me wasent in the best shape. and suddely after a week of me driveing it it broke.... :leftright . so we were down a car and my grandmother had an exra car (I thoght it was some old grandma car).
then a week later i got to drive it and well :bowdown: it was an experience. so i then proceded to work on my dad to get the car. long story short he is now driving a new voltswagon(spelling?) jetta , the car that 75 percent of gay men drive and i have the kick butt cougar. got the car for free, there goes my christmas present for the next few years
thanks guy keep this thread going and tell us how you guys got your car.
 

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I went to the car lot and bought it. ;)

I saw the bird and said that's what I wanted, they tried to get me into... a Mustang (too small), a Camaro (oversized Go kart with a body), and an Eclipse (too cheaply made). They finally gave up and sold me what I came for.
 

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got mine from a guy who owned a junkyard...he bought it for himself and never drove it...my dad is real good friends with him and i needed a car about 3 months after my latest "incident" (tree head on in a truck...not good) so we bought it from him

to make the long story short, im now hooked and i get all the free parts from the birds down there i want
 

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See my site for my current bird.

My first bird I bought off of my dads lot WAY back when (it was a 1977)

My second I bought from Dad because my girlfriend blew the motor in my Probe (remind me to thank her)

My third I got because I finally nagged dad enough about scanning the auctions for a V8 Low mileage Sport

which brings us to my current car (see my site!)
 

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Got mine because some girl rear-ended me 4 days after i got my liscense. It wasn't enough to total my car (1989 Cavalier Z24, there's a story in that car by itself), but my mom thought that that car was not safe enough. So we looked around the lot (we're good friends with the salesman and the owner). Looked at another cavalier (no way), then a Monte (didn't want one, everyone at my school had one), then a Neon. I almost bought the Neon, then I priced insurance. That shot the Neon out of the equation. Then they got the Cougar on the lot. I test drove it, liked it, bought it. Got $1800 out of the cavalier (ins. money and trade) and I only paid 1k for it. Now I'm here
 

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Oldest sister killed my old 1989 Tempo and was now going to own my 1989 Grand Am, so my parents found a 1997 Thunderbird on the air force base they work at, so they took me to buy it. Guy's wife was selling it because he was overseas and was going to get a brand-new car when he got back anyway. Oh well, more MN12 for me. :D
 

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My father and I went to Carmax on 03/19/01 to find me a car. I had looked at other Thunderbirds around town....I really liked this '94 4.6 but it was all dogged out.....anyways, when I was at Carmax, I was actually looking for a Thunderbird. While I was at carmax, the last car in the last row I was looking through was a 1996 Ford Thunderbird 3.8 with only 27K and loaded!. $9,995.00. With $5,000 in cash from the car I sold previous (1960 Plymouth Fury....long story, pm me if ya wanna know about it) I decided to buy it. I had her paid off by the summer of 03'. My balance after downpayment was like $6,*** including taxes and tags. I found out about TCCoA in the spring of 2002. I didnt become a member until july of 2003, and i registered for the boards in october of 2003. ;)
 

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I found both of my cars on AutoTrader.com.
 

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Bought my '96 still new on the lot in '97. They really wanted to move it by then, so I got a great price - 'paid cash! (I'd made some good money in tech stocks but still had long stringy hair, etc. - they probably thought I was a dope dealer... :D )
 

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I was originally going to get my dad's 87 v6 but my gramma showed up one day and said she seen a nice blue thunderbird sitting at a junk yard for sale a few miles away. So we went to look. It was a 95 v6 with 114,000 but it was only 1,000. I liked the color a lot and for some reason the floor shift was much more apealing to me than the column shift on my dad's car. It had some damage to it but we are farmers so it wasnt going to be hard to find a way to cobble something together, even if it wasnt quite right. The also said they would give us a radiator for it, which was completely gone, ripped out from the looks of it by a stump or something. Well, the gave us a radiator for a 91 instead of a 95 and said that was all they had and blah blah blah, so we made that fit with a mechanical fan instead of the stock electric one. But, I'm happy I went with this one over my dad's. Sadly, though, since I didnt take my dad's it has just sat there for the last two years falling apart.
 

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I got mine because I totaled my first car (86 chevy celebrity), got the first one from a kia dealership, had it three days and a dumb girl rear-ended me...looked for another, and found the current one...V8, leather, and a grand less than the first (v6, cloth) I was happy.
 

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Saw the car on the lot, opened the hood, saw the word SUPERCHARGED, closed the hood and asked where do I sign. I have been in love with my SC since then. Well not the day I had to do my UCA's but Im sure we all felt that way.
 

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Saw it on eBay listed poorly, without a pic. Start price was $5300, and it didn't get a single bid. It was in Manchester NH (couple hours drive) so I called him up and we met halfway. I already knew what to expect but when I saw it person and drove it I was in love. everything about it was 10 times better than my 89, and it still had 6 months of warrenty on it. Went home and got a loan the next day. I didn't even try to talk him down because this was in the summer of 2002, and $5300 was a very nice price at the time. Drove to his house and bought it on July 3rd. Drove it home.
 

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Wanted a Bird my whole life, bought a V6 '93 Cougar. Stupid teen pulled out in front of me killing the cat. Told myself my next car had to be T-Bird (I did not care what it was powered by). My uncle worked at a car lot in Louisville and said he had 3, Gold V6 93, Blue V8 94, Green V8 95. The blue one was gone when I arrived and they actually wanted more for the 93 due to mileage, so I picked the green one. And I still have it today.
 

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I also wanted a t-bird since I was a little kid. More specifically I wanted a 96/97. Then one day I heard that my uncle who sells salvage cars had recently obtained a 96 tbird and that it was a V8. I imidiatly got excited. A few weeks later I got home from work and there it was. My uncle had come to show me the bird. I test drove it and was in love. Bought it for $2400(salvage title). It's Alpine green with a tan leather interior and had 120Kmi when I got it last August, now it has 131K miles.
 

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got my cougar for 600 bucks, "needed" a new car b/c mine wasnt highway safe (since when is a metro doing 80 with excessive body roll not safe :D). anyway called teh guy, he wanted 700, talked him down to 6, and it was in my driveway. 6 cylinders accelerates way faster than three does, i can only imagine what 8 would be like.
 

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My First bird I kinda.. weasled my way into. My dad bought himself a car to drive to and from Missouri when he takes trips back that way.. well.. I was just out of highschool and needed a car to drive to and from work. Well.. we all know how long the only to-and-from work lasted. lol. Well.. I got that car Novemberish of 2001 and I had it until December of 2004 when it was rear-ended by a Neon and totalled.

I had my 94 SC purchased for 2100 before the end of December and it sat until a couple months ago while I waited on a Harmonic Balancer. I was still driving the totalled LX. The LX started getting parted out the minute the SC was running and I just today had the LX hauled off.
 
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