Fellow Thunderbird owners,
I'm new to boating and just purchased what I believe to be a 1966 Thunderbird Cheyenne, but i'm not sure. My serial # is CY66521. I have yet to find any in depth information about the boat, and I don't really think the guy I bought it from knew what it was for sure. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Thunderbird Owners Hello!
I was given a Thunderbird '67 Commanche or what I believe it to be. It seems to be in great condition for how old it was and are underway on our project. I have attached some pictures to show you the beginning of the project. I currently need your assistance in finding a windshield for this boat. The starboard side of the boats windshield was very foggy, and I tried to clean it up but it ended up breaking on me. As you can see in the picture it was a curved windshield. The engine on it is a 70HP Johnson that started up after a couple pulls with a string since the battery was dead. Any help with the windshield would be much appriciated .
I have a 72 Comanche, I am planing the same restoration project for this fall. I was exited to see that your stringers appear to be in great shape and that they are encapsulated in fiberglass. I hope my superstructure looks as good as yours. How was the deck attatched to the stringers? Was the foam a pain to remove? Do you have any more pics?
I have a 19 foot 72 Comanche, I am planing the same restoration project for this fall. I can't wait to get started. I was exited to see that your stringers appear to be in great shape and that they are encapsulated in fiberglass. I hope my superstructure looks as good as yours. How was the deck attatched to the stringers? Was the foam a pain to remove? Do you have any more pics?
Hi Thunderbird Boat Owners;
New to forum but have been a marine service professional for 40 years. Since I was a young teen working the fuel docks in the late 60's I have loved the Thunderbird cathedrals.
Well, anyway I picked up a 68 Comanche (just what I wanted) with 120 Mercruiser power this spring. It has generally escaped the ravages of time and owner neglect even though the previous owner was an expert cobbler. It did indicate bad wood in the stbd side transom and the cabin top where the windshield mounts. Otherwise, all the other wood is in excellent condition. I do have a few mechanical issues to resolve but they will be addressed when the engine is pulled for the transom work.
Thanks to all for your project boat inputs. Thanks to scallawag61 and maglite4cell for the pics. It was great to see the stringer placement as I begin the transom phase of my project.
I think I have a 1971 Comanche. Can anyone confirm? I am planning on going to work on this thing soon. Would LOVE to know what I am working on.
Looks like a nice project. I am retoring my Thunderbird Seminole now. These are great boats, built like a tank. Keep us posted with your progress.
Any ideas on my boat? I have many times thought about getting rid of it but, it is such a champ and great for fishing.
yes in deed...i have a 1968 tri hull cathedral thunderbird boat........love to see some pic...can u post any.....i can do the same.
I have a 68' Thunderbird Tr-Hull "Sioux" 16.5' ---AWESOME---I run a 78' Merc o/b 140hp str6, another Awesome, TOWER of POWER, and as you know, Nothin else has the "unique" sound as your flying across the water...
i've been reading this thread (as well as some others about classic T-birds) & have to admit that i'm downright envious! = of all the big cathedrals, the Thunderbird is "THE REAL DEAL".
(i won't bore everyone with my "long sad story" about having found a NICE '67 Cheyenne w/dead straight 6 Mercruiser to restore/rebuild to "live bait/drift fish" out of & then lost it. = wasn't fun.)
i'm in SATX & have never seen another decent one since, in even relatively close driving distance!
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. - Thomas Jefferson
I have a Sioux 17 footer, really 16'5 1969 with merc V6 140
look c my 16.5 Sioux 1968 w 140 Merc v6
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