Dave & Jan's beautiful 1955 Black Bird

 

           

 

    Dave and Jan are the 3rd owners of this Raven Black 55. Dave knew of the car through his brother in Fredericksburg, Texas. The previous owner, a retired auto shop teacher from Southern California, owned the car for over 50 years. A deal was made in October 2007 and the car came back to California. 

               Dave and Jan are not new to Thunderbird ownership. During the 70's and 80's, while living and working in the Bay Area, they owned a very nice Goldenrod Yellow 55 and a dark metallic green modified 57.  

              They moved to Santa Rosa in 1989 and joined the local chapter of the Early Ford V8 Club and enjoy touring with that group. 

              In 2004 Dave found another Raven Black 55 at a swap meet in Hayward, California. It was a total restoration project. The work has progressed slowly and so in 2007 it was decided that Dave would sell his 40 Ford Pickup of 30 years and buy a Tbird that he and Jan could enjoy while finishing the original one. 

              Dave is retired after 20 years in aerospace and electronics then another  20 years in his auto restoration business. Jan is also retired after 15 years working in electronics then 30 years in her own printed circuit design business.  Dave and Jan now enjoy being members of  Thunderbirds of Sonoma as well as the Early Ford V8 Club.

 

Dave and Jan Kibler  CTCI #03655

 

 Dave's other project

Dave & Jan .... It seems like it was just yesterday!