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John Draxler has loved Ford's personal-luxury coupe for decades, and he's been a tremendous resource for the Thunderbird community for nearly as long with his Thunderbird Ranch operation. Located in Wisconsin, the Ranch could be over-simplified as a yard full of Thunderbirds, and the Badger State thinks it's a lot more complicated than that. Wisconsin has determined that the Thunderbird Ranch is really a salvage operation, and called for all sorts of permits and fees. Rather than deal with the hassle and the expense, Mr. Drexler is razing the ranch. Now would be a good time to get those parts for your '57-'88 'Bird, or possibly even pick up that entire project car. Act fast, or the offer from the scrap metal yard will likely win out.

[Source: Hemmings]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The State Gov't always wants their piece of the pie.
      Its getting harder to run a business with all the taxes, permits, and fees.

      But hey, its worth it so that thousands of useless beaurocrats can send their children to Private School right?

      Its kinda like welfare for the educated.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, you're lamenting a junkyard.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What the hell are you talking about?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey another 'Bird lover here. My first car was a '77 T-Bird. Really loved the bullet 'birds though.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Maybe Thunderbird fans should start a petition or signature campaign to save the ranch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another example of senseless government intrusion ruining everybody's fun...
      • 6 Years Ago
      sorry, gotta side with the government on this one. The guy is running a business and needs to do it on the straight and narrow.

      Collecting cars and car parts is one thing, selling off those cars and parts is another story.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a shame. My grandpa, Harry Oller, was a classic T-bird restorer with several prize-winners over the years. I remember the ranch being a great resource for his restorations.