Some think Ford screwed up the Thunderbird when it replaced the two-seater with the the 1958-60 “Squarebird”. That might be the case many Thunderbird purists, but detractors of the generational changes cannot deny The Blue Oval’s business acumen, given that the model’s sales skyrocketed from 21k to 92k. Arthur Lampitt was one of the folks who developed a liking for the 1963 personal luxury coupe. Unfortunately, his 1963 T-bird was hit by a truck roughly 50 years ago, and he had no idea how it would affect his life over 50 years later.
As told by NBC News, the accident fractured Lampitt’s hip, “so a minor injury to his arm went largely unnoticed.” About a decade ago, he started to set off metal detectors. This led to an X-ray, which showed a mysterious objet in his arm. The pencil-sized item — whatever it was — had not caused him any pain before, so nothing was done to remove it. However, Lampitt started to feel a protrusion through his arm over the last few weeks, and when the protrusion started to get bigger, he arranged to have surgery, which is how he discovered that, for over 50 years, he had a turn signal stalk from his 1963 Thunderbird in his arm.
“We see all kinds of foreign objects like nails or pellets, but usually not this large, usually not a turn signal from a 1963 T-Bird,” said Dr. Timothy Lang. “Something this large often gets infected.”
If you’re looking for NOS parts for a 1963 Thunderbird restoration, we’d be happy to put you in touch with Mr. Lampitt. But we imagine that the item might have somewhat of a sentimental value to him.