The Bird Nest originally began over 40 years ago by Dick Martin. He was always a man of passion, drag racing in his youth and skiing until his early 80s. His love for cars started at an early age and he had several businesses and dealt in real estate as the years went on; the Bird Nest was just one.
The business began when Martin was in a accident that damaged his 1959 Thunderbird 430. He purchased a parts car to repair it and, sensing a possible market for Thunderbirds, preceded to sell off the remaining good parts. They sold well. Thereafter, he collected parts and cars as they became available and continued to sell them. His business boomed and the Bird Nest name became synonymous with knowledgeable people and friendly services.
In 1994, retirement finally came after many years of Martin’s wife convincing him that he didn’t have to work everyday. Now realizing he would have time for his other passions, snow and water skiing, he advertised the Bird Nest for sale. Martin was particular in the type of owners he was looking for: passionate people who cared more about Thunderbirds than money. After receiving many inquiries and offers, he found a set of brothers from California who fit his ideals. Matt and Griff Truax were both owners of Thunderbirds and had an interest in the cars. Both had extensive backgrounds in electronics and business and a partnership in selling T-bird parts as a modest backyard business. With these two, Martin knew that they had the direction, passion, experience, and knowledge to continue on the Bird Nest.
More than 20 years ago, a deal was struck and the Bird Nest business changed hands. The brothers have now been running and handling the business, incorporating several hundred new products. About ten years ago, they moved the day to day operations away from busy streets of downtown Portland to the quieter area of West Linn, Oregon. In the downtown Portland location, they use to store approximately 15,000 square feet of products. However, due to the recent sale of the building, the Bird Nest had to move all their parts to the new location in West Linn.
Over the course of the Bird Nest business, 500 plus Thunderbirds had been parted out for other Thunderbirds. For every one T-bird parted out, at least 12 others are restored and on the road. Matt and Griff are members of a few local and international T-bird clubs and even dedicate a space at the West Linn location for the local club. This passion for Thunderbirds continues to motivate the brothers to invest in the parts enthusiasts and owners need to fix and restore their cars for years to come.