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by paul2748
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Old Gauges/Lights & Aftermarket Gauges
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Old Gauges/Lights & Aftermarket Gauges

You can use all three gauges with aftermarket gauges. For charging, use a voltmeter (not an ampmeter) which can be connected to any 12 volt source. No disconnection of the stock warning light is required. As far as the oil pressure, there are two or three plugs along the side of the block in the dri...
by paul2748
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Hard parts to find
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Hard parts to find

Old Mics - is the difference only internal?
Oldmics wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:25 pm
55 steering box is different than the 57 boxs.

Different ratio

Oldmics
by paul2748
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Hard parts to find
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Hard parts to find

The air cooled trans is a 56. I think mid 56 Ford went to the water cooled. All 57's were water cooled. If you are not restoring the cars to concours specs, you might want to consider a later trans such as a C4 Ditto on Hill's for used parts. Another source is a guy named Adrian, lilbirds567@wmconne...
by paul2748
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 - 312 engine - Voltage regulator?
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: 1957 - 312 engine - Voltage regulator?

If there is a shop around that repairs generators and alternators he may be able to adjust the regulator
by paul2748
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: radio lamp wire location
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: radio lamp wire location

The light wire goes to a double connector on main harness (blue-red tracer)
by paul2748
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 - 312 engine - Voltage regulator?
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: 1957 - 312 engine - Voltage regulator?

I saw a pic of a little birds' 12 V regulator and it said 30 AMP
by paul2748
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: AOD conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: AOD conversion

Not sure about a 55, but a friend of mine put in an AOD in his 56. No mods to the tunnel, but did have to do some grinding on the frame
by paul2748
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Silencers (mufflers) on a '55.
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Silencers (mufflers) on a '55.

If you have a local muffler shop near you you can check with them to see if they have some oval mufflers that will fit and provide a nicer sound.

I'm sure some one here can provide measurements of the stock mufflers although don't let that determine what you can use..
by paul2748
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Seatbelt Buckle
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Original Seatbelt Buckle

These are my belts
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by paul2748
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Seatbelt Buckle
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Original Seatbelt Buckle

Mines a lot different - will try to post pics tomorrow
by paul2748
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Transmission Capacity Auto Trans w/o Overdrive-1957
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Transmission Capacity Auto Trans w/o Overdrive-1957

If you have an owners manual it should state the capacity. A shop manual should have the same in the specification section.
by paul2748
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Seatbelt Buckle
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Original Seatbelt Buckle

Could you post a picture of the seat belt. I have a set of seat belts with an aluminum buckle that I picked up somewhere. They have an oval Ford logo and numbers JL-56-A stamped into them on the backside. Since they had the "56" I assumed they are From 1956 but don't know if they came on a sedan or ...
by paul2748
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Holley 4160 carb replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Holley 4160 carb replacement

I have a 57 distributor in my 56, put in a Pertronix II and haven't had any problems. They now have a Gen III which may be better, but I don't have any experience with it. As with anything aftermarket, specially electronic stuff, buy an extra to have as a spare. and carry it with you. I do. Thanks P...
by paul2748
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Holley 4160 carb replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Holley 4160 carb replacement

As far as determining what distributor you have, remove the cap and look at the plate the points are on. If you see springs on the top, it's a pre-57 distributor. If no springs it's a 57 or later distributor. The cap in the 57 and up distributors are a little bigger but even I have a problem just lo...
by paul2748
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Holley 4160 carb replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Holley 4160 carb replacement

What is the trouble with the present carb? What distributor are you using with the Holley - the original 55 or a 57 or later distributor. If you are using the original distributor, your problem may not be the carb.