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by sseebart
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: Changing the ratio in the steering box?
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Changing the ratio in the steering box?

Anyone have a recommendation as to isolators/insulators? I was able to reuse my insulators when I had my box rebuilt a couple of years back. Reproductions are made, but they're pricey (~$40/each with shipping) and of unknown quality. If memory serves, a few years back someone milled a set of solid ...
by sseebart
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Vacuum leak?
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Vacuum leak?

Nirich wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:45 pm
(possible air leak via butterfly shafts?),
This is a pretty common point of failure for the Autolite carbs. Typical rebuild kits don't address it--please let us know if it is indeed out of spec and how you are about to sort it out.

~Steve
by sseebart
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

The PO had the motor rebuilt in the late 90's. The receipt I have says only "Rebuild owner's original engine" or something to that effect. I didn't have the sense that he drove it much, and neither have I. All indications are that the rebuild was pretty shoddy. It probably didn't help that it sat id...
by sseebart
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

Got the rest of the bottom end pulled apart this weekend. The rod and main bearings are all stamped .020 under and show significant wear. I see that replacement bearings are sold for sizes as far down as .050 under. That seems like a lot. IMG_20181125_102640.jpg IMG_20181124_153125_01.jpg IMG_201811...
by sseebart
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heater fan comes and goes
Replies: 27
Views: 1107

Re: Heater fan comes and goes

losendos wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:37 pm
paulr wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:38 pm
losendos wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:13 am



Where is the resistor located? My fan only runs on speeds 1 & 2 now.
Does your car have A/C? It’s important.
Yes, I do have A/C (sorry, forgot to mention that). Is it in a different location?
Ah, mine is a non-A/C car.
by sseebart
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heater fan comes and goes
Replies: 27
Views: 1107

Re: Heater fan comes and goes

losendos wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:13 am
Where is the resistor located? My fan only runs on speeds 1 & 2 now.
The resistor is located inside the heater box. This is a view inside through the mounting hole for the motor and squirrel cage fan.
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by sseebart
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

If you're reusing the crank, one thing my dad made me do (that actually stuck in my mind) was to not lay it down after removal. Those things are soft and will easily warp if laying prone out of an engine. Wrap the thing up good in bubble wrap or old towels, and keep it standing on end somewhere out...
by sseebart
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

Get yourself a 428 crank and some 410 pistons and make a 406. If the crank is not usable, this is something I'm considering. I believe, though, that the 428 requires external balancing (in the form of a weighted flex plate, I think). I'm not certain of the harmonic balancer (or any other parts) hav...
by sseebart
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: hood pad function?
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: hood pad function?

Rt.146 wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Helps with sound, and a prevailing thought it protects the top of the hood's paint.
The previous owner of my car removed the pads and I haven't replaced them (yet). It's been about a decade and no negative effects on the paint.

~Steve
by sseebart
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

Anyone got any ideas on how best to remove the main bearing caps? I can wiggle one of them, but the rest are tightly seated. Was thinking about smacking them with a rubber mallet, or perhaps lifting the whole crank out with a hoist, caps and all. (The caps and block are going to the scrapyard, but I...
by sseebart
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

Hyper-eutectic pistons are cast pistons with more silicon which leads to more dimensional stability at high temperature. Almost all pistons in new gasoline engines are made with hyper-eutectic alloys. The exceptions are some forced induction and racing engines. Hyper-eutectic pistons are a bit more...
by sseebart
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

Looks pretty good. Are you going to take it up to 4.09" and re-use the pistons? No. With my recent experience, I'm going on enjoy all the wall thickness I can get. Last time I bought pistons, the choices were between cast and forged. Now there's something called "hypereutectic," apparently a cast p...
by sseebart
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

After a brief and fruitless text exchange with a Craigslist seller purporting to have an "unmolested" FE, I discovered a Thunderbird dismantler on eBay with numerous blocks available, most tested and machined, including the installation of cam bearings. I was able to purchase a block with a cast dat...
by sseebart
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Pulls to the right but aligned
Replies: 31
Views: 2862

Re: Pulls to the right but aligned

Any advice on removing the old gear box? I’m reading and assuming that it will be a pain in the butt.... Thanks again, Jon What Scott said above is the "trick" to remember. Mainly, they're heavy--40 lbs. or so-- and you're in an awkward place, reaching above you. The exhaust can be in your way, par...
by sseebart
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: Engine Refresh, Part II . . . Uh, Let's Just Call it a Rebuild

You should contact Dennis at DSC Motorsports. He sells good used 390 blocks for $350, he isn't local to you, but he is in California. The 428 industrial block I used for my engine came from him. He shipped it to Detroit Metro Airport on Forward Air for a reasonable cost. I just had to pick it up fr...