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by RedBird64
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: 12 Volt Switched Hot For Aftermarket Gauges
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: 12 Volt Switched Hot For Aftermarket Gauges

If nothing else, you could connect to the power seat circuit. Better yet, use the ign source to trigger a relay. The relay would send battery sourced power to a fuse block so you can provide safe power to any new items you choose to install. It's a good pratice even with newer vehicles so you can ke...
by RedBird64
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: C6 into 62 (revisited)
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: C6 into 62 (revisited)

OK, great - is it something external (bolt on), or do you have to crack the case? It replaces several parts in the valve body and may include drilling passages. I will dive into most projects but I will never again try to install a shift kit (mans got to know his limitations...) The one time I trie...
by RedBird64
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: Old Bird, New Build
Replies: 89
Views: 13349

Re: Old Bird, New Build

More good stuff! You say the new Wilwood MC solved the clearance issue with the brace but it looks like the new MC sits right under that brace? Or does the brace run behind it? It may be Chinese but that vice sure looks sturdy! I have a older Chinese vice similar to your old one and I've abused the ...
by RedBird64
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: C6 into 62 (revisited)
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: C6 into 62 (revisited)

It firms up the shifts a little to save on clutches/bands and gives it a slightly better shift "logic". IIRC, it increases pressures under certain circumstances. The trans feels more "crisp" - if that makes sense. The difference is very subtle though. OK, thanks again, Scott - sounds like some thin...
by RedBird64
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: C6 into 62 (revisited)
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: C6 into 62 (revisited)

stevegintn wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:03 am
OK, so what does that 'shift kit' do for you?
It firms up the shifts a little to save on clutches/bands and gives it a slightly better shift "logic". IIRC, it increases pressures under certain circumstances.
The trans feels more "crisp" - if that makes sense. The difference is very subtle though.
by RedBird64
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: Old Bird, New Build
Replies: 89
Views: 13349

Re: Old Bird, New Build

Great updates Steve! I've got a very similar vice that started to make (and still does) complaining noises after pressing in some new U-Joints. Have to be extra gentle with it now (not). Photbucket is the worst. They lost all of my pics, family vac's, Tbird restoration, everything. Then they told me...
by RedBird64
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: high torque starter
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: high torque starter

Yes, the 64 is like the 63 in that regard and has the long nose starter. You can change out the flex plate with the 65+ part and go with the newer style starter - as I have done. I have also heard of guys using the short starter on the 153 tooth plate. They claim it works fine but I have no first ha...
by RedBird64
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird build
Replies: 88
Views: 4697

Re: 1964 Thunderbird build

Isn't the 390 fundamentally a low rpm torquer? I've also read some posts indicating that over revving these motors can spin the main bearings. Here's a question: how many rpms is the engine turning at 60 mph? Assume a cruise-o-matic tranny in high gear and stock rear end gearing? No, they dont spin...
by RedBird64
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird carb base plate delete
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: 1964 Thunderbird carb base plate delete

You don't need to do anything with the spacer if you just don't want coolant going through it. Simply remove the heater hoses and leave it as-is. It will work fine. Or even better, replace it with another 1" spacer made of Phenolic material. But what ever you do, keep a spacer in the mix. It is adva...
by RedBird64
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Electric Choke Powering
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Electric Choke Powering

Glad to be of help!

I've always wondered if the original Autolite choke spring thingy and the hardware that holds the heater hose to it could be transferred to an aftermarket carb. They sure look the same but I've never tried to swap them.

Scott
by RedBird64
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: coil spring compressor
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: coil spring compressor

I borrowed Steve's spring tool when he had it. There are other, "universal" compressors (I even bought one but chickened out on using it) but the Moog did the job easily and most importantly, safely.

Scott
by RedBird64
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: Carb Upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 628

Re: Carb Upgrade

You don't want to use the coil supply to power the choke heater. That circuit is working hard enough supplying the current for its intended purpose. Forcing it to power a resistance heater is going to reduce the voltage and current available to the coil and you do not want that. Your also running th...
by RedBird64
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Convert 62 hardtop to convertible...or no??
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: Convert 62 hardtop to convertible...or no??

It would be far less work just to replace the roof panel.
by RedBird64
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Value of a Custom 1964 Thunderbird
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: Value of a Custom 1964 Thunderbird

Hello Ed and welcome! Sounds like a super nice ride!
I have no idea of the value. If it were me, I would ask my ins. agent at Hagerty, Grundy, etc. They will have auction results and can get you a value.

Scott
by RedBird64
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Trailer hitch on 1965 convertible?
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Trailer hitch on 1965 convertible?

Awesome rides Phobos!

Scott