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Hard parts to find

Post by robingudgel » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:38 am

I am restoring a couple of 57 D codes and one E-code. One has an air cooled automatic without the torque converter. This may actually be from a 56? Can't find the converter. another has no steering box. Can't locate one of those either. I do have 7 E- codes in great shape and 3 D codes that drive very well, but these two parts are a problem. The cars are in such bad shape, I may as well open up my Casco catalog and order 2 of everything! Any help would be appreciated. I'm sure there will be additional parts, but those are the only ones identified so far.

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by 1957Birdman » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:22 pm

Try Hill's or Prestige Thunderbird. They have used parts or may know of where to get them if they don't. Ebay is another option and those parts show up there from time to time. The automatic is definitely right for a 1957. You will need to get the number off of the tag on the transmission case to figure out its application.
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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by paul2748 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:29 pm

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@wmconnect.com 570-709-0823. Lots of 57 parts. He might have a 56 torque converter
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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by TNcoupe » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:04 am

Is a 55 steering box the same as a 57? If so I think I have one laying around somewhere where I converted mine to rack in pinion.

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by Oldmics » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:25 pm

55 steering box is different than the 57 boxs.

Different ratio

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by paul2748 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:36 pm

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

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by Oldmics » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:52 pm

I know the spline count is also different where it couples.

I am not sure about the bolt pattern to the frame. Even if the box will bolt to the frame you would have to change the entire steering column.

Best to find the right box.

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by goldwinghg » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:47 am

I have found hard to find parts on eBay. You just have to keep checking everyday.

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Re: Hard parts to find

Post by ICON 1961 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:31 pm

Ditto on the E Bay search.....
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