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by Alan H. Tast
Fri May 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Intake manifold
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Intake manifold

I believe most aftermarket intakes do not have the oil fill tube. If you go this route you may have to replace your valve covers or modify (ouch!) one of your existing ones. Bill He has a '66 - no filler tube should be needed. Filler tube used '64-prior. Make sure to search Forum posts for replacin...
by Alan H. Tast
Wed May 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Reviving a stock AC system - Hasn't run in YEARS
Replies: 15
Views: 235

Re: Reviving a stock AC system - Hasn't run in YEARS

As with anything that hasn't been restored, please make sure to not throw anything away, document the living daylights out of the thing with photos and post for us to see. Would be good to see photos of the compressor/clutch to know what style of compressor and clutch are in place. The vacuum contro...
by Alan H. Tast
Sat May 23, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Swing away steering.
Replies: 14
Views: 334

Re: Swing away steering.

Thanks Alan, I think you're probably right about the pawl being broken. You are saying the pawl isn't easy to get at from under the car, but can a qualified transmission shop do the repair without removing the tranny from the car? Regardless, I'll do the other repairs first as the tranny is OK in a...
by Alan H. Tast
Sat May 23, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Swing away steering.
Replies: 14
Views: 334

Re: Swing away steering.

the parking pawl is in the very rear if the iron case. Can it be serviced with the trans in the car? I think so, but I've always had the trans on the bench when I've serviced the linkage. You might find someone to do the work, they'll most likely want to overhaul the trans, and it's probably not a ...
by Alan H. Tast
Fri May 22, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Swing away steering.
Replies: 14
Views: 334

Re: Swing away steering.

Speaking from experience, when I got my '63 Roadster four years ago it not only had a column requiring adjustment to lock the column in place when fully slid over, it also had a bad parking pawl or retaining spring that needed to be repaired/replaced. The PO had a wheel chock behind the driver's sea...
by Alan H. Tast
Fri May 22, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Water pump coolant leak
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Water pump coolant leak

Alan, guess where I got the replacement gasket for the rear access cover I show above? Yep, Dead Nuts On! They also offer a replacement cover and the attaching bolts, although they claim they're not quite "dead nuts on", but very close. I was not aware they offer a rebuilding service. I'm gonna che...
by Alan H. Tast
Fri May 22, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Leaking power steering pump- 1956 312
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Leaking power steering pump- 1956 312

Bite the bullet - remove the pump with the bracket attached to it - and redo the seals on a workbench. JMHO.
by Alan H. Tast
Fri May 22, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Water pump coolant leak
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Water pump coolant leak

Scott: Rebuilding the pump shouldn't be hard if you have access to a hydraulic press (that's one of the 'wish list' items for my workshop after a concrete floor, insulation, shelving/mezzanine, 2- or 4-post lift, etc.) and can get the parts. The impeller is pressed off/on the pump shaft, and likewis...
by Alan H. Tast
Thu May 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020

I can remember the first time I saw the Square Bird, it was in 89 in Denver, if memory serves. It's where I met you and Don Chase for the first time, at Don Donahues house in the "Hills". Believe you were still in school, correct me if I am wrong, just a little guy with a lot of Bird knowhow, and l...
by Alan H. Tast
Thu May 21, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020

One of the Allegheny Ludlum's '60 Stainless Steel T-birds is going on the auction block at Auburn, Indiana this September, along with one of the '36 Ford tudors and one of three '66-'67 Lincoln Continental convertibles. https://www.carscoops.com/2020/05/a-col ... r-auction/ The late Carl Davis, long...
by Alan H. Tast
Thu May 21, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: 1958-1960 Thunderbirds
Topic: Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Stainless Steel '60 to be auctioned Sept 2020

One of the Allegheny Ludlum's '60 Stainless Steel T-birds is going on the auction block at Auburn, Indiana this September, along with one of the '36 Ford tudors and one of three '66-'67 Lincoln Continental convertibles. https://www.carscoops.com/2020/05/a-collection-of-rare-stainless-steel-cars-is-g...
by Alan H. Tast
Wed May 20, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Need advice ( transmission question )
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Need advice ( transmission question )

You can remove the dipstick tube and drain the pan, but to get at the filter you'd have to remove the pan. The vacuum modulator may require use of a crow's foot wrench as it's in a tight place. Draining and refilling the torque converter may also be a good idea - this should be covered in the shop m...
by Alan H. Tast
Wed May 20, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: 1980-1988 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1980 Radiator p/n
Replies: 6
Views: 242

Re: 1980 Radiator p/n

I'm personally not a big fan of aluminum radiators for a few reasons: 1. Dielectric action - aluminum reacts differently from the brass of original radiators and will degrade faster over time unless you dump additives in the coolant system and replace. If you're running an aluminum intake or heads, ...
by Alan H. Tast
Wed May 20, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Need advice ( transmission question )
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Need advice ( transmission question )

When was the last time the fluid and filter were changed? Could be a check ball or valve is sticking in the valve body? Might want to investigate after checking the vacuum modulator. Sometimes we forget that when these cars were active they required regular maintenance. It could be time to take a lo...
by Alan H. Tast
Wed May 20, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: convertible top problem
Replies: 16
Views: 497

Re: convertible top problem

I don’t mean to dis Mr. Tast advice, but after you fix the other issues you will find that if you cycle the top a few times , maybe give it a break for a minute, in between It will easily bleed itself out. I worry a little about a cylinder hurting someone. But , I have more shop experience with equ...