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by Joe Johnston
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 57 Grill Removal
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: 57 Grill Removal

bumper must be removed to remove the grill
by Joe Johnston
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Wheel Cylinders
Replies: 13
Views: 337

Re: Original Wheel Cylinders

Absolutely true. I worked at a GM foundry and we made some castings for Ford, Chrysler, Bendix, Dexter, Detroit Diesel, American Motors, Kelsey Hayes or any other company that had the need and the money. Often several smaller suppliers were used when production demand exceeded capacity. To complicat...
by Joe Johnston
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Print pic to a reply
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Print pic to a reply

Scroll to the bottom of the Forum page, 4th bar up from bottom "Forum How To" and you will see posts about picture posting. We can post directly to the forum and no longer need a hosting site. Depending on the device you are using, your specific steps may be slightly different as phones, computers, ...
by Joe Johnston
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Problem with driver's window. (1955)
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Problem with driver's window. (1955)

You could have a dozen wrong guesses and you will still have to take it apart and diagnose the issue. Let us know if you need help with a specific problem - posting a related picture often helps a lot.
by Joe Johnston
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Wheel Cylinders
Replies: 13
Views: 337

Re: Original Wheel Cylinders

I would also like to add: While y'all are working on drum brakes, check the areas where the shoes rub on the backing plates. Often a groove is worn in which causes the shoe to hang up or catch. Normally a bit of grinding will smooth out the ridge and wiping with grease will let the shoe slide smooth...
by Joe Johnston
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Negitive cable
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Negitive cable

Although functional, no electrical ground wires were originally attached to the hood release brackets.

I wonder if there is a diagram in the Electrical Equipment Installation Manual?? :agrue:
by Joe Johnston
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 55 Factory Undercoating?
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: 55 Factory Undercoating?

Thanks everyone! I appreciate it.
by Joe Johnston
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 55 Factory Undercoating?
Replies: 4
Views: 137

55 Factory Undercoating?

I have been asked, "Were 55 Thunderbirds undercoated from the factory?"
I have never owned a 55, but looked through the Trim and Sealer manual and the other references I have and found no documentation to support "factory undercoating".

Anyone know for certain??

Thank you
J
by Joe Johnston
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 PVC conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: 1957 PVC conversion

I did a conversion many years ago and feel it was well worth while. Eliminated an occasional drip and some fumes. I did not use a kit but a grommet and a PCV valve for a 302. I have no idea what you were offered but I just looked at the CASCO website and it shows "Item Number: 6758C" as being for a ...
by Joe Johnston
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Disc brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Disc brakes

Yes the front disks are an improvement. I did not rebuild the original booster for several years and ran manual front disk brakes and the system worked fine. Later I had the booster completely rebuilt by Whitepost Restorations and connected to the front and the pedal effort was noticeably improved. ...
by Joe Johnston
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 Thunderbird
Replies: 15
Views: 569

Re: 1956 Thunderbird

And I can’t loosen the collar nut on steering wheel post to move wheel in and out? Any suggestions to help? If a strap wrench does not work for you, steering column collar wrenches are available from our Thunderbird parts suppliers that will not damage the chrome finish. Quite often over the years ...
by Joe Johnston
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Disc brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Disc brakes

I'm looking at different front disc brake conversion kits and am a little confused. Seems you put in the dual master, one site says replace rear wheel cylinders they are engineered to work with the front discs. I used the complete kit from CASCO and it was this way. I've had no problems over the ye...
by Joe Johnston
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Dashboard cover material
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Dashboard cover material

Its vinyl. I dyed mine 2 years ago using DuPont vinyl dye. Turned out nice and no problems.
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by Joe Johnston
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Alternator regulator plug.
Replies: 12
Views: 552

Re: Alternator regulator plug.

Your "cover" to the Regulator is mounted 180 degrees out of position.
Yes, I also noticed that in the picture and will change it! Had the car about 10 years and never noticed it till now.

My data plate shows a 28M which I assume to mean 28 Dec??
by Joe Johnston
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine color
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Engine color

All of the Thunderbird specific part suppliers have it. I have found Bill Hirsch paints were correct and durable. Available in quarts to brush on too.