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by apines
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Trying to make sense out of this steering wheel...
Replies: 14
Views: 99

Re: Trying to make sense out of this steering wheel...

One of the benefits of having a derelict vehicle is that as the parts decompose they often reveal how they were assembled. If I'm understanding the question it has to do with the trim rings (or lack thereof) on the outside and inside of the wheel. I have wheels with and without the trim. I assumed t...
by apines
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Convertible top relay replacement project
Replies: 41
Views: 9242

Re: Convertible top relay replacement project

Hi, all, I've had some requests so I had some more top controllers built up. They're improved a little in that now the relay board sets are potted in epoxy to make them more resistant to liquids and such. It still comes with everything you need -- two relay board sets, one remote control, cables for...
by apines
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor

I had no idea it had the wrong manifold. I prefer originality as well but I'm realizing that maybe this isn't that car. I used to have a TR6 so the manual choke doesn't faze me when starting/driving and the knob under the dash is reasonably discrete. It'll stay for now; I have many other issues to a...
by apines
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor

It has been converted to 12V, so I do have that available for an electric choke. I see Holley has a lot of electric choke conversion kits; I'll need to figure out which one will fit. Here are some more pictures of what's going on. I hadn't realized that so much might be off; now I'm going to be on a...
by apines
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor

Thanks, Bob, that's really helpful and it explains why I was so confused. That does seem like the most straightforward way to deal with it, assuming I can get the vacuum line from the distributor advance to mate with the port on the front of the carb (if the off-the-shelf '55 line doesn't fit maybe ...
by apines
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: '55 vacuum connections to carburetor
Replies: 8
Views: 356

'55 vacuum connections to carburetor

Hi, all, I'm trying to sort out some (many) indignities inflicted by the previous owner and I'm having trouble figuring out from the manuals exactly where and how the distributor advance vacuum is supposed to be connected. Someone had routed a flexible hose directly from the outlet of the fuel pump ...
by apines
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 Convertible top trunk stuck up
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: 65 Convertible top trunk stuck up

I'm here. I think I have one set left from the last run. I've had some interest lately so I'll probably run another ten sets. As Wally said you can PM me if you're interested in one. Thanks, and "Thanks, Wally!", for being better at promoting it than me.

-Andrew
by apines
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 Convertible top trunk stuck up
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: 65 Convertible top trunk stuck up

For the deck lid to go down toward the end of the top up cycle the "deck close" relay needs to be energized. It provides power to the pump and the deck solenoid valve. If you have a poor connection on the high power contacts at that relay (like Phobos suggested) you would probably hear a click from ...
by apines
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: '65 convertible deck locks
Replies: 0
Views: 238

'65 convertible deck locks

Hi, I was looking over a '65 convertible last week for an out-of-state buyer and noticed something different about the way the top sequenced. As soon as the deck lid cleared the locks the lock motor stopped spinning. This isn't how mine (a '66) works and after staring at the wiring diagram and the t...
by apines
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Parking Brake Cable
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Parking Brake Cable

Can anyone describe how the parking brake cable attaches to the ratchet lever under the dash? I’m trying to disassemble it but the ratchet lever is rusted in place in the sleeve with the lever all the way in. I’m guessing the lever has to be pulled out to disconnect the cable but I didn’t see it des...
by apines
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Convertible top, need help- SOLVED
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Convertible top, need help.

I Cant take the top down. The lid and upper panel works, but it stops when top is supposed to retract. Then it's neither of the cases I described. After the deck is fully raised and the finish panel is fully extended the next step should be for the top down relay to engage. The top down coil relay ...
by apines
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Convertible top, need help- SOLVED
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Convertible top, need help.

tl;dr: I agree with Cliff. It's probably the adjustment of the upper back panel limit switch. The procedure is in the "Convertible Top Maintenance, Diagnosis, and Light Repair" manual, section 4. It's also in the Shop Manual (page 18-46 in the '66 version, not sure where it is in the '64). If the de...
by apines
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: I am a new member of your forum.
Replies: 36
Views: 2072

Re: I am a new member of your forum.

I was only thinking you wanted it to operate a phone charger (so about 2A). 20A sounds like it would be enough to operate a lighter without failing.
by apines
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: I am a new member of your forum.
Replies: 36
Views: 2072

Re: I am a new member of your forum.

I second the whole “be careful with the cigar lighter” thing. Since the lighter needs to draw so much current it’s wired without a fuse (this is according to Page 83 of the Electrical Equipment Installation Manual, which I strongly suggest you acquire). Since you’re intending to use it with a phone ...
by apines
Sun May 10, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Convertible Top Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Convertible Top Replacement

My replacement top came with that piece, too, but it doesn't appear to go anywhere. For the leading edge of the top you should have a header bow seal. If you don't have it the part suppliers carry it. Here it is from Larry's: https://www.larrystbird.com/product/convertible-top-front-seal-6166-white/