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by sseebart
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: stock exterior mirror mounting questions. '65 T-Bird
Replies: 13
Views: 495

Re: stock exterior mirror mounting questions. '65 T-Bird

I would stay away from dry graphite. I my experience, it just doesn't last very long in most applications. While you have the panels off, it's worth while looking at the window mechanism. Even with it in place, you can clean it up somewhat and get some new lube in there. Usually what's left of the f...
by sseebart
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Seat Belt Color?
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Seat Belt Color?

My seat belts match the teal interior. Like Scott, I believe the front belts were factory installed and not an option.

Sounds like yours were replaced somewhere along the way.

~Steve
by sseebart
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap
Replies: 13
Views: 496

Re: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap

Here it is, you asked and Ford has delivered. A modern Ford pushrod engine that will fit under the hood without mods, has over 400 HP, and almost 450 cubic inches. It is called "Godzilla" https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28578854/ford-7-3-liter-v-8-trucks/ And it comes with a 10 speed transmissio...
by sseebart
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap
Replies: 13
Views: 496

Re: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap

stubbie wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:10 pm
Looking at Facebook yesterday and saw a tbird with a 429.
Got a link? I would love to see it.
by sseebart
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: new turn signal switch or reuse? and some steering column advice!
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: new turn signal switch or reuse? and some steering column advice!

I still have the original turn signal switch.. Nothing broken.. but I did cut the connector end off with the intention of just soldering it back together later.. But now that I'm at that point... I'm not really happy with the idea of reusing the old switch and soldering. Are the new switches that b...
by sseebart
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Solenoid mystery
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Solenoid mystery

One of the first issues I had with my car was a run on solenoids like this. I went through 3 or 4 in a hurry, and they always failed at the worst time. I finally concluded that the solenoids couldn't cope with the draw from the ancient starter, cables and alternator. Once I replaced these components...
by sseebart
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: steering column fun pics and resulting no dash lights issue
Replies: 15
Views: 8122

Re: steering column fun pics and resulting no dash lights issue

I would love to see the photos on your repair of the shifter and column as I am in the middle of that repair and having some difficulty getting at some of the parts I need to replace could you re-post the photos or show me where they are? Thanks in advance. Pat D Jim is right--these photos are gone...
by sseebart
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Floor pan repair in 1965 Thunderbird
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Floor pan repair in 1965 Thunderbird

Thanks for the replies, guys. That helps a lot! I think Classic Sheet Metal in NC is the way to go. Of course, I'm going to remove the seats before putting in the pans - and the carpet is junk so it'll be trashed - but I'll leave in a few other interior components, for example the headliner, which ...
by sseebart
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1965 Steering gear question.
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: 1965 Steering gear question.

Does the steering gearbox in a 65 have a bleeder valve? Is there some other way to bleed out the air? (other than the typical jack it up and turn the wheel method) I have cavitation and whine... (new rebuilt Eaton pump, new HP lines, proper ATF, not leaks anywhere) Perplexed!!! I don't believe it d...
by sseebart
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 66 Town Hardtop LOVE this color!!
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: 66 Town Hardtop LOVE this color!!

Impressive, but I wanted to see more!
by sseebart
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Just Installed New eBay Valve Covers & Gaskets...Now Leaking Oil. Help?
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Just Installed New eBay Valve Covers & Gaskets...Now Leaking Oil. Help?

You can check to make sure the valve covers are true by placing them on a flat surface, like a piece of glass, to check. Chances are you've warped the flanges when you torqued the bolts down tighter. I can't speak to the quality of the covers you bought, but I was in the market for these recently, t...
by sseebart
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Newer Ford parts to retrofit 1964 T-Bird
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Newer Ford parts to retrofit 1964 T-Bird

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new Thunderbird. It looks like a great base for a project: little to no rust, good paint and hopefully a decent interior. As Paul mentioned, great color too--not just good looking, but relatively rare. I have a 64 with the stock brake setup, so can't comment...
by sseebart
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: seat belts
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: seat belts

Seat belts are generally mounted with a sturdy bolt to a reinforced element in the unibody. Any three-point harness attached to the roof structure of a flairbird would be decorative only. Many, many years ago I installed a four-point racing harness in one of my cars. Back in the day, I just drilled ...
by sseebart
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Re: 1966 Upper control arm bushing torque spec.
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: 1966 Upper control arm bushing torque spec.

I don't have my manual with me at the moment, but I recall there being a longish section on replacing the upper control arm, including how to make a spacer and torque the thing down. My notes indicated that the target torque value is 100 ft/lbs: http://thunderbird.seebart.org/archives/1215 Welcome t...
by sseebart
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 66 thunderbird landau Test Gauges questions
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: 66 thunderbird landau Test Gauges questions

If the oil and gas gauges are working properly, you may be experiencing a rare gauge failure. All three are fed 6 volts from the CVR (so be sure to test with lower voltage than that). Normally, the CVR fails and all three gauges are erratic and/or non-responsive. The amp gauge is different. I have a...