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by sseebart
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: what spring compressor has worked for you?
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: what spring compressor has worked for you?

Yes, with the Moog compressor, you can easily maneuver the spring in and out of the car. It was a safe, predictable operation. I also tried using the type offered for rent by most auto parts stores, the kind with hooks to pull the spring closed. There were two issues with that style: first, the hook...
by sseebart
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: parking brake equalizer ROD, '65 Thunderbird
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: parking brake equalizer ROD, '65 Thunderbird

Are replacements available? Where? Most importantly, ARE THEY THE CORRECT LENGTH? (Long enough.) Not looking for the arm, looking for the threaded rod. I ordered one for a Mustang that said it could be used on a '65 Thunderbird, but that was wrong. It was 2 or more inches shorter than the original ...
by sseebart
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 968

Re: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration

In your shoes, I'd start with the timing. Put the Holley back on so you can get to to idle again, then set the timing using a vacuum gauge. With modern gas (and perhaps a slipped harmonic balancer), it's pretty rare to see a 390 at peak tune using the factory timing specs. With the 4100 back on, I'd...
by sseebart
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965

gravelman wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:09 pm
The nylon cone doesn't really align the shaft. I think I'll turn a nylon bushing so the shaft stays centered in the tube.
No need to turn a new bushing when replacements are only $10.

~Steve

https://www.parts123.com/parts123/dynde ... &uKeY=1208
by sseebart
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965

gravelman wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:01 am
Pic 1 - is there a mechanical fastener to hold down the nylon switch plate?
Yes, there's a metal plate with three screws to hold it down.
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by sseebart
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Loctite/Permatex, thread maker
Replies: 12
Views: 316

Re: Loctite/Permatex, thread maker

This is the bolt in question on the right here, yes? HPIM4200.jpg I think you're going to need to bite the bullet and pull the exhaust manifold to do a proper repair with a helicoil. The starter would not be secure with only two (or two and a half) bolts. The next best option would be the possibilit...
by sseebart
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Hello! / 390 ‘vs’ 428
Replies: 15
Views: 361

Re: Hello! / 390 ‘vs’ 428

Just to underscore Paul's remarks: a lot of people see the cubic inches under the hood and think the Flairbird is a big Mustang, but really it's better considered a small Lincoln. It's got a great ride, gadgets galore and style. Sure, it can go fast in a straight line, but not as fast as a pony car....
by sseebart
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Anti freeze leak
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Anti freeze leak

Ah, good point. I forgot about the freeze plugs. I stand corrected!
by sseebart
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Anti freeze leak
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Anti freeze leak

Unless you've got something seriously wrong, like a cracked block, it's unlikely the leak is near where you found the puddle. I'd start with checking the hoses, especially the lower radiator hose. I'd run it up to operating temperatures, let it cool some then look and feel around the hose connection...
by sseebart
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 Taillight and seats conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: 65 Taillight and seats conversion

If you take a look at the first comment on the video, there's a response from the owner about the wood grain vinyl and LED setup he used. You might also try posting and/or searching in the modified section below. I think most flair bird owners follow both forums, but you never know--you may find som...
by sseebart
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: While you have that apart....general thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 324

Re: While you have that apart....general thoughts

Would this job even be possible with the dash in place? Seems it would be easier if that part of the cowl was accessible and the seal was bolted from the OUTSIDE! I think you'll find that the Ford engineers of the early 60's had very little regard for ease in maintenance and repairs. The challenge,...
by sseebart
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 968

Re: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration

Steve, Thanks for the reply. Certainly there are a lot of systems to go through, but now I'm going through the brakes. It looks like the master cylinder is leaking, so It'll get replaced/rebuilt. Then I need to work on suspension and replacing all the miles of vacuum hoses. Sean Sounds about right,...
by sseebart
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Talk me off the TBird ledge
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Talk me off the TBird ledge

AustinMike wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:42 am
All, Thanks for the support. I just started chasing down other issues. I am trying to attach some photos but not sure how.
All the best,
Mike
It's easy to attach photos. Try this guide:
https://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net/ ... 31&t=17653
by sseebart
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 968

Re: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration

I'm impressed with that old 4100--still in pretty good shape. I imagine you've got a pretty long checklist before taking on a long road trip. What's next?

~Steve
by sseebart
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Inner steering tube
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Inner steering tube

I cleaned and painted mine, back in 2016.
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