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by 1957Birdman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 T-bird Water heater control valve, leaking
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: 1957 T-bird Water heater control valve, leaking

The short answer is no. If the car is not reaching standard operating temperature or is overheating then you need to look at the thermostat.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION

I have exchanged emails with Dave Tulowitzky since he has come back and confirmed that my supposition on the meaning of 6 or 7 on the data plate is correct and that the numbers represent either a porthole or non-porthole hardtop car. According to Dave the code only appears on cars with a build date ...
by 1957Birdman
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 T-bird Water heater control valve, leaking
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: 1957 T-bird Water heater control valve, leaking

If the heater control valve is leaking it needs to be replaced with an NOS one, one of the reproductions that the T-Bird parts suppliers have, or with the mechanical conversion that CASCO developed (sold by a number of the parts suppliers). If your friend is not worried about it looking original the...
by 1957Birdman
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 rock guard replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: 1957 rock guard replacement

I think taking the bumper off is the best and possibly only way to go. I have never replaced that piece on my car but I have taken the bumper off more that once. Taking the bumper off gives you easy access to some of the areas that would be very hard to get to with the bumper on. Good luck with the ...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: soft top installation instructions
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: soft top installation instructions

When I did my top last year I used the following resources: - The 1957 Ford Sports Car Trim and Sealer Manual - Two articles in the Early Bird (July-August 1995 and May-June 1996) on installing the top (these were most helpful especially if you are restoring the top frame, which I did). - The CASCO ...
by 1957Birdman
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Transmission pan/torque converter
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Transmission pan/torque converter

I believe it is 10 quarts for a complete refill.
Regards,
Lew Bachman,
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Skirt Gaskets
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Skirt Gaskets

I did it on my car. I am not aware of any spec about where to place it. The original ones were only stapled, which is the way that I did mine. Given the problem that you related I would suggest that you glue them first and then use the staples. The other suggestion is to make sure that the gasket is...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 57 interior replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: 57 interior replacement

Steve Warner (Potomac Classic Thunderbird Club President, Chapter 23 of CTCI) and I wrote a 2 part article on installing the seat covers on the early T-Birds. Send me a PM if you would like me to send you a copy. I will tell you it is a lot of work and time consuming, but can be done by a competent ...
by 1957Birdman
Thu May 30, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: need help with 57 c code C7FH236137
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: need help with 57 c code C7FH236137

The code breaks down as follows: 6 C is the scheduled build date of the car which is March 6, 1957 13 is the New York district sales office The rest of the code, according to Dave Tulowitzky, is the consecutive number of Thunderbirds shipped to the New York sales district. Regards, Lew Bachman, 1957...
by 1957Birdman
Fri May 24, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION

I think I should give a little background about my previous posting. For many years it was thought that the "6" or "7" between the paint and trim codes on the dataplate indicated a trim deviation. It is true that some cars built after Sept. 1, 1957 did have deviations in things such window crank han...
by 1957Birdman
Fri May 24, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: TRIM TAG TRIM DEVIATION

It most likely means that your car had a porthole hardtop when it was delivered from the factory. For some reason they started to add this number late in the model run as Oldmics related. If it was a 7 then your car would have a non-porthole hardtop. That extra number does not show up on convertible...
by 1957Birdman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Troubleshooting generators
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Troubleshooting generators

The cheapest voltage regulator that Rockauto carries is $44.95 plus shipping and they are one of the cheaper places to buy parts. If you want to test the generator there are steps in the 1957 Ford Shop Manual part 7. If you are working on the car picking up the manual is a good purchase. Regards, Le...
by 1957Birdman
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Help id item on intake
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Help id item on intake

Yes, that should work since you don't need the warm air to heat the choke.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Help id item on intake
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Help id item on intake

Please follow the attached link to Gils Garage: https://www.ctci.org/gilsgarage/ChokeTube.php
It will explain the propose of the choke tube and how to repair it.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: In at the deep end - 55 T-bird in the UK
Replies: 23
Views: 1920

Re: In at the deep end - 55 T-bird in the UK

Rob, Please check out the following post regarding steering column restoration: https://www.ctci.org/gilsgarage/steering.php It is very important that you get this right. If it is not done properly it may result in complete loss of steering, with catastrophic results . Be safe, Lew Bachman 1957 Colo...