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by 1957Birdman
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Which points do I need for my '55?
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Which points do I need for my '55?

Pete, Do you have an owner's manual? As I pointed out in a previous posting, a picture of the points is on page 32. If you don't have one you should order it because there is a lot of good information in it about your car. By the way, Rockauto seems to have points that are configured the correct way...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Which points do I need for my '55?
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Which points do I need for my '55?

Check out page 32 of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird Handbook. It has a picture of the points with the 2 attaching screws. The T-Bird parts suppliers such as Prestige Thunderbird, CASCO, NPD, Hills, etc., will have the correct points for your car.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 57 Gauge paint
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: 57 Gauge paint

Typically the best way to handle the instruments is to gently clean the faces with dish washing liquid and a q-tip. Then paint the needles with fluorescent paint (available from the T-Bird parts suppliers). If you need to restore the faces themselves that will take more expertise than I have and wil...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Need a Picture Please
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Need a Picture Please

Does your car have straight or power brakes? If it has power brakes the line connects to the back of the manifold where the vacuum line for the power brakes also connects. That affects how the one steel line is connected at the back of the intake manifold. The brass connector has an opening plugged ...
by 1957Birdman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Overheating 57
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Overheating 57

No issues that I am aware of. Take a look at Gill's garage on the CTCI website. There is a lot of good information there. I have Chris's redesigned spacer in my car and it has not been a panacea. This is not a critique of the new spacer which is a very well designed and manufactured piece. It certai...
by 1957Birdman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Seats?
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Re: Seats?

You should be aware that the foam that is available from the parts suppliers is stiffer than the original. If you are a tall person (as I am) you will lose at least an inch and a half of headroom when the hardtop is installed. The advantage of the NPD foam (which I didn't use) seems to be that it is...
by 1957Birdman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Build Date?
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Build Date?

It would begin with Z followed by the day of the month.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: I'm buying a 55 Thunderbird at auction
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: I'm buying a 55 Thunderbird at auction

Check out this thread on the AACA website: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/332425-19 ... -for-sale/
Based on what has been shared there I would thing $12K to $15K is definitely on the high side. You will see what I mean after reading the thread.
Regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Steering Boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Steering Boxes

Paul(s), I have some experience with this since I pulled my steering box and had it rebuilt by Lares two years ago. I think for your purposes it does not matter whether you have a 2 tooth or 3 tooth box. The reason I say this is what I found in the Ford Part book. The shaft and worm assembly for the...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Steering Boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Steering Boxes

According to the Ford Parts Illustrated book the part number is the same B6S 3504-A. There evidently is a difference between early 56's and later 56's but I think if you change the whole unit it should not be a problem.
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White
by 1957Birdman
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Hard Top Question
Replies: 20
Views: 926

Re: Hard Top Question

I would check with Prestige Thunderbird or Hill's before assuming the best bet is Minter. Prestige definitely has tops and they are a good place to work with. Talk with Rick Harbaugh there. Also, be aware that the T-Bird invoice will not indicate whether the car had a porthole or non-porthole hardto...
by 1957Birdman
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Hard Top Question
Replies: 20
Views: 926

Re: Hard Top Question

Prestige Thunderbird also has hardtops for sale. Call them and ask for Rick Harbaugh. I would definitely not assume that your only option is Minter's.
Best regards,
Lew Bachman
1957 Colonial White (with porthole hardtop)
by 1957Birdman
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Y Block Cylinder Wall thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Y Block Cylinder Wall thickness

Hazard, If I were you I would pick up the books by James Eickman and Charles Morris. They will give you a good idea of what can be done with your engine. Also check out John Mummert's website ford-y-block.com. You can definitely take a good 272 block to 312. You will need to use a 312 crank that has...
by 1957Birdman
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Y Block Cylinder Wall thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Y Block Cylinder Wall thickness

Hi Hazard, I assume you are talking about sleeves used to bring cylinders back to original displacement or repair a crack in a cylinder wall. I don't think there is a one size fits all. It depends on whether the the block has been bored out or not. These days with blocks still available it does not ...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 T-bird Water heater control valve, leaking
Replies: 7
Views: 564

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