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by 1957Birdman
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Power steering install and steering wheel fit
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Power steering install and steering wheel fit

The steering box is attached to the frame and it is where the steering column attaches inside the engine compartment. The pitman arm attaches to the steering box. The pitman arm attaches to the front suspension. The hydraulic lines on the power steering pump connect to the power steering control val...
by 1957Birdman
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Power steering install and steering wheel fit
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Power steering install and steering wheel fit

Jim, Take a look at the picture of the engine in this 1956 T-Bird in the link. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-Ford-Thunderbird/133315063586?hash=item1f0a326f22:g:-pAAAOSw9PxeK-IH This car has original power steering installed. You can see the reservoir at the left front of the engine. If your car has...
by 1957Birdman
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Power steering install and steering wheel fit
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Power steering install and steering wheel fit

Hi Jim, Is the power steering setup you have the original one would have been installed from the factory? If it is then you shouldn't have any problems since the steering box location is the same for both straight and power steering. It the power steering setup that was installed is some sort of aft...
by 1957Birdman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 Thunderbird
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: 1956 Thunderbird

What do the valve covers say? If they are cast aluminum with the Thunderbird logo then you have a Y-Block engine. If it has stamped steel valve covers attached to the heads with two nuts on the top of the valve cover then it is a Y-Block. Anything else then it is another engine. Take a look a the CA...
by 1957Birdman
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Valve Train Oil Tube Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Valve Train Oil Tube Issue

I think it is possible that the rocker arm shaft is partially clogged. I would remove it and make sure that the inside is clean and that none of the holes are gummed up. I would replace the rocker arm oil outlet tube as you suggest. If your engine has never been rebuilt it is likely that sludge has ...
by 1957Birdman
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heater Delete Intake Manifold
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Heater Delete Intake Manifold

Hi Bob, I have owned 2 57 T-Birds that were both heater delete cars initially. By the time I got them they had both been retrofitted with heaters, with differing degrees of success. I've seen one heater delete car in person but can't remember how the manifold and water pump were handled. My best gue...
by 1957Birdman
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Power Steering Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Power Steering Questions

Not that I am aware of. There are two types of pumps used on the 57 T-Bird. The earlier pump has two hoses connected to it and the later one hose. Does the car have the large or small data plate. If it is the small one then it should have the later pump. You can find them for sale on Ebay. Just be s...
by 1957Birdman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Recondition a 1957 convetible top frame
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Recondition a 1957 convetible top frame

I restored and installed a top on my car that didn't have one as delivered from the factory. It is definitely a time consuming proposition and unless you have experience you should get instructions. The trim and sealer manual for one. There are also instructions in the 1957 Shop Manual. I have a cop...
by 1957Birdman
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Amos Minter Thunderbirds
Replies: 22
Views: 1073

Re: Amos Minter Thunderbirds

I agree with Oldmics. We had two members of our local CTCI chapter that each bought one of his cars. Both were less than turn key and considering the price they should have been. Personally I would work with Prestige Thunderbird or Hill's. They don't do the Barret Jackson thing, but their cars are n...
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: 436

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: 436

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: 294

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: 531

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: 311

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: 1120

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...