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by jtschug
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Tips on welding in new trunk pan and sides
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Tips on welding in new trunk pan and sides

I'm not sure if you are using MIG or TIG for welding, but be very careful about dumping a whole lot of heat into the sheetmetal in one spot at one time. There are various techniques to help: Plugwelding or stichwelding allows you to join parts with small quick welds you can close up over time and le...
by jtschug
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Tips on welding in new trunk pan and sides
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Tips on welding in new trunk pan and sides

Like an old farm house, even things that look square and true on the car are not. These cars were welded together on an assembly line running as fast as possible and they don't all come out of that process identical. These days car bodies are welded by robots and they are more accurate, but they too...
by jtschug
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Best After Market Mufflers?
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Best After Market Mufflers?

Did you go with the stock option?

Are you running resonators? Stock or high performance muffler?
by jtschug
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Just Installed New eBay Valve Covers & Gaskets...Now Leaking Oil. Help?
Replies: 6
Views: 158

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

Yes, it could be either or both. Over tightening valve covers definitely causes warping which definitely makes leaks worse, so the tact that your problem got worse with tightening points to overtorque. These are pretty cheap, so maybe they are made from thin metal and warp real easy, or maybe they c...
by jtschug
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Are the headlights fused?
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Are the headlights fused?

Certain newer headlight bulbs draw more power than the old bulbs the circuit breakers were made to run, so especially when running with the brights on, the headlight breakers can reset. On a dark night this makes it very hard to drive. If you want to run more powerful bulbs, you could design a new p...
by jtschug
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Emergency Brake not Engaging
Replies: 17
Views: 322

Re: Emergency Brake not Engaging

Good News! Now your vacuum release works. But it seems to be working all the time. You could try adjusting it, but it might cause it not to start if the electrical part of the NSS doesn't line up with the vacuum valve.

Alternatively, turn the engine off before setting the brake.
by jtschug
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Emergency Brake not Engaging
Replies: 17
Views: 322

Re: Emergency Brake not Engaging

Was the engine running when this happened?
by jtschug
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: 1964 Thunderbird engine swap

Yes, with enough time and effort, I'm sure it could be done. However, I don't think there is anything cool about putting a small block Chevy into a car that didn't come with one from the factory. Mouse motors are the McDonald's cheeseburger of V8 engines. They are cheap and plentiful, I see them all...
by jtschug
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Is It My Brake Booster or Master Cylinder? Can't Figure This Out! 1966 Thunderbird Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Is It My Brake Booster or Master Cylinder? Can't Figure This Out! 1966 Thunderbird Help!

How about 'all of the above'? The engine is connected to the brakes through the booster. There is no other connection, so if something going on with the engine causes something to happen with the brakes, then it is the booster. However, the booster only assists actuation of the master cylinder. If m...
by jtschug
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Is a 64 a 65
Replies: 16
Views: 414

Re: Is a 64 a 65

If you try this, I think you will encounter many little things that will be different. You may have to drill holes, grind things, maybe add brackets or move things. Some differences are not compatible and you will have to pick a year and change everything over. The amp meter circuit is different. Th...
by jtschug
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Exhaust flange gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Exhaust flange gasket

I have headers now, but if memory serves, the flat gasket goes between the heat riser and the manifold and the donut goes between the exhaust pipe and the heat riser or manifold on the driver's side.
by jtschug
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Installing expansion valve
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: Installing expansion valve

Remove the driver's seat first. 4 bolts, from under the car, it isn't that hard. If you have power seats, unplug the power feed. You probably also want to remove the side panel on the console that goes under the ignition switch. A lot of trim needs to be loosened to do this, but only some of it must...
by jtschug
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Wiper motor noise, appreciate input please. (1965)
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: Wiper motor noise, appreciate input please. (1965)

I had a wiper motor that made a hissing noise and did not work last year. I took it out of the car, and removed the big plug on the side that has a standard hex using a big crecent wrench. There are some springs, a check ball and plunger. DO NOT LOSE THE CHECK BALL. After spending hours crawling aro...
by jtschug
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Rear Wheel Bearing Issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: Rear Wheel Bearing Issue?

This was back in the early 1990's and I think the car had around 100,000 miles on it at the time. The original seals were old leather rope seals. I replaced them with neoprene.
by jtschug
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Rear Wheel Bearing Issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: Rear Wheel Bearing Issue?

My axles both had a ridge worn in them by the seal, and one side was leaking gear oil into the brakes causing the car to swerve when the brakes were applied. I ended up sleeving the axles and putting in an oversize seal in the axle tube to solve the leak. I replaced the sealed bearings at the same t...