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by jtschug
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: what spring compressor has worked for you?
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: what spring compressor has worked for you?

When I bought my Moog spring compressor inside it had a set of instructions that looked original to the tool specifically for 64-66 Thunderbirds where the spring tends to curve when the car is jacked up. It instructs to put a bottle jack under the spindle and compress the spring (and straighten it a...
by jtschug
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1965 air condition
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: 1965 air condition

First the easy part. The York has an aluminum body and the Tecumseh has an iron body, so just check if a magnet sticks to it and it will tell you. Functionally they are interchangeable. One is obviously heavier than the other. On my compressor, rust had built up between the magnet and the pulley, so...
by jtschug
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Porportioning Valve, fun..
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Porportioning Valve, fun..

It is possible to put on a new flare on a brake line if you must. It takes a special forming tool and a new nut. Of course you will also need to have enough length...
by jtschug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 917

Re: 1966 Thunderbird Restoration

Often old gas leaves a sticky residue on the valve stems, then when the car sits and the engine cools down it glues the valves into the guides. The next time the engine is started, the valve doesn't want to move and the push rods bend.
by jtschug
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: OEM Heater Control Valve
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: OEM Heater Control Valve

I think this is an original valve. The bracket looks right and it has a Ford stamp on it.
by jtschug
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: fuel sender unit
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: fuel sender unit

My lock ring was rusty and I had to destroy it to remove it, but I think the new sender can with a new one. The first time I put it in, the O-ring didn’t seat right and it leaked the next time I filled the tank, so I had to take it apart and do it again. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area f...
by jtschug
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Where can I find replacement vacuum canisters?
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Where can I find replacement vacuum canisters?

If you can, support the businesses that make it possible to keep these cars in good working order.
by jtschug
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965

Which two bolts? The square-headed bolts? The pockets are in part of the steering column that doesn't move, so those two bolts secure the "hub" which also doesn't move. The shift collar which moves with the lever is on the outside and forward of those parts.
by jtschug
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY-1965

Oh no! You have stumbled on one of the worst jobs on an old Ford. There are two square-headed bolts that hook into pockets on the column side and then stick through to nuts behind the turn signal switch. The difficulty is that the square heads fall out of the pockets when you try to tighten the nuts...
by jtschug
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Did I fry my ammeter just now? 65 hardtop
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Did I fry my ammeter just now? 65 hardtop

I honestly do not think an ammeter built to be sensitive to the shunt current could handle the full current, and I think smoking is its way of telling you it doesn't like the amount of current it is seeing (this isn't about 12V, this is about 60 AMPS) I have a '66 and I haven't spent any time workin...
by jtschug
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Did I fry my ammeter just now? 65 hardtop
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Did I fry my ammeter just now? 65 hardtop

Is it possible it is a '64 ammeter in a '65 or a '65 ammeter in a '64?
by jtschug
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: SHOCK TOWER BRACES...
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: SHOCK TOWER BRACES...

Ford changed the driver side in 65 when the larger MC reservoir was put in for disc brakes
by jtschug
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Am I missing something to my kick-down linkage? 65 hardtop
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Am I missing something to my kick-down linkage? 65 hardtop

The ‘Ford kickdown’ carburetor kit is made for slightly newer cars than ours. Your kickdown linkage might be missing something, many are missing the bellhousing plate. However, if it seems something is missing because this kickdown kit is unnecessary, then don’t worry. Our cars do not need this kit
by jtschug
Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Loctite/Permatex, thread maker
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Loctite/Permatex, thread maker

If the manifold has never been off before, I can almost guarantee that a bolt will break when you try to take it off. Squirt them with penetrating oil, heat up the ears with a oxy-acetelene torch, and pray really hard. If you are lucky, the ones that break will leave enough of a stub to weld a nut o...