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by CSavaglio
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: tach
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: tach

Speedometer Service in Colorado Springs. Old school shop... He's rebuild every vintage speedo tach, generator and starter in ever car I've owned for the last 10 or 15 years. He does mail service and I used to send him stuff when I lived away from the springs. He rebuilt my tbirds tach and speedo abo...
by CSavaglio
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Won’t keep running down street!
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Won’t keep running down street!

To add to the other advice, another restriction to check is the section of soft line on the feed line to the fuel pump. They're notorious for swelling nearly closed inside from the modern fuels but looking fine on the outside. If it hasn't been replaced yet, it's worth doing... Buy new, not nos sinc...
by CSavaglio
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Original Wheel Cylinders
Replies: 13
Views: 497

Re: Original Wheel Cylinders

I hate to possibly throw a monkey wrench into this and it may or may not make a difference... First, I think it's awesome folks are out there researching these cars to this level. So, a large manufacturer like Ford needed to keep the assembly lines running. Any delay was a major loss of money and wo...
by CSavaglio
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: wire to coil
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: wire to coil

I'm not totally sure what you're saying, but I don't think it's correct. When you turn the key to the on/run position, 12v goes from the I post on the ign sw (the under dash switch you put the key into) to the ballast resistor. The output side of the resistor feeds less than 12v to the + post of the...
by CSavaglio
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: wire to coil
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: wire to coil

Should have an ignition hot to the "+" on the coil from the ballast in turn being fed from the ignition switch (assuming neg ground since you have a ballast resistor) "-" on the coil goes to the distributor points...when the points close, it completes the circuit to ground and allows the coil to cha...
by CSavaglio
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1955 Dana 44
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: 1955 Dana 44

There are combination U-joints that should get you where you need to be without having to try to find a yoke. a good driveline or differential shop should be able to help you. If you don't have one local, talk to Drive Line Service in Colorado Springs.
by CSavaglio
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: water valve- heater control
Replies: 14
Views: 431

Re: water valve- heater control

It's possible your vent doors seal a lot better than mine. It's fine when it's cool out, but it can get warmer than it should when it's hot out
by CSavaglio
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: water valve- heater control
Replies: 14
Views: 431

Re: water valve- heater control

I know on every vintage car I've owned, my t-brid included, there was measurable heat radiating from the vents of there was hot water running thru the core. It's most noticeable on warm days. Casco makes a fairly inexpensive and relatively easy to install kit that converts the vacuum valve to a mech...
by CSavaglio
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heat riser valve
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Heat riser valve

If it's stuck open, it does no harm to leave it be. Warm up may take a little longer. Many people get rid of it altogether. If is stuck closed, it needs to be dealt with. You'd normally see the paint on the intake burned in the middle where the crossover is. You can sometimes free it by alternativel...
by CSavaglio
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Any experience of NPD carpet?
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Any experience of NPD carpet?

The preformed carpet is the way to go. It has the proper edges and the vinyl heal section in the proper place and should have the jute backing included. I used a set from Larry's 5 or 6 years ago and it was great. At the time, it was one of the least expensive sets, although right now, they show it ...
by CSavaglio
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Replica license plate
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: Replica license plate

Every state has different regulations. They're usually posted on the specific state's DMV website. In Colorado, you can use year of manufacture plates...older plates had the year printed/embossed on them. There are a lot of rules that go with it...has to be a legit, actual license plate (not a repro...
by CSavaglio
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?

I can't see the notch on your choke cover to see how it's adjusted. Is your choke setting when you hit the gas? If it's adjusted way lean or the little lever under it isn't engaged in the loop of the bimetalic spring, you won't get a fast idle since your choke isn't setting. In the pic, the choke is...
by CSavaglio
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?

Starting without needing the choke is usually a good indication of a very rich condition. The fuel has to be coming from somewhere and, unless the carb was rejetted or a power valve with too high a setting was installed, it's from a malfunction, as prev mentioned. Daddio gives good advice, it could ...
by CSavaglio
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: Help please - 56 Running rough, Fuel starvation?

I'm sorry to disagree with what seems to be the popular opinion here, but this doesn't sound like a lean/fuel starved condition. It sounds like the opposite, that it's flooding. All of the conditions described correlate this. Some conditions can show up with either a very lean or rich condition, but...
by CSavaglio
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Oil light not working
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Oil light not working

The oil light is an extremely simple circuit. A black-green tracer wire provides power to the light socket in the dash, a white-red tracer wire goes from the dash to the sending unit. The sending unit is a switch that closes when there is low oil pressure, grounding the circuit to the block and maki...