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by scumdog
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Excess Engine Compartment Heat
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: Excess Engine Compartment Heat

Have you thought about using one of those infrared digital temperature gauge deals to measure temperatures at various places around the engine bay?
You would be amazed at how hot your exhaust ports get!
by scumdog
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 2 questions - fuel hoses and the ignition system
Replies: 17
Views: 735

Re: 2 questions - fuel hoses and the ignition system

I ended up using the resistor wire to activate a relay that was wired to provide a full 12V to the Pertonix, before that with only 9V going to the Pertonix I had occasional plug fouling issues.
by scumdog
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Clarification on motor/trans pull EDIT followup on pull both ways, photos
Replies: 29
Views: 1270

Re: Clarification on motor/trans pull

Paul, if the game plan has changed to pull the motor separate, I recommend to leave the car only marginally off the ground till motor is out. Then raise the old girl to remove the tranny and drag it out. Also be aware of the tranny cooler lines as they pass under the motor, when you lift it out, th...
by scumdog
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: High beam problem
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: High beam problem

I used a two-in-one relay for my headlights as the old wiring (I suspect) was overloading the circuit breaker built into the switch.

Very scarey when the headlights went out without warning on a country road.

Now with the relay system I have brighter lights that stay on
by scumdog
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Value of a Custom 1964 Thunderbird
Replies: 9
Views: 426

Re: Value of a Custom 1964 Thunderbird

Nice looking car but the blow-hard advertisement write-up turned me off.

And the door-card with a mixture of speakers and Lincoln emblems is rubbish.
by scumdog
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This actually happened
Replies: 5
Views: 1569

Re: This actually happened

Over here in New Zealand there were no Thunderbirds ever sold new at Ford dealerships so EVERYBODY but enthusiastic car people ask "A Thunderbird eh, who made them"!!
by scumdog
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird build
Replies: 91
Views: 5943

Re: 1964 Thunderbird build

Not to pick on Holley reps however one calculated optimal carb size for me for the 390 and came up with 480 cfm. I'm running the 670 cfm Holley and the engine is loving it. You can get away with quite a cfm variation, the 480 (or thereabouts) would be fine for a stock 390, it would be economical, r...
by scumdog
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Resto Mod
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: 1964 Resto Mod

A Heim joint instead of a ball joint at the tie rod end is an interesting choice. I wonder if that suspension is a kit, or if they engineered that themselves I don’t know who ‘engineered’ it but just think all the potential for flexing/bending that long link from r&p end to the steering arm - which...
by scumdog
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Modified/Custom Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Resto Mod
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: 1964 Resto Mod

Nice but where's the roof?

And that steering rack to steering arm set-up wouldn't fly in this country, it might be OK for a car show cruiser but on winding rougher roads? Forget it!
by scumdog
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine stumble issues?
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Engine stumble issues?

A wise auto-electrician once told me: 95% of carburettor problems are electrical! Check your vacuum advance by all means but also check your distributor for any issues (bad points, too big a gap etc) and check your fuel supply ie is there something restricting the supply to the carb, is the pump goo...
by scumdog
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Overheating and at a loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1360

Re: Overheating and at a loss

And timing, check it, if too far retarded it will cause really bad overheating regardless if the car is moving or not.
by scumdog
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: emergency brake stuck
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: emergency brake stuck

thank you got it released now I have to find out where all my brake fluid went. joy joy fun never ends with this car Also check the brake proportioning valve, it's on the inner fender just above the steering box. I had mine leak and due the area near the steering box being damp with old power-steer...
by scumdog
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 66 power windows
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: 66 power windows

I had a similar problem for a bit but it seems any voltage drop has the windows stickingmainly if the window is up, however if the I have the motor running the problem doesn't occur, i.e. if motor is NOT running I may (or may not!) have the drivers or passengers side window sticking right at the top...
by scumdog
Tue May 21, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fuel line dries out
Replies: 12
Views: 940

Re: Fuel line dries out

Hi, OK thanks for that. I'm still wondering about the non-return arrangement. You can't have the fuel draining back to the tank every time you park on a hill.... Tony There would still be enough fuel in the carb to get the motor running - and that’s enough to get fuel pumped up from the tank. My ‘b...
by scumdog
Fri May 17, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: bullet birds in australia
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: bullet birds in australia

I would guess Aussie was like NZ, the local Ford dealers didn’t sell Thunderbirds new, they all had to be private imports.
(Has there ever been brand new left hand drive vehicle sold by dealerships to the public ‘down under’?)