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by T-Bird Bob
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 Thunderbird won't run when hot.
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: 1957 Thunderbird won't run when hot.

Hello John,
I second the thing with the coil. Try a new coil, your old one might be already damaged.

Have fun!

Bob
by T-Bird Bob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Millennial bought a classic (55)
Replies: 52
Views: 1904

Re: Millennial bought a classic (55)

Hi Yummy, First you need to adjust your hot idle: 1-get your engine up to temp. 2-release choke completely (flaps open, handle all in). 3-put vehicle in drive (BUT MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T MOVE - use wheel chucks!) 4- use idle speed screw on carbs driver side to adjust idle speed to something around 500...
by T-Bird Bob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Millennial bought a classic (55)
Replies: 52
Views: 1904

Re: Millennial bought a classic (55)

Hello Yummy, No, you won't be able to push it through. You should clean up the slot and screw it out. Here is a set of pictures in another forum that explains that: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1955-ford-y-block-choke-help.831048/ I think you will have to drill out the center to inser...
by T-Bird Bob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Millennial bought a classic (55)
Replies: 52
Views: 1904

Re: Millennial bought a classic (55)

Well, I have never seen a parts store choke kit.... I would think you need the cylinder in the bottom left corner to go in the manifold. Just like the position 1 in the picture. Make sure the passage for hot air to the choke housing is open (red circle). Also, I don't know if you have a cap with a b...
by T-Bird Bob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Millennial bought a classic (55)
Replies: 52
Views: 1904

Re: Millennial bought a classic (55)

Hello Yummy, I don't really know what you mean by "spring next to the bolt position". It looks like someone tried to convert your carb to manual choke. You can keep that and just add a car-parts-store choke cable to your setup (indicated in red in the bottom of picture). For the auto choke to work, ...
by T-Bird Bob
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 56 tbird hardtop headliner
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: 56 tbird hardtop headliner

CASCO has it on DVD: https://www.classictbird.com/Casco-Video-Headliner-Installation/productinfo/CV2/ P/N is CV2. For the millennials: A DVD is a data storage disc roughly 4" in diameter and you need a drive with a slot or a drawer that comes out. Check google or your local Best Buy. For Boomers: A ...
by T-Bird Bob
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Cowl Side Vent
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Cowl Side Vent

Hello GeeWhat, Looking at the picture: sidevent.jpg I think this is just to preload the connection on either side. So the attachment is mad by a splint and washer outside, but nothing stops the rod from rattling around (just like the springs on rocker shafts that push the rocker arms outside towards...
by T-Bird Bob
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Millennial bought a classic (55)
Replies: 52
Views: 1904

Re: Millennial bought a classic (55)

Hello Yummy, I hope I am not to late to suggest a compromise solution to your 6V - 12V problem. Since starting is no issue for you, why don't you just switch to 6V NEGATIVE ground? The advantage of that is that you can use ALL the vehicles electrics as they are right now and just use a 6..12V step u...
by T-Bird Bob
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: European headlight conversion - 6V wattage
Replies: 0
Views: 51

European headlight conversion - 6V wattage

Hello All - but especially Europeans*: I did move to Europe and now I need to convert the headlights on my original '55 6V Thunderbird (6V as in 6Volts electrical, I don't have triple carbs). I know I can get headlight reflectors from Hella, Cibie or Lucas, but what bulbs do I use? I thought the ori...
by T-Bird Bob
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fuel Pump Woes... HELP! (long read, sorry)
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Fuel Pump Woes... HELP! (long read, sorry)

Hey Dradea, Try to pressurize the tank (low pressure) when the engine is running. I had the problem once that the fuel pump lost its prime and cannot suck an air bubble out of the fuel line that is introduced when you disconnect it. The other way of priming is to run the engine at higher RPM than Id...
by T-Bird Bob
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 56 to a 57 distributor
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: 56 to a 57 distributor

Hey Jim, I checked 3 parts suppliers for the tach cable and drive gear: CASCO Concours Parts MAC's All of them list the cable as a 56/57 so yours should fit on the 1957 distributor (for some reasons the 55 is longer?) MAC's and Concours Parts list the drive gear as 55-57 and CASCO doesn't list a yea...
by T-Bird Bob
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Won’t keep running down street!
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Won’t keep running down street!

Hello Jim, As long as you have the original tea-pot (Holley 4000) you should be fine. I just said you cannot use a modern Edelbrock or Holley aftermarket carb with the original ignition distributor. When you said that someone replaced the auto choke with a manual one, I think you might already have ...
by T-Bird Bob
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Won’t keep running down street!
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Won’t keep running down street!

Hello Jim, Sounds like a sticky needle valve to me, I had the same problem. Just replace that with a new one that is suitable for alcohol fuel (any new one is). I got my carb parts here: https://www.carburetor-parts.com/holley4000parts.html If you look in the technical section, there is a great asse...
by T-Bird Bob
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 Brakes
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: 1956 Brakes

Hello Jim, I think you have two problems: One is the drum brake pulling and one is the lights flickering. If the continental kit makes them go on and off, I guess there is a wiring problem in the rear of the car and the brake light pressure switch is always closed. I would go through that step by st...
by T-Bird Bob
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 TB engine code 312 or 292??
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: 1956 TB engine code 312 or 292??

Hello Jim, The fuel line on a T-bird goes higher up than the tank and the fuel pump (on the frame rail just before the pump). If there is air in this place, the fuel pump cannot create enough vacuum to suck fuel over that hump. When you changed the fuel pump, you introduced an air pocket there and n...