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by T-Bird Bob
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Oil Bath Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Oil Bath Questions

Hello DynoDan, You are right about the sharp corner. But the metal mesh is a second step. It acts like a coarse version of a paper or fiber filter. When the car moves around, oil gets on the mesh and makes it very sticky - that catches even more particles. I would still like to know if it is worth c...
by T-Bird Bob
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fuel pump problems
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Fuel pump problems

Hello Jim,
I don't really have a schematic, but an idea:
If your old pump is just weak but has never been wrongly assembled, you should be able to dismantle it and check for correct assembly.
(Unless you already took it apart or threw it away).
Good luck!


Bob
by T-Bird Bob
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fuel Pump Not working
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Fuel Pump Not working

Hello Paul, In know, but this is a Thunderbird specialty! The fuel line goes up with the frame rail and then down to the pump. If you introduce air in there and have low fuel in the tank, this is more air than the diaphragm of the pump can displace at low speeds (i.e. starter rpm). So you need the f...
by T-Bird Bob
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fuel Pump Not working
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Fuel Pump Not working

Hi,
What Joe said!
when you open the pump it looses it's prime. It needs to run for 30seconds at 1500rpm or so to start pumping again.

Have fun!

Bob
by T-Bird Bob
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Power Steering Question
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Power Steering Question

Hello Cavalier, First I have to admit that I am a total Originaliban and would never do any irreversible modifications for upgrades (does the Flaming River box make you cut the steering column?), which makes me think the original kit is the only way to go! But there is practical considerations too: ...
by T-Bird Bob
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Oil Bath Conversion Question
Replies: 11
Views: 254

Re: Oil Bath Conversion Question

Hello Cavalier, First of all, here is the information you are looking for: http://nebraskalandtbirds.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/airfilterconversion.pdf Independent of that, I never had oil leaking out when only driving. But when you need to remove the air cleaner housing and try to get ...
by T-Bird Bob
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: I am a new member of your forum.
Replies: 33
Views: 1108

Re: I am a new member of your forum.

Hello Merlin, The connection of the cigar lighter is polarity sensitive: -The center post is plus -the spade is ground (please check I am not 100% sure - measure resistance between the spade and the housing). While this polarity is not important to light a cigar, it is to your cell phone adapter - t...
by T-Bird Bob
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 56 TBird Brake lights stay on- sometimes
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: 56 TBird Brake lights stay on- sometimes

Hello Jim, I can't say anything about the brake lights. Regarding the fan, there are several things to consider: A) If you want to install it from the front you have to remove bumper, grill and lower valence. I am not sure if that will give you enough space to slide it in and 2 small fans might go b...
by T-Bird Bob
Thu May 07, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: Leaking carburetor. Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Leaking carburetor. Help!

Hello Soundquest, The only thing that connects the part you circled with anything with fuel is the secondary throttle shaft. So I could imagine fuel leaks into the secondary bores and since the throttle plates are closed, leaks along the throttle shaft outside. I guess your throttle shaft has also m...
by T-Bird Bob
Mon May 04, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: European headlight conversion - 6V wattage
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: European headlight conversion - 6V wattage

So I will just answer my own question here: Yes, it is 35W/35W! I used the H4 Light bulbs that look like 12V but are 6V and available at Motorcycle places (because there are more motorcycles than cars nowadays that have 6V) I can't believe I am the only one who imported a T-bird from the US into Eur...
by T-Bird Bob
Sun May 03, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: LED tail lights
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: LED tail lights

Hi Mark, I did go for LED taillights on my 6V 1955. I wasn't thinking so much about the brake lights as more about the indicators. When driving with the lights on, indicators would go"bright-dim-bright-dim" etc. I considered that not very visible and was afraid to get in an accident because someone ...
by T-Bird Bob
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 TBird Engine Temp gage
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: 1956 TBird Engine Temp gage

Hello Jim, You said the gauge reads fine when the engine is switched off? But hot when the engine is running? Looks to me like a generator issue (or regulator for that matter). Measure your voltage on the battery: -Should be around 12.7V when engine is off -ca 14.2 V or so when engine is running. I ...
by T-Bird Bob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: 1958-1960 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1960 Self Adjusting Drum Brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 1360

Re: 1960 Self Adjusting Drum Brakes

Yes, 1960 Thunderbird has the same 11-1/32 x 2-1/2 brake drums as all 1960 to 1968 full size Fords. You should be able use an adjuster kit from a 1966 Galaxie or so. However, please keep in mind, that on one side the toothed wheel (now the adjusters are side specific) is not reachable through the ba...
by T-Bird Bob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1957 T-Bird Engine RPMs Increase When Brake Applied
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: 1957 T-Bird Engine RPMs Increase When Brake Applied

Hello TJ, I guess, your power booster has a leak somewhere. Since it is fed by manifold vacuum, it is connected to the intake. When you apply the brakes, outside air goes through the brake booster inside the manifold and therefore bypasses the throttle - engine RPMs increase. Try with a disconnected...
by T-Bird Bob
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: 1955-1957 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1956 Engine Temp Guage
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: 1956 Engine Temp Guage

Hello Jim, Nice to hear it runs! I think none of this is wasted (except the 1957 distributor, because now there is an electronic tach-drive version on ebay for $290) I have no idea regarding the temp sensor, I have a 1955. But I thought the sensor is in the head and not in the manifold? (I am not su...