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by Aaron65
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Ball joint - Upper
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Ball joint - Upper

I replaced all ball joints on my '63 in 2019; I think I got my new ones from Bird Nest. They were a press fit; in fact, I pressed one back out again for some reason I can't remember.
by Aaron65
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1962 390 - electric choke?
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: 1962 390 - electric choke?

You're correct, the 4100 had an automatic choke heated by the exhaust; you CAN buy aftermarket electric chokes, and that is undoubtedly what you have. You should be able to swap a standard choke thermostat over and be good to go...Good luck!
by Aaron65
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Tire options for a 63
Replies: 21
Views: 699

Re: Tire options for a 63

Your car looks great, Cliff!
by Aaron65
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Turn Signal Switch - NOS vs. reproductions
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Turn Signal Switch - NOS vs. reproductions

Just a possible tip that may work for some of you. My original turn signal switch wouldn't stay on when I would take a right turn. This is after I was in the column fixing a bunch of stuff. I took the spring out and stretched it a little bit, and I added another small washer under the factory hold d...
by Aaron65
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1963 lower radiator hose/fuel pump clearance
Replies: 13
Views: 465

Re: 1963 lower radiator hose/fuel pump clearance

I've never done this myself, but some people who suffer from actual vapor lock will install an auxiliary electric fuel pump that is controlled by a switch. That way, they can flip it on when the car starts acting up.
by Aaron65
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: '63 Brake Pedal Bushings/Clip?
Replies: 1
Views: 122

'63 Brake Pedal Bushings/Clip?

After having my brake pedal arm come off (!) the rod that actuates the booster under the dash last month (in the garage, parked, luckily), I realized that I'm missing half the plastic bushing and the factory clip that holds the arm and rod together. I made a plastic flat washer and used an e-clip to...
by Aaron65
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heater hoses on exhaust
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Heater hoses on exhaust

You're likely correct, Alan. I'm sorry that I can't post a picture right now; I just swapped the T-Bird out to storage to pick up a different car, so I don't have it at home, and none of my engine compartment pictures have a clear enough view of the heater hoses. I'll take a picture in a few weeks w...
by Aaron65
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heater hoses on exhaust
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Heater hoses on exhaust

I've noticed that one of the heater hoses on my '63 rests right on the hot part of the head near the exhaust manifold on cylinder #1. Looking at pictures online, my routing seems pretty correct; I have the clip on the suspension tower that bands the hoses together and keeps them out of the way. The ...
by Aaron65
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: R134 fittings?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: R134 fittings?

Does anyone have any idea what adapter fitting I could use on the high side? The R12 fitting on the compressor is a flare fitting, and nothing suitable comes with the R134 adapter kits. It looks like I need a female 7/16 flare fitting with a schrader valve in it with an R134 coupler on the other sid...
by Aaron65
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: R134 fittings?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: R134 fittings?

Thank you!
by Aaron65
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: R134 fittings?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: R134 fittings?

Am I right in thinking that will be the high side adapter, Jim?
by Aaron65
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: R134 fittings?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

R134 fittings?

Hey everyone, I'm starting on the long road toward, I hope, a working air conditioning system in my '63. This will be a learning experience, because it's the first old car I've ever had with air, and I've never spent any time working on an air conditioning system. I already know I'll have to replace...
by Aaron65
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1962 button by ignition
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: 1962 button by ignition

Is it just the parking brake light (that comes on when the parking brake is applied)? That's what's on my '63.
by Aaron65
Fri May 29, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Speed-O Growling
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Speed-O Growling

Mine's a '63...
by Aaron65
Wed May 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: 1961-1963 Thunderbirds
Topic: Heat works and then it doesn't, and then it does...
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Heat works and then it doesn't, and then it does...

Thanks Jim! I think I'll probably just get a core and valve ordered and handle it while I'm in there, considering that deliveries aren't the quickest right now! It'll all be good practice for the eventual total dashboard disassembly to reseal the whole heater/AC box. :)