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by 64ZCODE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: New advice for those with overheating problems
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: New advice for those with overheating problems

Yes, I think 6 degrees BTDC is spec for the '64 390 however I've been running 15 degrees BTDC with no problem on 87 octane fuel. And, I've tried 93 octane fuel (the best we have here in California short of buying aviation gas) and seen no appreciable difference in performance from the 87 octane.
by 64ZCODE
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: New advice for those with overheating problems
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: New advice for those with overheating problems

On my '64 is use manifold vacuum, not ported vacuum, for the distributor advance. I've tried both and find that manifold vacuum provides the best throttle response. Can't say though I've noticed any difference in the engine operating temp.
by 64ZCODE
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?

Hi Mark. To me, the MSD 8mm wires are the standard for low resistance with heat protection and RFI suppression. We're probably talking very small performance differences between cars with the 7mm versus the 8mm wires. But hey, the 8mm wires look cool.

Doug
by 64ZCODE
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?

Hey there Mark, sorry for the long delay. The Pertonix III module I used is PN 71281. The MSD wire set is 31233 which I think was a universal set. When you install the 8mm plug wires on the stock disty cap it gets a little crowded to you need to route the wires accordingly, and you'll need 8mm loom ...
by 64ZCODE
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Fair Price?
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Fair Price?

You'll need a lot of fortitude and cash to get the car into reasonable condition. Unlikely you'll be able to get that $ back out if you decide to sell it at a future date. But if it's a keepsake project, then it seems to be a fair price.
by 64ZCODE
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Anyone tried n MSD Ignition Control Module (model 6201)?

What Alan said. BTW the Pertronix 3 module delivers multiple sparks per cylinder power stroke, essentially just as the MSD box does. I have the Pertronix 3 on my '64 TBird and it, along with a hotter coil, MSD 8mm wires, and increasing spark plug gaps really improved power and smooth running. I do h...
by 64ZCODE
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Refreshing the 390 FE
Replies: 31
Views: 2166

Re: Refreshing the 390 FE

Careful what you with for, you just might get it

:microwave:
by 64ZCODE
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 64 thunderbird shift linkage
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: 64 thunderbird shift linkage

BTW I'm about to crawl under the car to inspect the linkage at the transmission. Looking to find out where the looseness is and isn't.
by 64ZCODE
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 64 thunderbird shift linkage
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: 64 thunderbird shift linkage

Here you go, let me know if you need more pictures/different angles.
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by 64ZCODE
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 1964 Thunderbird Barn Find
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: 1964 Thunderbird Barn Find

Hi there Mrfixitup. I'd say let's see if this puppy will run then go from there. Pulling plugs to see if there is evidence of oil burning or improper mixture is a good idea, clean the plugs while you're at it squirt some oil down the bores and then crank the engine with coil dis-attached. Before sta...
by 64ZCODE
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Overheating at idle
Replies: 12
Views: 693

Re: Overheating at idle

What he said. I would just add that you could check the actual temp using a laser temp gauge, pointing it at the top tank of the radiator.
by 64ZCODE
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: accelerator pedal 64 thunderbird
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: accelerator pedal 64 thunderbird

Excellent, I can't imaging putting one of these birds back together from a box of parts. More power to you!
by 64ZCODE
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: accelerator pedal 64 thunderbird
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: accelerator pedal 64 thunderbird

What Alan said, this is covered in the manuals available for this car. And here for the halibut is a picture of the linkage on my '64. If you can provide a clearer description of what you need, I can provide some additional photos.
by 64ZCODE
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Engine sputter/shut off
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: Engine sputter/shut off

An electric choke starts opening as soon as it sees power, so within a minute or two it's wide open. My '64 has a Holley 670 cfm carb and doesn't have a choke. So starting it involves goosing the accelerator for about 30 seconds, then it will idle and warm up. I live in California so I can get away ...
by 64ZCODE
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Refreshing the 390 FE
Replies: 31
Views: 2166

Re: Refreshing the 390 FE

Hi there Rt.146. Wondering how you clear coated the car? Was that rattle can or paint sprayer?

Also, wondering what cam you went with and how you made that decision.