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by redthundervert64
Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 brake hose torque limit
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: 65 brake hose torque limit

Hi Paul - the route you're going with the '66 setup for the conversion is probably the best choice but for a few reasons I went with the ACC rotors, calipers, mounting brackets and spindle adapters and also installed a Raybestos MC32651 (1969 Mustang) disc/drum dual master cylinder and a Wilwood mod...
by redthundervert64
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 brake hose torque limit
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: 65 brake hose torque limit

Hi - I just finished a front disc conversion on my '64 and used the excellent guide created by two members (Treozen and bigbrownpilot), who address the issue of torque required for the caliper banjo bolts. They say to use 35 ft-lbs and let the bolts sit for 15-30 minutes so the copper "sets&quo...
by redthundervert64
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: 65 Convertible top solenoids
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: 65 Convertible top solenoids

I had the same problem with the deck easing back down as the top was retracting into the trunk. I discovered that one of the hydraulic lines was kinked close to where it connected to the bottom of one of the deck cylinders. Once I straightened the line, the problem was solved and it hasn't happened ...
by redthundervert64
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Strut rod bushing replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: Strut rod bushing replacement

I changed mine earlier this year and I found John's video on the "joernone" Youtube channel to be quite informative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Cab9y-nTI&list=PLPagKqeCjne_hKDsIPEQ8N39tUAHVVLB-&index=47 Fortunately I was able to remove the cotter pins without the problems th...
by redthundervert64
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Rear Brakes Grabbing
Replies: 15
Views: 1095

Re: Rear Brakes Grabbing

Thanks 64ZCODE - appreciate it!
by redthundervert64
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Rear Brakes Grabbing
Replies: 15
Views: 1095

Re: Rear Brakes Grabbing

Hi Sierra. Agree with Cliff and would add one more wrinkle, which is that aftermarket brake shoes can result in the chattering you're experiencing. Did you change the brake shoes recently? I ran across this on my '64 when I replaced the front shoes with Centric aftermarket ones after turning the dr...
by redthundervert64
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console

Thanks paulr for your kind comments. Actually your console looks great in the photo - I guess you must have caught it in the right light!
by redthundervert64
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console

Thanks Sierra John - much appreciated.
by redthundervert64
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console

I finally got around to refinishing the brushed aluminum console and dash in my '64. RAVEN had asked for a bit of a "report" on the process, along with some photos. Sorry if this seems pretty long-winded but there were a lot of steps and different tests. I'm a novice at this and some of my...
by redthundervert64
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: More troubleshooting convertible top
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: More troubleshooting convertible top

Here is a picture of my old convertible top safety relay and plug. IMG_0409.JPG On my '64 the relay is located on the firewall directly under the passenger side cowl drain behind the the cowl drain tube. The old relay and plug had become so corroded in this location that I cut off the plug so that I...
by redthundervert64
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: More troubleshooting convertible top
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: More troubleshooting convertible top

Hi Phobos - I had almost the exact same problem with my convertible top operation. As a test I removed the top control safety relay plug and installed a jumper in it to bypass the relay coil (after cleaning the plug connections and using pliers to compress them to ensure a tight fit) and the problem...
by redthundervert64
Mon May 11, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Strut rod bushings
Replies: 31
Views: 5926

Re: Strut rod bushings

Also just out of curiosity where did you place the magnetic protractor? Hi sleeper - here's my crude methodology (as I said, it's a very rough measurement!). I cut a piece of 1"X2" wood to a length of about 5 5/16" so that it just fits between the stud nuts on the upper and lower bal...
by redthundervert64
Sun May 10, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: Strut rod bushings
Replies: 31
Views: 5926

Re: Strut rod bushings

I just took the struts out of my '64. I didn't measure the" A" distance but rather I counted the number of notches showing on the underside of the struts between the forward upper edge of the LCA and the start of the notches. One side had 8 notches showing and the other side had 7. I assum...
by redthundervert64
Sun May 10, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console

Hi Raven - I haven't finished the console restoration yet but hope to do so within the next 2 or 3 weeks and will certainly post the results. When I got the car it came with a beat up spare dash panel that had holes cut for some kind of gauge, so I've been using that to experiment with. I've also or...
by redthundervert64
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: 1964-1966 Thunderbirds
Topic: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: DIY Restoration of '64 Brushed Aluminum Console

Thanks Cliff and stubbie. I'll give your suggestions a try.

Bob