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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 11:32 PM
Replies: 22
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Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

You have a typical small-case two speed Ford-O-Matic. They were commonly used for Ford full-sized cars V8 and 6-cyl applications beginning in 1951.
The 1951 thru 1954 Ford-O-Matic's had a cast-iron...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 11:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 116
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Wiring Ideas

Years ago, I got a couple of wiring harnesses for both my '55's that were made in Brazil. They are not color coded as the original and most terminals were the push-on spade type. Only two bullet type...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-16-2020, 01:58 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 39,940
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Re: Two-Door Ford and Mercury Wagons

Apparently, that wagon was built out of a '55 Crown Vic. They kept the original CV roof jus to the "B" pillar and cut the rest off, then they had to build the back portion of the roof to mate with...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-13-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Is a ground still a ground

Think of it this way, a direct current electrical system operates through a chassis and a load (the load could be induction or resistance type, anything that consumes power).
The chassis (body,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-10-2020, 12:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 413
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: New Brake Shoes

I'm running an old set of asbestos composite brake linings on my '55. Wouldn't trade them for nothing and they don't seem to wear down much. had them on since the early '80's.
As far as rear brakes,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-10-2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: oil leaking from newer coil

I don't know if they're still selling cast epoxy coils, but I am still using one (6-volt) on my '55 and it has got to be about 35 years old now. Oh, you won't see it offered by any of the repro parts...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-09-2020, 11:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Car Show Yesterday

Somewhere round '97 or '98 during scorching heat of summer there was a gigantic car show/swap meet up around Bloomington, I think. I drove up there in my '55, not for the show, I was interested in...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-09-2020, 02:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 377
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Another Oil question

In the past I have used Shell Rotella 15W-40 or Valvoline Premium Blue 15W-40 diesel oil. A couple years ago I got hold of a chart that showed the comparison of ingredients in several diesel oil...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-09-2020, 02:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 420
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Oil Pickup gasket

My experience with car Y-block oil pan pick-up tubes as I recall, is that there is a large round washer built in to the pickup tube behind the threads.
The tube is installed in the pan by poking the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-07-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Beautiful day today

Fuel pump quit on my '55 last week, so I took the battery out of the car for the winter. Car sits outside always. Put a car cover on to protect my freshly chrome plated door handles just before some...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-07-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 441
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Body to Frame isolators

That hole thru the floor panel has definitely been enlarged by a previous owner, and the bolt/washer you pulled out is not original.
So, in this case, the new round rubber pad that sits on the floor...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-07-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 420
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Oil Pickup gasket

I've owned three Y-blocks in all, two I still have, and worked on several. All the car Y-block engines I have seen have a large copper washer on the outside of the pan with a large nut that smashes...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-06-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 441
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Body to Frame isolators

The thick rubber square pad will ultimately be squished in between the frame and floor support. You will not be able to remove the old rubber pad unless you at least loosen all the bolts down one...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-06-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 441
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Body to Frame isolators

Here's the intended installation from top down:
1) Bolt
2) Funny washer with the raised, serrated surface contacting the underside of bolt-head.
3) Round rubber pad with convex protrusion inserted...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-05-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 441
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Body to Frame isolators

Not exactly sure what your asking, but the best orientation of the square rubber pad is to position it so that it is "square" with the mounting surface on the frame. That will give optimal support....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-05-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: valve cover gaskets

If you look at the bottom of one of the older Ford valve covers, you will notice that there is a metal ring resistance welded to the inside and it sticks down a little way so that the ring holds the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-05-2020, 06:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: door locks spring

I have a couple of '55 door lock cylinders that don't have keys to them, but it would probably take me some time to find them. They have changed locations over the years.
If I find them, I can mail...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-04-2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: valve cover gaskets

All the repro parts suppliers are now discontinuing the plain valve cover gaskets without the tabs. They are now only supplying the truck valve cover gaskets which do have the tabs.
In the last 3...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-03-2020, 02:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Driver Door Banging on Body Opening?

The front of the cowl is locked in it's location by the large stud and nut holding it to the car frame that you can see looking in the fender-well. Now, if that large bracket on the front of the cowl...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-03-2020, 02:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Driver Door Banging on Body Opening?

Regarding worn hinge pins with respect to proper door adjustment; ever notice how, when you are adjusting a door position, and it looks like you got it exactly where you want it, but then you tighten...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-02-2020, 02:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Twist clips?

They are also used to hold the headliner retainer strips onto the inside roof channel. I have never seen them offered by any of the repro parts suppliers.
I have noticed that when those clips break...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-02-2020, 02:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Driver Door Banging on Body Opening?

I drove around in my '55 for nearly forty years with both front doors badly out of alignment in both directions. Corrected them in 2017 and posted a huge article on it here in Fordbarn back then. But...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-29-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: installing inner fenders

See how they have the two clips and bolts at the top holding that splash shield at the rear of the fender apron ? That's exactly how you do the top clip and bolt that mates with the top firewall...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-28-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 871
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon/ Vintage Air Question?

Radiator should be okay as far as capacity, but it wouldn't hurt to swap the original 3-blade fan with a '57 or later 4-blade fan.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-28-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: installing inner fenders

It could be done so that the TOP of the fender apron slips in BELOW the firewall flange, and that would not hurt a thing. The difference is the thickness of one sheet of 18 gage metal. If you do it...
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