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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-21-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 132
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: 55 Crown Victoria rear seat mounts my questions

This may or may not be helpful as it applies to a '55 Merc 2 door hardtop. The seat back hangs on hooks on the package tray as you describe, and should also have 2 screws at the bottom of the seat...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-16-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 526
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: New engine time!

Wow, that's ugly! Looks like it was stored outside for 10 years. Did you repair the heads or find new ones?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-09-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: '57 Thunderbird Front Brake Drum/Hub

This horse is officially deceased.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-09-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-09-2021, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: '57 Thunderbird Front Brake Drum/Hub

Umm,, I think Ted also moderates this forum. Bait not taken.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-09-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: '57 Thunderbird Front Brake Drum/Hub

Ted was right, the thread had outlived its usefulness.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-09-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: '57 Thunderbird Front Brake Drum/Hub

Hmmm, I see I've been living in your head rent free for the past week or so. :rolleyes: I admire your tenacity.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-03-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,785
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: California pcv ??

In that case I think I'd find some new filter material and trim it to size so that it completely covers the nipple. Use the same material or something similar. I would NOT recommend anything like...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-02-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,785
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: California pcv ??

Could you maybe rotate the wide portion of the filter around from the 2 o'clock position to the 7 o'clock position to cover the nipple? Or is it permanently attached in its current position?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-29-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 27,159
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-17-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: speedo gear-in tranny

Or get something like this:

https://www.texasindustrialelectric.com/speedo.asp

Or you can use a speedo app on your smart phone.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-15-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

Unless Mainline sales were so dismal they wound up with "extra" trim. Sales forecasting is somewhat of an arcane science and I'm sure wasn't any easier back in the day.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-14-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

Ford may have been using up the Customline stainless since the upcoming '57s were a completely different body and the '56 trim wouldn't fit. Just a guess. This was well before "just in time"...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-12-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,785
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: California pcv ??

Does Cali require pre-emission vehicles to have emission controls added? I haven't heard that but I wouldn't put it past 'em.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-12-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,785
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: California pcv ??

I doubt that's factory. Factory PCV systems didn't appear until the late '50s/early 60s. The leaking, folded over road draft tube tells the tale. A factory system would be air tight except at the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-11-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

OK, I'm saying "uncle". I wasn't aware of the mid-year change.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-10-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

I'm not convinced. It has all the Customline side trim. It looks like someone added the stainless piece below the white paint that leads to the tail light. They did an excellent job of it, too.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-10-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

You're correct, it's a Customline. My bad...:o
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-10-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,195
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: What Model is This 56

That's a '56 Mainline.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-10-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: 55 mercury steering box

That's going to be tough. Lares catalogs the box but is "out of stock until further notice". Other than contacting classic car salvage yards, I'm out of ideas. The box may be the same as a '55 Ford...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-10-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: 55 mercury steering box

Do you need the complete box (yours is missing?) or does your box need to be rebuilt? If you need a rebuild here is one place that can do it.

http://catalog.larescorp.com/part/8474/
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-06-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: re build or buy

Motor City Flathead was involved in a project to cast new blocks with some improvements. They did produce one prototype aluminum block and put it in a '34 coupe which showed up at Honest Charlie's...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-06-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: re build or buy

Back in the day if your flattie wasn't cracked you had won the lottery. Seems the late blocks were more prone to it than the 59A and earlier. I had one fixed about 30 years ago, same issue; a crack...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-23-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,197
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: Checking radiator for overheating problem with 1956 Thunderbird

Amazon has a pretty good selection of round tuit goods.

https://www.amazon.com/round-tuit/s?k=a+round+tuit
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-21-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,197
Posted By Dobie Gillis
Re: Checking radiator for overheating problem with 1956 Thunderbird

Snake oil may reduce or seal your transmission leak temporarily but eventually it will start leaking again, and maybe worse than it is now. It works by swelling the seal which also softens it while...
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