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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 12:42 PM
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

Manually shifting it to the L position on the shifter does eliminate the occasional squealing and shaking when starting off but does not seem to select a lower gear. It starts off at the same rate...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 12:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

99% sure this one has an aluminum tail housing, I'll double check tomorrow.

My biggest concern is why it seems to only have two functioning forward gears instead of three with a 2nd gear start as...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-17-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Wiring Ideas

Do you have any idea if it's a FoMoCo part or aftermarket?
Any indication if it's correct for a '55 F100 ?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-17-2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

I don't know as much as I'd like to. At the moment I can't get the car high enough off the floor to really be able to get under it.
Tried to measure "A", the length of the main case and got 10 &...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Is a ground still a ground

If it were polarity sensitive it wouldn't work when hooked up backwards. If it works just use it like you have been. Not a problem.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 712
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Kultulz

JimNNN
Thanks, I'm a literal newcomer to these 50's y-block cars and wish I had the decades of previous experience some of you already have.
For some unknown reason I bought a '55 T-Bird in '12 as...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Is a ground still a ground

Shocked if you touch the car? Only if you're touching a bare (or bad) spark plug wire or terminal while the engine is running, that will knock you back on your butt because the voltage is very high....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-13-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Is a ground still a ground

If the dome light fixture has separate wires labeled positive and negative, connect the positive wire to the body of the car and the negative wire to the power source. Especially if it's an LED light...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 273
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 55 F100 start button

I added a wiring diagram to my previous reply.

Both battery cables & the Solenoid to Starter power cable need to be quite large, #1 or 'zero' gauge is appropriate. About the size of your thumb,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 273
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 55 F100 start button

It's the original 6 volt positive ground?
Not a big deal... The only parts of the truck that care if it's positive or negative ground are the generator and ignition coil. (and maybe a factory...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

Not yet. I haven't raised the car up to get underneath, until I had an idea what to look for.
(and my good jack-stands are holding up another car)
Thanks for the nice illustration, and with...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

Yes, I set it using a 1/4 inch rod thru the throttle bell-crank bracket, drove it a bit and also tried a couple turns extra either way to see if would make a difference. No luck yet.
It was a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 712
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Kultulz

Sometimes?
He's got better jokes than I do.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

Yes, the block and head casting number prefixes were EBY. photos attached
I didn't note or take photos of the date code because I wasn't that concerned. Just sold it to the first person who wanted...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: '54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

I have seen some early '54 pre-production TBird brochures that show the 256 engine but the brochuress dated later in '54 show the 'new' 198 hp (292) engine in the images....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-11-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 495
Posted By dmsfrr
'54 / '55 Fordomatic ID ?

I have an air-cooled Fordomatic in a '55 Bird that the transmission rebuild shop said is a two speed. When driving or being manually shifted it only shifts one time.
It was my understanding the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-08-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 378
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Another Oil question

Rotella 15-40 used to be an easy way to get the needed zinc & phosphorus (ZDDP) but motor oil rated for diesel engines is being reformulated so often these days it isn't a sure thing any more.
Zinc...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-06-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 423
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Oil Pickup gasket

It's been a couple too many years and working thru the CRS fog it seems there are 2 round gaskets where the pickup tube passes thru the side of the oilpan.
One made of gasket material on the inside...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-06-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Soot from exhaust on start-up

So your '55 Fairlane doesn't have the original Y-block, it's a 302...
It's because the '41 flathead has a carb that isn't passing too much fuel. ;)
I like to set the choke mechanism toward the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-04-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1955 ford wagon hood springs part #

https://www.classictbird.com/Spring-Hood-Hinge-Order-2-Per-car/productinfo/16812/
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-03-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Soot from exhaust on start-up

The replacement 4bbl carburetor on my '55 292 was rebuilt by a well rated local shop and was supposed to have smaller main jets suitable for the elevation here (5200 ft).
The exhaust always...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-03-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 542
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Soot from exhaust on start-up

It could be as simple as the choke mechanism being set too rich (or stuck).
Which carburetor does the car have?

Or,
the carb maybe letting too much gas thru and the engine is running rich all...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-03-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 422
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Power seat parts

Do you have a good wiring diagram for hooking them up? They only need to be connected correctly, and will work just fine on 12v unless you abuse them.
...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-29-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Y block dipstick tube

The dipstick tube used on the right side of the block isn't the same shape, and the tab that holds it to the engine is different as well.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-27-2020, 11:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Y block pickup tube seal

Interesting that you'd make that observation about the same time I found this one today.
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