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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-07-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 56 dash question, extra hole?

Use the key on the column for ignition and install a push button in the dash to engage the starter.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-23-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Trans Dipstick

There is NO o-ring on a Fordomatic dipstick tube. The tube to pan seal is by flare connection.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-25-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,504
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Fordomatic late shifting ('57 thunderbird)

Don't try to bend the bracket, it looks fine as is. The piston does seem to be pushed out to far, the narrow part of the piston should not be visible outside of the main body. (compare to left valve...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-20-2020, 09:50 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,504
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Fordomatic late shifting ('57 thunderbird)

Well that's unfortunate, sure felt the spring would be the culprit. I still feel that the transmission is seeing more throttle pressure than is really there. First I would double check that the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-20-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,504
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Fordomatic late shifting ('57 thunderbird)

A little tip that you may find useful when it comes time to reinstall. If you replace the stock slot head screws with equivalent size socket cap head screws, a flat head allen wrench (not ball end)...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-20-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 636
Posted By Dominic Hide
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,504
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Fordomatic late shifting ('57 thunderbird)

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Some reshaping of spring may be necessary.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,504
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Fordomatic late shifting ('57 thunderbird)

Just looked at your video. The spring is something added by a rebuilder to either compensate for worn governor or as a performance modification to do exactly what you are describing, late shifting....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-20-2020, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 56 t/bird auto

Fatsco transmission is another supplier that has all rebuild wear parts, gaskets, seals clutches, steel plates etc. But be aware the Thunderbird transmission is a hybrid. Main case is medium case but...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-28-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: How much does a complete Fordomatic Medium case transmission weigh?

Maybe a little late with this information to be any help, but Medium case for a Thunderbird weighs 125 lb. Full size car would be a little more, probably less than 5 lbs difference.
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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-13-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 636
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 57 Tbird bonnet, (hood) release

Go to passenger side and reach up between exhaust and heater box with a pair of vice grips. Clamp onto the bar that connects the two latches, and with handle pointing forward, pull down.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-09-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 55 ford sedan wiper question

Easiest way to remember is ...inside goes inside....inside on pump goes inside the cab.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-02-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 56 Merc Montclair Automatic - Shift tube in Steering Column

I pulled the mast and shift tube when I had the same problem a few years ago. As can be seen in the pictures the wear is in the shift arm ring. Easy fix is to add a small weld blob and then file back...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-28-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,642
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Production Numbers

This post reminds me of an old story about the guy that was bragging to his buddies about how his new girlfriend was a twin. Friend says "You know they are going to wear you out, trading clothes and...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-18-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,333
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 56 Country Sedan Tailshaft Removal

There is a second tube that is flush with the bottom of the transmission case. It is located under the valve body. You will find a relevant picture in the enclosed post from the h.a.m.b. that I...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-25-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 71,760
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Two-Door Ford and Mercury Wagons

Thunder-Del Rio-Bird...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ9dUoAwAb4
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-02-2017, 10:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,067
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: P & G Valve Gapper

Crankster, your model has a large faced gauge that sits at 90 degrees to the valve top. It is also quite heavy and not balanced well and will indeed be difficult to read on an idling engine, if you...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-17-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 968
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Replacing 57 T-Bird steering wheel

The alignment spline on the shaft is low, the matching spline on the wheel is the one that is high and would need to be filed with a three cornered file to fit in a different position. The after...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 11-26-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,345
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 1955 fuel gauge sender

'55 and '56 gauges are very different and are NOT interchangeable.
All pre 1956 gauges are 11 ohms resistance.
All post 1956 gauges are 14 ohms resistance.
The 1956 gauge has 40 ohms resistance...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-24-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,364
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Reparing a cheezy fix for a '55 PS idler arm bracket

You can buy the correct "idler arm crush nut" from any Thunderbird parts store. Concours Parts has it listed for $8.19. Part #3a351
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-06-2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,201
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: QUESTION: How to remove Y Block flywheel

If you don't have access to a compressor and impact wrench then use a socket and breakover bar, and instead of pulling on the bar to loosen the bolts hit the end of the bar with a heavy hammer.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-05-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,883
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Confused about casting number on early Tbird exhaust manifolds

The B9 manifold probably has a hole in the top of it for the choke heat source. It will fit and function fine, but look ugly as hell.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-02-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,763
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: Some final questions on removing engine from 1956 Tbird

Pretty sure that there are three fasteners at each end of the cross member, front, rear and top. That would explain the difficulty removing it.
Replacing the cable with the cross member in place...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,568
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: '55 T-bird distributor

My choice would be the '59-'64 and convert tach to electric. Auto Meter have a mini tach that is center sweep 0 to 5000 rpm, the same layout as original. (there may be others but beware, most are for...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-28-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,999
Posted By Dominic Hide
Re: 55 Wagon gas tank sending unit

If the replacement sender is a '57 unit adapted to fit the earlier tank, then true. If it is a universal after market type my experience is not. The most common problem I have found with any of the...
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