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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-02-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 568
Posted By miker98038
Re: 55 Ford Ranch wagon Door latch Question

I don't know if the bird door plates are the same as the car/wagon, but I'd suspect so. Maybe 15 years ago I replaced all that on my 55 bird with parts from Larry's Thunderbird. They bolted right...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-31-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By miker98038
Re: 1956 Thunderbird brake question

Clearance on the battery isn't so much a problem, it's the hood latch. I've seen some automatic cars with the master moved over to where my clutch is, then the battery dealt with. I don't know...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-31-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By miker98038
Re: 1956 Thunderbird brake question

The vette power brake Master is 1.125", the manual master is 1.00" Thats the story right there, same as Don posted.

I've got a hydro boost unit (originally from a Diesel Oldsmobile IIRC) on my 55...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-27-2020, 11:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By miker98038
Re: Change Out from Ram, Control Valve? To?

Dave, I just "T'd" into the return line to the reservoir. It's a drain, no real pressure. Mine cuts the pressure to both the R&P and the hydro boost for the brakes.

If you can change the shims,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-25-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By miker98038
Re: Change Out from Ram, Control Valve? To?

I can't help you with the pressure value, but I know the guys doing R&P conversions sometimes have to change springs/shims to get the pressure down and stop twitchy steering.

Heidts' also makes a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-22-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 673
Posted By miker98038
Re: 55 ford Ranch Wagon Pinion Seal

If CG doesn't have your info, try Randy's worldwide. They're local to me, well respected, and often have the more obsolete parts others don't.

https://www.ringpinionservice.com/
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-20-2020, 11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 591
Posted By miker98038
Re: pressure brake light switch

I've read that the Harley dealership will have a more modern switch that interchanges. Someone here will know the specifics.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-19-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 522
Posted By miker98038
Re: The Hurst Mystery Shifter

I didn't enter the contest, but in 1966 I bought one. I remember 2 stories about why it was called the "mystery shifter"

"It's a mystery how we made it so affordable"

"It's a mystery what gear...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-08-2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By miker98038
Re: V8 engine potential issues

Jitters, welcome to the barn.

You can break anything. Big enough tires, enough abuse, you name it. A lot of guys are sometimes called "gold chainers" (for the gold chain they wear to show off)...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-07-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,073
Posted By miker98038
Re: generator technical

I agree with Paul. If it's not charging correctly you're on borrowed time. When I bought my 55 bird I was 85 miles from home. A friend who was a first rate mechanic took me up. I told him when I...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-05-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 697
Posted By miker98038
Re: Y-block distributor wrench ?

WalMart, Auto Zone, NAPA, most tool houses.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-03-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 686
Posted By miker98038
Re: 64 Galaxie front drum brake issue

Doing the drum brakes in a shop used to include grinding or "arching?" The shoes to fit the drums. If there's one left in your area doing that it might be worth a shot.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-02-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By miker98038
Re: 1956 272 flywheel

Here's a picture of the wheel that came off my 55 bird, T-86 o/d. I have no way of knowing if it was original, but I ran it for years till I went to an aluminum wheel. IIRC, it was an 11" clutch.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-01-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Posted By miker98038
Re: 1957 Fairlane 500 brakes

I don't know about Speedway, but I've had good luck with American Brake System.

http://www.abspowerbrake.com/maincatalog_frameset012.html out of CA.

Also have seen many good reports about...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-30-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 883
Posted By miker98038
Re: My Power Steering Control Valve blowed up today

If it's the seals, this is post from yblocksforever on a seal replacement kit, 3rd or so down, by DryLakesRacer. If it sounds like this might help, email me and I'll see if he can help you out with...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-30-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By miker98038
Re: starter or generator

You can find the regulator adjustment in the shop manual, or probably any old Motors manual. But the next thing I'd be looking at is the brushes in the generator. Changing them was one of the first...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-27-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By miker98038
Re: All lights work except the backup lights?

You wouldn't be the first person to find the backup light housings with no wiring. Given the background of your car probably not, but it's been know to happen. Check the trunk first and see that...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-25-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By miker98038
Re: Been thinking about the Thunderbird Forum

alt63bird, thanks for the information and history. I've always wondered where everything fell in the scheme of things and that all interesting.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-24-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By miker98038
Re: My switch replaced and rear end fixed.

The steering box is the same for power and manual. The late 56-57 3 sector box is a noticeable improvement if you've got an early 55-56 2 sector box, but probably only if it's worn and needs a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-19-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 601
Posted By miker98038
Re: I wan't Air Conditioning in My T-Bird

Old Redneck, That looks like the Classic Air Perfect Fit unit I put in my bird. The pictures I sent you show how it sits under the dash. You can also see I used different vents.

Hills had a very...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-18-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 777
Posted By miker98038
Re: proportion valve with disc brk kit

I went and looked, just to check my memory. All the Corvette masters I found (restoration, not hot rods) ran from 15/16" bore to 1 1/8" bore. 1 1/2 is a big increase. You'll move plenty of fluid,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-17-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,227
Posted By miker98038
Re: Key ignition Switch locked up tight

IIRC, the problem is going to be getting the bezel off with the key in place. Once the switch is out there's a button, or a hole you put a small punch, in that releases the cylinder. I think the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-17-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 441
Posted By miker98038
Re: Rebuild a 4412 holley custom

I'm far from an expert, but I've had 2 Edelbrock AFB style and one Holley 1850 style tuned to run as blow thru carbs at fairly low boost levels, 5-7 psi in the manifold. We had to look to the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-16-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 441
Posted By miker98038
Re: Rebuild a 4412 holley custom

There's a couple guys running F codes in vintage racing over on yblocksforever. You could join and try there. The Studebaker guys (I think they were mostly AFB's) might also have a lead. Going to...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-15-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By miker98038
Re: 64 Galaxie - raise front seat

I've raised and tilted seats with blocks under the track. I used oak, kiln dried, from the lumber store. Easier to deal with than aluminum with the tools I had.
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