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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Radio antenna

Just a random photo or two found on the internet...
On the right front fender. Looks like it could be in line with the back edge of the tire???
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Sealed beam foglights wanted.

Clear or yellow/amber color?
If the internet converted 140 mm to inches correctly for me (5.511 inches) that could be a # 4012 bulb. This also depends a bit on how and where you measured the bulb...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-15-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Mid 50s F-100 parts

Returning them for a refund might have gotten your point across to them?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-12-2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: wiper motor question

I suspect the '55 and '56 full-sized cars originally used vacuum powered wiper motors, could be wrong, and I don't have a parts book to see if they used different wiper motors for the two years.
The...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-11-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 57 speedometer

Have you tried an internet / google search for dash gauge repair shops?
There are several in Phoenix, but haven't used them since I don't live there.
Here are a couple examples......
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-09-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 623
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Holley 4150 carburetor development history

Henry Floored, there is...
Just above the right side of the very first post is a Rate Thread button that lets you assign the number of stars.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-08-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 2 speed fordomatic

I'd expect the procedure to be described in a Shop manual or Motor's manual that covers the year of the transmission.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-07-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 698
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: oil bath conversion

Does it have a metallic mesh looking material inside the air cleaner lid?
If I remember correctly (it's been about 45 years) you can rinse them out with solvent then let it dry and re-oil....
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-05-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 54 ford rear yoke

Good used parts have a very low inventory and usually aren't listed online.
Contacting the most promising sellers directly with your request may have better results.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-05-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 54 ford rear yoke

Here is a list of parts vendors from the '54 Ford Club of America...

https://www.1954ford.com/page7.php
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-04-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Adjusting the Doors on a 56 T=Bird????

The '55 and '57 Shop Manuals both have a section on aligning the doors, I'm assuming the '56 Manual will also.
The illustrations include large bars with clamps used to bend the doors.
Hopefully...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-03-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1955 ford ranch wagon Fuel sender question.

Part of the problem could be that you've got parts designed for two different years. The electrical specs of the internal parts of the (original) gauges & senders changed from '55 to '56, and again...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-02-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1955 ford ranch wagon Fuel sender question.

A '57 fuel gauge is designed to be paired with a sender that has a variable resistor inside.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-02-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1955 ford ranch wagon Fuel sender question.

The oem '55, '56, '57 gauges and senders are each a one-year-only internal design.
The best chance you've got of having the Fuel level read correctly is to have a year matched gauge & sender pair. ...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-31-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 300 c.i.d. Valve clearance and ignition timing?

Probably need to positively ID the engine before you can go too much further with a tuneup.
But I'd only be guessing where to start looking...

There should be a casting number on the block up...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-29-2020, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 892
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: VIN decoding

Canadian built Fords have their own information books in many instances.
Not always the same as US built cars, which used a 10 digit vin in the mid to late 50's.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-29-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: back up switch power source

I've never opened one up to see what they look like but I suspect they are bi-metalic strips and may just look like connector strips from the "B" / Battery terminal.

This photo is from the '55...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-28-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Strng Bx-Drg Lnk-Stud Cntrl Valve Slack

It's my understanding the early style 'power-assist' steering setup used in the late 50's is a different type of power steering system than used later on.
So a '95 PS system likely operates at a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-28-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1956 Ford Interior trim paint.

Isn't that the exterior body color? I've not seen the interior paint color noted on the plate, the interior color 'style' yes, but not the actual paint color.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-27-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: back up switch power source

Yes, there are two or three self-resetting thermal circuit breakers built in to the headlight switch. Part of the reason it doesn't need fuses for those lighting circuits.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-27-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Strng Bx-Drg Lnk-Stud Cntrl Valve Slack

Given correct Toe-in and Camber adjustments...
A slight amount of additional Caster (moving the upper ball joint toward the rear) moves the contact patch of the tire a little bit farther behind the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-26-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1956 Thunderbird Original power brake Booster

I forgot to mention... keep an eye on the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. If the vacuum seals fail in the used booster it can suck the fluid out of the master cylinder, with a corresponding...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-26-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Strng Bx-Drg Lnk-Stud Cntrl Valve Slack

After replacing the 23 year old radial tires with new ones I went right over to the front end shop where they rebuilt the front suspension on this red '55 Bird. I also had them straighten a bent rear...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-26-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1956 Thunderbird Original power brake Booster

image 1 - the fitting on the rear of a '56 carburetor where the vacuum source is obtained to connect to the check valve on the vacuum diaphragm of the booster,

image 2 - diagram of the original ...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 12-25-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Strng Bx-Drg Lnk-Stud Cntrl Valve Slack

I thought the factory spec for toe-in was approx 1/8 to 1/16 inch toe'd in. So when road friction pushes back on the front wheels they end up pointing straight forward.
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