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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-26-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By miker98038
Re: 56 tbird bellcrank assembly

Kultulz, regarding my post, and this is from memory not from looking it up in the manual.

The o/d throttle linkage was set to reach WOT at the carb as the throttle pedal contacted but did not...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-17-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By miker98038
Re: Fire extinguisher

Kultulz, I remember those little chrome extinguishers. Too small to do any good, but we used to say "if it won't go, chrome it"

As to the other comments.........therapy perhaps?
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-16-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By miker98038
Fire extinguisher

This is worth a read, you can reach your own conclusions. But it does remind us a fire extinguisher should be in all the cars.
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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-16-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By miker98038
Re: 55 Ford ranch wagon/ Electrical wiring question?

I did my 12v 55 bird with a kit from Centech because I liked the fuse panel. Its disadvantage is you terminate each wire at the fuse panel, but to me that was an advantage.

They made up the wires...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-15-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By miker98038
Re: 67 ford f-250 rims

I found this quote is a "for sale" add, with the wheels on a 67. Don't know if it helps, but some research should give the available widths.

"In place of the factory steel wheels are 16-inch,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-13-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By miker98038
Re: 56 tbird bellcrank assembly

That's a good link Kultulz. It's the first I realized they were reproducing the spring loaded link for the o/d. I've got one of those in the parts box from when I had the T-86 o/d in the car...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-09-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By miker98038
Re: Disk brakes on 55 ford sedan

The Granada spindles lower the car IIRC. I think most of the Thunderbird suppliers sell kits, pretty much like I installed 20 years ago. There's a spacer that goes on the splindle and allows a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-09-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By miker98038
Re: Finally running after 50 years

I used one of these Lokar units. 2 bolts thru firewall, 1 above for the cable. Part of my reason is the floor pan was so rough under the original throttle pedal. T-5, so no other linkage or...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-06-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By miker98038
Re: Brakes

I used classic disc brakes (the link above) for the rear disc on the Dana 44 on my bird. After a couple other kits that didn't work for sxxx. They used late model Ford caliper, custom brackets,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-03-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By miker98038
Re: Finally running after 50 years

Lookin good. Glad to see the progress. Someone on here (likely K) will have the exploded diagram for the linkage. From that you'll get a part number. Many years ago I replaced the teapot on my 55...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-01-2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By miker98038
Re: Tires

I ran a set of those on my bird for years. I put Coker bias look radials on my roadster. They balanced fine and are round. Seems to be hit and miss these days. Most of my hot rod tires were done...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-25-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 515
Posted By miker98038
Re: Will this steering wheel work?

I went and looked at the Summit site for Grant steering wheels. They no longer show the "installation" kit for the 55 bird, but they used to make it. For 56, they do, but it's different part...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-23-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 618
Posted By miker98038
Re: New Owner

I hate to pile on, but I'm afraid you really need to have a look inside it. A 312 has some value, and mainly in the crankshaft. You really don't want to gall it bad enough it won't turn for new...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 642
Posted By miker98038
Re: Drivers door latch

It's also possible the plate in the door jamb has drifted out of adjustment. Those 55's were marginal, one of the reasons they used a new deeper design on the 56's. Seems to me there's also some...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,213
Posted By miker98038
Re: Pod on Dash, R&I in place?

I'm also confused also about the "FE 302" is it perhaps a Fuel Injection engine?

Either way, that old wiring has got to near the end of its time. Even in wet Seattle where connection corrosion...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 900
Posted By miker98038
Re: window channel runs

6-7 years ago we parked my 55 bird next to my buddy's 56 Nomad and spent the winter doing the window channels, lift mechanism, door latches, etc. Almost all the bit and pieces come from restoration...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-14-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,373
Posted By miker98038
Re: 312 Y Block valve cover studs

My comments were to do what K's drawing shows, with the exception of a nut below the washer/grommet to give it something to hold it up and in position. Maybe that's not needed, as I said I've never...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,373
Posted By miker98038
Re: 312 Y Block valve cover studs

There's that. Oil pans, valley covers, other engine valve covers, high torque isn't always your friend with sheet metal.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,373
Posted By miker98038
Re: 312 Y Block valve cover studs

Not my idea. Best guess is it came from the y-nota-y-block build by Doc Frohmander. But half the time I can't remember lunch yesterday.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-12-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,373
Posted By miker98038
Re: 312 Y Block valve cover studs

Years ago I read an article that suggested running a nut down the stud, putting the rubber washer on upside down inside the valve cover (seated on the new nut) then placing the valve cover in place. ...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-05-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By miker98038
Re: 56' Power Seat Problem

A 56 Ford/Merc should be 12 volts. 10 volts under load might not manage a seat relay, I've never checked. If you've got 12 volts at the switch, and 10 under load, try running a long wire from the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-02-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By miker98038
Re: 56' Power Seat Problem

Put the multi meter on and check the voltage in place under load. Probably need another person to do it. Sometimes things read ok with no load, but have enough internal resistant to not work under...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 02-01-2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By miker98038
Re: Installing interior door and window handles

Dms and Paul have it right. Check the depth of the old handle against the new ones (if they're new) I had at least on set where they weren't quite deep enough, and I had to do a little drilling in...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-31-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,268
Posted By miker98038
Re: Brake Frustration

I only know about the 15" wheels on my 55 bird, but some dimensions are going to be similar.

The early Ford rims had a smaller hub opening than the later wheels. On disc brake conversions using...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-29-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By miker98038
Re: 1955 center HUD light

I used a license plate frame with a built in led. It appears chrome when it's off. It's too low to have the full effect, but it's pretty good at night. I've got a 55 bird with both tops, so...
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