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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 133
Posted By Ole Don
Re: I notice my transmission leaking a little bit on the floor.

I have used Lucas auto trans leak repair in power steering units on more than one car. It works great for that, I have no doubt it would work for its intended use too.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-18-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 55 Customline Disc Advise

Some folks forget the lower ball joint hole needs to be reamed with a tapered reamer. Most roundy round race shops can do it for a few bucks. Then; with Granada spindles, the turn stop wont line up....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-15-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Cornhead grease and steering gear oil.

I used straight STP in my gear boxes. It did't leak out, and I could still turn the wheel in cool weather.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-15-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 335
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Wire Wheel Tires with Radisl tires

I'll bet a years income the guy who wrote in Google that tubes in radial tires is a no-no is a young guy. Special radial tubes were used in heavy trucking for years in radials. I would recommend a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-13-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 198
Posted By Ole Don
Re: steering column install

Loosen the three bolts that hold the gearbox to the frame. Put the column in, put in the upper bearing and taper, and put the wheel on loose. Then when the gap between the wheel and the housing is...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-13-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Re-pop Parts

For many underhood parts, stores don't have a computer book that goes back that far. Order parts for a 64 F100, it's usually the same part.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-10-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 546
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Crank shaft flange

You hit a jackpot with that car, take good care of it.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-21-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 1953/56 power steering

If I were looking for P/S today, I would look in to the under dash electric units. They are small, light, and trouble free.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-19-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 598
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Transmission change

If you truly enjoy driving the old car, and plan to put on some miles, step up to a five speed. Yes. they cost more, and require an adaptor, well worth the cost and work when you row through the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-12-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By Ole Don
Re: How do I adjust the play in my Steering?

One more tidbit I learned over the years; before tightening the nut, the book says to set the preload. Best to find a copy of the proper instructions for this. When I did all of the above, the lube...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-11-2020, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 79 Granada 6 cyl nengine noise

I had one 302 that would rattle like crazy when cold on one brand of motor oil, and another brand the motor was quiet all the time, even on very cold start up.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-11-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 9" dif for 55 fairlane

I found the narrow 9 inch rear were seldom seen and very expensive. Another option is an 8.8 from a Ranger pickup, or an Explorer. The Ranger will need the perch cut off and welded on the bottom,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-01-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 583
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 1956 Thunderbird brake question

Part of the trouble is when the US redesigned brake shoes with less or no asbestos in the friction material, pedal pressure went way up. Now, many years latter, we seem to miss-remember how much...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-31-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 292 oil pump

While you are down there and all dirty anyway, remove the big nut next to the oil in tube. Check the spring inside, and make sure the sliding part is free and clean. You may want to add two flat...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-31-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 583
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 1956 Thunderbird brake question

This was copied from the website of master Power Brake frequently asked questions.

What bore size do you need for manual brakes?
If you use anything larger than 1" then you will have an extremely...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-30-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,673
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Strange "Clanking Noise" at Idle

If the flex plate is good, try this. On a warm engine remove the fuel pump and start the engine, it will run for a minute or two. Listen fast. Fuel pumps have been known to make the noise you have.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-26-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Change Out from Ram, Control Valve? To?

Try a relief spring from an Escort, then work your way up in car size until you like it. Remember, bring the car up to 1956 standards. Don't try to achieve 2020 standards.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-18-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By Ole Don
Re: thx guys

Cruise safely.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-12-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 812
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Finding original options / paperwork

In those days, each subassembly, (body, chassis, engine), came down the line with a teletype page stuck on with masking tape. The teletype had boxes filled in with options. If you can find the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-12-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 55 Customline Disc Swap?

As far as I know, any Granada has parts that will bolt on the 55. The lower hole of the spindle needs to be reamed with a tapered ream, and the hubs need to be turned down for the center hole of...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-06-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Y-block distributor wrench ?

After dropping a number of wrenches down on top of the bell housing, I took my favorite 1/2 - 9/16 box and ran a shoe lace through the big end. Wrap it around your wrist twice and get to work. It was...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-04-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By Ole Don
Re: trim rings

Try the Coker Tire website. Very nice product for a reasonable price.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-01-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By Ole Don
Re: My Power Steering Control Valve blowed up today

Remove it, mail it to Larres Corp in Minnesota, watch the mail box and reinstall new valve. Read instructions on installation. Then read it again.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-29-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By Ole Don
Re: The T-Bird was in a rain storm yesterday

I have no idea what the prior owner did to the vacuum wipers in my 55 sedan, but the only time they didn't work was in fifth gear at full throttle at over 6000 feet in the rockies. And the 312 had an...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-26-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 1955 Ford ranch Wagon/ Differential Question?

Dobbie, he said it was a nine inch from a 57. If my memory is correct, and he needs bearings, there are two sets available, small and large diameter. Take what you have to the parts store and they...
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