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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 08-01-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
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: 283
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: 439
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: 21
Views: 803
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: 347
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: 176
Posted By Ole Don
Re: thx guys

Cruise safely.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 07-12-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
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: 594
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: 695
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: 236
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: 883
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: 801
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: 519
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...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-26-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 520
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Why Mushroom head on Lifter

Several years ago, while overhauling a 312, I discovered valve lifters for a 312 were not available anyplace. I asked the machine shop owner to just order me two sets for a Ford tractor. Lifters for...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-25-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 362
Posted By Ole Don
Re: My switch replaced and rear end fixed.

Lares does very good work at a reasonable price.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-22-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 1958 332 Fuel Pump

Single action fuel pumps are the same for Y block, 332, 352,360,390, and 427. The easiest to locate may be for a 292 truck from about 62.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-16-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Ole Don
Re: 64 Galaxie - raise front seat

I used 2x4 scrap. No need to over-build a spacer.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-16-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,283
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Walt Dupont

Be well Walt.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-14-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 776
Posted By Ole Don
Re: proportion valve with disc brk kit

Your master cylinder may be too large. Try one with a 7/8 bore. Or, get all the parts written down and call Master Power brake. Those guys do magic over the phone.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-14-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Rear Main

I use a 3/8 drive 3/8 12 point deep socket. On reassembly, I use a dab of sealer on the threads because they go in to where oil lives. I also use a dab of sealer on the very end of the seal holder,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-12-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By Ole Don
Re: Timing pointer

Time it with a vacuum gauge. Advance dizzy to maximum vacuum, back off 1/2 inch of vacuum, and lock it down. If it pings under load, back it off more. If not, you are done.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-10-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 911
Posted By Ole Don
Re: My t-Bird had a noise in rear end?

This happened on the line if parts were short. We could aways upgrade a unit, we could never downgrade. If a unit was upgraded, it cost nothing compared to not building that unit waiting for parts.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-08-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,246
Posted By Ole Don
Re: General Info

On a passenger car, an FL400 is easier to fit in between the steering and clutch linkage to put on with one hand.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-08-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 911
Posted By Ole Don
Re: My t-Bird had a noise in rear end?

Noise on pull or coast is one side or the other on the pinion bearing. If it has been doing it for a while, it would also need a ring and pinion gear.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 06-06-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,246
Posted By Ole Don
Re: General Info

Fans; nearly all auto and light truck fans from Ford from the late 50's to the mid 90's have the same bolt pattern. The exceptions are the 385 block, and some 300 six engines. Fan spacer and bolts...
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