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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-23-2018, 10:39 AM
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Here's a link to a whole bunch of Y-block info you may eventually need...

http://www.ford-y-block.com/technical.htm
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-19-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

On some other makes/models of engine that are more common than Y-blocks the crank & cam timing chain marks can be in line with each other and may also do double duty and are related to cyl 1 TDC... ...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-19-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

The seal in the timing cover rides on the small end of the damper pulley hub, not the crankshaft.

If that's the keyway for the crankshaft timing gear I'm seeing just above & left of the small...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-19-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

The seal in the timing cover that rides on the small end of the damper pulley hub will often wear a groove in it, or the small end of the hub may be pitted from rust (photo 1 below). The repair...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-18-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Yes.
For whatever reason, when Ford made the Y-block engines the timing gear marks and installation procedure are not related to the position of the piston in cyl #1.

If the crank & cam shaft...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

With the crank and cam gears in the "12 pin"/installation position, yes I think cyl #1 is approx BDC and the distributor rotor points near to the #6 wire.
If you're going to replace the chain,...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,425
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Ignore the position of the distributor rotor.
The "12 pins between the marks" position on the crank & cam gears is not related to cyl #1 TDC.


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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Are you sure the timing chain is new? It looks a bit loose in this photo.
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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 10-17-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,425
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Ignore the position of the distributor rotor. It's not relevant at this point.

With the spark plugs out, use the damper pulley bolt to rotate the crankshaft until the keyway and timing mark on the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-23-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,425
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Yes... "pins" not links.

And if you accidentally think this timing chain position has anything to do with cyl #1 being at TDC
Don't let it confuse you, because it doesn't.

see attached image
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-16-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

It's the end of a small choke heat tube inside the exhaust crossover passage. The other end is on the Drivers side of the manifold.
If it's open it's not a problem unless the tube is rusted thru...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-10-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 64
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

I haven't got a '56 Shop Manual.
The '55 Shop Manual I have with instructions for a similar distributor, but with one vacuum line, says to disconnect and plug the line.

If the dual vacuum...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 09-10-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,425
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 56 T-bird rebuild

Steel line is original. There should be two of them, with special fittings on the ends.
When the distributor is installed in the correct position it doesn't need to move much to set the timing.
The...
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