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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 05:16 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Brother, Can You Spare a Pushrod?

I'd prefer to send you 2 or 3 so you can pick the best one, I haven't looked closely at them in about 8 years.
Send me a private message and we'll work it out.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 51
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Brother, Can You Spare a Pushrod?

If you think the pushrods from a late '54 Merc 256 would fit, I have nearly a full set of those old skinny ones.
My highly accurate tape measure says they're mostly 8 & 3/16 overall length. A few...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 52
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Brake Frustration

Both of those sizes may be incorrect. The '55 & '56 Birds used 1 3/4" wide rear shoes.

I just called my two favorite '55/'57 T-Bird parts suppliers and the 'parts folks' at both resto shops said...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Any 1955 steering column horn experts around?

JimNNN - I believe '54 and '55 would be the same.

Tom in TN - Assuming the horn wiring in your '55 sedan is the same as my '55 bird... the horn relay is operated by grounding the relay coil thru...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Today, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Any 1955 steering column horn experts around?

The hole thru the shaft inside the steering box is smaller than the hole thru the steering column.
When installing the new horn wire from the top it will most likely be caught at that joint unless...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 12:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

The carburetor in that photo has a threaded fitting for the brass nut (and ferrule) at the top of the short curved hot air tube.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-25-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 93
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1957 Thunderbird Brake Rebuild

Here's where that first photo came from...
The horizontal spring under the wheel cylinder is an original part.
Using it shouldn't hurt anything and may help, or Henry wouldn't have spent the $ to...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-25-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Any 1955 steering column horn experts around?

The contact button under the horn ring sits in a metal sleeve with a spring inside it. ...photo 1
The spring should hold the contact out of the sleeve approx 1/2 inch. ...photo 2
This one may be a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-25-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 55 ford accessory position

The switch should have an Accessory position. It may be stuck or worn.
If for no other reason than listening to the radio without the ignition circuit being on... which can energize the ignition...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

"IF" your carburetor does not have some sort of fitting for a hot air intake for the choke, you don't actually need the heat cross-over tube inside the intake manifold.
You can plug both outer ends...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

There are illustrations of the throttle and transmission linkage along with their proper adjustment procedure on page 2-89 of a '57 Shop Manual. The internal fluid pressure and shifting of the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

Are you sure it's the same carburetor? This one is an original '57 T-Bird carb. List # 1273. There are some '58+ Holleys that look similar, along with newer replacements.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

Save all the leftover parts from the manual transmission, they are T-Bird specific and hard to find for someone who needs them. Clutch linkage, shifter, etc. etc. Even the flywheel is the 'better'...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

The longer stainless steel crossover tube passes thru an exhaust passage running right to left thru the intake manifold. If it is intact there is no problem, but they are subject to corrosion and...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-24-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 325
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: First post

Welcome to the FordBarn Patrick


The threaded brass nut goes on the upper end of the short curved hot air tube and threads onto a fitting at the side of the choke housing of the original...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-23-2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1955 Ford E-350 Wheels

The fire station closest to me has a mostly restored '54(?) dually F-500 that was on active duty years ago. Now it does parades and such.
I was thinking it had similar wheels to yours but after...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-22-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 409
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: My Battery Tender??????

Yes you're right. I should be glad it lasted 2 years longer than the one in the car when I got it. It apparently had some internal corrosion and a spark when hitting the starter set off the hydrogen...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-22-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 409
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: My Battery Tender??????

I disconnect a battery cable when the old car is parked so nothing accidentally drains it or shorts out when I'm not there.

However... :mad: I left the tender on the battery too long without...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-21-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Help! 1959 Ranchero GVWR

Here are two webpages...
The first one shows the vehicle weight as 3591 lbs | 1628.85 kg
I am not sure how accurate their information is. There may some incorrect information on the page.
It might...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-21-2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Help! 1959 Ranchero GVWR

I'm wondering if you'd like to know just for personal reasons, or do you need to provide an 'official' weight rating number for Title & Registration fee / taxation purposes?

Given a choice between...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-21-2021, 12:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 610
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1961 FE exaust manifolds and casting numbers.

I suspect the attaching bolts are all the same size and the slightly oversize bolt holes in the casting are to allow it to expand and contract slightly as it heats and cools, to reduce the chances of...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-18-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 719
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: 1956 Thunderbird Original power brake Booster

I'd say the system will be a bit out of balance,
but don't know how much of a problem it would be in actual use. :confused:
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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 01-16-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
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+) 01-16-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
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: 9
Views: 435
Posted By dmsfrr
Re: Mid 50s F-100 parts

Returning them for a refund might have gotten your point across to them?
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