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Ricochet
07-09-2013, 11:19 PM
My 66 Thunderbird is having tune issues, does anyone have tuning information? I tried looking for the 66 Manual but I can't seem to even buy one at the moment.

YellowRose
07-10-2013, 12:34 AM
Dan, hopefully, someone will be able to give you help on tuning. All the US Tbird parts houses have the Service/Shop Manuals. The Bird Nest certainly has one for the 1966 Tbird for sure, and I think every one of the major Tbird parts houses listed in the Advertisements Forum do also. Email them or order one off their web sites.

jopizz
07-10-2013, 02:19 PM
I don't have the tune-up specs for '66 but here are the specs for '64. They are pretty much the same. I apologize for the smudges. It's been well used.

John

YellowRose
07-10-2013, 02:26 PM
Thanks, John, for posting that! I have saved that, and will see if I can clean it up some and put it into the TRL with the note that it pretty well applies to all three years.

jopizz
07-10-2013, 02:27 PM
Ray,

If you need a higher resolution copy let me know.

John

YellowRose
07-10-2013, 02:37 PM
Okay, John, I will let you know. Thanks! It is going to take some work to get the yellowness out of them, and clean them up. It will be nice to be able to add them to the TRL for future use. John, I saw your comment about the 428. Thank you.

jopizz
07-10-2013, 02:40 PM
Ray,

Those specs only pertain to the '64-'66 390's. The '66 428 is most likely slightly different.

John

Ickaber
07-10-2013, 08:22 PM
Okay, John, I will let you know. Thanks! It is going to take some work to get the yellowness out of them, and clean them up. It will be nice to be able to add them to the TRL for future use. John, I saw your comment about the 428. Thank you.

What 'yellowness'?

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-i1Ig2KIZxtk/Ud35xgVpFAI/AAAAAAAAAXw/zwkKsst0NQQ/s640/64spec1.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-nC0_eDw8R2Q/Ud35xvYOQRI/AAAAAAAAAXs/iPwUeTV_0JA/s640/64spec2.jpg

Okay, they're not perfect, but I only spent about 5 minutes on them. It didn't seem worth spending more unless we get the high res copies. I'd be happy to help clean the high res versions up, if you want to send them over. Let me know.

Ricochet
07-10-2013, 09:00 PM
Excellent, that should do it. I have a feeling that I have a vacuum leak somewhere as well dang it! It idles so high

jopizz
07-10-2013, 09:22 PM
64-66 T-Birds are notorious for vacuum leaks. One common spot for a leak is the neutral switch and the hose that goes from there to the emergency brake pedal.

John

YellowRose
07-10-2013, 09:33 PM
John, can you email me the high res copies you have? I can email them to Ickaber who knows how to clean them up much faster and better than I do. It has been awhile since I have done that and I have forgotten exactly what I did in the past to clean up things like that! My email address is part of my signature element.. Thanks to both!

jopizz
07-10-2013, 10:06 PM
I just sent them.

YellowRose
07-10-2013, 10:26 PM
Scott ~ Ickaber, I am about to forward to you in email the two files that John just sent me. I am using the email address you entered when you joined the Forum. They will be coming from my email address as below in my signature element. Please let me know if you get them. Thanks for offering to clean them up. It is much appreciated.

Ricochet
07-11-2013, 06:49 AM
Cool I give it a look. Cheers

Ickaber
07-11-2013, 12:56 PM
Scott ~ Ickaber, I am about to forward to you in email the two files that John just sent me. I am using the email address you entered when you joined the Forum. They will be coming from my email address as below in my signature element. Please let me know if you get them. Thanks for offering to clean them up. It is much appreciated.

Ray, I just sent them back to your email.

YellowRose
07-17-2013, 08:21 PM
Thanks, Ickaber, for cleaning up the '64-390 Tbird Tune Up Chart! This should also apply to the '65 & '66 too. I have put it in the TRL in the Thunderbird Tune Up section, in .pdf format.