View Full Version : New forum - 1957 to 1962 Fords

08-06-2004, 01:48 PM
At the request of one of the people posting on this board, I have formed a conference for 1957 to 1962 Full Size Fords. These were sister cars of the Thunderbirds and share many components with the Thunderbirds, including the big block FE motor. I think both Squarebird and Full Size Ford people can benefit from pooling their knowledge.


1959 Hardtop Thunderbird
1960 Golde Top Thunderbird

08-06-2004, 02:29 PM
Is the Bullet Bird site up and running yet??? My father had one and still curses the day he sold it. After my 58 is done.........one of those is next on my list.

08-06-2004, 03:08 PM
I still need to by a license for a message board that site. The site is set up at http://rocketbirds.org/ .

If I am assured of participation, I will buy the license and set up the message board.

1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top

08-07-2004, 04:57 PM
>Is the Bullet Bird site up and running yet??? My father had
>one and still curses the day he sold it. After my 58 is
>done.........one of those is next on my list.

Funny you should say that! My dad had a '62 and hated the idea of selling it -- Of course, so did I because I was next in line to "get" the car. :(

Rockin Kev
08-07-2004, 08:06 PM
This is a good idea to have as many parts were interchangeable and the Knowledge to go with it.
Alex, i will let Dave know about this part of the site as he is very knowledgeable on the big Fords.
Also being a past owner of 57 Fairlane 500 a 59 Galaxie and a 60 Sunliner and the 61 pillarless Galaxie i owned too. These cars running gear where just a T-Bird in different Skin.

08-07-2004, 11:13 PM
Kevin, thanks for getting more good minds to this board.

1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top

08-09-2004, 09:00 PM
My second car was a 1958 ford Fairlane,two door HT (the exterior kinda reminds me of my 60 squarebird) it was only five years old when I got it, it was a 292,auto, but it ran great. Boy, do I remember some good times in that car...even when it was sitting still.LOL

Steve Ronk
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1960 HT 390, Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake, Shorty Headers, 2-1/2" Exhaust and 3.70 Rear Gears

08-27-2004, 12:16 AM
I have a question regarding the installation of a factory A/C system to my 1960 Sunliner. The system adds a lot weight to the vehicle. The Ford parts manual does not list different front springs when the vehicle is equipped with A/C. Instead front spring shims, to compensate for the additional weight, are listed. I had hoped to remove the springs from the parts car at the junk yard. I was unable to do this due to conditions at the yard. I was wondering if anyone has a pair of these shims or if they have the dimensions of these shims. The Ford part number is B8E 5355-A for fullsize Fords. The part number for 1960 T bird shims is AD 5355-A . If I could obtian the dimensions I could fabricate a pair of shims. I would prefer to have a pair of the correct shims. I want the car to have the correct carrying height and handle and ride as the factory intended. I contacted my Ford dealer parts department and was advised that the part number was obsolete. If anyone knows of a pair of these, I would greatly appreciate help locating these shims. Thanks

09-27-2004, 09:13 AM
I was able to locate two NOS spring shims usuing www.partsvoice.com . You need a part number to do a search on this site. It was almost too easy! I thought it would take much longer to locate these shims.

09-27-2004, 12:20 PM
That is good to know. Thanks for the information.

1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top

grandpaws 57
09-04-2006, 02:33 PM
anyone tried 'wyrth rack-pinion kit'.Got to dump Gearheads p/s kit