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    Scott ~ ss396t6 has found an authentic, hard to find OEM '57 jack finally. We certainly learned a lot about Littlebird jacks while helping him hunt for one. We found out that a '55, or '56 jack in the trunk during judging is gonna cost you points because that is not the proper OEM jack for the '57. They changed the style of the jack for the '57's and up when they built the '57's. I understand that was because they changed the bumper style of the '57 from that of the '55, & '56. So I was told. The major difference between the first two years and the '57 has to do with the base, the ratchet lifting mechanism and the height of the shaft that sits in that base. According to what we have read, and was told, the jack shaft for the '55 & '56 is 31" long. We are told the '57 version is about 3" longer then the previous years. Also, the lifting unit that goes under the bumper is totally different for the '55-'56 than it is for the '57. The '57 uses the J Hook that many of us who are Squarebird owners have in our trunks. The '55-'56 uses a short flat piece as you will see in the pix I am about to post.

    Luckily, Scott was able to find a complete, OEM correct jack assembly for his '57 without it costing a couple of arms and legs. The two of us found that when you do find a set, it is gonna set you back a lot of money. But that is not uncommon when it comes to buying Littlebird parts. I think when Scott's jack comes in this week, he is going to take it to Amos and compare his with the jack assembly in Amos's 300 point '57 to make sure he does indeed have an authentic '57 jack assembly. Here are some pix of what is and is not an official OEM '57 jack assembly, according to Amos Minter and others in the know. First what is not! Then what is. I am told that the correct base for the '55 is the AB-D base. For the '56, the AB-L base, with the letter A opposite the AB stamping for both. For the '57 only the AB-A with the A opposite the AB-A stamping is correct.
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    Last edited by YellowRose; March 1st, 2015, 10:15 AM.

    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
    '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
    "It's Hip To Be Square"
    Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

    Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

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  • #2
    The devil is in the details!! Could the pictures and info be organized and saved in the tech library?

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    • #3
      The Rare '57 Jack Assembly

      Hi Joe, thanks for the suggestion. The simplest way for me to do that is to add this thread to the TRL. I can do that easily enough and probably should. Scott and I spent a lot of time searching for the correct jack, talking with people like Amos, and others involved in judging. Digging up what was factual took awhile, but we both learned more about Littlebird jacks and jacks in general then we ever expected..

      Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
      '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
      "It's Hip To Be Square"
      Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

      Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

      http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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      • #4
        I thought it was a great article. I'm going to save it.
        On the 56 is that loop thing rubber?
        Charley

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        • #5
          The Rare '57 Jack Assembly

          Having never seen that strap before, Charley, I don't know if it is rubber or leather. Perhaps Joe Johnston can tell us, or someone else.

          Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
          '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
          "It's Hip To Be Square"
          Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

          Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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          • #6
            Yes it is rubber and has fabric layers - like the sidewall of a tire.
            Most vendors have the jack strap for under $20

            Last edited by Joe Johnston; March 1st, 2015, 11:41 AM.

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            • #7
              So that Jack Strap is really a anti-rattler.
              Just found the correct jack for my 56 project Friday afternoon, but didn't find the Jack Strap, I'll post some pictures here Monday.
              Charley

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              • #8
                The Rare '57 Jack Assembly

                I just posted the information regarding '55-'57 Jack Assemblies in the TRL. You will find it in the Trunk section.

                Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                "It's Hip To Be Square"
                Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                • #9
                  The Rare '57 Jack Assembly

                  Scott just sent me a pic of his newly arrived authentic '57 Jack assembly. BTW, J.R., the person he bought it from, has another one just like it (minus the J Hook), for sale. Check out the For Sale Forum, if someone is looking for a authentic '57 jack assembly. Here is Scott's.
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                  Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                  '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                  "It's Hip To Be Square"
                  Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                  Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                  http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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