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    When I removed the radiator I found that the lower left radiator mount capture nut had rusted out. After fishing out the remnants with a magnet-on-stick I ordered replacements. They have different threads than the originals which is not a huge deal but I cannot figure out how to get the replacement into the hole! It just seems too big, but on the bench comparing to the rusted remnant I'm not seeing a difference in dimensions... Is there a trick or tool I need?
    Related question...how to I remove the center and right hand side mounts?
    Another related question...should I just forget the whole thing and just go with two mounts ? Perhaps coincidentally, but perhaps not, the radiator leak that started this adventure was on the left hand side.
    As Always Thanks In Advance For The Advice!
    Attached Files
    Regards,
    Don Vincent
    Amherst NY
    1960 HT 352
    TBird Registry 34042

  • #2
    Del,
    The long part of the nut goes in first, then you might need the bolt inserted to tilt it upward.
    Carl
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    • #3
      Thanks Carl!
      Regards,
      Don Vincent
      Amherst NY
      1960 HT 352
      TBird Registry 34042

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      • #4
        thats crazy i stripped my bird all the way down before but dont remember seeing those. Learn something new every day
        1959 Thunderbird 397ci
        Cruise-O-Matic
        Flamingo Pink.
        Thunderbird Registry #8442
        Daily driver

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StealthSRT10 View Post
          thats crazy i stripped my bird all the way down before but dont remember seeing those. Learn something new every day

          That's one of the joys of this site. The knowledge base is amazing.
          Ron of Chicago

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          • #6
            Where did you purchase the clips? What is the part number?

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            • #7
              Try here:
              https://www.larrystbird.com/product/...t-fender-6566/

              John
              John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

              Thunderbird Registry #36223
              jopizz@verizon.net 856-779-9695

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              • #8
                I found them at the local True Value Hardware.

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                • #9
                  Wow, that's a good find at a hardware store. I always thought these were Ford designed parts with limited applications.
                  Carl

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hogan View Post
                    Where did you purchase the clips? What is the part number?
                    Bird Nest Part#359613-S2
                    Regards,
                    Don Vincent
                    Amherst NY
                    1960 HT 352
                    TBird Registry 34042

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the information.

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                      • #12
                        I couldn't find them 6-8 years ago when I was working on mine. Found some caged nuts that were close but didn't hold. Finally drilled a hole in the end of a flat piece of metal about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long (barely fit in the opening) and welded it on to a bolt.

                        The flat piece of metal goes in the opening and holds the bolt in place but it hits the top of the inside of the cross member which prevents it from turning. The bolt sticks out to put the radiator on. Kind of looks like a T with one side hacked off - the bolt is the stem of the T. (hope that makes sense). Put a piece of thin plastic on the front side of the bolt to keep it from falling back in the cross member.

                        Oh well it worked.......

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jopizz View Post
                          Thanks for this link, John. I just ordered their print catalog. I was pleased to find some prices lower than other places. For instance, I just paid $111. for rubber floor mats and Larry's has them for $85! Oh well, too late on that one.
                          (I should be smarter now as I just became an apprentice!)
                          59HT TBird Registry: RN#76495
                          Sweet Home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue.

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                          • #14
                            It pays to shop around although it's time consuming since there are so many vendors.

                            John
                            John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

                            Thunderbird Registry #36223
                            jopizz@verizon.net 856-779-9695

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

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