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  • My '66 Hardtop Town Build

    starting this thread to document my build/repair progress:

    the day we brought it home




    our goal is to have a weekend car that we could jump in any time and go for a drive, first hurdle is get it up to ontario minimum safety standards so we can get in on the road, then we will work on making her a little prettier
    Last edited by Cwcb08; October 29th, 2016, 09:00 PM.
    2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

  • #2
    started off chasing electrical issues:

    fixed the 4 ways


    changed the low fuel light relay so it wasn't permanently illuminated

    replaced the interior lights relay

    adjusted the previously replaced brake light relay so they work after fixing the 4ways
    Last edited by Cwcb08; October 29th, 2016, 08:56 PM.
    2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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    • #3
      window motors need repair or replaced



      Last edited by Cwcb08; October 29th, 2016, 08:58 PM.
      2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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      • #4
        parts!





        light cover

        heater core

        fresh air inlet gasket

        battery hold down

        washer fluid pump

        washer fluid res

        looked and found i have a remanufactured autolite 4100 carb
        Last edited by Cwcb08; October 29th, 2016, 09:52 PM.
        2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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        • #5
          Keep posting!
          I have been/are doing improvements on my own '66 Town Landau, i.e in the throes of putting new intake gaskets and the original 4100 on it and then a new vacuum advance can on the distributor etc etc...
          A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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          • #6
            looks like the car got hit by a tornado



            replacing vacuum lines as needed
            will change out the cvr for a solid state one from dave and replace damage heater hoses before putting the dash back together
            2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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            • #7
              Got some parts for the bird



              and my pickup today

              2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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              • #8
                Cody looks like Christmas came early. Good stuff
                Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                Thunderbird Registry
                58HT #33317
                60 HT (Sold )

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dan Leavens View Post
                  Cody looks like Christmas came early. Good stuff
                  My birthday is the 22nd hopefully get more parts at Christmas lol




                  That cowl drain was definitely due to be replaced lol, both fronts were in that condition, the rears weren't nearly that bad but needed to be replaced anyway. The rears have a one time use clamp but the new boots fit tight so I won't bother getting a hose clamp to put on them
                  2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cwcb08 View Post
                    looks like the car got hit by a tornado



                    replacing vacuum lines as needed
                    will change out the cvr for a solid state one from dave and replace damage heater hoses before putting the dash back together
                    What shape is the padded dash in? Mine was split so I trimmed off the warped plastic, cut out rotted foam, and replaced it with great stuff fire retardant foam. I bought a plastic cover and hated it! I ended up having a local upholsterer cover it in leatherette, French stitching at the exposed edge to make the compound curves, and it's one of my favorite parts of my resto. I took the dash out to him, and therefore the cost wasn't much more than a cheap cover.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Yadkin View Post
                      What shape is the padded dash in? Mine was split so I trimmed off the warped plastic, cut out rotted foam, and replaced it with great stuff fire retardant foam. I bought a plastic cover and hated it! I ended up having a local upholsterer cover it in leatherette, French stitching at the exposed edge to make the compound curves, and it's one of my favorite parts of my resto. I took the dash out to him, and therefore the cost wasn't much more than a cheap cover.
                      It has one crack in it but we can live with it compared to the door cards it's in great shape








                      We swapped the rear drain tubes last night, they weren't as bad as the fronts but were definitely due to be replaced as well





                      Tonight I replaced the defroster hoses








                      The new ones we got from pat Wilson's aren't identical to the oem hoses but they fit snugly without clamps so I'm happy and they were plenty long enough for the job, I probably could have trimmed them but I didn't ( I did vacuum the mess behind there tho lol )





                      Sometimes I like seeing old ways to do things like the backside of the main dash vents, a simple captive pin in two tracks to change the air direction

                      Last edited by Cwcb08; November 20th, 2016, 10:15 AM. Reason: Added pic I forgot at bottom
                      2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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                      • #12
                        Cody coming along nicely, one step at a time. How are things down by Sarnia this time of the year?
                        Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                        Thunderbird Registry
                        58HT #33317
                        60 HT (Sold )

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dan Leavens View Post
                          Cody coming along nicely, one step at a time. How are things down by Sarnia this time of the year?

                          slow and steady thats right. ( and when funds become available )

                          we had our first snow that stayed on the ground when i woke up today, its still there its about 1c currently, two days ago it was 20.3c and we broke a record lol



                          i was just surfing kijiji last night and called a guy about some window motors turns out i could almost throw a stone at his house from mine, we are going down at 11 to see what he has and look at his 66 convertible. apparently he has owned about 6 tbirds and parted out about 6 more. I'm thinking he will be about the same price as buying parts out of the states if the call last night was any indication ( i asked prices on motors and steering wheel and his answer was well multiply the price online by about 1.5 to cover shipping exchange ect so we will see ). he was also trying to tell me window motors have and will continue to be hard to get because they had a high failure rate so no-one is building them currently, any truth to that?
                          2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cwcb08 View Post
                            slow and steady thats right. ( and when funds become available )

                            we had our first snow that stayed on the ground when i woke up today, its still there its about 1c currently, two days ago it was 20.3c and we broke a record lol

                            I'm thinking he will be about the same price as buying parts out of the states if the call last night was any indication ( i asked prices on motors and steering wheel and his answer was well multiply the price online by about 1.5 to cover shipping exchange ect so we will see ). he was also trying to tell me window motors have and will continue to be hard to get because they had a high failure rate so no-one is building them currently, any truth to that?
                            I can't speak for the present time but about 9 or so years back I had no difficulty finding a firm in the US that advertised rebuilding window motors, I sent mine away and it came back rebuilt, I can't remember the company or cost.
                            The rubber coating on it had been cut to separate the halves of the housing so I sealed the seam with hot glue to keep the moisture out. (Just thought I'd throw that in!)
                            A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by scumdog View Post
                              I can't speak for the present time but about 9 or so years back I had no difficulty finding a firm in the US that advertised rebuilding window motors, I sent mine away and it came back rebuilt, I can't remember the company or cost.
                              The rubber coating on it had been cut to separate the halves of the housing so I sealed the seam with hot glue to keep the moisture out. (Just thought I'd throw that in!)
                              He said today that two people were going to repop them one guy same old the other better, I guess the same old guy got them done and distributed first so the other guy fell off the map. And when they ran out of stock and the first guy went back to build more the Chinese factory he used was gone and had to start over, the second batch was prone to failure so they pulled them and that created a shortage everywhere.





                              Can anyone ID this axle is is supposed to be out of a 78 bird and be a posi but I can't decode the tag




                              I know it's backwards but the lady who sent me the pic thinks it says

                              "800A
                              7C8
                              50-9
                              E8-8F"


                              I want to put a posi in my bird, looks like I have a 3.00 28spline
                              2016 FORD F150 XLT 3.5 EB SPORT 302a - 2012 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2012 LEGEND DELUXE V-NOSE - 2008 KAWASAKI ZZR600 - 2008 FORD FOCUS SE - 2007 KAWASAKI ZX-6R - 2002 ARTIC CAT 500 - 1990 JOHN DEERE 265 - 1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP TOWN

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