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  • #16
    Megan likes 'Tony' because he was a girl-getter, and he got her on first sight!

    I took the carb off today and cleaned that filth and everything else that was on it. Putting it back on the angle of it was more pronounced. I just read an older post about the wedge spacer and also the wedge gasket. I'll have to take a closer look at that thick gasket to see if it angled and put on wrong.

    I went to that little car show put on by the Boy Scouts yesterday. They only had one T-Bird. It was a really good turnout on a cool sunny day.
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    • #17
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      Make Prom the goal !
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      • #18
        '59, gift to my daughter

        That wedged shaped spacer goes on with the thick part towards the radiator and the thin side towards the firewall.

        Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
        '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
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        • #19
          Originally posted by klattu View Post
          Make Prom the goal !
          She's already set on using my mom's Porsche
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          • #20
            My carb gasket is even all around. It's about 3/8-1/2" thick. I ordered the wedge from Tbird HQ today. Their online catalog showed $40, but the parts guy said they're $50 now. I should get my heat riser tomorrow.
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            • #21
              While waiting on parts, I just keep on doing whatever I can. The rear tail light chrome backings were in awful shape. The black was hand-painted and showed brush strokes. I polished the chrome and carefully taped each horizontal rib so it would be shiny top, facing, and below. I started with gloss black, but the paint itself was crap. So, I decided on semi-gloss and primer and it came out swell. It was a full day-into-the night endeavor.

              I couldn't help the chrome blemishes being visible


              But it looks a heck of a lot better. Someday we'll find some brand new tail light buckets and rings. For now, they'll work just fine

              I had to get a car cover because of the darn cats

              While waiting for paint to dry I installed the new glovebox liner, and ended up putting in about 10 screws in the center console, kick panels, and dash where they were missing. The interior light didn't work so I checked the bulb. Didn't have one. So I stuck one in and checked the door switch for it. The plunger was missing and the 2 wires were just hanging. So I plugged it in and it still didn't work. Does it need the plunger to make the connection for it to come on?
              Last edited by V-John; April 25th, 2013, 01:47 PM. Reason: added more text
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              • #22
                I've got some gap/ alignment problems going on in the rear. It seems that the license plate door should be up and more parallel with the bumper. I fooled around with it but it seems that the whole spring-loaded arm needs to get bent in a little more to have it hug the bumper more. I found that I'm missing some rubber bumpers on it as well. I got a gas cap that actually seals the tank since the other one was on its death throes. It looks like it's pushing the door out, but it's not:


                And then the trunk lid weather stripping seems to be either too thick or needs to be one with a crease so it would hug the lip around the trunk instead of sitting on top of it. Even adjusting the latch won't get it to push into the weather stripping. Any ideas, other than slicing a groove in it all the way around?

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                • #23
                  Now That Is Clean...


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                  • #24
                    Nice work, it's coming along nicely. Oh, and you've got nothing in terms of leaks. Here's mine from when I did my suspension rebuild:



                    DGS (aka salguod)
                    1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by dgs View Post
                      Here's mine from when I did my suspension rebuild:
                      Yeah, I'd say that has a slight leak somewhere!

                      My daughter was off to the prom tonight in my mom's car. She was thrilled to drive the Porsche. Next year, it WILL be the year of the Thunderbird.

                      1959 Thunderbird - Thunderbird Registry #46052

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                      • #26
                        She's a pretty girl. Hope she had a great time at the prom. - Dave
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by dgs View Post
                          Nice work, it's coming along nicely. Oh, and you've got nothing in terms of leaks. Here's mine from when I did my suspension rebuild:

                          Did the Torrey Canyon run aground in there somewhere??
                          A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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                          • #28
                            As shown above, my trunk lid doesn't close flush because the weatherseal under it is mostly square and thick.

                            Is this what is supposed to be installed so the ridge around the trunk sits in the groove?
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                            • #29
                              That's basically what it looks like. The ridge doesn't really go into the groove. It just compresses against it. Here's how it should go.

                              John
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                              • #30
                                your dome light wont light up unless the plunger on the door switch pops out and lets the internal contacts touch each other.

                                When I got my car, there was a piece of an old match stick in one of the door switches (plunger was gone). I removed the match stick, and then the dang dome light wouldnt shut off!
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