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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-16-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,192
Posted By JohnG
old story you made me think of: here and there...

old story you made me think of: here and there are hardtops that people made into convertibles, for whatever reasons.

More than one person has been tooling along in their pseudo convertible and,...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-16-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,192
Posted By JohnG
I would say that not having to put additional...

I would say that not having to put additional curvature into the glass kept the cost down a bit. Since we are talking very low volume here, that might have been important. (the windshield having...
Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 02-28-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 194
Posted By JohnG
For Sale: book - Thunderbird Restoration Guide

William Wonder. Original edition.

Full of tons of information, year by year.

slightly used. $25 plus postage.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-20-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By JohnG
both good points. The bolt for the seat...

both good points.

The bolt for the seat definitely does not make the criteria.

Wasn't hard to add a backing plate.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-19-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By JohnG
I used the rear bolts from the front seats as...

I used the rear bolts from the front seats as well. They were kind of sitting there for the taking, so to speak.

Later I did the rear seats (belts). I don't recall the details but would caution...
Forum: Golde Top (Sunroof) Forum 02-17-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By JohnG
John, welcome to Squarebirds and congrats on your...

John, welcome to Squarebirds and congrats on your purchase!

What motor do you have? 352 or 430? What color is your interior?

I agree with John P on returning it to original color if you are...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-15-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Posted By JohnG
Also, just to clarify, the bypass valve within...

Also, just to clarify, the bypass valve within the engines' oil filter (if equipped), opens based on a pressure differential value between the unfiltered vs. filtered sides of the filter element, not...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-11-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By JohnG
last year guys on this forum told me to go with...

last year guys on this forum told me to go with Rock Auto. So I sent them a core and got a rebuilt back, while still driving the car.

I am also overhauling the shift linkage, which brings new...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-11-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By JohnG
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-11-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By JohnG
Steering box lubricant ?

hi all,

I am replacing my steering gearbox this Spring with a rebuilt one, hence bone dry.

What should I be using for a lubricant for that?

thanks!
john
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-09-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By JohnG
Alexander had a design for a non-invasive,...

Alexander had a design for a non-invasive, magnetic one:

http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2784&highlight=cupholder

I could see it in red (or whatever the console color is) ...
Forum: Anything Goes! 02-01-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 153
Posted By JohnG
Harley Having Hard Times

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/30/harley-davidson-kansas-city-plant-motorcycle-sales-fall/1078008001/
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-31-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By JohnG
ditto checking the grounds. While you are there,...

ditto checking the grounds.

While you are there, take a Scotch Brite pad or whatever you like, and polish up any connections that you can - bulb, socket, base. Might not be the problem but it...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-28-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By JohnG
if you've got the valve springs off to check the...

if you've got the valve springs off to check the valves out, put new seals one. One less thing to worry about later on.

Check the heads for flatness. Costs nothing, easy to do.
Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 01-26-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 544
Posted By JohnG
good - - sorry about my earlier post of no...

good - - sorry about my earlier post of no value.

I had the entire panel out a couple years ago. It was just an alloy, no plating.

If you have pitting, perhaps it could be polished off. Worse...
Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 01-26-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 544
Posted By JohnG
John, when you say "waffleboard" are you talking...

John, when you say "waffleboard" are you talking about the flat piece that the tail light assemblies all attach to? My '58 has round indentations painted black, a little bigger than nickels? The...
Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 01-25-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 544
Posted By JohnG
are they the same as '58s ?? I might have a...

are they the same as '58s ?? I might have a couple.

Ebay has one or two.

John
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-13-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By JohnG
According to Wonder's Thunderbird Restoration...

According to Wonder's Thunderbird Restoration Guide (a really detailed and informative book):

1958 valve covers: black
1959 valve covers: Light Blue
1960 valve covers: Yellow as already noted.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-25-2017, 07:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 494
Posted By JohnG
Merry Christmas and best wishes for an excellent...

Merry Christmas and best wishes for an excellent 2018!

It is snowing here in New England in a most traditional manner, a big improvement on recent ice and rain.

Best to all,

John
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-12-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By JohnG
Am reporting back on two non functioning...

Am reporting back on two non functioning regulators.

#1: a member generously sent me an older , used one which I hoped to have as a backup. Unfortunately it was DOA.

But, along with the...
Forum: Ford Electrical Problems ~ General Technical Discussion 10-11-2017, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,710
Posted By JohnG
I would not assume anything, even though some...

I would not assume anything, even though some parts are "new".

Included in that comment is the distributor itself. I would take the cap and rotor off, grab the shaft and see if I could feel any...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-08-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,076
Posted By JohnG
"On a lighter car built for speed, I advance...

"On a lighter car built for speed, I advance ignition timing much sooner than the same engine in an F-150 truck for example."

Dave, how are you accomplishing this? Advancing the at-idle timing, or...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By JohnG
have done that with success . . . found a scrap...

have done that with success . . . found a scrap piece of pipe material, screwed it into that and then applied air with the air nozzle while holding multimeter leads.

If you use DOT 5 fluid, they...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By JohnG
that fix worked fine for me. You don't have...

that fix worked fine for me. You don't have enough room
to do much else.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-03-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By JohnG
perhaps they buy it from someone else and slap...

perhaps they buy it from someone else and slap their own label on it.
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