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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion Today, 02:48 PM
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Posted By simplyconnected
It pays off in spades when you take your time to...

It pays off in spades when you take your time to do the basics.

You assumed a wiring fault and we assumed you set your points and ignition correctly. I'm glad you got your engine running. - Dave
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion Today, 02:37 PM
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Views: 432
Posted By simplyconnected
I don't mean to step on toes BUT, there are good...

I don't mean to step on toes BUT, there are good points regarding the issue of removing the bellows.

Bellows-type boosters simply helped the pedal, but not very much. That may have been ok when...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-08-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 508
Posted By simplyconnected
John is right on the money. You did not say how...

John is right on the money. You did not say how many quarts of trans fluid you put in but it holds ~11 quarts.

Why so many? Because all those parts use the trans oil to spread HEAT. In normal...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-07-2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 326
Posted By simplyconnected
I have a long history of selling on eBay as well...

I have a long history of selling on eBay as well (I am 'simplyconnected' on eBay). Listing changes can be made at any time. Revisions to the listing are always shown with the date of the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-04-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,772
Posted By simplyconnected
I'm sorry this happened to you. Bushings should...

I'm sorry this happened to you. Bushings should last at least 100K-miles. Bushing failure always shows up after the warranty period expired.

Mechanics rarely read the Shop Manual before installing...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-04-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 137
Posted By simplyconnected
That's my point. The computer age facilitated...

That's my point. The computer age facilitated this database. Before then, dealerships used catalogs and worksheets. CARFAX info gathering would have been far too expensive before computers.

The...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-04-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 137
Posted By simplyconnected
CARFAX rarely applies to classic cars because...

CARFAX rarely applies to classic cars because most of their history was around before computers. To read about CARFAX, would lead you to believe they know everything about all cars until you get to...
Forum: Thunderbird Production History 12-04-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,923
Posted By simplyconnected
Leon, please answer my post. I believe we have...

Leon, please answer my post. I believe we have many parallel lines in our careers at Ford and I believe we are close in age. - Dave
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 12-02-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 689
Posted By simplyconnected
If your electrical components are working...

If your electrical components are working correctly, your gauges are VERY accurate.

The most important setting is at the bottom of your tank. You need to know when you're out of gas. The way your...
Forum: Thunderbird Production History 12-02-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,923
Posted By simplyconnected
Congratulations on your book, Leon. I'm...

Congratulations on your book, Leon. I'm interested to know what group you were an employee of at Ford Motor Co., and when did you start there? Which building were you in?

I'm also retired from a...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-29-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By simplyconnected
I like the 'hot poker' method. Do it from the...

I like the 'hot poker' method. Do it from the back side by heating the end of a 6" piece of coat hanger.

It helps to have someone inside the cabin while you poke the hole. - Dave
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-28-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 364
Posted By simplyconnected
We used Pop rivets at Dearborn Assembly, under...

We used Pop rivets at Dearborn Assembly, under the windshield. The pop rivets we used were unique and not found anywhere. They were small, had a 'cloverleaf' scallop around them and were colored. ...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-28-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 683
Posted By simplyconnected
Thanks for finally posting. Ray Clark encouraged...

Thanks for finally posting. Ray Clark encouraged me to contact you, otherwise I would not have called. I left a message on your business phone's answering machine with my phone number. Maybe you...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-22-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 683
Posted By simplyconnected
Yeah, I'm with Eric. Some things are better left...

Yeah, I'm with Eric. Some things are better left untouched. The stock front suspension on a Squarebird is so LONG, a spring compressor isn't needed. 'Long' also gives a much better ride because...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-21-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 683
Posted By simplyconnected
The Body Shop starts with a floorpan spot welded...

The Body Shop starts with a floorpan spot welded to a front and rear sub-frame. The middle section rockers are simply channels that are welded to the floorpan and torque boxes. Convertibles get...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-21-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 683
Posted By simplyconnected
I called the shop and left a message yesterday. ...

I called the shop and left a message yesterday. No return call today (so far). - Dave
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-20-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By simplyconnected
Yes, Russ. But, I'm not aware of any factory...

Yes, Russ. But, I'm not aware of any factory marks. The bolts will simply go in one way. When you find the right alignment, they should have no obstruction so you can tighten them by hand. Make...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-20-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,297
Posted By simplyconnected
That's why I suggested this, to SAVE you some...

That's why I suggested this, to SAVE you some money.

For me, it's easy because I weld. 1" square 16-ga channel and four wheels are cheap when you consider the possibility of pulling the engine the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-20-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,297
Posted By simplyconnected
I hope this helps but that's exactly why I run my...

I hope this helps but that's exactly why I run my engines on a test stand before stuffing them in a car. Ford does the same, they hot test before the engine leaves the engine plant.

If any issues...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-20-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By simplyconnected
Ford offered many more colors than the standard...

Ford offered many more colors than the standard charts suggested. In fact, I'm sure you already know this:

If you ordered police cars for the state, local or county, each have different colors that...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-20-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By simplyconnected
I don't know how you 'marked it' but John is...

I don't know how you 'marked it' but John is right, the flywheel/flex plate only goes on one way.

Is it possible you are trying to put a flywheel or flex plate on backward? You indicated, 'flywheel'...
Forum: Anything Goes! 11-19-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By simplyconnected
2018 California Fires 1

Dave McCabe sent me pictures of the horrific forest fires in California. I now understand how quickly fire spread, why so many people died and what they left behind out of desperation. I'm crying...
Forum: Anything Goes! 11-19-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By simplyconnected
2018 California Fires 2

Dave McCabe sent me pictures of the horrific forest fires in California. I now understand how quickly fire spread, why so many people died and what they left behind out of desperation. I'm crying...
Forum: Anything Goes! 11-19-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By simplyconnected
2018 California Fires 3

Dave McCabe sent me pictures of the horrific forest fires in California. I now understand how quickly fire spread, why so many people died and what they left behind out of desperation. I'm crying...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-17-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,772
Posted By simplyconnected
You may be in luck. You have a '58, therefore no...

You may be in luck. You have a '58, therefore no firewall booster bracket BUT... We happen to have a member who has a spare. (no, it's not me) - Dave
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