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Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 11-12-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By Joe Johnston
I second the recommendation of joining our...

I second the recommendation of joining our national Thunderbird clubs and belong to CTCI and VTCI. I too had collected their magazines dating back to the mid 70's and had them boxed, stored and...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 11-06-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 537
Posted By Joe Johnston
Engine alone or engine and trans as a unit -...

Engine alone or engine and trans as a unit - either works. Make sure you engine hoist is rated to deal with the weight of the assembly. Have a couple of helpers when you do this and also some old...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-28-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,598
Posted By Joe Johnston
Do you have an air compressor?? Even a very small...

Do you have an air compressor?? Even a very small one for a nail gun?? If so, cover the hole with a rag and blow air into the hole to remove any rust or chips. If no compressor, even a soda straw...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-23-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 768
Posted By Joe Johnston
Wasn't the nut and bolt thing for Holley's?

Wasn't the nut and bolt thing for Holley's?
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-22-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,684
Posted By Joe Johnston
61 and later Thunderbirds with AC had a PS...

61 and later Thunderbirds with AC had a PS reservoir on the inner fender. Perhaps these parts could be used?
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-21-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,598
Posted By Joe Johnston
Drive it into the drilled hole with a hammer, and...

Drive it into the drilled hole with a hammer, and then twist. The square shape bites into and grips the broken bolt.
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 10-20-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By Joe Johnston
Zinc has been removed from oil in the last 10...

Zinc has been removed from oil in the last 10 years or so to help meet environmental standards - also newer roller cam engines do not need it. Many today claim it is not needed in our Y-Block engines...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 10-19-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By Joe Johnston
That should be a great choice. This winter...

That should be a great choice.

This winter while your car is in storage, you can Google thousands of oil topics online and read till you are totally confused! IMO, any quality oil that contains...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-16-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By Joe Johnston
Awesome! Glad its running much cooler. I've been...

Awesome! Glad its running much cooler. I've been around the FE since a kid and never saw a funnel like that. We just ran them hard and fast and kept adding coolant till it stabilized in the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,598
Posted By Joe Johnston
I too am a very firm believer in "there is no...

I too am a very firm believer in "there is no replacement for displacement" and also "you never have too much fuel until you are on fire!" BUT "nothing sounds as good as a Y-BLOCK!" :D My 57 Y...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 8,583
Posted By Joe Johnston
If you are referring to the 58-66 guide by...

If you are referring to the 58-66 guide by William Wonder I vote it is being well worth while. I bought that book and shop manuals before I bought my car. I was looking for a 61-66 convertible -...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,598
Posted By Joe Johnston
When this happened when I was working, we always...

When this happened when I was working, we always tried a drop of silver solder on the end of a rod, and then silver soldered it to the broken end of the E Z Out. Often between the heat and now having...
Forum: Anything Goes! 09-13-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By Joe Johnston
Unfortunately I have to agree with you. These...

Unfortunately I have to agree with you. These cars are not worth $6000/year storage fees. Simply does not work! If you don't love it or the old car hobby, I suggest selling it and cutting your losses...
Forum: Anything Goes! 09-12-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By Joe Johnston
I have a friend that keeps his restored 55 in...

I have a friend that keeps his restored 55 in one. He loves it and his car is always spotless but its also inside a climate controlled garage. No dust ever gets on the car when doing other things in...
Forum: Anything Goes! 08-31-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By Joe Johnston
Actually it is like a prism - often used in pre...

Actually it is like a prism - often used in pre mid 50's cars that had exterior sun visors. Traffic light viewers were useful in the day allowing a driver to view a stoplight that was obstructed by...
Forum: Anything Goes! 08-30-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By Joe Johnston
I learned to drive on a 64 Galaxie - 352, 4bbl...

I learned to drive on a 64 Galaxie - 352, 4bbl and 3 speed and no options!! Before that my parents had several Chebbys with 3 on the tree. We did didn't know any different. The family's first...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-27-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By Joe Johnston
Thanks for the kind words!! In response, I can...

Thanks for the kind words!! In response, I can only say two things:

#1) I bought my first '56 in 1976, and have since owned 2 57's. Yes, I may have some experience, but I am continually learning!...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-27-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By Joe Johnston
Super nice looking 57! No real quirks - just the...

Super nice looking 57!

No real quirks - just the normal checklist of things to make sure are set correctly. Probably the most important is to have fresh gas! Definitely buy ethanol free or E-0 gas...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-17-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By Joe Johnston
I have a 57 and converted to disk brakes with a...

I have a 57 and converted to disk brakes with a complete kit from CASCO. Their kit also includes rear wheel cylinders too making it one stop shopping and you can retain 14" steel or wire wheels....
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-27-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Joe Johnston
Another thing to consider is what is readily...

Another thing to consider is what is readily available where you live? It may be easier to adapt something common for you with a bit of experimentation than to use what is readily available here.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-19-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By Joe Johnston
This hobby is a sickness and you have experienced...

This hobby is a sickness and you have experienced "Mission Creep"! I think nearly everyone has experienced this infectious disease which makes you feel "while I am doing something, this also should...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-05-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By Joe Johnston
Professional looking and a nice neat job! Very...

Professional looking and a nice neat job! Very economical too!! Did he take any more pictures and if so this would make an excellent article for the VTCI Scoop Magazine!!
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 06-28-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,220
Posted By Joe Johnston
It is pretty straight forward. I do not recall...

It is pretty straight forward. I do not recall needing any grinding when I did my conversion and have retained 14" wheels.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-08-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Joe Johnston
Did you use teflon tape on the sender's...

Did you use teflon tape on the sender's threads?
Have you checked continuity of the sender's base to ensure a good ground connection?
Have you supplied power to the wire going to the dash to make...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 04-25-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By Joe Johnston
While doing the above I would also drizzle Marvel...

While doing the above I would also drizzle Marvel Mystery Oil over everything before using the mallet on the rockers just to lube things a bit with light oil. Sounds like it should be an easy one to...
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