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Forum: Y-Block Engines Yesterday, 06:50 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By simplyconnected
God love ya, Ernie. You would have been 15 or so...

God love ya, Ernie. You would have been 15 or so back in 1980. At that time, everyone was dumping their muscle cars because gas became expensive, they started using gasohol (with lower BTUs in the...
Forum: 1958 T0 1960 Squarebirds - Disc Brake Conversion 10-13-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 305
Posted By simplyconnected
Then Ernie, I suggest you definitely buy the...

Then Ernie, I suggest you definitely buy the Scarebird spindle brackets, the ABS kit #9787, S-10 calipers and pads, a combination proportioning valve, 3/8" & 7/16" IFF nuts and a 3/16"-diameter coil...
Forum: 1958 T0 1960 Squarebirds - Disc Brake Conversion 10-11-2018, 12:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 305
Posted By simplyconnected
I can be a little thick at times but... Your...

I can be a little thick at times but... Your profile doesn't list a Thunderbird. Your first post in this thread referenced '59 T-Bird wheels.

Is this brake setup for a Squarebird or a full-size...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-10-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 119
Posted By simplyconnected
Make sure your flange doesn't have a crack. It...

Make sure your flange doesn't have a crack. It happened to me on my Y-Block. The housing neck was cast iron and I couldn't find the leak for the longest time. Tried a different one and it's been...
Forum: 1958 T0 1960 Squarebirds - Disc Brake Conversion 10-10-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 305
Posted By simplyconnected
I realize you want the look of stock but you may...

I realize you want the look of stock but you may end up shooting yourself in the foot if your brakes aren't done right.

I pick a modern car of similar size/weight and ask, 'what do the automakers...
Forum: 1958 T0 1960 Squarebirds - Disc Brake Conversion 10-08-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 305
Posted By simplyconnected
You might want to ask Ray down there in San...

You might want to ask Ray down there in San Antonio. He's running power disk brakes with Granada wheels. I think he got them from one of your bone yards for cheap.

Those wheels were used on a HOST...
Forum: 1958 T0 1960 Squarebirds - Disc Brake Conversion 10-08-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 305
Posted By simplyconnected
To add to John's answer, once you cover the wheel...

To add to John's answer, once you cover the wheel with a full wheel cover, how would you know what is behind it? Full wheel covers like stock sunbursts cover everything.

Ford cars and truck like...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-07-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 821
Posted By simplyconnected
I think I have one in 3/16". Want me to send it...

I think I have one in 3/16". Want me to send it to you? BTW did you heat it up yet? - Dave
Forum: Y-Block Engines 10-06-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,694
Posted By simplyconnected
By my NOT being a purist, I've put off a lot of...

By my NOT being a purist, I've put off a lot of folks. Seeing and driving our classics on the road really tickles me but pure stock cars from the day are in dangerous competition with modern cars...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 821
Posted By simplyconnected
That's the easy part, Don. After you make the...

That's the easy part, Don. After you make the plate with the 'centering puck', stick a piece of clay or better yet, American cheese over the hole on the block. Squeeze your new plate in position,...
Forum: Y-Block Engines 10-06-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,694
Posted By simplyconnected
Excellent Y-Block history, Ernie. I love and...

Excellent Y-Block history, Ernie. I love and have a '55 Town Sedan. Yeah, they're a Fordor but at this time of my life, a Fordor suits me even more than a tudor.

I have a couple 'spare' Y-blocks...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 997
Posted By simplyconnected
Longevity depends on two major properties. The...

Longevity depends on two major properties. The material must be ultra-violet resistant material. Next comes durability.

I have sewn my own quite successfully. The materials I used were 'marine...
Forum: Anything Goes! 10-06-2018, 05:36 AM
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Posted By simplyconnected
WOW! Happy Birthday, John Pizzi. You're a...

WOW! Happy Birthday, John Pizzi. You're a tremendous help to Squarebirds.org. I'm with Ray, hoping you have many more birthdays to come. - Dave
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 01:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,227
Posted By simplyconnected
Ernie, think about it... We've been plating...

Ernie, think about it... We've been plating plastic since before model cars came out.

AMT was situated in Troy, Michigan, next to my city of Royal Oak. Many of the women in my area worked there. It...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 12:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,227
Posted By simplyconnected
I'll try to summarize the chrome plating process...

I'll try to summarize the chrome plating process for both pot metal and steel.

We always used hexavalent chrome. Today, it's nearly outlawed by all corporations. I say 'nearly'. The chemical...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 323
Posted By simplyconnected
A car is an excellent system to learn the basics...

A car is an excellent system to learn the basics of electricity because the battery is 12 volts. 12 volts will not shock you.

Aside from the high voltage used for spark plugs, just about...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 323
Posted By simplyconnected
Ok, that can easily be remedied. Harbor Freight...

Ok, that can easily be remedied. Harbor Freight sells them for under ten bucks. Sometimes they GIVE them away for free. Get one. It will include an instruction sheet.

In addition, there are many...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-04-2018, 11:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 821
Posted By simplyconnected
HS = High Speed HSS = High Speed Steel You're...

HS = High Speed
HSS = High Speed Steel

You're going to need carbide steel to get through carbon steel. It helps to anneal carbon steel first, if you can.

I would not worry about using a smaller...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-04-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 323
Posted By simplyconnected
A meter will verify fuses and lamps. Why are you...

A meter will verify fuses and lamps. Why are you afraid to test with a meter? - Dave
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-03-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 821
Posted By simplyconnected
Carbide will get through it. The biggest...

Carbide will get through it. The biggest challenge is staying on center. The standard answer would be a machine shop because they can use heavy machines to mill it out but that's not practical in...
Forum: 1964 To 1966 Flairbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-03-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 104
Posted By simplyconnected
There is a plug-in connection on the firewall...

There is a plug-in connection on the firewall that is notorious for corrosion and melted contacts. This would be coming from the battery and starter solenoid. Pull it apart and look inside. - Dave
Forum: 1964 To 1966 Flairbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-02-2018, 02:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By simplyconnected
Do you have a volt meter or a multimeter? Do...

Do you have a volt meter or a multimeter?

Do some voltage checks. While your accessories are running, measure battery voltage. Then, measure the voltage at your turn signal wires (when they are...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-02-2018, 01:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 323
Posted By simplyconnected
Ok, do you have a multimeter? If not, Harbor...

Ok, do you have a multimeter? If not, Harbor Freight sells them for under ten bucks.

Resistance checks will tell whether your dash is grounded. It will also tell whether a fuse is good, out of the...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 10-01-2018, 02:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 323
Posted By simplyconnected
Did your new switch come with a new rheostat, or...

Did your new switch come with a new rheostat, or did you use the old one?
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 09-29-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 139
Posted By simplyconnected
I second John's post. It's always important to...

I second John's post. It's always important to know when your tank is empty, so the float needs an unobstructed path to the bottom.

Understand that your sending unit is a rheostat that ranges from...
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