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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-19-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 178
Posted By JohnG
Jon, I have to ask: how many Squarebirds or...

Jon, I have to ask: how many Squarebirds or other older American cars do you see in the UK ??

Keep at it!

john
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-18-2018, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 200
Posted By JohnG
original switch: easy to take off and check out...

original switch: easy to take off and check out for functionality and leaks. Leaks common.

Might have been disconnected either up by the switch or at the Trico pump.

Do your wipers work? That...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-15-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By JohnG
to get more light (again , the '58 with the...

to get more light (again , the '58 with the black faced gauges), I went with #1893 bulbs which are the same base as #57s, but 4.62 Watts instead of 3.36 Watts for the #57s.

Physically they are...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-15-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
by sheer coincidence, on a 55-7 TBird discussion...

by sheer coincidence, on a 55-7 TBird discussion list, the topic of whitewalls came up very recently.

Along the way someone posted:

Not really a good idea to use Coker wide white radials. I used...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-15-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
John, you bring up a most important point. I...

John, you bring up a most important point. I have not given tire age a thought in a few years - - it was a hot topic at one point as was nitrogen.

They have a number of things going for them. Low...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-15-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By JohnG
the clock might only have one bulb . . . not...

the clock might only have one bulb . . . not sure. That doesn't help matters so a little more wattage could. An adventuresome person could drill a second hole in the case and add another bulb ...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-15-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
I took two photos of the "white wall" on the...

I took two photos of the "white wall" on the 2004 Diamondback Classics.

I did not put a caliper on them but would guess they are in the .010 - .015" thickness range.

A person on another site says...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-13-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
John & John I think it would be fair to say what...

John & John

I think it would be fair to say what Diamondback sold me was a white wall tire "facsimile". Has the correct external appearance, but not the real thing.

Will get some pictures and...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-13-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
I will get a photo this weekend but, guys, they...

I will get a photo this weekend but, guys, they ain't part of the tire. Simply glued on. Which lasted a long time, but not forever, and 14 years is bordering on "forever".

I suspect, given the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-12-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 427
Posted By JohnG
I have Diamondback radials with wide white walls,...

I have Diamondback radials with wide white walls, since 2004. They have been great. Of late the whitewalls have begun to come off so I have to devise some scheme for re-attaching them.

In spite of...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-10-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By JohnG
I think if you Search around the posts here,...

I think if you Search around the posts here, people have done that. Simplyconnected perhaps. A mechanical switch adapted to the pedal? Maybe a transplant from a later 'Bird?

See...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-07-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,039
Posted By JohnG
it was a general question . . .for anyone. If...

it was a general question . . .for anyone. If the caliper came apart due to the banjo bolt coming out, then it seems like we ought to know what the torque spec is.

I confess to not knowing . ....
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-07-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,039
Posted By JohnG
Just for the record, what might the torque spec...

Just for the record, what might the torque spec be for a banjo bolt with fresh copper washers, installed into a steel caliper?
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-05-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 303
Posted By JohnG
Geoffrey, I would stick with John's advice of...

Geoffrey, I would stick with John's advice of elminating the wiper sysem entirely until you are satisfied with the performance of the car. Work on one problem at a time. Disconnect and plug the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-04-2018, 12:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 393
Posted By JohnG
John, now that you mention it, I recall making an...

John, now that you mention it, I recall making an adapter of sorts from a couple inches of original hose.

john
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-03-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,523
Posted By JohnG
Frank, you have two horns that produce two...

Frank, you have two horns that produce two different frequencies. They have different part numbers. The two frequencies together produce an acoustical beat. There is also a relation to musical...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-03-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 393
Posted By JohnG
did the '65 motor come with an expansion...

did the '65 motor come with an expansion tank?

If so, get it checked for leaks and consider using it instead of the original. It has ribs and reinforcement that the originals did not have and is...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-29-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By JohnG
I finally tracked down some of the info I had see...

I finally tracked down some of the info I had see back around 2010. Eric's positioning of the fan, relative to both the radiator and the shroud, is pretty much identical.

Having the graphic to...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-27-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By JohnG
I would want it to fit as well as the other one ....

I would want it to fit as well as the other one . . . so I would return it. Or buy one from another source.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-27-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By JohnG
Could I suggest to everyone who is seriously...

Could I suggest to everyone who is seriously monitoring their coolant temperature that they do a calibration of their temp gauge? Find out what temperatures really go with T, E, M and P.

There is...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-24-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By JohnG
Ebay: often junk sold by people using ignorance...

Ebay: often junk sold by people using ignorance as an excuse to provide you with no information. Feedback very helpful but only goes back so far.

Carl: I doubt you can do any better.

Rechroming: ...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-23-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By JohnG
what about tracking down an excellent condition,...

what about tracking down an excellent condition, used part?

The re-chroming can be chancey . . . no guarantees. Some shops take forever. Pot metal is a tough one.

They ( high grade used) might...
Forum: For Sale / Parts or Car Wanted 06-18-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 199
Posted By JohnG
1960 Sunroof Project in Mass

https://worcester.craigslist.org/cto/d/thunderbird-project-sunroof/6601741976.html
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-16-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By JohnG
I had to take the pan off to clean the screen. I...

I had to take the pan off to clean the screen.

I got by with a floor jack and a bottle jack as I recall (this was 2003 or 4)

Did nothing with the radiator.

Unhooked the two motor mounts and...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-15-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 969
Posted By JohnG
a very small job compared to having the motor...

a very small job compared to having the motor rebuilt because a rod went thru the block. Which is what happened to Alexander, but which I, among others, avoided.

The basic point is: if you don't...
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