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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 04-21-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
I sent the backrest cover to Thunderbird...

I sent the backrest cover to Thunderbird Headquarters and my guess it then went to the manufacturer. Anyway, Thunderbird Headquarters sent me a replacement backrest cover. It appears to be the proper...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-08-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
After further consultations with some forum...

After further consultations with some forum members and exchanges with Mac's, I have now been advised by Mac's (Eckler's) to send the backrest cover to the "Vendor" - Thunderbird Headquarters! I...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-03-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
Carl, I should have recognized Cartouche as a...

Carl, I should have recognized Cartouche as a manufacturer of upholstery kits. Do you know if they are still in business? In Lockport? I googled them but got no useful result. Are you using a...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-01-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
From what I have been able to gather, everything...

From what I have been able to gather, everything ordered from Mac's is either shipped from Eckler's warehouse in Titusville, FL or from the wholesaler or manufacturer. The major label on the box says...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-01-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
For those of you who don't know, Mac's is now...

For those of you who don't know, Mac's is now owned by Eckler's. The Lockport operation has been reduced to a shipping point - they don't have any stock there, everything is warehoused and shipped...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 03-01-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
Thanks guys. So is it possible that the cover I...

Thanks guys. So is it possible that the cover I have will in fact fit if stretched hard enough over a long enough period of time? How do you go about stretching it? Put it over the frame and just...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-28-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
Thanks for the info, Carl. I took a closer look...

Thanks for the info, Carl. I took a closer look and the distance between the panel and the side seam is 4 inches on the right and 3 1/2 in. on the left! Also, the distance between the center panels...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-28-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
From what I understand the inserts and hump areas...

From what I understand the inserts and hump areas fit fine. The problem is that there isn't enough material on the outside edges to reach the edge of the seat. However, it is conceivable that the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-28-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,565
Posted By Howard Prout
Rear Backrest Cover

I hope somebody can help me out. I ordered a complete seat cover kit from Mac's for my '59 almost a year ago. I finally got the parts in July of last year. I took everything to an upholstery shop in...
Forum: Anything Goes! 09-07-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 831
Posted By Howard Prout
Chromed Fendeer Skirts

I have two pair of fender skirts - one chromed and one painted. Attached are pictures of the chromed ones mounted on my '59 Bird.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 09-27-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 896
Posted By Howard Prout
I cut a piece of steel to fit the opening and...

I cut a piece of steel to fit the opening and then had it chrome plated.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 05-02-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,573
Posted By Howard Prout
The bottom line is who cares whose engine it is...

The bottom line is who cares whose engine it is or what size it is, etc. Some of us have over chromed various parts of our cars. I even have chromed fender skirts on mine - definitely not a factory...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 05-02-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,573
Posted By Howard Prout
Take a closer look at the picture, Ray. That is a...

Take a closer look at the picture, Ray. That is a 430 engine. The body colour is Doeskin Beige - as is my car. Also, look at the vacuum lines - they have one way valves in them to separate the intake...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 05-02-2016, 07:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,573
Posted By Howard Prout
That's an interesting looking engine compartment,...

That's an interesting looking engine compartment, Ray. But when did you do the engine swap? I thought you had a 352 - that looks like a 430 to me. As a matter of fact it looks like MY 430. I guess...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-04-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,260
Posted By Howard Prout
I'm wondering if a previous owner has modified...

I'm wondering if a previous owner has modified the wiring on your car. Mine has only one switch for the trunk deck - and it is keyed. When the switch is unlocked it will release the trunk deck...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 09-28-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,176
Posted By Howard Prout
I have a convertible - they have an electric...

I have a convertible - they have an electric trunk release button.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 09-08-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,121
Posted By Howard Prout
I am not sure what you mean by "converting"...

I am not sure what you mean by "converting" lights to gauges. I have six auxiliary gauges in my Squarebird, three mechanical - manifold vacuum, oil pressure and auxiliary vacuum (I have a 430 with an...
Forum: 430 MEL Engine 07-19-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,897
Posted By Howard Prout
I am surprised that nobody has answered your...

I am surprised that nobody has answered your query. I think somebody like Carl Heller (aka partsetal) would have answers to both your questions. My 430 has a functioning vacuum pump so the drive...
Forum: 430 MEL Engine 07-19-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,042
Posted By Howard Prout
The Parts Book shows the same part number for the...

The Parts Book shows the same part number for the drive shafts in both 352 and 430 equipped 1959 models and I assume there was no change for 1960 so I assume the length is the same - 52". I hope this...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-19-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,295
Posted By Howard Prout
It has been a lot of years since I bought mine. I...

It has been a lot of years since I bought mine. I don't know who made it. I probably bought it from Rick Muck's Thunderbird Parts in Clarence Center, NY before he sold the business. I left it in the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 02-24-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,910
Posted By Howard Prout
Check the date code on any tires you purchase....

Check the date code on any tires you purchase. Many industry experts recommend that we shouldn't run on tires more than five years from their date of manufacture and to definitely remove tires from...
Forum: 1957 To 1969 Full Size Fords - General Technical Discussion 02-04-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,810
Posted By Howard Prout
In 1965, Canada and the US signed an Auto Pact....

In 1965, Canada and the US signed an Auto Pact. Prior to the Auto Pact, both countries imposed tariffs on vehicles moving from one country to the other. As a result very few if any vehicles produced...
Forum: 1957 To 1969 Full Size Fords - General Technical Discussion 02-03-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,810
Posted By Howard Prout
I would tend to agree with Dave (simplyconnected)...

I would tend to agree with Dave (simplyconnected) that it seems strange that "Fairlane" and "Galaxie" would be used in the same model name but if you look at the attached page from the Ford Canada...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-13-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 21,634
Posted By Howard Prout
I personally think the new photo shows the way it...

I personally think the new photo shows the way it is supposed to be.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-12-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 21,634
Posted By Howard Prout
Ah ha! The light finally went on. Now I...

Ah ha! The light finally went on. Now I understand the issue Anders is raising. I checked the skirts on "Old Betsy" last night and found that the handles on the two sides are in different positions,...
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