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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-26-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 717
Posted By JohnG
I would suggest getting an aftermarket oil...

I would suggest getting an aftermarket oil pressure gauge and hooking it up.

Along the same line but more work and more precautious would be to get the oil pan off, clean it out and clean the pickup...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-26-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By JohnG
However, considering how inexpensive it is to...

However, considering how inexpensive it is to replace the internal regulator if it goes bad (around $10) there's not much reason to modify it to take an external one.

John, you have answered my...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-26-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By JohnG
if you have relatively modern alternator with the...

if you have relatively modern alternator with the voltage regulator built in to it, can you by pass or eliminate that internal regulator and instead use your own external one?
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-26-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By JohnG
Miracle cooling additive . . . ?

in the October issue of Hemming's Classic Car, page 18, comes announcement of a product from MPT Industries for adding to the cooling system to "make your car run cooler and smoother". Has a link to...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-24-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By JohnG
John, thank you so much. john

John, thank you so much.

john
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-24-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By JohnG
2 wire alternator question

hi

A guy got a 2 wire alternator at a salvage yard. Might have come from an 80s GM product with a V6 in it.

By "2 wire" I mean 2 wires from the harness, in addition to the heavy cable going to,...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-04-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 589
Posted By JohnG
I agree . . . what more could I ask for? The...

I agree . . . what more could I ask for?

The white was easy to clean - - I could scrub it with a ScotchBrite pad or something similar and it remained white ( I have read threads in Classicbirds on...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-04-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 589
Posted By JohnG
(as on another thread) I bought Diamondback...

(as on another thread) I bought Diamondback Classics radials with wide white wall 14 years ago and am taking them off this winter due to the age. The vulcanized white walls are starting to come...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-03-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By JohnG
the motor was rebuilt in 2005. At the time the...

the motor was rebuilt in 2005. At the time the battery ground went to this same bolt. Later a quick decision was made like "well, it came off of that bolt so it's goin' back where it came from" ...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-03-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By JohnG
thanks, Dave! I have a Permatex version of the...

thanks, Dave! I have a Permatex version of the same. I will go with that.

John
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-02-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 4,714
Posted By JohnG
since we are talking New York State, possibly...

since we are talking New York State, possibly valuable reading from the state is here:

https://dmv.ny.gov/brochure/know-your-rights-auto-repair
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-01-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 4,714
Posted By JohnG
if the distributor/points assembly was set up...

if the distributor/points assembly was set up poorly, it is a wonder the car ran at all, let alone smoothly.

Basic rule of life for old cars: assume nothing. Take nothing for granted.

They were...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-01-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By JohnG
Intake Manifold question

hi everyone,

Taking Simplyconnected's suggestion, I got a new battery ground cable and went right from the negative post to the starter.

So to part with the old cable. It is bolted to the intake...
Forum: FE Engines 08-01-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,091
Posted By JohnG
at the other end, the air filter housing may not...

at the other end, the air filter housing may not fit (or all of a sudden it fits extremely well!)

If the original 4 barrel got tossed, it's possible someone jerry rigged the air filter housing. I...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-31-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By JohnG
Good!!! 1 wrong digit and I would be out of...

Good!!!

1 wrong digit and I would be out of luck.

john
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-31-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By JohnG
You might look into how the title law in your...

You might look into how the title law in your state works before you go further.

In my state (MA) all vehicles are titled, regardless of age. Which means an accurate VIN, not something someone...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-27-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By JohnG
if it doesn't work now, what have you got to lose...

if it doesn't work now, what have you got to lose ??

Read the article Dan mentioned, clean the points with a business card, lubricate as directed.

If the fuse is blown, you probably have big...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-19-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
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, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 544
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 07-16-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
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, 09:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 791
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, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 791
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, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
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, 01:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 791
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, 01:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 791
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...
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