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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 08-04-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 266
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, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 266
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, 06:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
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, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
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, 10:54 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 2,561
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, 05:07 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 2,561
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, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
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, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,964
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 304
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 304
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, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
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, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
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: 327
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: 354
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: 516
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: 516
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: 354
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: 516
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: 516
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: 516
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: 516
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: 208
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: 79
Views: 4,861
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: 79
Views: 4,861
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: 18
Views: 429
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...
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