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Old 01-12-2008, 06:07 PM
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Bart the price sounds very reasonable @ $3K and it was great to find out about the ring now and not later $$$. It sounds like this shop is exactly the type of shop that will take extra care on this project. It's not often that these guys get to work on a classic T-Bird. I had the same thing happen when I had mine in last winter and tried a reputable " muscle car " shop who had a good name. They looked at my 58 and the first word out of one of the guys was my father used to have one of these, that he used to work on. Pricless!!!

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I have a chrome dress-up kit for the 430 that never existed.

I also have all of the stock stuff to go back if I want to later on. But, I like the chrome.
Chromed rocker covers were available. How many (and which) other parts are chromed?







All of the above is not correct, but shows how one can be dressed with brite parts.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:08 AM
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I have the chrome items that I believe were the typical items for the 352 dress kit. Valve Covers, Air Cleaner, Oil Breather Cap, Surge Tank Cap, and Regulator Cover. It's tough to look at it all torn down now during the rebuild.

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I have the chrome items that I believe were the typical items for the 352 dress kit. Valve Covers, Air Cleaner, Oil Breather Cap, Surge Tank Cap, and Regulator Cover. It's tough to look at it all torn down now during the rebuild.


Shown is the FE Dress-Up Kit (1964). MEL rocker covers are unique. Your complete air cleaner housing is chromed (looks nice) whereas the FORD kit had an open element air cleaner.

I have seen photos of a similiar setup and would like to know its' origion. Plating is an expensive venture these days.

The engine looks good...!!!
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Ahhh -- to get those prices again.
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Arrow More rebuild photos -- Suspension and Tranny

Here are more photos during the 430 rebuild.

The suspension out -- notice the safety wire holding up the wheel hub, so that the brake lines don't have to be removed.




The front end parts ready for me to clean and paint:




Front end parts after I cleaned, wire brushed and painted them. The springs have a purple stripe for 430 springs (height 15.5", and .710" thickness).




COM (PBB Large Case) Transmission back from the shop, and new Torque Converter in lower right. Ready for prep and paint.




Photo after I preped and painted the tranny. Tailshaft is natural Aluminum, case sprayed with Cast Iron Finish, and bell housing is Black. (The Old Girl is going to love this )




She's always had a whine in the rear axle during acceleration, so the rear axle is being competely torn down for a new Ring and Pinion, and all new bearings and seals.




More Photos later.
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DANG BART!!! I thought this was just an engine overhaul. Ur not even going to recognize that Bird when u get her back on the road.

I would ALMOST be tempted to put the 3.10 or 3.55? rear diff gears back in her to make her "fly" off the line better...
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Dang is right !!

Well------ I had the tranny out, and there was that linkage leak that needed the valve body dropped. So, I figured I might as well put it in the back of my Jeep and have it torn down, and completely inspected and resealed.

The tranny guy said that it had been rebuilt recently (who knew that ?). The hard parts were all perfect, the clutches were in great shape, and bands as thick as brake shoes. They replaced all of the tranny bushings and seals, and sent the Converter out of state for a teardown, inspection, new hub and balance. Total tranny cost, including the Converter $439 -- I couldn't refuse that !!!!

Since I saved alot on the tranny ---- I had to get rid of that whine in the rear axle. The gears will be 3.0 instead of 2.91
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Shown is the FE Dress-Up Kit (1964). MEL rocker covers are unique. Your complete air cleaner housing is chromed (looks nice) whereas the FORD kit had an open element air cleaner.

I have seen photos of a similiar setup and would like to know its' origion. Plating is an expensive venture these days.

The engine looks good...!!!
Although i am late to the party I would point out that a 1960 Tbird Chrome dress up kit for a 352 would not be an open element air cleaner, it would be the one shown on the 430. They are correct and are the same unit used on regular 352 and 430 but are chrome plated. Hawkrod
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