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Old 11-12-2012, 05:32 AM
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I simply cut the center out of my Heat Riser Valve with a cutting torch. Then I left the holes filled (they're pretty solid). Mine has the counterweight and spring on the outside which looks stock, but nothing moves. I also agree that, you already have one that you're going to throw out. Save twenty bucks and use it.

If you don't have a torch, most muffler shops would be glad to cut it out for you. Nothing here affects emissions.

The heat riser valve speeds the engine warming process. Without it, your engine will still get hot, but 1/2-mile later. In this day of 'fuel economy' being king, the benefits of a flow-thru exhaust far outweigh faster warmup.

BTW, as I mentioned over the phone, when your heat riser valve sticks shut, not only is the exhaust restricted but your cooling system must get rid of the excess exhaust heat crossing over your intake manifold. An unrestricted exhaust carries the heat away. - Dave
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It's been just over a year now since I took home my bird. In a year I've learned so much and am very thankful to the community and the good friends I've made.

This old bird has tested and fought me every step of the way, but with every turn of a screw and twist of a bolt, we've grown closer. I can't wait till the snow melts away and Spring time finally comes, so I can get her up and running again.
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Marcelo, you have sacrificed life and limb in a great effort to resurrect Lucille, and it shows. She looks fabulous. I don't know of anyone who has shown more enthusiasm and a hunger to learn this hobby than you. WE have benefited from your tire and wheel fitment trials and your power disk brake findings. The list goes on as you have freely shared your resources and restoration pictures with everyone on our forum.

I am humbled in the belief that this is exactly why Alexander started Squarebirds.org, so friendships like yours can be shared with Thunderbird enthusiasts and restorers all over the world. I am richer for it. - Dave
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Aw-shucks, Dave. Thanks for the kind words. Alexander created a special place here that is really not like any other.
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I believe the main difference is that everyone on this board just wants to help their neighbor, and is mature enough not to "flame" and attack other members.

I'd say that is pretty darn rare in this day and age.
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Here’s the new reman A1 Cardone distributor I got from Rockauto. My only complaint is the vacuum advance. Good thing I have a new spare to install.









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I just received my exhaust valve spacer from Mac's and gaskets from Rockauto.

Gettin' ready for the Spring time!

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Hello friends,

Today was a bittersweet day. My squarebird was sold to a gentleman in Miami and was just picked up today. Monika and I are buying our first home together and we really needed the funds. I even contemplated keeping her, but I new that for the foreseeable future I just wouldn't have the time or funds to give her the attention she needs (the T-Bird, not Monika) and didn't want the car sitting there deteriorating. The new owner is a real car guy and seems very enthusiastic about picking up where I left off.

To me the biggest part about owning this car was being part of this amazing community. I've been and continue to be involved in several different car circles and this one holds a special place for me. I want to thank you all for making this place so special. A special thanks to Ray Clark for all that you do. You really know how to roll out the welcome mat, and to Dave Dare who over the past few years has become a true friend of mine. You sir have taught me more about old cars than I could have ever learned on my own, and I'm really grateful to know you.

I saved two squarebirds and left them better than when I found them - and that's a good thing!

With that, I leave you with some recent pics of Lucille.





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Wait just a doggone minute, there...
First you sell your little Japanese car, then the Harley, now you sell Lucille and you bought a HOUSE?

Somehow, I hear babybuggy wheels squeakin' in your future, goomba. I would normally be sad to hear about you selling your Thunderbird, but I'm more happy for you and Monika. Marcelo, you're a good provider and I'm proud to call you, 'my friend'.

I don't know too many guys who actually pulled the 'setting pin' out of their own finger, when it came time. Ha! Tell Monika, if she ever delivers a baby NOT to invite you in the operating room.

Seriously though, you have an open invitation to stay with us if you ever visit Detroit. Robin & I would love to have you. - Dave

You picked a fine time to leave us, Lucille...
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Marcelo, Hope everything goes good for you on the new house. Thanks for sharing your projects with us. I liked how you adapted your wood working skills and tools. Like making the parts for your brake booster using a table saw!

Hope you come back with a new bird project in the near future.

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