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Old 02-10-2008, 11:18 AM
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Here is an update of what was accomplished on my '59 Tbird yesterday. First of all, I decided to end the clock problem by ordering a quartzed clock. It will be here in a few weeks.

The alternator belt was adjusted to take out the squealing. The fuel sending unit was checked for proper grounding and that was good. The unit was pulled and checked out with a meter. It has bad spots on the rheostat. Hooked to a meter, you can see it drop off to zero at various places throughout its swing. We tried to adjust it, but it did not make any difference. It still did the same thing. It is not the official '59 Tbird unit, but an after market one. I ordered the right one for this Bird. It will be in before the weekend so we can replace it. We need to get a temperature sensor still and install it. I want to get rid of those cheap looking after market sensors that are in there.

We went through a check of all the lighting, turn signals, brake lights, etc. that will have to pass state inspection. We found the license plate lights were out. The lamp covers that clips to the bumpers were rusted. So we put new ones in. Another problem fixed.

We took off the top rear extension bars, put on the new ones to see if they fit well, and they do. The headlight covers and side rear extensions have not come in yet. We did the same thing with the hood scoop and the new one fits well. I took the center section out and cleaned it really well. It is nice and shiny again.

That is about the extent of the work we got done. I spent the next several hours pin striping the "sails" and the tips of the spears. It was tedious work, but it was nice outside. It really makes the car look nicer now that all those grooved sections are black again. That was a lot of cutting and taping of 32 2" pieces, but it is worth it.

Next weekend we will put in the new fuel sending unit and check out the gauges. It looks like they are working. Then we need to get that temperature sending unit installed. Then it will be time to calibrate the gauges to make sure they are indicating correctly.

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Old 03-01-2008, 08:24 PM
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I am getting a few steps further down the road on the restoration of my '59 Bird. Last Saturday it passed state inspection. On Tuesday, I finally got it registered. I will have "Yel Rse" as my personalized plates when I get them in a couple of weeks. It is to bad they only allow you to have six letters, as I would have loved to have "Yel Rose" instead.

I decided to replace my gas tank because some previous owner butchered the hole for the fuel sending unit in mine. They cut off the locking mechanism, made the hole wider and drilled the tank with five holes to make an after market universal sending unit work. I could not find the same unit they used which had gone bad. So I decided to go original and bought a new tank off of eBay that you see advertised all the time for our 58-60 Birds. To make a long story shorter, the only one they had in stock was damaged and they could not ship it. So my need for a new tank is on back order...

So instead of installing a gas tank today, we took off the after market fuel pump we had put on, and put back on the original one for this car with the vacuum section to see if it still works. It does. So now I have that added vacuum boost for the windshield wipers that provides. We also made some adjustments to stop a gas leak from that pump that was stinking up the garage. That seems to have worked and I can relax regarding that. My hot water heater also lives in my garage and it is not enclosed.

We found we are going to have to work on the horn solenoid because it is only working off the left side of the horn ring. We are also going to have to work on the high beam foot pedal because it is not working most of the time. I sat there the other night and "exercised" or "exorsized" it by pushing on it several dozen times, per Bart's suggestion.

We did get the clock back in place and it works and looks great! Thanks to Bird Nest for a great restoration and quartz job on it! We still have to work on the radio, install a missing speaker, and find out why the drivers power seat does not work.

Yesterday, I cleaned my Bird's tail between and around the brake lights. I got all the dirt and gunk off it and polished the chrome. It is time consuming work, but worth it to see the chrome shine and the black painted areas stand out better. Some areas of chrome are not the best and some areas of the black paint are worn off. But I bought the black striping kit from John of Thunderbird Ranch and am going to stripe those areas to make them stand out again. Just as I did the sails, and spears. They came out looking good.

We still have to install the temperature sending unit. Apparently the one we have needs an adapter to get it put on. Today I received the two headlight cover screws I ordered, so I put the right side cover back on, after cleaning the screws up. So, we are getting there. At least it can be driven legally now when I want to. One of these weeks I will be ready to drive it around with more confidence and it will look better than it does now. I am going to take all my parts for the engine and exterior dress up kits to the chromer and get them done. I got a great price of about $300 for those pieces! Great, compared to some of the other prices I got. I got a good look at the work they do, and they do great work!

I took some pictures of the installation of the alternator and the modifications made to the L bracket that I will post later, on a new thread. Maybe they will help someone who wants to make the conversion from generator to alternator on their Bird.

Onward and upward!

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Ray I have followed your posts on the restoration of your 59 and it's amazing the amount you have accomplished so far. It is also great, to hear, from your text, the passion you have to bring it back to it's original splendour. Believe me, you will watch with pride when all the heads turn and the other " collectors " stop by, at the S&S to see it. Keep the posts coming and let us see a picture when done.

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Hi Dano!

Thank you very much for the nice comments. It is difficult getting things done on the car because I am mechanically and health challenged! More mechanically than health though now! I have to rely on my good friend Rich to do the mechanical stuff. He is only available once a week. There are things I can do, like cleanup and detail work, arranging for parts purchases and shipping, chroming arrangements. Stuff like that. I has been interesting, and exciting to see this Bird looking and acting better and better. I am learning from Rich also as he works on the Bird. We found out today that the solid state ignition I have is a Petronix Igniter II, which is good.

You can see pictures of what the Bird looks like now by going here.

http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/h...owBirdOfTexas/

If that link does not work because it has been truncated, go to www.photobucket.com and change the www to s259. The words after /albums/ are hh281/YellowBirdOfTexas/ It looks like it is being truncated when I post this.

By clicking on each picture you can read the comments at the bottom. I added the pictures of the generator L bracket that Rich modified to accept a modern 70Amp alternator. There is information at the bottom of each picture about how he did it to make it work. Besides clicking on each picture to ready the comments you can also click on the first picture of the car which says Slideshow. Then it will run in slideshow fashion, but you wont be able to read the bottom comments on each picture, if it has any.

Thanks again for your comments, and your support and that of other fellow Squarebird lovers!

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Ray went on to your photobucket link and the pictures look great. Keep up the great work and update the link.

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Hi Dano!

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I wish Ford had made a brighter yellow color back then instead of the light yellow or cream that they did. I have been toying with the idea of painting it a brighter yellow. However, that would require re-painting the entire car, engine well, trunk, inside the doors. If I just stay with the present Casino Cream, I do not need to have the engine well, trunk and inside doors re-painted. Those areas look pretty good as they are.

I wanted to post those pix of the L bracket modifications so that if others want to change their generator out for an alternator they could see how you can modify the existing L bracket to do so. I know many will want to keep their cars original, but for those of us who would like to modernize and improve the car some, this might help. I will keep my generator, as I am all original parts that are being replaced, so that if I ever sell it, I can sell it with the original parts also. If anyone has questions about the modified mounting I can put them in contact with Rich. I am sure he would be glad to answer any questions.

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I am creating a Power Show documenting my '59 Tbird's restoration. It has 33 slides in it now. If anyone would like to see it, you can email me at rayclark07@gmail.com and give me your email address. It is somewhat of a large file (6.4mb) so it will help if you have a high speed connection. You will need Microsoft PowerPoint or the PPView viewer file to see it. If you do not have PowerPoint or the viewer file, I can send you the PPView file. Let me know if you need it. All you have to do is click on it, and it will install. It is right off Microsofts website and it is free. Turn on your speakers.

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Ray,

Let me know if you continue to have problems attaining a new gas tank. I have an original tank in good shape. it needs to be flushed out and cleaned but is otherwise in good shape.
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Hi Casey!

Thank you very much for the offer! I might take you up on that. You can let me know in a PM or email me how much you are asking for it and what the shipping would be. Does it have the drain plug in it? I already have the locking device, neck grommet and an original fuel sensing unit for it. I gather your tank has not been modified? Mine sure was! I should have asked the guys here if someone had a tank they wanted to sell before I bought this one. I am sure I can cancel that buy since they dont have one they can send me right now anyway.

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