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Old 06-03-2009, 09:57 PM
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Hi Karl,
I'm Chris the guy that introduced you to T.B.Org. From what I gather you are not mechanically inclined or very little. Why don't you look up a local Classic Car Club & join up or at least ask them for advise & also reffering you to a reputable Mechanic. The Thud when putting in Reverse could be several things, low on transmission fluid, universal joints may need to be changed, bands may need adjusting.
Someone else may be able to advise more. How long have you had your Bird for? & how long was it sitting around before you bought it? Give us a bit of History on it so we can analize some. Send some photos as well, under the hood as well as the rest of the car.
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the thud from the trans is most likly "normal" or at leats nothing to be majorly concerned about ive had a few cars that did the same thing it would be a good idea to check the trans fluid level though

it is a sad state of affairs but most mechanics can tell right away how mechanicly inclined and knowledgable the person in front of them is
and if the dishonest ones can they will take every penny they can get from them (ive even seen some that just claimed to fix something and it was obvious they didnt even touch it

please get pics somebody here will help you post them , they helped me my first time
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Hey Karl, I was going to offer to come up and take a look under your car but I looked at your post again and you said "3300 CAD". I am thinking that you are not in Vancouver Washington but rather in Vacouver BC. Washington would be a short drive for me and I would have been more than willing to take a look.

There are a few things that the guy told you that make me wonder. Like "cracked around the heater"? "Master mounts ripped out"?? And if he was there just to do a brake job and couldnt see any cracks in the block, What would have prompted him to go searching for such a thing. Sounds fishy to me. If it was me I would steer clear of that shop. Find someone you trust to take a good look at it.

Good luck.... If I am wrong about you being in BC and you are in Washington, let me know.
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Something you could do on your own is try to find where exactly the oil leak is. Get under and clean stuff up and try to pinpoint it. Hopefully its just a gasket somewhere and not a crack in the block.

Keep us informed.
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I have a stock 1959 Tbird ...the master mounts ...the cylinder black around the heater is cracked ...they can get me a new carburetor, ignition and water pump etc...
Master mounts??? I know what ENGINE and TRANSMISSION mounts are, but never heard of master mounts.

Your block doesn't have a heater, but your dash does. Normally, a cracked block would leak antifreeze or oil, REAL BAD! You should see puddles under your car, and you would have to make up for lost fluids frequently.

Why in the world would you need a carb, ignition (ignition 'what'? distributor? points?), or a water pump unless yours don't work? Water pump is easy, when it goes bad, it eventually leaks.

I think this mechanic saw you looking up at the tall buildings as you were coming down the road. Times are tough. I understand why he's trying to drum-up business.

As far as your brakes are concerned, I wouldn't let that 'mechanic' touch them. If he's scammin' you for the other things, he will certainly try gouging you for the brake job.

The other posts all say the same thing, and I agree. If you don't personally know a mechanic, at least find someone who loves classic Fords. Local clubs know good mechanics and good parts stores. More importantly, local clubs will tell you who to stay away from. I hope this helps (along with the members, here). - Dave
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Hi Karl,

You can send any pictures you want to post here to me and I will post them for you. Get some good pictures of the areas he says has cracks in the block or anywhere else he is saying needs to be replaced, like the motor mounts. You can email them to: rayclark07@gmail.com
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I may have made a mistake when I said master mounts. The whole conversation took place over the phone. I'm going to go in and talk to the guy tomorrow to find out more. And I'm definitely going to take it elsewhere for a second opinion.

I've joined a local chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada and there's a meeting next Wednesday. The guy who runs it says that members do repairs and can recommend mechanics. So I'll definitely be attending.

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That is good that you have joined the VCCC. They will be able to steer you towards some good mechanics that you should be able to trust when you go to the meeting. I saw the pix of your Tbird, and she is nice looking. I like the seat covers, and I see you have the external chrome kit on, and also have Thunderbird valve covers, like I do. They are not original to the car, but I like them. I don't know why Ford did not put Thunderbird valve covers on all Thunderbirds.. I also took my original air cleaner like you have, and had it chromed. It cost me $75, as I recall, and it really looks nice chromed. Your Tbird valve covers will look nice once you get them shined up really well, and if you chrome your air cleaner, that will really look nice too.
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Nice Bird Karl!! Wish mine was in that condition
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