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 on: Today at 11:59:45 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by RICH MUISE
an update. Currently I'm planning on reaching Florida about the 28/29th of March. There's only one show in Florida of any interest/magnitude in April, and that's the Tampa NSRA show starting the 31st of March.
If all goes well, Lynn and James, I'll be through  your areas march 27ish.
We have some Phoenix stuff coming up, we just don't know when, so that may change/postpone my Fla. trip.....along with that we're looking for a new house here in Amarillo. LOL.I have a 18x36 storage shed packed full mostly with stuff I moved down from Colorado 13 years ago.not looking forward to a move!!

 on: Today at 11:46:06 AM 
Started by 57AGIN - Last post by RICH MUISE
Jay....I have no issue with my trunk closing. Perhaps a vertical adjustment on your lower catch so the piece on the trunk lid grabs sooner? I did have to play around with mine to get it right. The only issue I have with my trunk seal is it wants to stick to the body. A coating of silicon helped alot, but only for 4 or 5 days. I'm looking for something else to make it not stick.
One thing I discovered when I was taking my car apart for repaint is what was making my doors hard to close was not the seals as I had suspected all along. It was my thick door panels against the new windlace. Once I took the door panels off, the doors closed super easy!

 on: Yesterday at 07:32:33 PM 
Started by 57AGIN - Last post by Ecode70D
On the door seals, I had to trim the thick pieces that fit against the A posts at the windshield area.   It was the only way to get the doors to close.   

 on: Yesterday at 04:48:36 PM 
Started by 57AGIN - Last post by JimNolan
The door seals: I did as you are doing and let the door stick out from the body for a while. Car shows caused me to increase the adjustment to get it back where it should be. I wish I'd taken more time with my seals. When the seals finally collapsed I think I went too far.

 on: Yesterday at 02:51:45 PM 
Started by 57AGIN - Last post by 57tudor

The rubber we had was very pliable. After we got the trunk lid back on and the alignment set where we wanted it, it opened and closed just fine. We are having some minor issues with the two door seals as the doors will close with some effort to the first catch. These door seals were very pliable except for the large area where the doors close into the windshield area. We will give it some time and then go to the fully closed position. When we get the car back to Bob?s house next week, I plan to use a strap and pull the doors together.


 on: Yesterday at 11:35:09 AM 
Started by Raven Rider - Last post by Raven Rider
Thanks to all who have replied I have the addco bars on order I like the way they tuck in high and tight my car has T bird front spinals and sets a little lower.  If I think I need more sway control I'll try a rear bar.   

 on: Yesterday at 07:57:45 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by RICH MUISE
Since you live in Texas, are there no actual NHRA or AHRA dragstrips within reasonable driving distance from Amarillo? I`ve been drag racing since 1974, and even after 40 + years, watching the Christams Tree bulbs come down, dumping the clutch and rowing thru the gears, and picking up the ET slip after a run, is still a blast! No better way to sort out a car, and get some real world data.
I haven't run a quarter since the mid 60's, our spot out on the highway. No way this 70 year old is gonna run an actual dragstrip with people watching, lol.......how can I ever lie about the results if I have to post a copy of the slip??!!
DJ.........we don't even have to agree to disagree on this one. Your totally correct.

 on: Yesterday at 07:54:10 AM 
Started by thomasso - Last post by hiball3985
I like the T85, started using them back in the late 60's after blowing many of the light duty three speeds. By dumb luck I ended up with one to put into my current Ranchero. A friend of mine bought a 1961 Starliner with a 390/401hp and he didn't like the OD trans, I swapped a top loader 4 speed for it. I think all T85 I have seen had the R-11, and R-10 was on the lighter duty trans. This one from the 61 has a 23 spline input, I can't remember what the earlier ones had..

 on: Yesterday at 07:34:51 AM 
Started by chapingo17 - Last post by Ford Blue blood
61 & 62 Bird wiper motors were electric but would not "bolt in".  The linkage is wrong and they have their switching done at the dash, not at the motor.

63 - 66 Birds had a hydraulic motor driven off the power steering pump.

I do know a 60 Ford motor will bolt in as I installed one on my Ranchwagon.  Have not looked at other Ford produces (Falcon/Fairlane) to see if they would work.

 on: Yesterday at 07:21:18 AM 
Started by highpockets - Last post by highpockets
Just a strange side story. When I built the car in 72, it was a 6 cylinder 3 speed. I had built a 390 and 4 speed and drove it a little before giving up. I was going to paint the car metal flake green (what was I thinking/smoking?). So, I painted the engine with a rattle can green metallic. When I couldn't get anybody to do the body work, I sold the 390 and 4 speed and moved on. Fast forward to around 96, I bought a 54 Ford Sunliner (glass top Vicky) that supposedly had a 427/4 speed. I looked at the block and told the guy it wasn't a 427. "Well, it's a 406 then". So, I bought it, sold the 4 speed and the body and kept the engine. I pulled it apart to see what it actually was and it turned out to only be a 390 (1961). It was painted black. I repainted it red for another project, but ended up selling the engine and that project soon after. When I decided to put a big block back in my Courier, I called the guy I had sold the 390 to and he still had it in his shop right where we unloaded it years before. So, I bought it back and started cleaning it up to repaint it (again) for the Courier. Got to scraping on it, and,,,,,it was metallic green underneath. Then, I did some more investigating remembering some of the things I had done, and yes, it was the same engine from my car in the 70s. So, I'm sure the 4 speed setup and everything in that 54 was originally out of my 58. Karma, Deja Vu, or something, but it is cool to have my old engine back.

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