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About paul2748

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  1. 1957 Engine Swap?

    They might
  2. '57 Trim Tag Number

    The best I can do is the first two 7 - Day Manufactured M = Month (December) The rest does not follow the normal sequence. See Click on Car Tech and then Data Plate Decoder
  3. 1957 Engine Swap?

    Look for a 292. More plentiful and a lot cheaper than a 312. You can't tell it apart from a 312. The hard thing is trying to get all the Tbird specific parts such as the pan, Some are reproduced, like the water pump spacer. Fan should be no problem. A lot of the brackets are reproduced. TBirds used a standard Ford generator but the rear plate and front pulley are Tbird specific Any other engine will require engine mounts. No other Ford engine will bolt to your bellhousing.
  4. Help me identify this part

    Is there a part number on the box?
  5. Wide White Wall Tires

    I want to get some wide white wall tires for my 56 Thunderbird. I've pretty much decided on Diamond Backs and am looking at the Diamond Back 1 which they say is entry level tire. It is S rated (112MPH), the same as most of their other tires. I drive this car all over, including long distance (coast to coast twice) Does anyone have any experience with this tire? Thanks for any info you can give me.
  6. 1957 Thunderbird

    Your wife will not like one without power steering (women usually don't) so add that to your modifications.
  7. 1957 Thunderbird

    If your going to change to an automatic, you should consider to going to an later auto, say a C-4 from a later Ford. You will need an adapter (Flat-O-Matic makes a nice one) but it's pretty much a bolt in but there will be some fabrication that has to be done. Because you are starting with a manual car, you will have to acquire the automatic linkage for the accelerator and trans. You can use the stock TBird auto shifter. I put a C4 in my 56. If you want to go with a original 57 trans, they are pretty cheap because there is not a decent market for them. If you want an overdrive, then go with a AOD. There seems to be a lot of 57's out there for sale and you might consider looking at automatic ones before going to the work of a change over.
  8. 1957 Tbird no reverse

    Since it does go into reverse when cold, check to see if the fluid is ok. If the fluid is ok it looks like you need a repair. To check the fluid, warm the car up to operating temp, put it in gear a couple of times, but it back in park and check the fluid level while it's running.
  9. 1955 - 56 Thunderbird 4 Barrel Carburetor

    Can you post the numbers on this? How about a price? You would get better response if you list a price.
  10. 1955 -56 fairlane

    That is not for a 55-57 Thunderbird
  11. The 2017 CTCI Regional Convention (the only one in 2017), is being held in Hanover NJ on August 2 - 6 and is sponsored by New Jersey Open Road Thunderbird Club (NJORTC). For full information, including hotel and registration, go to
  12. Yahoo ClassicTBird Site

    Got it squared away
  13. Yahoo ClassicTBird Site

    Anybody know anything about this site? Cannot bring it up over the last few days.
  14. 55-56 Road Lamp Kit

    My switch looks almost exactly like the one pictured in the restoration manual (page 467), even down to the two "dimples" on the bottom. it seems that the terminals on yours are just a little bit different in placement. I can't really see if you have the "dimples".
  15. 55-56 Road Lamp Kit

    Yes - the road lamps do not go on when the headlights are on and the road lamp switch is off. However, I am not sure where I got it power wired to. I may have it wired to the ignition switch instead of the headlight switch.