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About 1956 Ford Thunderbird

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    Evans, Georgia
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    Right now I am extremely interested in getting the restoration completed. I have Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer for short) and not sure how much time I have to do the restoration.

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  1. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    The body man I contracted called me about 3 weeks ago and said he would not be able to help with the restoration as he now has some health issues. I have found another highly recommended body man so the restoration will start next Monday, May 28. We will start by pulling the engine and transmission. Will pull the fuel tank and exhaust system to allow complete entry into the underneath of the car. The engine will get checked for possible overhaul. Both the engine and transmission will get painted. The underneath will be cleaned and a rust inhibitor applied followed by primer and paint. Car will then be media blasted, body checked for potential rust repair then appropriate body work followed by paint. I will post pictures for you to see. Larry
  2. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Pacerman and Frank Tate: Thanks so much for your help. The picture looks very much like the one I purchased. I appreciate your input. Larry
  3. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    I am good now with an engine stand but some bad news came my way. I received a call from the body man who was to start on my T-Bird this month and he is unable to help me. He is having health issues and I told him that his health is much more important than my T-Bird. I have found another man in the business and will pay him a visit one day this week. Will let you know how the visit goes. I will request references to verify his skill set. Larry
  4. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

    Frank, thanks for your post.. I hope I can be as lucky. Can you send me a good picture of your stand to my email address? At Phillips.larryc@gmail.com Thanks for your help, very much appreciated. In the meantime I will try Craig"s list. Larry
  5. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    To all on this thread: Does anyone know where I can locate a low profile engine cradle with casters that will hold my 312 engine for the duration of my restoration. The closest I have come is on the Summit Racing web site. I spoke to a sales person who recommended one but would require modification and I'd rather not do that if I can locate another source where modification is not required. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Larry Phillips Evans, GA
  6. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

    May I ask where you purchased your engine cradle (stand)? Brand name, web site, etc. Thanks, I am looking for a low profile engine cradle for my 1956 Ford Thunderbird 312 engine. The closest I have come is on Summit Racing web site. The problem is I would have to modify the one they recommend. I'd rather not do that if there is one I can purchase elsewhere that would fit the 312 engine. Any help you can give will be very much appreciated. Larry Phillips Evans, Georgia 30809
  7. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Lew, I don't mind at all. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer) in October of 2016. My wife died in August of last year and now I need something to do while I fight this disease. Although from a 100 feet away the car looks very nice while a close up look will reveal something entirely different. I won't go into detail as it most likely would be boring to all who read it. A magnet has pretty much verified that the car is solid with no major issues with the body. It runs well and a view of the underneath shows no major problem with rust. The interior is in good shape with only the dash cover and headliner needing replaced. I have looked for a fully restored Fiesta Red Bird with a 312, automatic, power seat, power steering, and power windows with no success so I decided to restore this one. I have 2 sons who are deeply interested in this car. I most likely could have found another color T-Bird with these same features but I did not pursue finding one with professionals in the industry. I am approaching this restoration with great enthusiasm as are both sons. I will keep everyone updated as to our progress along the way. Thanks to all for your comments. They are very much appreciated. Larry Phillips Evans, GA
  8. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Frank, thanks for your message. I have reviewed the Accessible Systems and yes it looks to be a good system. You mentioned that the system is pricey, so is Merrick, maybe moreso. I would like to do a frame on restoration but I am concerned about the condition of the top of the frame fastened to the body. No way to tell the condition that I know of as to rust, etc. Frame off will tell all. Thanks again for your comment. I will let you know later which way I will go.
  9. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    I am considering the purchase of a Rotisserie and doing a frame off restoration. Do any of you have any experience with a good brand name with model number, etc.? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. I like the Merrick brand with jacks. Thanks for your help.
  10. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Fordrodsteven, and confirmed by Lew. Thank you so much for this good information and the web address. I have been trying to find out this information for months and was never able to get it. Two heads are always better than one. Thank You. I now have all 3 years and color by percentage in an Excel spread sheet. I am forever grateful and in your debt. Larry
  11. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Thanks for the information about how many 56 T-Birds were painted Fiesta red. Since my last comment to Lew I have seen a 56 Ford Fairlane painted Fiesta red. I never thought F/R was a rare color as I have seen several T-Birds painted using this color. I like the torch red on the 55's but I am too old for that bright a color and it messes up the VIN tag by not being the OEM color. I look forward to all of your comments as we move forward. The Augusta National golf week is in full swing now. I live about 10 mile from the course. Heavy rain at 5:50 this morning but now a beautiful day. People who paid big dollars to attend are grateful the rain stopped. Talk to you soon.
  12. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Lew, Well spoken. Although I have not seen any Fiesta red on other than T-Birds, no doubt there are some out there. And you are most likely right about the 1956 Cadillac. It always amazes me how stories get started and how difficult it is sometime to find the truth. As generations pass it becomes more and more difficult to get to the truth. I have a question you may know the answer. I have searched to find out how many 56 T-Birds were painted Fiesta red but have had no luck. Is there a source out there somewhere I could find out? Thanks for your input, will always be appreciated. Larry
  13. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Lew, I am unable to find my original source but try this web site and let me know what you think. The web address is www.strat-talk.com
  14. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Lew, I found the story of the Fiesta red on the internet. It may have been used on other Ford cars but I have not seen any. Please let me know if you have. It is possible that DuPont was not the supplier. I will try to find the link for the story I quoted and get it to you. Glad you have other information and maybe we can get to the real story. We all know that once information is passed on that it varies as the wind blows. As far as the leather, I appreciate your help with a second supplier and I will check for price. The 1956 OEM vinyl has an embossment in the center of the backrest while the leather does not offer this unless your second supplier does. I am anxious to see. Thanks for your research, talk to you soon. Larry
  15. 1956 Ford Thunderbird

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    AuburnSeeker: We have a couple of gas stations that sell ethanol free gas so I go to the one closest to me for refueling. I drive the T-Bird somewhat often but have never had the top off yet. I will reserve that to another time. Sorry you had some bad luck with gas but you learned a valuable lesson and got some mechanical experience. We learn from our mistakes and I have had my share over the years as many have. Thanks for your posting, keep them coming. Larry Trimacar: I agree on the conversion to disc brakes. It is expensive, I think I saw where a conversion kit is about $1,275.00, and if you can't do the conversion yourself just add the expense of labor. Now closer to $1,500.00 or more total. As far as someone offering a leather interior, there is a company in California that does. It is called "Larry's Thunderbirds & Mustangs". You can find them on the internet. They ask you to purchase the whole interior kit so they can match the colors completely which makes good sense. I had them quote me and I think it was going to be about $2,800.00 but this included everything including the trunk mat. Add a couple of thousand if you have to hire someone to install the kit. I think I can do everything except the dash and headliner. They give good service, a little pricy on leather but not bad. I have purchased some things from a supplier much closer to me but my last order did not go too well. I will most likely go back to Larry's in California. The closer supplier to me is why I ordered from them. They are just over a hundred mile from me while Larry"s is about 3,000 mile. The closer supplier to me offers free freight on orders of $300.00 or more while Larry's does not offer any free freight. Thanks for your posting, keep them coming. Larry