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  1. 1957Birdman

    1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

    Hi Frank, I have some bad news for you. The late 50's Ford power steering pump is configured differently. That is the reason the "ear" is interfering with installing the pump. To make it work you will have to do a fair amount of grinding. Personally I would get the correct pump to ensure everything works together properly. All the T-Bird parts suppliers have them and they do show up often on Ebay. One other thing, the bracket that attaches to the engine with the large bolt should be painted gloss black, not engine color. I hope all goes well with getting it straightened out. You are doing a nice job with the restoration. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Hardtop Coupe

    Great Car. I rode many miles in one of these back when they were new. This particular body style was know as the Club Victoria. They looked good then and still look good now. Good luck on the sale. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    Point Deduction for PCV Valve on Y-Block Ford Engine

    Thanks for your response. What determines the number of points deducted? Thanks, Lew
  4. What is the judging point deduction (if any) for a Ford Y-Block engine that has a PCV valve installed in place of the OEM road draft tube? Thanks, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    What happened to the video ?

    At least Old Faithful still looks the same! It was cool to see that at the end of the film. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
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    1957 Thunderbird Blinker not working

    Hi Brian, You have an electrical system challenge. You need to get a copy of the wiring diagram and trace everything to ensure that it is wired correctly. It may well be that the turn signal switch is bad, but it could also be that the wires are not correctly connected between the switch and the lights. The connections are between the turn signal switch and the main wiring harness; between the main wiring harness and the switch block on the left inner fender; and from the switch block to the turn signal lights. If anything is messed up it won't work. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Hi Victorialynn, I will admit up front that my view of these two cars is not totally objective since my dad owned a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Victoria that was our family car for 5 years and provided excellent service to our family during that time. The following is my (slightly) biased view of the two cars: The 57 Chevy was the third year of that body style. The 57 Ford was the first year of that body style and emphasized lower lines. The Ford's interior is a little more traditional design than the Chevy's. Both are good designs, just different. The Ford has two wheel bases, the Chevy only one. Every 57 V8 model has Thunderbird V8 power. The 57 Ford looks like the big brother of the 57 T-Bird. When Tom McCahill tested the 57 Ford he wrote that the car "cornered flat as a mailman's feet and in real competition style". He finished up his test by saying if "you like it, buy it, you won't go wrong". I think your dad had the best car with his Skyliner. Enjoy it as much as you can! Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
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    1957 Ford Thunderbird for Sale

    The '57 T-Birds with automatic transmissions were all 312 CID. It most likely is a "D" code car with the 245 HP engine which has a single four barrel carburetor and dual exhausts. If it was a dual four barrel or supercharged car the price would be a lot higher. It looks like a nice car. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    57 Tbird Doors

    Hi Gordon, They show up from time to time on Ebay. Also try the T-Bird parts suppliers such as Hills and Prestige Thunderbird. Are your doors definitely beyond repair or just missing from the car? Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Colonial White T-Bird
  10. I agree with auburnseeker. You may want to check with some of the T-Bird parts suppliers to see if they would have any interest. Some of the (Prestige Thunderbird for one) have a stock of cars that allow them to pull out a car to restore when the need arises. If the picture you posted is of the best car than it looks like they would need a lot of work, especially if they were originally east coast cars (potential rust problems). I hope the collection makes it to a good home. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    Name the title of the movie?

    Attack of the Bizarro Customizer.
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    Transmission fluid for a 62 plus

    Hi Andy, I believe that it is Type F. What does your owners manual say? Of course do you know the history of the car? Of course somewhere along the line the transmission may have been rebuilt and the fluid switched to Dexron, which seems to be a popular upgrade. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
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    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Hi Larry, If you don't mind my asking, what is your goal in restoring this car? The reason I ask is it looks like a pretty nice car as it sits. If your goal is to create a show car then it makes some sense to do a body off frame restoration. Of course by the time you are finished you will have spent more than you will ever get out of it if you sell it. If everything is rusted out underneath then doing the body off is the way to go. On the other hand, you would be money ahead buying a better car and enjoying it now. I think about these things since I am now over age 65 and I would rather enjoy my car more instead of having it laid up being restored. Trimacar will tell you that he considers these cars commodities since so many of them have survived and it is not hard to get a good car at a reasonable price. The high dollar cars are the 57 E and F code cars. Anyway there is no wrong answer here, either way you will have a nice car. Enjoy it. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Colonial White T-Bird
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    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Larry, Fordrodsteven is correct. CTCI member Dave Tulowitzky maintains a T-Bird registry of known cars and through that he has calculated the percentages for each color. The other part is that there were also two-tone 1956 T-Birds that had a Colonial White body and a Fiesta Red top. Anyway, Fiesta Red was not a rare color for a 1956 T-Bird. Regards, Lew
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    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    Hi Larry, Please look at this link from the strat-talk forum: www.strat-talk.com/threads/what-is-the-correct-fiesta-red.160960/#post-903823 This link shows the Ditzler chart for Ford colors for 1956. It lists Fiesta Red with an asterisk and if you look at the legend at the bottom of the page you will notice that an asterisk indicates the color is also available on the Thunderbird for that year. You will also notice that three of the colors (Navajo Gray, Sage (Thunderbird) Green, and Thunderbird Gray) were for the Thunderbird only. Fiesta Red was definitely a color used on the 1956 Ford, either on the whole car or in two-tone combinations such as Raven Black and Fiesta Red or Colonial White and Fiesta Red. I seriously doubt the story about the 1956 Cadillac, it sounds like an urban legend to me. 1956 T-Bird production began on 10/17/1955 and that would be pretty late in the game to be making decisions on colors, especially for the main car production. When was the first fender produced? LEW