Frank Tate

1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

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Well, after several fun filled days cleaning front suspension components, here is where I am:

 

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Right and Left A arms cleaned and blasted.

 

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Spindles cleaned and blasted.

 

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And deciding I needed room in the shop, I thought what better place to keep the engine, than in the frame!  So, after 3 or 4 careful hours of manuvering, I managed to get it in the frame without any injury!  

 

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Now back to clean up and paint.

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Engine storage in the frame is a great idea.  I reordered my restoration process for very same reason... need more room and the frame is the perfect place for the engine!! 

 

Looks like you're making great progress, can't wait to see the rest.

 

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Dropped the Transmission off for a rebuild with a local guy because it is the Fordomatic....air cooled!  I figured that even though I had the manual, it was better to have someone with experience do it rather than me learning how now at the relatively young age of 60.  Hahahahaha! 😂

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I always forget to take the before pics!  But here is where I stand with the engine in and the transmission rebuilt and waiting for one lousy bolt to attach to the flywheel.

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Now on to the rear end....after a little wire brushing....

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Then, some rust converter....

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Now, off to buy another can of Rust Converter and I can paint it tomorrow.

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Well, finally able to make some progress.  Differential painted and installed and now on 2 wheels.  Front suspension is next.

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Some slight progress.  Front suspension on with springs, shocks and brakes.  I need to take the front drums to a shop to be turned, then I will re-pack the bearings, put new seals on, clean and paint then install.

 

I cleaned up the front sway bar and brackets, identified the proper fasteners and painted the bar and brackets.  So while they are drying, I thought I would make a quick entry here!

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I am re-posting this in this forum.  Things have been going slow on the Tbird.  Mostly identifying missing parts and sourcing missing parts.  I thought I had it pretty well in hand and then, while waiting for a replacement sector shaft and worm gear for the steering box rebuild, I tried to install the PS pump.

 

I have a late 50's Ford PS pump that I picked up and rebuilt in anticipation of installing it on my 55.  According to everything I have read, the only issue would be the mounting brackets as all the Eaton pumps were generally the same.  I got a rebuild kit and have rebuilt it.  Bought the necessary Tbird brackets and went to install it.  It seems that my pumps' casting interferes with the cast mounting bracket on the engine.  When I looked up a replacement pump on ebay, I see one that looks like mine with all the mounting brackets and not clearance problem.  Are there different Tbird Yblock brackets???

 

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Here is the interference issue

 

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As I hope you can see, the casting ear (for lack of a better term) to the left of the top bolt is hitting the bracket mounted to the engine block.  The black front mounting plate bracket is a brand new part and I hope it is made to the correct dimensions, but looking at the ebay pic, that pump has an ear also, but all the brackets fit!!!  And when I mount just my bracket to the engine mount, everything lines up, but I can't mount the pump.

 

I don't want to grind the ear off, but I am running out of ideas here.  Can anyone provide a suggestion???

 

Many thanks!


Frank

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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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