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Posts posted by eboose7

  1. QT sells ethanol free gasoline in my area, but it is only 87 octane.  I use their 93 octane premium and add to it "Carb Defender" by Driven Racing Oil to protect against the corrosive properties of ethanol.  In addition,  I use "NO-Rosion Fuel System Octane Booster" to increase the octane and protect  the non-hardened valve seats in my '56 Thunderbird.  It is a great substitute for the lead that was once in gas.   I have been using both products for several years with no problems.

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  2. Do as Paul suggests---just remember you are driving 50's technology.  My '56 Thunderbird does not handle anything like a modern car.  Driving a vintage car makes you realize how far automotive technology has advanced in 63 years.  Enjoy your '57 Thunderbird!

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  3. To answer your original question--I used CALYX Manifold Dressing on the manifolds of my 1956 Thunderbird.  I purchased a container from NPD, in preparation for an AACA Meet.   It works as advertised, if the application instructions are followed.  I have had it on my manifolds since 2015, and they still look great.


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  4. While the 1956 Thunderbird resembles the '55, the practical and styling changes made to the 1956 model make it one of the most sophisticated mid-century designs.  The '56 Thunderbird received an optional 312 cu. in Y-block V-8

    engine, porthole hardtop, opening vent doors in the front fenders and the externally mounted Continental--style spare tire.  These changes together with the upgraded 12 volt electrical system refined the overall design of the '55 model.

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  5. I was nine years old in 1956, when I fell in love with a 1956 Thunderbird that was being given away by a local grocery store.  I talked my parents into shopping there, so that I could get tickets in the hope of winning the car.  Of course, I did not win, but that was the genesis of my desire to own a '56 TBird.


    Fifty-six years later, I realized my dream of owning a '56 Thunderbird.  An extensive internet search resulted in finding a nice Fiesta Red car that had the same owner for 20 years. His 20 year record of service came with the car.   It was complete and rust free, but needed some TLC.  Like you, I decided to do a ground up restoration.  I took it to a local shop here in Georgia, where the restoration was completed.


    I look forward to seeing how your car turns out.  I know it will be beautiful.




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  6. Hill's Thunderbird Center performs award winning restorations and keeps an inventory of hard to find parts.  During the restoration of my 1956 Thunderbird, They were able to find an NOS set of rear shocks for me. 

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