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Bob Shafto

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  • Birthday 12/18/1947

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  1. I'm trying to find the gasket that fits between the air cleaner body and the AC lid on my 390 Ford. The only one I can find says it only fits a 289, I assume that's because the diameter of the lid is smaller on the 289. Can someone please tell me what the diameter is on a 289 so I can compare it with my lid? Thanks!
  2. Just visited my local salvage yard and learned from their Hollander's Manual that 1966 to 1970 390 motors interchange. Should be all set now. Thanks again.
  3. Great advice guys, thanks so much.
  4. So I’d like to replace my existing (tired) Galaxie 500 390 V8 with a long block motor, available from several sources. I’m guessing the trick is to get the right version of this motor since variations in bolt holes, motor mounts, etc. may vary between full size cars, Mustangs, Mercuries, Cougars, Thunderbirds, etc. The engine block number should be the key. I’ve learned that 390 motors, offered from 1961 to 1973, should have block numbers starting with the letter C followed by a single digit (6 in my case). C denotes the 1960s decade, and 6 the specific year (1966). What I can’t find a clear explanation for is what the next letter(s) should be (I can’t see the block number on my motor because it is hidden by the exhaust manifold and pipes). The shop manual offers no help here, but does say that the 390 motor “model prefix” should have an ESS designation (location no specified). One website states that full sized cars would have the letter A following the “6”; trucks a “T”; Thunderbirds “S” and, by inference, other models with other letters. The fourth digit (letter) is usually an E (for Engine). So that sounds reasonable enough: Ideally, I need to find a motor with an engine number that starts with C6AE. What I don’t have a clue about is whether motors from other years likely swap in easily or should I only get one that was made for 1966 models (or maybe 65 & 67 as well)? Any advice would be much appreciated!
  5. Thanks rocket raider. Yup, I'm trying to avoid a replate those heavy pieces.
  6. I just got my '66 Galaxie convertible repainted, but now my otherwise unblemished bumpers look faded by comparison to the new paint. Oxidation over the past 50+ years is the culprit I'm sure. Any suggestions about how I might bring back some of the original shine? Steel wool? Polishing compound? Buffing with metal polish? Any advice much appreciated.
  7. Two other rear end options were available. The "plains" rear end is 4:11. It will give you ±10% more MPG and run easier at highway speeds, but you'll probably notice the difference on moderate to steep hills, especially with passengers aboard (although the eight will help). I made the switch on my '36 Six and am glad I did. These parts interchange with Chevy rear ends.
  8. Anyone have an suggestions where I might find the bracket that holds the windshield washer fluid bag on my 1966 Galaxy 500? Thanks.
  9. Good luck with this project. I admire your ambition! An Early Times Chapter membership would be worth doing; good source of information.
  10. A 36 has two soft pieces of wood that are driven into the rear bearing cap.
  11. I'm in Maine Rick. No longer have my cabriolet.
  12. I had the same problem with my '36 cabriolet, but found a Buick owner that gave me the pattern. Any GM make of that year (& 38) would fit.
  13. If it's like my '36 Pontiac, there is a metal shielded wire that runs the length of the steering column, with a button on the upper end and a GM connector on the lower end. These typically wear where the cable exits the steering column, short out, and cause the horn to blow at inopportune times. You can get a new wire from Rhode Island Wiring Supply. Send it you old one and they will attach the connectors for you. Just retake off the horn button, disconnect the lower end, and pull the wire out.
  14. The steering column shift lever on my automatic '66 Galaxie squeaks. It seems to originate behind or within the gear indicator on top of the column. I shot some silicon down there, but no change. Any ideas on what to try next? Thanks!
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