Frank Tate

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  1. Frank Tate

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Very slick! Also looks like there would be very little wear on the adjuster ring and the set screw or tail plate.
  2. Frank Tate

    55 T-Bird power windows

    Sounds like you need to start tracing wires. Is the battery putting out sufficient voltage? Good voltage to the window switch and is the switch working correctly? Good voltage to the window motor? Test the motor to make sure it is working. Are all the window channels clear and will the window move up and down smoothly (ie. check the mechanism for make sure it is not binding)?
  3. Frank Tate

    Lagonda Rapiers

    You explained it fine Bernie. I find it amazing that the taper on the center section would provide enough range of movement to the rollers and plunger to actuate the brakes. I assume the adjustment to compensate for wear is at the other end of the brake shoe. With respect to the tree incident, I'll bet Helen was a little jumpy! Just glad she is doing well and could accompany you on your adventures!
  4. So, I managed to obtain a proper pump and mounting bracket and all the hoses. The old hoses that came with the car were totally rotted out and the insulator and bracket were rusty. Since this is/was a basket case, I did not take it apart so, I am having issues with putting it back together properly. I've looked through all the manuals and catalogs I have, including the CTCI Restoration Manual and I cannot figure out how to route the hoses and where the insulator bracket mounts. Does anyone have a picture or diagram they can share? Many Thanks! Frank
  5. Frank Tate

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Whoa! That was close!! Nice recovery work there too. So glad irresistible force didn't meet the immovable object!!
  6. Frank Tate

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Dang it Bernie! Glad you got your price ( I assume otherwise you would not have sold it!), but I will miss seeing how you would have finished it. Keep us posted on your next adventure. Frank
  7. Frank Tate

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    You're gaining on it Bernie!!
  8. Frank Tate

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Yeah Bernie, but you are the youngest old guy I know!! ?
  9. Frank Tate

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Hey Bernie. How often do you anticipate having to utilize the floor panel removal feature? Will you cover it or plug it once all the panels are fitted and fastened in place? Frank
  10. Frank Tate

    REPORTS ON A 1914 HUMBERETTE RESTORATION

    You can try these to get at those tacks... https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/set3hollowscrewextractors.aspx I am not sure where you can find them over there. Then just fill the holes with a wood epoxy. If you do try them, go slowly and don't put too much pressure on the tube or it will snap off. Also, I know it would be a pain, but why not un-lace the wheels to do the filling and sanding?
  11. Frank Tate

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    That is a tough call Bernie! I think I would consider whether the expected cost would be returned down the road. If I remember correctly, you have always intended to sell it. So, if it will potentially pay for itself, I would go for it. ?
  12. Frank Tate

    Part Interchange

    Can anyone tell me if the eaton power steering pump from a mid fifties Packard will interchange with the mid fifties Ford V8 pump? They look the same, but I don't want to drop a bunch of money and it ends up it won't fit.
  13. Frank Tate

    1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

    Thanks Lew. Not what I wanted to hear, obviously...but I do have a nice PS pump for sale!
  14. Frank Tate

    1955 Thunderbird Basket Case

    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??? This is the ebay pic Here is my pump Here is the interference issue 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
  15. So, 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??? This is the ebay pic Here is my pump Here is the interference issue 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