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  1. Hi Tim, If you are a member of CTCI then you can get them to list the serial number (no VIN in 1957) in the club magazine and see if anyone has any information. You can also check with Dave Tulowitzki (tulobird@aol.com) who keeps a registry of cars and may have some information on yours. I wouldn't get your hopes up too much. I tried to trace my car and the second owner back didn't respond to me when I contacted him. All I know for sure is that my car was sold by Holmes-Tuttle Motors, 7122 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles. Good Luck, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  2. The Ford car line had optional air-conditioning starting in 1955. It was an under the hood setup. Dealers also offered a dealer installed option called PolarAir. I read somewhere that this version actually worked better than the factory version. I have even seen one of these PolarAir units installed in a 1956 T-Bird (the early T-Birds did not offer air conditioning as an option). Thank goodness the new units work so much better! Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird (no AC but still fun to drive)
  3. Kanter Auto Products does not appear to offer a harmonic balancer. Another thing to be aware of is that the balancer pontiac1953's friend needs is unique to the T-Bird. It is important to have all T-Bird pulleys so that everything lines up properly. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  4. I think we really owe a debt of gratitude to Hershey Region and Steve Moskowitz for proceeding forward with the intent to save the car show this year. Planning for an event like this is a gargantuan task under the best of circumstances. Doing it without any guarantee that it will be held takes a high level of dedication which we all can appreciate. Please let us know if a letter writing campaign to the powers that be in Pennsylvania would help. I'm sure that we would fill the right person's mail slot with respectful letters pointing out the advantages of having the car show while managing the risks appropriately. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  5. Pontiac1953, Is your friend missing the harmonic balancer altogether or does he just need a good one to replace the one that he has? They are rebuildable, but the cost is $295 with a $300 core charge. Concours Auto Parts offers a new one for $575. I have one for a 57 T-Bird that would need to be rebuilt. I would be willing to sell it for $200 plus shipping. Let us know specifically what the need is. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  6. Does your car have the power seat? If it does and if it is functioning correctly than it is adjustable both forward and backward and up and down. If it does not have the power seat than no, it is not adjustable. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  7. Steve, What do you see as the biggest issue standing in the way of having the car show on Saturday of Hershey week this year? If it is the unwillingness of the governor of Pennsylvania to allow groups of more that 250 (?) people to meet for an event than it would be good to know that. I would think that with the extra space to spread the show out over several fields that maintaining physical distancing could be easily accomplished. Anyway, please let us know what your thoughts on this are. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  8. Hi Codie, Welcome to the forum. I owned both a 1985 and then a 1987 LTD Crown Vic. Both of them were equipped with the 4 speed overdrive automatic. It is quite a good transmission and should go for 125K miles or more with no problem. Will a more modern transmission work in your car? Probably, but you will need to change the computer and probably a lot of wiring to make the new transmission work. After you do all of that you will probably have an extra gear making it a five speed transmission. To my way of thinking that is hardly worth it considering all the time and expense associated with it making the change. If you want a better performing car than I would suggest building up the engine using the specs of a 1986 Mustang GT. They had a more powerful engine and would give your car more zip. In the end, I don't see this car as being one that is worth putting a lot of money into. There are just too many of them out there and they are nothing more than four door sedans that has the thick film ignition (TFI) that caused Ford owners and the company a lot problems. My opinion and hope this helps. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird, Colonial White
  9. Eustice Conway had a wood burning truck on the History Channel TV show "Mountain Men". He and his friend Preston Roberts put it together on the cheap and it seemed to work quite well. Unfortunately the parking brake failed and the truck rolled down a hill and smashed into a tree. The episodes are probably in the 2015 or 2016 season. Lew Bachman 1957 Colonial White Thunderbird
  10. Hi Anthony, Let me suggest that you look at this website: https://www.ctci.org/4-southeast/ , which is the Classic Thunderbird Club International. There are a number of chapters of the club in Florida that you can contact to see if someone is willing to satisfy your desire. Good luck! Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  11. The interior appears to be cloth and vinyl (or leather if Cadillac delivered cars that way) and looks to be in good condition. The cloth is black.
  12. Not mine. 1955 Ford Thunderbird—Thunderbird Blue with white vinyl convertible top (aftermarket). Car restored to original condition showing 58K miles. Options include Power Steering, Power Windows, and Automatic Transmission. Retains original 6 volt electrical system. Original tachometer has been replaced with a more modern unit. Asking price is $27,500. If interested contact Danielle at 484-256-0149. Car is located in Pennsylvania. at 484-256-0149. Car is located in
  13. Not mine. It looks like a "curbstone" special. No details other than a phone number (301-802-4532). Car is located in the Aspen Hill, MD area (north of Washington, DC). It does have a Maryland year of manufacture license plate so it looks like it is owned by a car enthusiast. Overall condition of the exterior and interior looks good. The front bumper does have a dent but other than that the bright work looks pretty good. I didn't look underneath so I can't say how that looks. Why someone puts a car like this out with a for sale sign and almost zero information about it is beyond me.
  14. Hi Midwest, Since you are new to T-Birds I will offer this advice. You should drive your car a reasonable amount before your trip. It wouldn't be the first time that a fully "restored" car has issues that weren't obvious when the car changed hands. The more you drive it the more confidence you will have that it has been sorted out properly. Besides what vintage1 said I would carry an extra rotor for the distributor. Also carry several clean towels in case you run into rain. All T-Birds leak in rain to some extent. They even did when new. Until you are in rain you won't know how leaky your car is. Make sure all the safety systems are working properly including horn, wipers, lights, brake lights, etc. I put 1,100 miles on my car in 4 days driving to and from the last CTCI National Convention in Knoxville, TN in 2018. I didn't have any problems. I have owned my car for 24 years and put a little for a 1,000 miles a year on it. Have a good trip, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White