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  1. Hi Matt, I offer the following as a possible reason that the exhaust is getting so hot. I know this article concerns a Ford Y-Block but it seems to me that it still could apply to your situation: Cracked Exhaust Manifold – Classic Thunderbird Club International (ctci.org) The main point is that if the spark advance isn't working properly it can cause problems with the fuel not igniting fully in the compression stroke and ending up burning inside the exhaust manifold. That could explain at least part of the problem. We are all pulling for you and your success in this. There is an answer to this problem. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  2. I used a kit that was originally for a 1966 Ford pickup truck. You can get the parts to do the job from National Parts Depot. You will need the following: 2 - kit number 2A176-1 2 - kit number 2A177-1 These kits are for the self-adjusting pieces 2 - H412 These are the bottom springs to replace the ones on the drum. Be aware that the adjustment slots on the drivers side will be in the wrong place to adjust or release the brakes from the shoe if needed. I drilled out extra slots to allow this and cut another plug to close it. Lew
  3. My 57 T-Bird has drum brakes and the brakes had to be adjusted manually. I added self adjusters to all four wheels. I am more than pleased with the result and the car now stops straight instead of pulling to one side. You might be able to do the same with your car. The Buick experts should know, but if you can add adjusters it is a good alternative. Lew Bachman 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  4. I am no expert but Willys and Ford made the majority of the Jeeps produced for WWII because American Bantam could not produce the Jeep in the quantities needed. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  5. I had occasion to visit White Post Restorations last year. From what I saw their reputation for top restorations is well earned. From their perspective the cars they restore are their advertisements. If you take your car there for painting expect a superior quality job over a body that has been stripped and all perfections dealt with before painting. I saw a 1965 Mustang there that had a $20K paint job. The paint quality was certainly superior to what the car had when it exited the Ford factory. When you buy a White Post restoration you are paying for the best, one that no corners will be cut to complete. Quality at this level comes at a high price. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  6. The ultimate solution to Lucas, "Prince of Darkness" electricals. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  7. This has been done with the 1914 (?) Ford Model T Touring Car by none other than the Ford Motor Company. They made a run of 5 cars to celebrate of their 100th anniversary in 2003. The company was thinking about making more but there were issues with safety and other things. In the end there were only the five cars made and at least a couple of them are running today giving visitors rides in Greenfield Village. I apologize of I got some of the details wrong. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  8. I don't know specifically about your Lincoln, but as late as 1957 Fords had the front brake drums pressed onto the hub. To remove the drum, you pry off the grease cap then you remove a cotter pin and nut on the spindle. From there you carefully pull off the hub, drum, and bearings, being careful to not let the bearing fall out by holding it in place with your thumbs. The bearings should be held in place by a grease seal on the back side. By 1965 Ford changed to allow the front drums to be removed without pulling the hub. Hope this helps, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  9. Hi Michael, Check out the following thread on Gil's Garage: Holley Carburetors and the Holley Custom Shop – Classic Thunderbird Club International (ctci.org) . You will probably have to go the rebuild route. Concours Auto Parts for one offers a restore with exchange. The cost is $365 with $300 core charge. Good luck, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  10. I agree that your mother-in-law should take the money and run. It is a parts car at best and not worth restoring given its condition after the fire and sitting outside in the elements for many years. The fire is what did the most damage. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  11. Hi Tom, Some of the parts may be interchangeable, but you will need an interchange manual to be sure. There are a number of Ford Obsolete Parts places listed on the internet and they may be able to help you. The parts might also show up on Ebay. I would try looking there. The good news is that the Falcon was a popular car and parts should be available without too much problem. It is also possible that Mustang parts might interchange also. Good luck, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  12. Edinmass, You pose an interesting philosophical question. Would you get more satisfaction out of owning the actual Mona Lisa or a picture of it? Either one could be hung on the wall and probably provide the same visual satisfaction viewing. Of course one is priceless and the other not. I am in your camp. Interestingly enough, my '57 is the same color combination as this car. It even has power steering which this car doesn't. Even if I had the money I would never spring for this car because I like to drive mine and I would be afraid to drive this one except on and off of the closed trailer I drove to the show. There is not much fun in that, at least not to me. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White/Flame Red Interior
  13. It does say in the last paragraph that it is one of the 8 D/F T-Birds still known to exist. That was confirmed, I am sure, by the factory invoice (which CTCI has) and the build date. I will say it is a bit strange to see one of these with power windows, fender skirts, full wheel covers, white wall tires, radio and heater. Most of them were stripped except for a soft top. Nice car, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  14. Your car looks super. Edsel Ford certainly had a great eye for style. I really like your car's color. It must be a really nice car to drive. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  15. Hill's, CASCO, and Prestige are all top T-Bird restorers that easily match or exceed Minter's best restorations. Our local club has a more nuanced view of Minter's efforts, based on cars we have seen that were "restored" by him. If you want to know anything more please PM me. For edinmass, the reason this car was bid up so high is because it is one of only 208 that were produced and it is over-restored to a high level. It is also a well equipped car. The "F" Code T-Birds (factory supercharged) are at the top of the T-Bird pile right now. Having said that I agree with Matt, I don't understand turning down $160K for that. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
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