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  1. I have an original number of EDB 9430-A and replacement manifolds with numbers B9AE 9430-A and C1AE 9430-B. Hope this helps, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  2. Have you replaced the hoses? They do deteriorate and that could be part of your problem. I will say that the steering of a 57 T-Bird has more play than a modern car with rack and pinion steering. If you haven't done it already check the Power Steering section (5-12) of the shop manual. It will help with your trouble shooting. Have you also rebuilt the front end? That can also affect the steering. Good luck with it, Lew Bachman 1957 Colonial White
  3. The car pictured in your original post was called the Mustang II. It was the successor car to the Mustang I which was a 2 seat rear drive sports car. I doubt the picture above was taken on April 17, 1964, which was the day the Mustang was introduced. They probably used the Mustang II concept car to give a preview of what was coming from Ford to buying public at the worlds fair. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  4. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Ford had deviations on the data plate that aren't recorded in the 1949-1959 Ford Parts Book. For example some late 57 T-Birds have a number 6 or 7 between the color code and the trim code (the T-Bird uses the same data plate as your dad's car). It has been discovered after many years that the numbers refer to whether the hardtop has portholes or not. The 2 indicating reversal of colors certainly makes sense. When they were new I never remember seeing one that has the colors the way your car does. The ones that I saw all had the colors that a standard 2 tone Fairlane 500 would have with the darker colors on the lower body and the top. The quality of the paint job is much more important to getting top dollar for the car. I am sorry it has worked out this way. I hope you find a good buyer for the car. It definitely looks like a keeper. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird, Colonial White
  5. I assume you mean the 239 CID Y-Block. Check out the following link. It is the manual for the Holley 4000 series carburetor and should give you the information that you need. http://www.squarebirds.org/carburetor/Holly4000/Holley4000_Teapot.pdf Best of luck, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  6. I'm surprised they didn't ask if the car has an airbag. It reminds me of when I sold my first T-Bird. I bought it cheap and then decided it made more sense to buy a better car than try to restore it. I had people come out a look at the car because of the low price and then say "if it only had this, that or the other thing". As I pointed out to them, if it had all of the extras I would have priced it accordingly. I finally found a buyer but it was a painful experience. I hope you get realistic buyers and not flakes this time. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  7. Hi Greg, I would go with a Holley 4160. That is what I have had on my car since I bought it 23 years ago. They work fine. The carb is pretty much the same as the 4150 except that except that they don't have an adjustment block for the secondaries. No big deal as far as I can see. They are available new and rebuilt from places such as Hills, Prestige, etc. It definitely fits the stock air cleaner. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  8. I read somewhere that the tire slashers don't work in real life, that was strictly for the movie. Of course any car equipped with right and left wing machine guns can't be all bad. Lew Bachman 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  9. That is one movie I will definitely be going to see. Looks like a winner!!! Lew Bachman, 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  10. You want a thin or super thin 1/4 inch open end wrench. They are available online in various places such as eBay, Amazon, etc. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  11. Picture of my car taken at the CTCI International Convention in Knoxville, TN. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  12. Hi Matt, Great car and in an unusual color. In fact, I don't ever remember seeing one in that color when they were new and I have seen plenty over the years and owned two. Now-a-days when it seems like people want cars that are painted the same color as their refrigerator it sure fits right in. Will make a very nice tourer if the new owner wants to go in that direction. Regards, Lew
  13. According to the Ford 1949-1959 parts book an "M" (engine code) 1955 Ford was a 272 CID engine with a four barrel carburetor rated at 182 horsepower. Interestingly enough, that engine was only available with the Ford-o-Matic transmission. There was no four barrel option available with a stick shift car. The 272 CID engine with stick shift was rated at 162 HP. The 292 CID engines were only available in 1955 T-Birds and also for police applications. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  14. No, it wasn't. That option was standard on the 1955-57 T-Birds. It was discontinued after that. If you are looking at a car with a removable hardtop it is most certainly an aftermarket one. It is also probably on a hardtop car that had the hardtop cut off to make a convertible. I would steer clear of such a car unless all the work done on it is top quality. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White