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  1. The seats look pretty good. The rest of the car...eye pollution!
  2. Hi Doug, I think the best bet is to put it on Ebay with a starting price of $4,500 and see what happens. It appears to have the correct Y-Block engine. The floor shift is not correct for that car. It would take some work to bring it back to stock, including new upholstery. Of course this depends on how the car looks underneath. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  3. Hi Armand, Check the second response in this thread. It lists the circuit breakers that are required for your application. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  4. Another option might be 3D printing. Of course there would be CAD/CAM costs and then to find a printer big enough to handle the printing and selecting the right materials to use and the right colors. It might have to be printed in 3 sections and glued together. Anyway it might be worth looking into. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  5. Ralph Stein also wrote a column of vintage cars for Motor Trend. I remember particularly good article he wrote about buying a Rolls Royce located in Great Britain and having it delivered to the USA. His articles would have been in the magazines from the late 1960s. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  6. Hi Tom, There is no video that I am aware of. The way to remove the radio is to pull the volume and station selection control knobs off. Next remove the wires from the back of the radio, including the wire for the antenna. Next is to remove the two nuts that screw on the front. There may also be a bracket on the back side of the radio under the dash. If so that needs to be removed. I forget if there is since I haven't removed the radio in 15 years. Most of the hard work is being on back looking up under the dash. This you can do from the passenger side, so there is a little more space. It is not particularly difficult, just cramped. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  7. The other part of geography concerns the location of the show field. When it was changed to the old golf course it meant that people like me that only come on Saturday had a lot more walking to do to go to the various sales fields. Now I typically only go around and see the cars in the corral and that is about it. This is not a complaint about the current show field. Just pointing out decisions have consequences. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White, DPC
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    Hi Ty, A little more information would be helpful. Is the car original or restored? Are the hoses original? Has anything been rebuilt (power steering pump, control valve, etc.)? My thought is that the control valve needs to be rebuilt. Of course, if the suspension is tired as TerryB notes above that can also be a factor. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  9. It might be worth asking your body man how much it would cost for a color change. As I said In my previous posting, conforming to the data plate is not a big deal on a C or D code car. That is not the case with E and F Birds and for those I would stick with original color combinations. The only time I have seen a color change be a hit is if a non-standard or unusual color is used for the repaint. I will admit to being a little prejudiced about this since my least favorite T-Bird color is black. Driving a black car in the desert must make for a really "hot time". Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  10. Hi Greg, Why are you worried about repainting the car black? On a "D" code car keeping it the original color or changing it does not affect the value much, if at all. If you like the pastel colors I would go this way. Repaint the body Coral Sand with a Colonial White Hardtop and go with the all white interior. I think that would be a super nice color combination and correct for the car. You could also go with a Dusk Rose body and a Raven Black hardtop and a black and white interior. Basically you have a blank canvas to go in a number of directions. My main recommendation is to keep the color combination to what would have come from the factory. Incidentally, AACA does not check the data plate for color code, so there would be no deduction there if you choose to sell the car. Just something to think about. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  11. Hi Greg, Try getting the kind of deal you got from the guy with the initials AM down in Plano Texas or the other T-Bird restoration shops. It isn't going to happen. I agree that you are getting a lot of car for the money. The fact that you are out in California makes a difference. The supply of cars is much greater where you are than on the east coast and without the rust problems, at least for the most part. I just don't see this 56 as a $3K car here on the east coast if it has both tops. Just like real estate, the three most important factors are location, location, and location. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  12. I should have said my guesstimate was based on whether it came with both tops. If it has both tops and since it has the engine that brings up its value to the $7 to $9K range in my opinion. As for the body, I will be willing to bet there is plenty of Bondo in it and that the inner rockers are most likely rusted out. It will also be a lot more expensive than $30K to restore it. All in all, I hope it goes to someone who knows what they are getting. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  13. Hi Dhoov'56, Welcome to the forum! Basically you have a parts car here. The fact that floor pans are missing (Fred Flintstone car) indicates there is probably significant rust to deal with. Does it have either (or both) a hardtop/soft top. That affects the value if either or both are missing. It looks like it was delivered with the following options: Ford-o-matic drive, Swift Sure Power Brakes, Engine Dress-up Kit, and Tonneau Cover. It looks like it is a black car with a red interior. You may want to copy down the information from the data plate on the firewall to confirm the colors and what district it was delivered to originally. As for value, that is affected by that fact that it is not a running car, which tops it has, and how significant are the rust problems. Without seeing the car in person, I would think you are looking at a $7K to $9K car tops. The sad fact is that it will cost much more to restore this car then the restorer would ever realize at sale time. Considering that the car is not rare is another factor. Best of luck with the sale, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  14. 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
  15. 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