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  1. The blower Bentley makes a cameo appearance in From Russia with Love. In Goldfinger, Q tells Bond that the blower Bentley has been put out to pasture and he will now be issued the Aston Martin DB5. Although never seen in the movies, Felix Leiter was said in two of the books to own a Cord and a Studillac. Ian Fleming was a car fancier who owned a 1955 and 1956 T-Bird. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  2. Please state the car make/model/year of the car. That will make a big difference in what makes sense for your repair. Also is this going to be a driven car? Best regards, Lew Bachman
  3. There are several other factors at play with the early T-Birds. They have been popular from day 1. Owners kept them on the road longer than the typical 50's family car. Almost 30% of the cars were sold in California, meaning a lot more of those cars survived due to the lack of salt on the roads. They were great looking cars when new and still are today. They photograph well from all angles. They have a great parts network today. It is true that the 1958 4-seater car outsold the 1957 by about 15,000 units, mainly because its seating capacity appealed to more buyers. That is why the original Mu
  4. Tell him if he wants that kind of warranty he should go buy a Zippo lighter.
  5. Of course there is the 12,000 miles or when you drive it out of the driveway, whichever comes first.
  6. And how many AACA Senior Award Winners?
  7. There is a table in the Ford Parts Catalog book that decodes it. The first year of manufacture starts with A for January, B for February and so forth. The second year of manufacture starts with N for January. The letters I and O are deleted. Besides the first year Mustang, the 1957 Thunderbird had a 15 month production run and therefore they got into using second year numbers. I'm sure there are other examples. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  8. Just like Doan's pills, good advice from someone with experience. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  9. That is why I asked the question. There were several engine options for a 1961 Galaxie, including an I-6, 292 V8, 352 V8 and 390 V8. The way the question was asked I'm thinking the car probably had the I-6 originally, but that is just a guess. Somehow I doubt that a person would want to replace a 390 with a 292, but stranger things have happened. At least it not a bowtie 350. Best regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  10. Nice car. It was originally Buckskin Tan/Colonial White with a Medium Brown and Brown cloth interior. I assume the color change was to Sunset Coral. Probably black and white vinyl would have been a better match for the interior. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  11. What engine did the Galaxie have originally? That will determine how difficult it is. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird with 312 Y-Block
  12. This car looks like it would have been right a home in post-war Moscow. In fact, it looks like it was designed by Russian stylists. It could be a good car for someone starting out in the hobby, but the looks are pedestrian at best. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  13. The problem with oiling of the Y-Block was mostly due to the ash content of the oil available then, contributing to the problems with sludge and clogged up overhead oiling. With the modern oils there don't appear to be any problems as long as the service schedule is maintained. I have never had an such problem with my car in 25 years. Thanks to 58L-Y8 for clarifying the various engine series that Ford used for the M-E-L series of engines. I am most familiar with the Y-Block series, FE series, and small block. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  14. The Lincoln was first with an OHV engine in 1952. It was the 317, but had a 2 barrel carb and was rated at 160 HP. The engine had many of the same design characteristics as the Y-Block, but was not the same engine and was not marketed as such. For example the Y-Block has mechanical valve lifters, the 317 had hydraulic. The largest displacement of the Y-Block was 312 CID while the Lincoln engine topped out at 430 CID (I believe). 1954 was the first year for the Y-Blocks in Fords and Mercurys. The Ford was a 239 as you mentioned and the Mercury was a 256 that sported a four barrel ca
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