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  1. Hi Jim, Welcome to the forum. The short answer to your question is no, there is no such valve in the T-Bird brake system. Most likely the wheel cylinders are old and stuck. They will either need to be rebuilt or replaced. The T-Bird parts suppliers such as Prestige Thunderbird, CASCO, Hills, and National Parts Depot will have what you need. You should also go through the whole system to see the condition of the brake lines. If any one of them fails you have no brakes. Something to think about. Stay safe! Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  2. Hi Matt, This is a great car for the price. Put bias ply tires on it and go win an AACA award. The interesting thing is that if it was a 1967 Camaro more often then not the six would be pulled and a V8 dropped in without any other mods. The Mustang is a different animal with a lot more mods required to convert to a V8 from the I-6. I owned a 1966 six cylinder convertible with an automatic and it was plenty peppy. Drive one and you will understand why Ford sold so many of them. Lew Bachman, 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  3. Hi John, The 1953-56 Fords and the 1955-56 T-Birds used the same power valve (p/n B5AZ-3A540-A). If you don't have one you can buy them from the T-Bird part suppliers which will be expensive because you will have to eat the core charge cost. Ebay is another option. It will cost over $200 to get one rebuilt. Hope this helps, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  4. Hi John, Rockauto provides this service. You send in your current one and they rebuild it. Most of the T-Bird parts suppliers also have them on an exchange basis. The will probably be more expensive than Rockauto, but either will solve your problem. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  5. Roger, It has been an inspiration to see you work on and complete your Mark II model. I took great interest in it as the Continental is one of my favorites and one of the best styled cars of the 1950's. Your persistence and perseverance in overcoming problems you encountered along the way was awe inspiring. The final result speaks for itself. It is stunning. Congratulations on a job well done. You are a craftsman's craftsman! Sincerely, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  6. In many dealerships the friendly service writer you deal with works on commission. Enough said... Use an independent garage, that is what I do. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  7. In the IT business they call these shower moments. Many a problem has been solved in the shower after hours of frustration. It is encouraging to see a difficult problem like this one solved. It gives us all hope in our restorations. Matt, I'm glad this hurdle has been cleared. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird
  8. Hi Matt, This whole situation really stinks and unfortunately is a cautionary tale for all of us. I am really sorry you have had so much trouble with what should be a great car. I think that Edsel Ford had a great eye for style and your car is just one of many examples of that. One thought I had is have you tried contacting an outfit like White Post Restorations or Wayne Carini for a second opinion? There has to be someone out in the restoration world that has dealt with something like this and could at least confirm the choices you have to get the engine out of the car and effect a repair. Best of luck, Lew Bachman
  9. It is a pre-James Bond Aston Martin.
  10. The reason I asked is because the current issue of Antique Automobile is supposed to be available in the members only area of the website. As of yesterday the one that is available is the July/August 2018 issue. When will be the September/October 2018 issue be made available to members? Lew Bachman
  11. Was a September/October 2018 issue of Antique Automobile published? I don't seem to have received mine if it was published. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird Colonial White
  12. Yes it is. Of course it is a custom job that is very well done. It has modern Ford V8 power under the hood. I looked through all my pictures and I didn't take one of that car other then the one you spotted. The picture was taken at the CTCI Convention in Knoxville, TN this summer. If I get any more information on that car I will pass it along.
  13. I think the 1955 Ford Thunderbird which looks like a chopped, channeled, and sectioned 1955 Ford, which was a handsome car in itself. Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White
  14. I think Ebay is you best bet for wheel covers or someone in the local T-Bird might have some for sale. The covers do not seem to be reproduced at this time. Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 T-Bird Colonial White