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  1. If the cowl area is rusted out it is a major repair, including drilling out over 300 spot welds to get at the area that needs to be replaced. For me personally I would not touch this car if it has 4 lug wheels. Just dropping a V8 in a 6 cyl car isn't satisfactory. There is a reason the Ford engineers changed the drive train and suspension components for the Mustang V8. There are better cars out there that are as they left the factory with the correct suspension and drive train. Lew Bachman former 1966 Mustang V8 Hardtop and 1966 Mustang 6 cyl Convertible Owner
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The ultimate solution to Lucas, "Prince of Darkness" electricals. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. There seem to be two flavors of these "F" Birds. One is the white car that bereft of options except for the supercharged engine and overdrive. That car was setup for drag racing. The other flavor is like the black car that is heavily optioned and was probably someone's high performance daily driver. Many years ago Shell Auto Care ran a commercial about a guy who owned a 57 T-Bird that he put 740,000 miles on over 35 years. The idea was that Shell Auto Care was a major factor in its longevity. That particular car was a supercharged one. According to Prestige Thunderbird that car was in pretty rough shape, although not rusty since he worked and drove in in California. The supercharger also failed in some podunk town in California and the owner had the unit taken off and a Holley 4150 put on instead. Too bad that the supercharger and related components were probably junked. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  18. Yes, WSW means white sidewall tires and most early T-Birds were delivered that way. What makes it look a little strange is the "dog dish" wheel covers on the white wheels. According to the factory invoice this car came with full wheel covers (the turbine kind) that most 57 T-Birds had at delivery. I would either switch to those or put on the (incorrect for the car) Kelsey-Hayes style wire wheels. I agree with Matt that the current setup is a little too much white. The other thing that is interesting about this car is it is pretty well optioned with the rare dial-a-matic seat and power windows, among other things. However no power steering or brakes. It does not look to have been ordered as a "drag" car with all of the extra weight added. Still a very nice car that looks to have been properly restored. Wish mine looked that good! Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  19. The torque specs are as follows: Rocker Arm Cover - 2 to 2.5 ft. lbs. Oil Pan to Crankcase - 12 to 15 ft. lbs. Crestline was the top of the line 1954 Ford. The Mainline was the base car. Both could have the 239 CID engine. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  20. I would check with the T-Bird parts suppliers such as Hill's, CASCO, Concours Auto Parts and Prestige Thunderbird. to see what is available. You can also check on Ebay to see when one comes available. Your challenge is to find the correct one for your dad's car. The vendors seem to charge $300 for the core. A rebuilt carburetor seems to go for $400. Pretty expensive, but those people should know what they are doing rebuilding the carburetor. Also check out this link, it contains helpful information: Holley Carburetors and the Holley Custom Shop – Classic Thunderbird Club International (ctci.org) Regards, Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  21. Looks like it was side swiped on the passenger side. It seems to have the original engine with a different carburetor. High mileage, or the driver really had a death grip on the steering wheel. Still at the price or less it looks like a good restoration candidate with a nice 1950's color (Parklane Green maybe). Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  22. It looks more than a little "thread bare" for a car "driven 30,000 miles". It is a "you have got to be dreaming" price for a non-running car. It would be interesting to know what it finally sells for. Bye the way, what is this with cars being "driven" a certain low mileage number. Does that mean the the car was "piloted" for the other 100K it has? IMHO, any person selling a car from the 1950's that claims less than 50K miles better have rock solid documentation to prove it. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
  23. I think most of the "need-to-knows" are in the previous responses. I did mine when I pulled the steering column to rebuild the steering box. I pulled the gauges out from behind and the same with the speedometer. It was easier to clean them and repaint the gauge needles after having taken them out of the car. The same for the gauge lenses and bezels. Whether you will need to replace them is a function of the number of times they may have been removed in the last 64 years. If you have a hard time getting them to release they may not have been taken out before which would be good for you. You should be able to get the bezels to release from the front by carefully inserting a thin putty knife between the bezel and the dash trim and you should be able to get them to come out. I would not use an Xacto knife because it could scratch up the dash. Your dash looks to be in pretty good shape. Using the putty knife the the way to go. Lew Bachman 1957 Thunderbird
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