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Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 05-03-2016, 10:33 PM
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Posted By gbhrps
fomaroj, Hill's Thunderbird Center (Google...

fomaroj,

Hill's Thunderbird Center (Google search it online) not only sells that tube (advertised as an exact duplicate) but the have a number of old Tbirds in stock that they may scavenge an...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 04-17-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,282
Posted By gbhrps
Dan, I feel your pain, what a bummer! Obviously...

Dan,

I feel your pain, what a bummer! Obviously someone knew the value of an original setup like that for a TBird. I'd be watching the trade papers and Hemmings For Sale Ads for it to appear....
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 03-18-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,245
Posted By gbhrps
vintagestg, Sometimes its just that the bulb is...

vintagestg,

Sometimes its just that the bulb is on its way out, and just needs replacing.
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 01-05-2016, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,217
Posted By gbhrps
tbirdkidd, I've never had reason to have mine...

tbirdkidd,

I've never had reason to have mine apart, and the exploded parts diagram I have from a parts supplier catalogue doesn't show enough detail to be sure, but from what I can see, I'd say no....
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 01-04-2016, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,217
Posted By gbhrps
tbirdkidd, You may have no option but to remove...

tbirdkidd,

You may have no option but to remove the generator from the car, and completely disassemble it.

Once apart, put the armature in a vise between two soft pieces of wood (to prevent...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 12-29-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,808
Posted By gbhrps
mcolen, Had my tea pot Holley 4000 carb rebuilt...

mcolen,

Had my tea pot Holley 4000 carb rebuilt by Hill's Thunderbird Center in Ohio this last spring. Not only did they do just that, they installed it on a Ford 292 and ran and tuned it properly,...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 12-26-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
Posted By gbhrps
fancythis, Hill's Thunderbird Center has a...

fancythis,

Hill's Thunderbird Center has a special order power steering system that is a direct bolt on to any small TBird. There is a modification that has to be made to the steering column,...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 12-16-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,333
Posted By gbhrps
mal57bbybrd, I wonder if you wouldn't get an...

mal57bbybrd,

I wonder if you wouldn't get an answer from a Thunderbird parts supplier, such as Hill's Thunderbird Center? They sell new parts, but have entire used TBirds that they scavenge for...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 10-25-2015, 12:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,478
Posted By gbhrps
mal57bbybrd, The 10 rubber bumpers fit on the...

mal57bbybrd,

The 10 rubber bumpers fit on the frame side rails (3 each side) while the remaining 4 sit on the X frame rails at specific spots. The clips would lock them onto the frame at these...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 10-25-2015, 12:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,373
Posted By gbhrps
valhalla74, I would strongly recommend that you...

valhalla74,

I would strongly recommend that you remove the dash from the car to install the dash pad. With the compound curves around the instruments and at the outside corners by the doors, and...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 10-24-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,492
Posted By gbhrps
larrydale, If they are the ones sold by TBird...

larrydale,

If they are the ones sold by TBird suppliers (check Hill's Thunderbird Center online catalogue, page 20) they are easy to remove and install when you've done it once or twice.

Grab the...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 08-11-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, I know of what you speak! I was...

navydad181,

I know of what you speak! I was lucky enough to get in on the ground floor of my 55 during its restoration some 18 or so years ago. I'd just retired from teaching and began working in an...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 08-10-2015, 12:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
Steve, Glad the window problem is fixed, .......

Steve,

Glad the window problem is fixed, .... and it didn't cost any money!

While it is possible to get under the dash to get at the wiring, particularly if you remove the seats from the car, it is...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 08-03-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
Steve, That's why we're here! Hope they have...

Steve,

That's why we're here!

Hope they have steered you in the correct direction to get to the bottom of your issue!

As I stated before, Hill's ThunderBird Center has really impressed me with...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 08-02-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
Steve, You're more than welcome! Keep us...

Steve,

You're more than welcome!

Keep us posted on how you make out.

Gene
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-31-2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, I keep coming back to Hill's...

navydad181,

I keep coming back to Hill's ThunderBird Center as a parts source .... but they have technical support as well. Maybe they have a solution for your issue that they've handled a hundred...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-30-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, Those rollers are the ones I was...

navydad181,

Those rollers are the ones I was referring to. I see in the catalogue they can be had in plastic or metal, but same design.

When I suggested that you tighten any screws/bolts that mount...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-29-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, There are round plastic rollers that...

navydad181,

There are round plastic rollers that are held on with a circular spring on the ends of the scissor mechanism. They ride in the channel bracket that raises the glass. Is it possible that...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-28-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, You will not have to remove the door...

navydad181,

You will not have to remove the door from the car to replace the widow winding mechanism, if that's necessary.

I suspect that your mechanism may need tightening up. There is a central...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-27-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Posted By gbhrps
navydad181, Its been a long time since I was...

navydad181,

Its been a long time since I was inside the TBird's doors, but that is where you need to start. Pull the door handle and window crank and the inner door panel.

Underneath will be a...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-16-2015, 11:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 940
Posted By gbhrps
Slow Starter When Warm or Hot

Gentlemen,

Five years ago starting the 55 was never an issue when the engine was warm or hot. Cold, the starter cranked like a demon, but when the engine was up to temperature it cranked so slowly...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-16-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,411
Posted By gbhrps
arussharris, Rebuilding a wheel cylinder...

arussharris,

Rebuilding a wheel cylinder involves new rubber cups and seals, but more importantly, the cylinder bore needs polishing with a special tool to remove any corrosion and pitting to...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 07-15-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,411
Posted By gbhrps
arussharris, You have correctly found the...

arussharris,

You have correctly found the offending side that's not braking. If the car pulls left when you brake, the right side has a problem, and vice versa.

I doubt that the hard line to the...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 05-26-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,457
Posted By gbhrps
vintagestg, You have drums, so you will have...

vintagestg,

You have drums, so you will have brake shoes not pads. Rotors and calipers have no adjuster. How do you spin the bearings and they don't catch, but they do when the drum is on, when the...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 05-17-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,332
Posted By gbhrps
saw46, The small bird top is a TWO PERSON job to...

saw46,

The small bird top is a TWO PERSON job to raise and lower, if you don't want to do any damage to the top or the car. And when lowering it, always be sure to pull the top material folds from...
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