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Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 04-12-2019, 12:29 PM
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Views: 1,630
Posted By sseebart
Welcome to the site and congrats on the new bird....

Welcome to the site and congrats on the new bird. Some photos would help, I think, as you're describing some unusual issues.

The canister fuel pump is correct and should fit. Either you've got the...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 03-28-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By sseebart
Yes, others have installed electric pumps. Two...

Yes, others have installed electric pumps. Two I've read about recently: one hung his on a rubber isolator near the tank (to reduce noise), another installed installed an in-tank pump. I'm not sure...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 10-15-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By sseebart
Seems unlikely, as there's not a lot down there...

Seems unlikely, as there's not a lot down there to impede movement. If the bellows at the floorboard is still intact, make sure it's still nice and flexible. Under the hood, the steering column...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 06-05-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,112
Posted By sseebart
A good start. My car also carries California...

A good start. My car also carries California black plates. Are you in CA?

Does it run and stop?

Sent you a PM yesterday.

~Steve
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 05-31-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 652
Posted By sseebart
The data plate will give you the basics: engine,...

The data plate will give you the basics: engine, original color options, build date, differential, etc. Details are here:

http://vintagethunderbirdclub.net/T-Bird%20Specs_revised.pdf

I've never...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 05-30-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By sseebart
I'd start in the column. Pull the steering wheel...

I'd start in the column. Pull the steering wheel so you can see the turn signal switch and horn button/brush. The wire powering the horn could be broken and shorting out intermittently. (If you don't...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 05-03-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 929
Posted By sseebart
The plastic shift indicator is held on to the...

The plastic shift indicator is held on to the shift hub with two screws. To get to them, you'll have to disassemble most of the upper steering column. The manual has an outline of the process. You...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 04-25-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 525
Posted By sseebart
I built myself test station following these...

I built myself test station following these guidelines:

Making a bench testing power supply from a computer P/S - Vintage Thunderbird Club International...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 12-24-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By sseebart
Amen, brother!

Amen, brother!
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 12-23-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By sseebart
Bird Nest doesn't advertise it much, but they...

Bird Nest doesn't advertise it much, but they have a large selection of used parts in various quality. I've bought a few dashboard pieces from them and would suspect that they could get their hands...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 12-23-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By sseebart
Well, never had to get a new brake pedal, but...

Well, never had to get a new brake pedal, but have gotten the folks at Bird Nest on the phone. I've found them generally knowledgeable and helpful--especially if you know exactly what you're looking...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 12-05-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By sseebart
Just a couple of quick thoughts: A mid-1960's...

Just a couple of quick thoughts:

A mid-1960's 70k motor would generally be considered near the end of it's service life, especially after 50+ years. Back in the day, you'd be very lucky to get a...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 08-30-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Posted By sseebart
I've been thinking of going this route for some...

I've been thinking of going this route for some time. Which system did you end up installing? How is the performance vs. the stock carbureted motor?

~Steve
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 08-15-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Posted By sseebart
Sounds a lot like the heat soak/vapor lock issue...

Sounds a lot like the heat soak/vapor lock issue I've been dealing with on my car. If you're running a non-stock air cleaner, you might try a 1" phenolic spacer between the carb and the water jacket...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 07-20-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By sseebart
The only way to know for sure--and to get it...

The only way to know for sure--and to get it fixed--is to start disassembling the column. The shop manual will help you through the process. Here's my notes on the process: Steering Column & Shifter...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 07-19-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By sseebart
If I had to guess, I'd suspect the top bearing...

If I had to guess, I'd suspect the top bearing and/or the bottom bushing have disintegrated or gone missing. If so, the shift tube could be rattling against the column. Does the shifter hold the car...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 06-22-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,905
Posted By sseebart
It sounds to me as if you have the parking brake...

It sounds to me as if you have the parking brake hooked up to a vacuum line fed from the "soup can" cannister, which is intended to hold vacuum after the engine is shut off (to power the door locks...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 05-30-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,087
Posted By sseebart
I haven't seen or heard of aftermarket braces for...

I haven't seen or heard of aftermarket braces for these cars. (Which doesn't mean they don't exist.) The stock units have provisions for clips and hangers that will help clean up the engine bay. Any...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 05-04-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By sseebart
Actually, this is a common question and there are...

Actually, this is a common question and there are many options to choose from. Chances are the op found the answer on another site, like this one:

Dual Bowl Master Cylinder... - Vintage Thunderbird...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 04-18-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,079
Posted By sseebart
I replaced the hoses on my car this year. It's...

I replaced the hoses on my car this year. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison (I have a 64 without A/C), but I bought a replacement reproduction. Side by side, the old and new hoses were the same...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 03-28-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 827
Posted By sseebart
I've never seen any upgrades or replacements for...

I've never seen any upgrades or replacements for the bearings, bushings or the detente plate, though I've read that using a mig welder to fix the inevitable notch in the shift lever will lengthen its...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 03-15-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,102
Posted By sseebart
The detente plates are pretty sturdy units. I've...

The detente plates are pretty sturdy units. I've discovered that the replacement shift levers, though, are made from even softer metal than the originals. If you have a mig welder (or have access to...
Forum: Flair Birds [1964-1966] 02-14-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By sseebart
I'm not certain what you mean by an "economy"...

I'm not certain what you mean by an "economy" ratio. Do you mean you have the original rear end still in the car, or has someone swapped out the gears once already? (My 'Bird gets 8 mpg with the...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 12-05-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,142
Posted By sseebart
If it won't turn over at all, it's most likely...

If it won't turn over at all, it's most likely the starting system. I'd check the battery, cables, ground, solenoid and starter. All these are prone to failure if the car has been sitting a...
Forum: Early Birds [1955-1957] 12-04-2016, 11:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,142
Posted By sseebart
Are you saying that the engine won't turn over at...

Are you saying that the engine won't turn over at all?

Oil fouling is a symptom of engine wear, but shouldn't cause of hard starting unless the wear is severe. A compression test would help to...
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