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Customs Ford Thunderbird Restoration - Project Flarebird

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by seanbelushi, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. seanbelushi
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
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    So the car had been running hot, and I wanted to replace the water pump and have the radiator checked out.

    At that point, we’re not too far away from checking out the timing chain.

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    Again, snowball. A simple water pump change turned into a major rebuild, but it was absolutely the right call. The fiber cam gear was totally cracked and the chain was really sloppy.

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    Ultimately, it was a good move, just not what I wanted to do today.

    As soon as the radiator comes back, it’ll be ready to try and daily again!

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  2. FityFive
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    Good call on the timing chain!
     
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  3. seanbelushi
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    More snowballing, this time I just wanted to replace the water pump and ended up taking it down to the timing chain. Good thing, as the fiber cam gear was about to let go.

    Thanks for all your support,

    Sean

     
  4. seanbelushi
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    Probably the last Thunderbird video before the epic road trip. We rebuild the Autolite 4100 (again), and if it doesn't work this time I'm going full Office Space on this carburetor.

    Thanks to everyone for the help on this project!

    Sean

     
  5. mammyjammer
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    from Area 51

    My mother had a similar 66, (same color, not a Landau) She had a lead foot and that 'Bird is etched in my memory.
    It jumped into reverse one time, and two weeks later it was traded in for a LTD.
    The LTD was not near as cool.....
     
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  6. seanbelushi
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    This one jumped into reverse on me as well. I learned quickly to chock the wheels or push the steering wheel to the side if working on it with the engine running!

    Sean


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  7. seanbelushi
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    A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a Thunderbird guy who happened to live not too far away for me here in Colorado Springs. I was finally able to get in touch with Nick from Vintage Thunderbird Repair (formerly T-birds by Nick in CA), and headed out to his shop to check out his amazing collection and projects that he’s currently working on.

    Thanks again Nick for letting me come out and see your collection, I look forward to working with you in the future on some projects!

    Sean

     
  8. seanbelushi
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    Hey all! More Thunderbird updates...

    We hadn't planned on repairing the seats before the epic road trip across the US along Route 66. When we purchased the car, it had crumbling seat foam but was comfortable. During the last few months, it has become undriveable with the windows down, as particles of foam are flying around getting inhaled and in your eyes. Prob not safe for driving.

    This will probably be the last video before we take the car across country. Thank you all for the help on this journey, and Ill see if my father will continue to update everyone on the progress.

    Sean

     

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