These are some pictures of some original authentic items on the Squarebirds. This includes build sheets, data plates, computer punch cards and some hard to find parts.
1960 Thunderbird Carburetor Tag - This is the original tag for a Ford Carburetor on a 352 engine. This is a rare find, as when a carburetor gets rebuilt, the mechanic repairing the carburetor invariably throws it away.
1958 1959 1960 Thunderbird Windshield Washer - This was the most problematic and poorly designed part of the whole car. Few of these remain intact on Squarebirds. They used Rube Goldberg design rules on this accessory. Luckily, the rest of the car was of good design and lasted.
January 1958 issue of The Ford Mechanic introduces the 1958 Thunderbird. This rare issue has many pictures, diagrams and instructions not found in the shop manual. Includes a maintenance chart and specifications, including refill capacities and fuse location.
belt retaining loop for 1958 to 1960 Thunderbird. These photographs illustrate
how to reproduce the retaining loops that hold the front seatbelts in the
proper position on the bottom of the front seats.
Sun Ray Applique Attachment - This is the better way to attach the Sun Ray centers on the 1959 and 1960 Thunderbirds. Only the sharpest eye judge will see the modification from stock. The advantage that your wheel covers will absolutely not rotate or fall off.
Detent Plate Replacement: Part of the problem on automatic transmission cars is that the car pops out of park into reverse because the detent plate is worn. Improved detent plates are available for the 1958-1960 Thunderbird.
Rear Main Seal Replacement: These are instructions on how to replace and the rear main seal on a 352 engine without removing the crank. This procedure can be used on any Ford FE series big block engine.
Clock Gasket: If you have taken the clock apart to repair it, you may have found that the paper gasket between the two halves has dried up and disintegrated from age. This is a PDF file (requires Adobe Acrobat or compatible graphic program to open) is a template of gasket. Just print it out on your computer on thick paper stock.
1958 to 1959 Sail Panel Roof Molding Detailing: This is an easy repair to cover up those unsightly pits that develop in these pot metal pieces that often the plating shops have difficulty getting out.
Fan Shroud: Fan shrouds for the 1960 Thunderbird have been rumored to be put on a few late production cars with air-conditioning. The legend is that the part is extremely rare. Find out here that this part is actually readily available as a reproduction.
PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) Valve Conversion for 1958, 1959 and 1960 Thunderbird with 352 cid engine: Tired of breathing blow by fumes in the interior of your Squarebird? Try this neat conversion to PCV valve system.
Front drum brake to disc brake conversion for the 1958, 1959 and 1960 Thunderbird: You can improve the inadequate front drum brakes of the stock Squarebird by installing 1975 to 1980 Ford Grenada disc brakes. It is an easy swap.
Warning about petroleum based brake cleaners: Never use flammable brake cleaners anywhere near an open flame! These products are highly inflammable and can be ignited by even a remote flame such as from a heater pilot light. Explosions, burns, injury and death may result if you are not careful, read about a personal experience.