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Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion Today, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 118
Posted By Joe Johnston
Awesome! Glad its running much cooler. I've been...

Awesome! Glad its running much cooler. I've been around the FE since a kid and never saw a funnel like that. We just ran them hard and fast and kept adding coolant till it stabilized in the...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-06-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 844
Posted By Joe Johnston
I too am a very firm believer in "there is no...

I too am a very firm believer in "there is no replacement for displacement" and also "you never have too much fuel until you are on fire!" BUT "nothing sounds as good as a Y-BLOCK!" :D My 57 Y...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 5,834
Posted By Joe Johnston
If you are referring to the 58-66 guide by...

If you are referring to the 58-66 guide by William Wonder I vote it is being well worth while. I bought that book and shop manuals before I bought my car. I was looking for a 61-66 convertible -...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-05-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 844
Posted By Joe Johnston
When this happened when I was working, we always...

When this happened when I was working, we always tried a drop of silver solder on the end of a rod, and then silver soldered it to the broken end of the E Z Out. Often between the heat and now having...
Forum: Anything Goes! 09-13-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 183
Posted By Joe Johnston
Unfortunately I have to agree with you. These...

Unfortunately I have to agree with you. These cars are not worth $6000/year storage fees. Simply does not work! If you don't love it or the old car hobby, I suggest selling it and cutting your losses...
Forum: Anything Goes! 09-12-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 183
Posted By Joe Johnston
I have a friend that keeps his restored 55 in...

I have a friend that keeps his restored 55 in one. He loves it and his car is always spotless but its also inside a climate controlled garage. No dust ever gets on the car when doing other things in...
Forum: Anything Goes! 08-31-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By Joe Johnston
Actually it is like a prism - often used in pre...

Actually it is like a prism - often used in pre mid 50's cars that had exterior sun visors. Traffic light viewers were useful in the day allowing a driver to view a stoplight that was obstructed by...
Forum: Anything Goes! 08-30-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By Joe Johnston
I learned to drive on a 64 Galaxie - 352, 4bbl...

I learned to drive on a 64 Galaxie - 352, 4bbl and 3 speed and no options!! Before that my parents had several Chebbys with 3 on the tree. We did didn't know any different. The family's first...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-27-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By Joe Johnston
Thanks for the kind words!! In response, I can...

Thanks for the kind words!! In response, I can only say two things:

#1) I bought my first '56 in 1976, and have since owned 2 57's. Yes, I may have some experience, but I am continually learning!...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-27-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By Joe Johnston
Super nice looking 57! No real quirks - just the...

Super nice looking 57!

No real quirks - just the normal checklist of things to make sure are set correctly. Probably the most important is to have fresh gas! Definitely buy ethanol free or E-0 gas...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 08-17-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By Joe Johnston
I have a 57 and converted to disk brakes with a...

I have a 57 and converted to disk brakes with a complete kit from CASCO. Their kit also includes rear wheel cylinders too making it one stop shopping and you can retain 14" steel or wire wheels....
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-27-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By Joe Johnston
Another thing to consider is what is readily...

Another thing to consider is what is readily available where you live? It may be easier to adapt something common for you with a bit of experimentation than to use what is readily available here.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-19-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By Joe Johnston
This hobby is a sickness and you have experienced...

This hobby is a sickness and you have experienced "Mission Creep"! I think nearly everyone has experienced this infectious disease which makes you feel "while I am doing something, this also should...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 07-05-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By Joe Johnston
Professional looking and a nice neat job! Very...

Professional looking and a nice neat job! Very economical too!! Did he take any more pictures and if so this would make an excellent article for the VTCI Scoop Magazine!!
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 06-28-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By Joe Johnston
It is pretty straight forward. I do not recall...

It is pretty straight forward. I do not recall needing any grinding when I did my conversion and have retained 14" wheels.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 06-08-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Joe Johnston
Did you use teflon tape on the sender's...

Did you use teflon tape on the sender's threads?
Have you checked continuity of the sender's base to ensure a good ground connection?
Have you supplied power to the wire going to the dash to make...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 04-25-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By Joe Johnston
While doing the above I would also drizzle Marvel...

While doing the above I would also drizzle Marvel Mystery Oil over everything before using the mallet on the rockers just to lube things a bit with light oil. Sounds like it should be an easy one to...
Forum: 1964 To 1966 Flairbirds - General Technical Discussion 04-11-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 464
Posted By Joe Johnston
check the part numbers. I think odd number is...

check the part numbers. I think odd number is left and even number is right on nearly all R & L hand all parts.
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 04-09-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,722
Posted By Joe Johnston
If this cam is changed, shouldn't the lifters be...

If this cam is changed, shouldn't the lifters be changed too?
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 04-01-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,733
Posted By Joe Johnston
The rubber that goes around the inside of the rim...

The rubber that goes around the inside of the rim is called a liner. Unfortunately they are not readily available, many using wire wheels resort to epoxy, or silicone as a way to try to seal the...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 03-31-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,733
Posted By Joe Johnston
You need tubes. Like a motorcycle or bicycle rim...

You need tubes. Like a motorcycle or bicycle rim you have real wire wheels that can be "trued" in the same manner. Tubes are needed because air leaks out around the rim and the adjusting
nipple of...
Forum: 1955 To 1957 Little Birds - General Technical Discussion 03-25-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By Joe Johnston
I used the CASCO kit with the original booster...

I used the CASCO kit with the original booster for the front disks only. Everything is included in their kit including new matched rear wheel cylinders and a master cylinder. System works very well...
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 03-23-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 558
Posted By Joe Johnston
I wonder when ordered new with seat belts if the...

I wonder when ordered new with seat belts if the belts were something the dealers installed as part of the prep process prior to sale? My 63 SR has front belts, but no rear, no holes in the rear...
Forum: Anything Goes! 03-20-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By Joe Johnston
I grew up in rural northwest Ohio. The first...

I grew up in rural northwest Ohio. The first winter after getting a license we were encouraged to slide and recover from a slide in open parking lots. Often there were several new drivers waiting to...
Forum: Anything Goes! 03-20-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By Joe Johnston
Old vrs New

Just read the article about the standard high tech features of the 2019 Fusion posted above. As more and more of these accident avoidance and auto breaking features become common place, we really...
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