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Old 10-18-2016, 10:36 PM
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So... my husband is going to be helping me rebuild her from the brink of disaster.... I am here since Tinkerbell has a lot of repairs that are going to be needed and I was wondering if anyone has any good resources for where to get parts that I am going to be needing.
I have a 1966 Hardtop Thunderbird 320 automatic engine. Original Blue color but I am going to be changing that.
The good news about this is that the interior is actually quite perfect and as far as I can there is nothing that needs to be replaced (yet haven't turned engine over yet )
So the more information and help that I can get the better since Tinkerbell is going to be my hotrod
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:05 PM
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There are a number of vendors who specialize in Thunderbird parts. I would recommend Bob's Bird House, The Birds Nest, MAC's auto parts, Larry's Thunderbird parts and Thunderbird Headquarters. They all sell new reproduction parts. If you need parts that aren't being reproduced Bob's Bird House and The Birds Nest also sell used parts. You can find their contact info in the Advertisements Section.

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Old 10-19-2016, 10:00 AM
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I love your enthusiasm! Ford never made a 320- I suspect that yours is a 390 with an automatic transmission. I suggest you start with getting a copy of the factory Shop Manual. It's full of information to help make the repairs and your local mechanic isn't likely to have a copy.

If the engine hasn't been run in a long time you should remove the gas tank and get rid of all the old gas that may be in there as well as the fuel line. If there is rust and crud in the tank either have it cleaned or get a new one.

Have the brake system completely inspected and replace anything that is suspect. Flush out the old fluid.

Change out the transmission fluid- remove the pan to get most of the old fluid out. Replace the filter and gasket. Use sealer on both sides of the gasket so it doesn't leak. Take the dust cover off from the front of the transmission and drain the remaining fluid in the torque converter. The system takes 11 quarts of Type F.

The front wheel bearings should be cleaned and greased as part of a complete brake inspection.

The rear wheel bearings are "lifetime" lubricated (their life- not yours) so if they are original they should be replaced, and the differential drained, cleaned and re-filled. This job isn't complicated but it requires removal of the drive shaft and rear gear set; best done in a shop with a lift and two strong young men.
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Kristin, you have come to the right Forum. We have some really great mechanics on here. Get to know John Pizzi ~ jopizz, for one. He has repaired, and restored more Flairbirds than he can probably remember! Our great webmaster, Dave Dare ~ simplyconnected, built Fords in the Detroit Ford plants for years. You will have access to great advice on here. Steve is correct about that 320. He also gave you some good advice. Unless someone managed to swap out that engine, it should be a 390ci, and it should say that on the air cleaner, if the tag is still there. The VIN # on the door end will also tell us what it left the factory as. In fact if you write down the VIN # and the information on the Data Plate, and send it to me in a Private Message, I can tell you what that Tbird looked like when it left the factory years ago. Here is a website that will give you a lot of information about your Tbird. If you have questions or additional information about your Tbird, just give me a phone call. I will be glad to answer them.

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Old 10-19-2016, 12:57 PM
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Yes in deed it is the 390. I am just horrible with numbers most of the time.
Now I was reading one of the threads on here and I have come to a confusing stop.
The thread that I am referring to is the one on the hood release... and today the hubby and I went out to our garage to at least replace the bad ground and put in brand new positive cable for Tinkerbell. When I went to find the release (left hand side of the steering column) it was not there so now I am back at the computer seeing if anyone has any answers.
Thank you everyone so much already for the help. I am going to be going hog wild shopping for items that I know I will need to make Tinkerbell roar on the streets and at any car shows I take her to in the future.
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Your '66 has the hood release in the front. You may have been looking at a different year Thunderbird.

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I will be honest I could have been. Thanks got the help. Crossing my fingers I can figure this out.
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I will be honest I could have been. Thanks got the help. Crossing my fingers I can figure this out.
It's under the front bumper, pretty much in the centre.
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Access the hood release in the center under the top section of bumper- see my hand in the first picture. Once it "pops" up an inch or so pull up on the safety latch. The second picture shows the release latch "probe" in the center and the safety latch just to the left of it.

Of course, a previous owner may have modified the release with a cable operator in the cockpit. In fact that is on my list of mods.
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OK these are exactly what I needed. When I get up in the am to work on my girl this is going to be the first thing that I do
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