I guess summer is here in Wisconsin, we are mid 80’s the past couple days and grass is growing constantly. Sue planted garden and flowers. And I am done with school for a few months.
A lot has gone on around here in the past year. I have my B.A.T. (bad ass thunderbird) on the road again. I have shaped an extended hood scoop for it and blacked out the trim around the side windows otherwise it still looks pretty rough paint wise. I have been driving it to town and back some and it is running better all the time.
This past semester at school I had a class of 9 seniors for my automotive class and 3 seniors in my drafting class where we learned Fusion 360, a 3D modeling program by Adobe. I bought myself a 3D printer for Christmas so we designed a couple things and the kids got to see a project from idea to production. A total of 11 students, all seniors (one was in both classes). Here is what I made for each of them. I present to you the Columbus shop classes graduating class of 2018.
I have also added a few items to my inventory of stuff I make here. I will add articles describing them more in detail later but for now just mentioning them. I make hood moulding for the 67-69 Birds. Have improved the making of the armrest frames for these same years. I now make new convertible deck close switches for the 61-63 and the 64-66 cars. Not sure if I mentioned in the blog but also make a new motor for the flip lid on all the convertibles including the Lincoln convertibles.
Relay replacement systems are selling well and i am constantly building some of these on my bench.
Another item I made is the handle for the sunroof on the 1960 birds.
I will be attending the Vintage Thunderbird Club International Regional meet in northern Minn. in a few weeks so may see some of you there.
On the squarebirds brake booster and master conversion I decided to go with the 1″ bore master to start with and see how the brakes feel with that. Can always try a larger bore to see the difference.
OK, may God bless your holidays.
Some years ago I was approached to find a way to install an aftermarket brake booster with a dual reservoir master cylinder in a Squarebird. I was also asked to design a bracket system to mount an under dash booster on the cars with air conditioning. These both needed a redesigned bracket system. Up until a week ago, I had just put this off as too big of a project for the time I had.
I am now getting ready to have set of brackets water jetted and bent up to try out for fit and functionality.
I have already got a set of brackets, an aftermarket booster and also a dual master ready to mount up on a non air car and all fits well. One question I have is whether to go with a 1″ bore or a 1 1/8″ bore on the master cylinder. If any of you have input on this please let me know your opinions by an email to. firstname.lastname@example.org .
please go check out the things I have listed. I have lots of stuff on there right now and I need to sell some of these things so I have more room here to drag more out and get it listed as well. I have so much stuff crammed on shelves upstairs and basically hidden from sight and you know…… out of sight, out of mind…… so true with this.
This summer I will be sorting through a lot of the larger stuff I have and will probably list some of those things here on my blog.
I have decided that I have to start reaching out to the people who shop on eBay and the only way I could do that was to open a store on their site. I have so many parts that are kind of odd and fairly rare so that is the best way to get them out in front of the buyers. For any of you who want to go see what i all have, go to the advance search and choose sellers, then search the sellers for “draxus1”
I find it hard to operate by their rules because there is no real one to one contact other than going through their messaging system which is a pain however if any of you find me on there you can send me an email through my website at tbirdranch.com
It is just one more way of getting some of these parts I have out in the area where people will see what i all have.
Check it out, please!
I have a new item that people have been asking for.
1960 Convertible top switch new with new handle, price is $120.00
if interested email me at email@example.com
Well, even though the weather is very cold and there is snow on the ground I am discovering parts that I am pretty sure one of you is in need of. I have been asked a number of times whether I have any grills for 1965……. but I had none.
Well, just aquired a bumper with a nice grill, no cracks but a few small pits on the back edges of the bars. It would make a very good driver the way it is. Price is $150.00 plus shipping.
I dismantled a 64 that had a nice carb on it. It has a 1965 number on it…. C5SF-A. It is nice and free and not corroded so it would be a good rebuilder or core. Normally a core is $100.00. For those of you who read my blog………. $75.00
Also a lot of other good parts on this one including a nice 64 grill — $100.00
let me know if you would like to purchase
God bless your evening
I found a super nice package tray for a 61-63 tbird
let me know if you are in need of one
I am dismantling a 77 town landau with a tan interior.
I have a good dash pad, you can paint it whatever color you would need——————$95.00
I also have a nice pair or roof rail weatherstrips………. $100.00/pr
God bless your 4th. of July weekend