New brake calipers for 65-66 birds

A new item I just received. These are brand new and complete with crossover line and new pads. They are not rebuilt units. Price on these is $150.00 each ($300.00/pair) plus shipping.

I have rebuilt a lot of the old units and typically they will need new pistons due to pitting in the chrome.  I have also sold a lot of rebuilt ones from other suppliers and installed them. I have inspected them to see if they use new pistons and there are times when they reuse old pistons if they are not pitted. While this is quite OK, here is a chance for you to get completely new calipers. They are just like the originals.

Thanks for your attention

God bless

Frustrations with parts

I get frustrated when a part is not made correctly. I recently purchased a convertible top from a supplier and upon installation I find that the rear window is just not made correctly for this car. Three months ago I had the same problem with a top from the same company on the same model car. I ordered another top and find that it is exactly the same. That tells me that this company’s tops for this specific model are being made incorrectly. I contacted the manufacturer and was told that the top has to be correct because they are made from the ORIGINAL patterns. I send them photos and measurements etc  showing exactly what is wrong and what can be done to correct the problem. My supplier, in trying to help me contacts some installers in his area who politely tell him that they are not going to share any of their expertise “Tell him to take it to a professional installer”.  With 45 years of experience of working on  Thunderbirds and after installing many tops from lots of different manufacturers and finding that there is a specific problem in this one part of this top…………….. I should just take it to a professional installer! After all, WHAT DO I KNOW?

While it would be much easier for me to just order a different brand top an be done with it, I feel it isn’t fair to all the other customers out there that might purchase this top and end up with  a crappy installation because they assume the top is correct and do whatever they can just to get it on the car. So what if the zipper shows when the top is up? There is a time when someone has to do whatever it takes to make things right so that the rest of the world does not have to deal with the bad results of the wrong.

I know the frustrations you folks have when you get parts and find they do not work for what you are doing only to be told by someone that sells them, that they must be right, that is what is listed in the computer or catalog. Or you take your car to a shop and when it is not to your standards you are told that is just the way it is. And of course you should pay the bill because they SPENT THE TIME.

When you know you are right, be strong enough to do what it takes to prove it and make things right. We do not have to put people down or call names or anything else, we do have to prove that we are right though. Most of the time it is not about opinions, it is about facts. Take the time to get the right facts and then share them with those involved so that things get resolved for the better of all concerned.

I will let you all know how this turns out.

God bless

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Thank you for asking about this. I made me do the research necessary to get this working.

God bless!

Stuff I found in my stash of parts

Been digging in piles of parts and trying to organize a bit, and finding things that are a bit out of the ordinary or things that just need a new home.

I found an original fan shroud for a 1966 with standard 17″ radiator. This shroud is a perfect original, no cracks or chips and would be good on a concours car.  Price is $150.00.

I have a pair of rocker mouldings for 77-79 but they are somewhat dented. They are not corroded away but need straightening. The damage is hard to see in photos so they would not be of much help if I send them to you.

 

Where have I been lately

OK, why haven’t I been posting any updates here lately? Well, just been busy in the shop.

Yes and there are lots of things going on here all the time.

I have been working on a customers 1961 convertible that was a total basket case and we rebuilt the complete car down to every last nut and bolt. Anything that I thought we might be able to just get by with what he had………. ha ha, it comes back to haunt us. I am down to putting on the convertible top and I find out that it is not made correctly. Waiting to hear from the manufacturer.

I have been getting a quite a few orders for relay replacement systems for the convertibles so always have a couple in the assembly process. This past week they caught up to me and I had to finish one quickly to install in a car that is in my son’s shop (oh, that is a story I have to tell also, about my son having his own shop…. and right out by me)

I sold the last upper back panel switch replacement unit that I had in stock so now there are a dozen of those in the assembly process. I have to make and machine all the brackets for those which is the time consuming part. I do most of it on my milling machine (shop tour will be coming on the blog here also).

Then of course there are the daily phone calls and emails for parts that customers are looking for.

I steel a few minutes here and there to organize and order parts for the stroker motor I am building for the “Blackbird” that has been in the works for over 22 years now. Almost had it going a year ago then a customer car bumped it out of my shop once again.

My CAT skid steer broke its oil pump so now I need to find $12,000.00 for a new engine for that also. What a motivating factor to keep working.

Later, people.

God bless all of you.

Sequential signal lights skipping

Got an email from a customer

i have some trouble whit my turn signal flash .. when i turn signal only 2 lamps flash back and no att frontfender at both sides do you now what it is best regard?

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If you open up that package in the trunk there should be 3 items on the rubber flap
one is a large flat relay with about 10 wires on it and this is the signal light relay…… it switches the bulbs from brake light to signal lights……. usually not bad
the middle one is the brake light relay…….. if you have brake lights it is OK
the other one has a little motor with a white plastic switch box on it. This is the sequencer. if you pry off the cover for the plastic box you will find some small brass switches in there. One of them is not making good contact. Take some contact cleaner spray and hose it down good, then try it again. Many times that is all that it takes. You can also take that cam off the motor shaft and pull out the circuit board and clean each individual switch.
if you need any pieces, I have lots of them

 

87-88 Thunderbird Manuals

Hi,

I just got in a couple of the 88 Thunderbird Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manuals. These are very rare already and they are invaluable if you have one of these cars. Everything electrical and  vacuum is covered with diagrams and locations in this manual. If you want one of these contact me quick. I have 2 of them for sale.

I also have a complete set of the electrical schematics and one set of 3 shop manuals. The shop manual set consists of Body, Chassis & Electrical, and Powertrain.

What I have listed here is pretty much everything available for the 87, 88 bird. One note here……… the 87 and 88 are basically identical cars so if you cannot find manuals for one year you can use the other.

drop me an email at   jdrax@tbirdranch.com for more info

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69-71 Window Sweeps

Just a small note that I now have new material for the door window sweeps for these years. These are also referred to beltline weatherstrips. The material I have is like the original. You will have to fasten it to your existing stainless steel trims on the doors. Price on this is $25.00 each for the 2 door cars and $20.00 each for the 4 door cars. Shipping is extra and I do accept all major credit cards. Drop me an email or ring me at 715-884-6546

email is     jdrax@tbirdranch.com

My perspective on the hobby

Greetings from the deep freeze of Wisconsin

I have been surprised by how busy I have been throughout this whole downturn in our economy. Pleasantly, I must say.  When I tell other poeple that I have not felt hardship in my business with the old cars they all are surprised too. Some say that it is because the people with these old Thunderbirds have money anyway and are not hurting I have to strongly disagree. I know many of you personally and know that there are struggles for all of us and we are not “just the rich guys”.  Most of us are the struggling middle class.

However I have come up with an explanation for why the parts and service and repair business is still doing well.  This is my own personal opinion, however I would like to get some feedback from you people out there with the cars.

It seems that these old Thunderbirds are first of all a labor of love. And owners are for the most part people that like to have their hands involved in the care of these cars.  Unlike investments in gold or stocks etc, these cars are something that we have complete control of and possession of. We do tend to look at them as an investment however it is one where we can enjoy the benefits of all the while we own it. And yes, the problems, the hours of work, the frustrations and the money we have to pour into them is all part of who we are. If it were not we would have taken that money and stuck in someplace where we could earn a whopping 4% or so.  This investment is one that we can go look at and put our hands on it and understand that the value is there for us no matte what the market does. Yes, some of us worry that we are putting way more into it than we would get in cash if we would sell it. But why should we……. are we going to sell it real soon? I highly doubt you bought the car thinking you were going to make some money by selling it.

I take comfort in the fact that I have a ratty old ’62 bird that I can drive instead of a couple grand in cash. Economy crashes tomorrow, I can still drive my bird but if it would have been cash it would have been able to buy a whole lot less overnight. That bird has a real good chance that it will not lose any value over time, more likely it will increase, although slower than before. Machines only tend to lose value when they become no longer able to be used for something. And even if that something is just an outlet for our creativity, passion and problem solving abilities it is worth ore than the cash we have expended to get it to where it is at any given point. Try taking your cash and walking around at a car show, waving it and see how many people drool and give you the thumbs up. Try sitting in your garage with it on the bench and see how successful you are at increasing it or making it look any better. How much self satisfaction will you get after a couple hours of working on it?  Can you get together with your buddies and share shop time over a nice pile of cash or stocks or gold coins?  And another one for me, that cash is totally silent no matter what I do with it, but that old bird has a rumble that stirs something deep inside me that has been there for more than 60 years now. Money can’t buy that feeling no matter how long we let it grow. Sooner or later we will trade that money for one of these machines that gives us a whole lot more satisfaction and joy.

Thanks for all of you that spend some of it with me because I do turn it into things that will go Vroom. (I like to eat and stay warm also)

Let me know what you think>

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