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Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
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Re: Factory Floorboard holes?

On the '55 and '56 full size cars, there were roughly 3/16" diameter factory punched holes for the rear wiring harness clips along transmission hump and rear floor panel. Aside from the larger...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 04:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 141
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: tailgate and rear wiring routing

I have a '55 Courier wagon, but the wire routing is probably no different than passenger wagon models. Here how it is run on the Courier wagon.
Down along firewall to indented trail along the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) Yesterday, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Increasing RPMs when shifting Fordomatic into Drive

Normal engine idle speed should be about 450-475 RPMs after engine is warmed up and automatic choke is disengaged. If you have a handheld dwell/tachometer, check and adjust in accordance with shop...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 05-02-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 55-56 Ford power steering

I have used '57/58 control valves and ram cylinders on a '55 before. Far is I know here are the differences:
54/55/56 control valves had a separate and removeable clamp for the steering arm-to-idler...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 05-02-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 368
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Locate part

The basic original crankshaft dampers for Ford full-size cars with y-block all had a single pulley. In cars that had power steering, a bolt-on pulley was added to the crankshaft damper. Originally, a...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 05-02-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 413
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: My 56 Transmission need rebuilt?

The air-cooled converter flywheel plate o-ring gasket is a common leak point. The gasket can shrink and crack with age. The o-ring fits around the back of the front plate just behind the starter ring...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-30-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: windshield leak

I watched a very trustworthy car glass guy seal my '55 sedan windshield.
first, he took a thin plastic trowel and wrapped a cloth around it and sprayed windex on the cloth and on the glass near the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-25-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 759
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Power steering pump alignment

All I can tell ya is that the full-size cars had the pump mounted directly to the steel mounting bracket WITHOUT washers in between the pump and bracket as the illustration shows. Putting washers...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-25-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 763
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Drive Collector cars How Much?

How much do we get to drive them? Assuming someone would think my car is a "collector" car, I can drive it year round and put limitless miles on it. It sits outside year round, get rained on, hailed...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-20-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Door Panals

BTW, the top of the masonite panel should be just below the two screwholes that hold the vent window assembly to the door. The metal interior window garnish moulding will mount such that the bottom...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-20-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: Door Panals

If you don't have the original panel to use as a pattern, you can still make your own panels by getting sheets of masonite from the hardware store. First, measure the distance from the bottom of the...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-14-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: dash questions

All sedan and wagon models had windlace, even the Mainlines and Couriers.
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-12-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,903
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: neutral safety switch

The dealer issued '57 Ford car owners manuals said "place gear select lever in neutral" to start cars equipped with Ford-O-Matic. They did it this way because they didn't want the owner to have to...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-12-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: dash questions

For the L-shaped brackets that the dash sits on, I just cut out a square piece of roofing felt and punched a hole in it for the bolt to go thru. The factory may have used a bit of their seam-sealer...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-12-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: tranny issue HELP please

I think he means the air vent is plugged. The air vent is located near the top of the trans case and it has a cap on it. The vent can be removed with a wrench and soaked in solvent and blow out with...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 04-04-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: type f

Ford-O-matics of the era were specified to use type "A" fluid which was discontinued, but Mercon/Dexron fluid is the recommended replacement type fluid due to its lubricative properties closely...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-31-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 56 Ford SD Door Removal

Not sure how far you are going with your project, but the way I did both my cars, they were completely dis-assembled of every nut, bolt and washer so that everything could be cleaned down to bare...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-31-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 826
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 80 over rebuild

Don't know where I saw it, but it's been my understanding for the past many decades that 60 is the maximum overbore size for a Y-block. Beyond that exposes the cylinder wall to danger of busting...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-30-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 56 Ford SD Door Removal

Those pins can be tough to get out. I drilled into the bottom of the center of the pins about 1/4" deep, then used vice-grips to "crush" the sides of the bottom of the pin. You may end up with small...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-29-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: color code

Interior colors---------Ford Code-------Dupont Codes
Dark Blue--------------M0389-----------2151, 202-58747
Medium Blue-----------M0388-----------2150, 202-58746
Dark...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-29-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: color code

Be careful to match the paint chip of the color you are trying to select with what you have in the interior.
I say this because in '55 there was a metallic green and a darker metallic green. Two...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-28-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 55 ford accessory position

Put the key in and pull upward on the fob and turn left at the same time. It might turn that way. If so, two possibilities: the light gage metal keeper at the top of the tumbler cylinder may have...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-21-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 55 Crown Vic bow lengths/positions???

BTW, if you decide to paint the headliner bows, be sure to scratch off paint at both ends of the bow with the dome-light bracket so it will achieve a good body ground connection with the roof...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-21-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: 55 Crown Vic bow lengths/positions???

All the bows I've seen from this era were bare metal and if there was a white paint marking visible on the end, you could make out what it said as it had become corroded so badly. When I redid my '55...
Forum: Late V8 (1954+) 03-21-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By Daves55Sedan
Re: automatic transmission oil

Lincoln used the heavy case cast iron "Ford-O-Matic" and it operates under same principles as the small and medium case transmissions which used type "A" fluid. It's mostly no longer available by has...
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