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Old 04-04-2013, 10:59 AM
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Restoring an old luxury car

Here's my project, a 64 TBird.

It's got a 390 FE, 3 speed automatic, no AC and roll-up windows.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:29 AM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

That is going to look great when you get finished with it, it looks like it is pretty good shape.

Be sure and keep the pictures coming.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:00 PM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

The car is currently in about 1500 parts at four locations: engine, body, tansnission, and I'm doing all the engine accessories, chrome and interior.

Here's the Autolite 4100 after I rebuilt it.

After tinkering with the main body for a week I found it to be warped and with an impossible clog in a vacuum gallery. Incredibly, I found a matching number on ebay. I cannibalized the main body, throttle shafts and plates from the "new" one, and a few screws, and everything else is off my original. Everything's been acid-dipped and the accessories powder coated to mimic the original cadmium yellow plating.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:02 PM
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That is going to look great when you get finished with it, it looks like it is pretty good shape.

Be sure and keep the pictures coming.
It was a New York car so road salt took its toll. The "frame" (its a unit chassis) is solid but I had to replace the door skins, one fender, the trunk lid, and basically the entire floor of the trunk.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:12 PM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Here's the distributor. I'm using a bronze gear because I have a billet cam for the engine rebuild. It has a Pertronix unit instead of the old points.

That little doohickey on the left side is an oiler (I actually found a replacement). It has a little felt roll inside to be replenished with a few drops of 10W that lubricate the internal bearings.

I did the same thing as with the carb, dipped the bare aluminum and wire-brushed it to get it clean, then sprayed some clear engine enamel to (hopefully) keep it that way.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:16 PM
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Pulled the trigger on an AC system for it. The system replaces the old heater box and dehumidifies the defroster. I found a dash vent for the car on eBay and they custom made a hose to fit it.
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Here's the steering wheel after lot's of luv. The splits at 9:00 and 1:00 are gone, and the rotted chrome strip has been replaced.
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The short block is almost done. He's still tweaking the oiling system, but the re-bore and decking is done. The oil holes to the main bearings have been enlarged to line up correctly to the bearing inserts.
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The machine shop work is completed and the old "heart", better than new, is in my garage.
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Man I'm gonna follow this build! I had this exact car. Same white on black only a '65. How's the sequential tail lights holding up. They can be a royal PITA. Thanks for the great memories!
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Nice 'bird!

Are you dumping that boat anchor cast-iron manifold? A nice aftermarket one will get you some ponies and save a lot of weight.
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The '64 did not come with sequential tail lights. And yes, they were a PITA. I can buy a modern electronic kit for a late model mustang for $100 and wire it in and I plan on doing that after I get the car finished.

I went with the original cast iron manifold. Yes, it's frigging heavy. I modified it by blocking the exhaust crossover passages. You can see these in the picture, the stainless steel in the crossover ports at 2 and 7 (painted red with spray-a-gasket).
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