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Old 06-07-2015, 01:00 AM   #1
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66 thunderbird

I can't really find a good forum for t birds and recently got one so I figure is start a thread on here sense it's just a mustangs fat older sister haha

Anyways like the title says it's a 66, it's got a 390 with an auto. Car was is In pretty good shape for the price.

The whole car pretty much needs a whole resto but has a lot of usable parts on it. No rot but some surface rust and needs a driver fender. And the engine needs new freeze plugs and a good cleaning

The interior is in pretty good shape just needs a head liner and carpet.

Body is straight just needs some work in the rocker panel and quarter other than that just a few little dings here and there.

It has power windows, locks brakes and steering and lots of other things

The car doesn't really need a whole lot just a lot of time.

As of now I've torn off all the engine accessories and hood/grill to get ready to pull the motor. And gave it a good washing. And cleaned it out. I'm in the car around 1200 including a new carb/rebuild kit towing a few other small items and the car itself. Hoping to get some help from you guys when I get stumped!

I don't have any pictures on my phone I'll post some in a bit from my laptop.
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We've talked about ole T-bird before, what's the carb? 2 or 4? I can't remember, it's been so long.


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4 the stock one was frozen so I got a Holley for get which one and a rebuild kit and right before I tried to start it I filled it with water and it just pored out of the freeze plugs
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Uh-oh, yeah rebuild time.


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I was just today (yesterday) wondering if you were going to give us an update on the T-bird.
I have some cool factory FE high performance parts that I'll post some pictures of as soon as I can get a chance to take some!

Awesome!
This will be a nice thread to follow along.
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Yeah I'm almost ready to pull it just don't have much time really
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I was just today (yesterday) wondering if you were going to give us an update on the T-bird.
I have some cool factory FE high performance parts that I'll post some pictures of as soon as I can get a chance to take some!

Awesome!
This will be a nice thread to follow along.

Nice yeah all this weird v8 stuff is really confusing haha I am looking forward to working on this car lots a weird things. And at least this time I'll have an idea of what I'm doing this time
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So is this a restore and sell car or a restore and keep car?


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Here are some pictures of it
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Man, you got a lot of car for the money, she looks pretty good! Keep us posted!
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That's what I was thinking! I'm still waiting to find the reason it's so cheap
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Wow, that looks pretty nice!
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Wow nice car where do I find one of those lol. Keep us updated.


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Thanks guys yeah couldn't pass up the deal. And just local CL I always surf it for good deals
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Well got the engine out tonight. Surprisingly easily, only broke one bolt on a exhaust clamp other than that it all came off with no heat/penetrating oil. Then I started to take apart two engine and that's where the fun started..... I let the pictures do the talking. And do every one a favor and change your oil people 😞Click image for larger version

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Nice find! And yeah change your oil. Lol
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At least you valves weren't hitting the Pistons. still a nice find tho.


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Cool car... You (or at least I don't) see very many of them.

390 is maybe my favorite motor, I had a 66 Galaxie for awhile with a 390 and Dad has had a couple of them in his 76 F150.


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66 thunderbird

There was a 69 mach at the car show here, Saturday. It has a 390 in it sucker sounded mean; I think it had super 10s on it...


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Yeah everything seems to be in okay shape just covered in dried oil haha I had to beat the distributor out with a hammer and couldn't even get a push rod out because it was so caked in that stuff.
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Here are some pictures of it
You know this generation of T-Birds ('64, '65, '66) were the first Fords with sequential tail lights. Three years before the Cougars.
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... and that's where the fun started...I let the pictures do the talking...
Back in those days, the second hand owners thought these motors took care of themselves.
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Lol.
That's what an original engine from the sixties is supposed to look like inside.
That is the result of a combination of using 165 degree thermostats and the oil formulation of the era.

How do the cylinders look Travis?
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You know this generation of T-Birds ('64, '65, '66) were the first Fords with sequential tail lights. Three years before the Cougars.

It's amazing how many think they started with Mustangs. Hands down its my favorite part of my Cougar.


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You know this generation of T-Birds ('64, '65, '66) were the first Fords with sequential tail lights. Three years before the Cougars.

Didn't know they started it, but I did know it had them! Well at least the two bulbs that worked haha

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Back in those days, the second hand owners thought these motors took care of themselves.

Clearly haha it cleaning up pretty good so far tho
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Lol.

That's what an original engine from the sixties is supposed to look like inside.

That is the result of a combination of using 165 degree thermostats and the oil formulation of the era.



How do the cylinders look Travis?

Well surprisingly my 6. Wasn't even close to this bad. Well maybe the coolant passages but the oil parts were pretty much spotless

And cylinders look good. No major scratches or surface rust. I looked at them with a borescope before I pulled the motor and they looked good. I would have left the engine in if it didn't need freeze plugs
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Cool car... You (or at least I don't) see very many of them.

390 is maybe my favorite motor, I had a 66 Galaxie for awhile with a 390 and Dad has had a couple of them in his 76 F150.


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That's kinda why I got it. Not to many around
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Really? Come over to KY there's quite a few...


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Well relatively low number compared to mustangs
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Well here's my problem.... Click image for larger version

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And looks like some one used a little too much stop leak Click image for larger version

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Well got the Pistons out tonight. It looks like it needs to be bored and crank needs to be polished. Bearings showing some uneven wear
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And does anyone know how to compare numbers to see if it's the original block?
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You'll need to find casting numbers on it, they should have a date code. From there you'll get close but the motor could've been built long before the car. Someone else can probably give you more detail.

I've also heard that on at least Mustangs and Cougars, the car serial number was stamped into the block. I've never tried looking for it on my Cougar.




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