Thursday, May 28, 2015


The T-Bird is back on the floor with the suspension work done and it now has brakes. Note: If you double click on a picture it will come full screen then click the back arrow to return to blog.

 A shot of the engine compartment with the new master brake cylinder installed that is the third one ordered the first two were sent back because they leaked around the piston and out the push rod hole. What ever happened to good parts.

 Above & below the new coil-overs installed with new ball joints, A-arm bushings and rubber brake hoses. The rotors, calipers and pads are in good shape. Wheel bearings were cleaned and repacked with new wheel seals. New mounts had to be fabricated at the bottom of the coil-overs as the T-Bird shock mount that attach to the top of the upper A-arm would not work and at the top spacers were made to fit where the stock shocks were attached.

 I made my own power bleeder from the old master cylinder lid and my air pressure regulator, that is used with the paint spray gun, and reduced the pressure to 10 lbs. then ran a quart of brake fluid through all 4 wheels to flush the old black fluid from the lines and wheel cylinders. After every thing was flushed with clean fluid coming out at each wheel my wife pumped the brake pedal while I bled the air bubble's until we had a nice firm pedal.
 A shot of the nice clean and painted front suspension before the brakes were installed.
 Update on the 60 Ford Starliner that is still at Hot Rods by Dean, the paint and new suspension work is complete so the new grill was next.

 Below is a billet grill for a 04 to 08 Ford F 150 that we thought would work but it was not wide enough to fill the space between the head lights. that is now for sale on criag's list.
Above is the hand formed grill from 1/16 X 3/4 flat bar stock. The back supports will be blacked out with the front of the bars polished that will give the grill the appearance of floating in the opening. The head lights have been re positioned  to fit the angle and grill. New turn signal/parking lights will be round and above the head lights in the corner of the hood-fender.
The back of the car had a plastic filler between the tail lights that looked cheep. Now a hand formed grill, that matches the front, has been made and will receive the same treatment as the front with blacked out supports and polished bars.

Next the interior will be worked on with a center console and bucket seats from a 65 Thunderbird.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Progress is being made on the 65 T-Bird with the scraping, cleaning and sanding done on the under carriage, engine compartment and front suspension areas. I decided to use the original paint color, Med. Beige Metallic or Chantilly Beige, and ordered a quart of  primer, base color and clear coat to paint the engine compartment and fire wall. The PPG color name is Silver Sand.

 Above is the finished fire wall and below is what I started with.

 Above and below is the battery area before and after with a new piece fabricated and welded in under the rusted out battery box .

 Drivers side front of engine compartment.

  Right front before & after.

 Left front before & after.
 All the wiring has been repaired new loom installed and put back in place. New vacuum and windshield washer hoses were installed.
 The cowl area (above) was sanded, primed and painted and the wiper motor, arms, cover and brackets were blasted, primed & painted.
 Avery thing was primed with PPG Epoxy Primer.
 Below the color was applied the next day then a day later the Epoxy Clear went on.
 All the suspension and frame parts have been blasted, primed and painted along with all the nuts, bolts, screws and every piece that could be taken off the car. 450 hours spent on the car so far.
 These are the new front coil overs that will replace the coil springs and the rear shocks from Ridetech.
As soon as I can afford the ball joints, bushings and components to rebuild the front suspension I will put it back together. The new master cylinder that I ordered leaked around the piston at the push rod hole while I was bench bleeding it so it was send back and I am waiting for the replacement to show up.

Friday, May 8, 2015


The first week end of May each year the Historic Rout 66 Association of Arizona puts a 3 day Fun Run Event on that starts Friday night in Seligman then on Saturday morning all the cars line up for the run to Kingman through Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine, Hackberry and Vale Vista  and end up in Old Town for a all day show & shine.

 This year we took the 51- 4 door and parked where there are shade trees behind us.
 Karen and Charlie enjoyed the all day shade.

 I liked this 1929 La Salle that is mostly original.

 Grate looking 30's Boat Tail Auburn unfortunately it's a reproduction. 

 Cars line up on both sides of 2 streets that stretches for 5 blocks each plus the side streets, I believe that there were over 700 cars this year.
 As you can see there was large verity of cars, something for every one. 

 Lots of cars towing antique trailers, I would say at least 20 were there.
On Sunday morning there is a pancake breakfast at the Power House then a run through Oatman (a old mining town)  to Topock/Golden Shores, on the Colorado River, where the awards ceremony is held. If you want to come next year go to

Monday, April 20, 2015


The AVI Resort is located below Laughlin , Nevada on the Colorado River and the show put on by the River Cruizers Car Club runs from Thursday to Saturday (April 16 to 18) with awards on Sunday morning.
We screwed up and did not get there until Friday morning so the show was almost full.
The AVI has a KOA RV next to it where we stayed with our truck camper and car trailer.

 We took the Kaiser as we had taken the 51 last year and the Starliner is still in the paint shop.
 Lot's of nice cars like this 1969 Mustang Fast Back, you can see that the event is right on the river.
 Chopped custom Mercury with lot's of chrome.
 I think this is a 1948 Anglia drag car.
 One of the club members customized Studebaker Golden Hawk with a Paxton blower
 Nice 34 with window air.
 Restored Nash Metropolitan with the river in the background. 
 This 40 has a shortened bed and a 4" lengthened cab for moor leg room.  

 Karen won best 50's car award on Sunday morning.