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'57 Thunderbird FE/AOD Transplant

 
MustangMan
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Posted: 02/23/11 07:43 AM

Awesome! Take your time, double check everything and try to get a second set of eyes for the start up. Always a good idea. We recently had a guy here build his own engine for the first time and put the thrust bearing in the #5 spot like a small-block Chevy! Lucky we had eyes on the engine during first start and saw the crank MOVE about 3/8-inch when he started it. Shut it down and checked crank end play and couldn't believe our eyes. He had to pull the engine back out and luckily it ran for such a short time it only cost him some labor and a fresh set of mains! LOL

Mark  
Mark Houlahan
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1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 02/23/11 01:19 PM

Good advice! I'ts lucky that was noticed early. I called a couple buddies, one with a video camera, & put them on call for when I get the wiring hooked up. I think I'll start it on jack stands since it's the first time for the transmission.

Mine's run on an engine stand for cam break-in so I expect the basic engine should be alright. Just concerned about what I hooked up during installation in the car. Found a few more things this morning, like the heater hose fitting hole on the RPM intake is a different size than the T'bird heater valve. Had to make a parts run.

Trying to get it set up so it's ready to drive to the muffler shop after I get it started.  
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'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 02/23/11 09:03 PM

9:35pm MST: Started up in about 1/4 turn. Only let it run about 20 sec. Sounded good. No leaks evident yet. Some smoke. It's ALIVE! BIRDZILLA! Laugh  
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'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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MustangMan
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Posted: 02/24/11 06:54 AM

Woohoo!! Congrats on the milestone. We need photos and video!!! Laugh

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Mark Houlahan
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Mustang Monthly Magazine

1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 02/25/11 08:10 AM

The victory dance was short lived. Yesterday, while timing and tuning the carb, the old radiator I was hoping would hold out till I could afford a new Griffin aluminum, started gurgling & making bubbles around the filler neck. The game continues...  Crazy Where's that JB weld?  
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'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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MustangMan
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Posted: 02/25/11 08:23 AM

JB Quick! It's faster for us impatient types...

Know what you mean. Helping a friend with a '69 Mustang and got it back from paint and started adding fluids to fire it up and the water pump started leaking right there. Had to drain it all out, pull the pump, new gaskets, etc.

It's never easy... LOL

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Mark Houlahan
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Mustang Monthly Magazine

1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 02/28/11 06:40 PM

The JB Weld Quick held up! Got everything ready for a test drive except the TV cable adjustment. The pressure at idle in drive was 17psi instead of 0-3psi. Waiting for PA tech to advise.

Did move back 4" and 4" forward for an 8" drive under it's own power in the garage Sunday.   Crazy  
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Tbird-dg - Thunderbird Heretic

'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 03/02/11 02:25 AM

No big deal, just had to turn the pan rail cable bracket 180* to shorten the working distance for the cable return spring. Ready for a test drive this afternoon after work (if I don't find any other issues). Smile  
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'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 03/02/11 07:40 PM

Checked the valve lash. Right On! Fired it up. Checked the TV pressure. Right On!
Drove it around a half mile circle. Was uneventful except the open manifolds made so much noise, neighbors car alarms went off. It feels real light on it's feet. "We did a BAD, BAD THING!"  Wink  
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'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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MustangMan
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Posted: 03/03/11 10:55 AM

Great news! Sorry I wasn't able to reply sooner. Was in California on business and the time difference had me all messed up.

Enjoy it in great health!

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Mark Houlahan
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Mustang Monthly Magazine

1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 03/04/11 11:24 AM

Thanks!

Birdzilla is getting muffled. (Must be somewhat civilized to pull off the sleeper act.) The shop is about 4 miles away. Longest drive so far. It was about 40* outside and temp gauge was steady at about 185*. A far cry from cooling in 100* heat this summer, but I'm optimistic.  
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'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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Posted: 03/06/11 08:47 AM

Driven about 40 miles. A wiring faux pas that left me stuck for a while with the hood up, a few dribbles from braided oil lines not tightened enough and temp spike up to an estimated 210* (the dash gauge has no numbers)on a 5 mile climb. I think this swap is going to work.  Wink  
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Tbird-dg - Thunderbird Heretic

'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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Tbird-dg
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Posted: 03/22/11 12:26 AM

Over 100 miles. What a blast!  

It's a good thing it's cool weather, I really need a bigger radiator.

Picture  
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Tbird-dg - Thunderbird Heretic

'71 Ranchero, 351C, T5, daily driver
'57 Thunderbird, 462ci FE, AOD!

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MustangMan
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Posted: 03/22/11 09:39 AM

OK, stop teasing! We want photos or a video! LOL!

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Mark Houlahan
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Mustang Monthly Magazine

1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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kenj
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Posted: 09/23/11 11:01 PM

it's been a couple of months now ..pictures ..and  grin report...how is it holding up??  
Old truck running fast is more fun the a new truck runnin' slow

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