Classic Thunderbird Club International

Restoration Manual Index 2013
Through Addendum "J"

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A

Adhesive removal, page 460

Air cleaner elements, page 361

Air cleaner wing nut, page 43

Air duct cable brackets, page 53

Air duct to apron sealant, page 9

Air duct to heater engine compartment, page 55

Air ducts and attaching hardware and seal to apron, page 6, 412

Air duct screens, page 428

Air ducts engine compartment, page 53, 55

Antenna mount location, page 221, 469

Anti squeak pads, page 6

Automatic transmission identification, page 255

Automatic transmission oil pan, page 255

Automatic transmission tail shaft housing, page 297, 410, 412

Automatic transmission kick down rod shield, page 406

Automatic transmission dip stick tube bracket, page 406

B

Backup lamp block off 1955/56, page 21

Batteries, page 53

Battery 12V for 6V conversion, page 347

Battery cable clamp to shield, page 47

Battery cables, page 159

Bearing front hub replacement, page 455

Bell housing paint three speed transmission, page 375

Body bolts, studs & washers to frame, page 151

Body installation on the frame, page 273, 275

Body paint stripping, page 269

Body removal from frame, page 267

Body restoration preparation, page 267

Body shim tape, page 9

Body shims and bumpers, page 251, 253

Bolts front bumper to frame, page 211

Bolts front bumper early 1957 models, page 426

Bolts timing cover & attachments, page 399, 401

Bolts, front engine mount, page 201

Brake brass block for crossover line, page 213

Brake cable rear and attaching parts, page 6

Brake cable lubrication (rear cable), page 476

Brake fluid and bleeding, page 325, 327

Brake hose rear connection early 1957 models, page 181

Brake lamp not working, right rear, page 104

Brake lamp switch, mechanical, page 422

Brake line and hardware on rear axle 1955/56, page 183

Brake line clip on frame cross member, page 107

Brake line position on the frame, page 297

Brake line to frame clips, page 187, 147

Brake lines from master cylinder, page 67

Brake rear hose connection 1955/56, most 1957, page 183

Brake system four way brass block on frame, page 181

Brakes, page 293, 295, 367

Bumper bolts 1957, page 117, 181, 145, 153

Bumper brackets front outer 1957, page 5

Bumper bracket rear spacers 1957, page 408

Bumper double bolts 1957, page 23, 117

Bumper guard insert 1955/56, page 305

C

Carburetor & intake (1957) on 1955/56, page 95

Carburetor air cleaner element, page 277, 361

Carburetor and fuel problems, page 93

Carburetor linkage, page 349, 351

Carburetors, page 61, 63, 65, 94, 131, 432, 434, 470

Carpet stitching original, page 299

Carpet to firewall cover, page 15

Carpet, page 217

Choke control tube, page 197

Choke shield, page 65

Choke tube replacement 1956/57, page 393, 395

Cigar lighter receptacles & fuse, page 303

Clutch & brake pedal installation, page 265

Clutch equalizer components, page 253

Clutch lever in bell housing, page 375, 404

Clutch rod to clutch release lever, page 404

Coil spring markings, page 369

Coil spring spacer, page 369, 444

Continental kit grommets, page 119

Continental kit latch lever, page 79

Continental kit pan, page 106, , 153

Continental kit 1955 after market, page 469

Control arm bushing replacement, page 287, 289, 291

Control arm bushings, lower, page 373, 375

Control arm lower shock mount nuts, page 404

Convertible top folding instructions decal, page 215

Convertible top frame & latches, page 219

Convertible top rear bow modification, page 383

Cooling fan, electric, page 440

Convertible top restoration, page 331, 333, 335

Convertible top snaps, page 21

Convertible top swing arm, page 17, 115, 379

Cooling system filter, page 438

Convertible top weather-strips, page 381

Crank pulley repair & installation, page 309

Cylinder head identification, page 27, 19, 281

Cylinder head modification for better cooling, page 387

D

Dial-o-matic seat relay, page 197

Dash cover 1955/56, page 299, 301

Dash restoration 1957, page 257, 259

Data plate deviation code, page 231, 233

Date code on heater core frame, page 123

Deck lid alignment 1957, page 21

Differential gears, 1957, page 369, 371

Differential housing 1957, page 181

Dip sticks engine & transmission, page 43

Distributor caution, page 359, 470

Distributor identification, page 227

Distributor point plates, page 279

Distributor rotor clip 1955/56, page 387

Distributor vacuum advance mechanisms, page 279

Door weather-strip, page 299, 460, 462

Door alignment to dash, page 19

Door alignment, page 21

Door check arm, page 13, 462

Door garnish alignment, page 458

Door glass forward post bumper, page 221

Door glass frame improvements, page 263, 464

Door glass front run installation, page 263

Door glass logo, page 195, 426

Door glass scissor modification, page 263

Door panel, interior screws, page 11

Door post weather-strip installation & adhesive, page 385, 428, 460

Door strikers, page 13

Door turned aluminum screws, page 111

Door weather strip at belt, page 13

Drive shaft length, page 325

Drive shaft numbers, page 107

Drive shaft yoke 1957, page 211

Driving Lamps 1955, 56, page 466

Dual four carburetor synchronizer, page 345, 347

E

E model carburetor, page 90, 245

Electrical, auxiliary

E model, page 161 thru 171

Engine & cylinder head identification, page 27, 29, 31, 39, 281

Engine coolant drain, page 157

Engine core plugs, page 351, 438, 440

Engine date codes, page 281

Engine cooling fan, page 438

Engine gaskets, page 359

Engine hardware, page 37

Engine installation, page 309, 310

Engine main bearing caps & bolts, page 231

Engine paint, page 33, 37, 197, 199

Engine re-build, page 134 thru 142

Engine steady rest, page 183, 412

Engine tags, page 47

Engine to firewall ground, page 123, 159

Engine water jacket rust accumulation, page 436

Engine weight, page 436

Exhaust manifold bolts, page 313

Exhaust manifold heat riser, F models, page 197

Exhaust manifolds, page 65, 67, 399

Exhaust system, page 375

F

Fan blade position in shroud, page 349

Fan blade, page 121, 315

Fan shroud seal, page 311, 349

Fender brace, page 5

Fender extension 1957, page 25

Fender ornament, page 117

Fender skirt alignment tabs, page 21

Fender skirt brackets, page 21

Firewall cover fasteners, page 151

Firewall drivers side, page 39, 41

Firewall hardware, page 237, 239, 241, 243, 245

Floor cover behind seat, page 15

Floor pan interior, page 299

Floor pan underside paint, page 9, 253, 297

Floor plug, Power seat equipped, page 215

Floor plugs, page 191

Fly wheel flex plate automatic transmission, page 448

Ford-o-matic fly wheel /flex plate, page 235

Frame reinforcement early 1956 models, page 211

Frame rubber insulator pads, page 325

Fuel filter assembly, page 39, 43

Fuel filter, E model replacement, page 197

Fuel filters and elements, page 125, 127, 129

Fuel line 1955, rear cross over, page 295

Fuel line clip on front cross member, page 107

Fuel line clips, page 213

Fuel line from mid frame to pump, page 181

Fuel lines and clips on frame, page 147, 187, 213, 297

Fuel lines engine compartment, page 327

Fuel lines on frame, F models, page 327, 329

Fuel lines on the frame, page 251

Fuel pump vent holes, page 434

Fuel tank filler neck 1957, page 448

G

Gas cap 1956 early 1957, page 79

Gas cap and door 1957, page 23

Gas lid door 1955/56, page 133

Gas lid door 1957, page 221

Gas lid hinge & spring, page 77, 79

Gas tank strap webbing material, page 9, 107

Gas tank rubber insulators to floor, page 408

Generator end plates & mount bolts, page 233, 235

Generator ID tags, page 49

Generator mount, page 45

Glove box door paint, page 217, 219

Glove box, decals & hardware, page 113

Glove box, page 19, 149

Grill attachment early 1955, page 23

Grill molding alignment, page 23

Ground wire firewall to engine, page 357

Gauges assembly cautions Fuel & Temp 1955/56, page 462

H

Hard top drip seal late 1957, page 305

Hard top inside paint, page 215

Hard top headliner, page 215

Hard top moldings, page 305

Hard top tack-strip, page 464

Hard top weather-strips early 1955, page 379, 381

Head bolts, page 201

Head lamp bucket clips & springs, page 195, 469

Head lamp bulbs, page 25

Head lamp switch modification, page 303

Headliner tack cover strips, page 13

Headliner, page 301, 303

Heater block off paint, page 313

Heater block off plate, page 219, 303

Heater chamber (Plenum) under dash, page 193

Heater control cables, page 263

Heater ducting & wiring engine compartment, page 57, 59, 175

Heater hose & brackets engine compartment, page 55

Heater motor round duct, page 157

Heater motor Stamp, page 125

Heater wires, page 129, 131

High performance Kit 1956, page 337, 339, 341, 343, 344, 438, 440

Holly carburetor rebuild, 1955/56, page 315, 317, 319

Hood cables and brackets, page 111

Hood hinges, page 313

Hood latch brackets, pins and springs, page 9

Hood latch repair, page 434, 436

Hood mount hinges and bolts, page 49 426

Hood pad & drive nails, page 199, 201

Hood pad 1955, page 49

Hood radio static suppression tab, page 311, 401

Hood release cable rubber grommet, page 201

Hood release mechanism hardware, page 43

Hood release Mechanism spacers early 1955, page 123

Hood upper inside frame, page 121

Horn mount bolts, page 47

Horn relay, page 51

Horn ring center paint, page 263

Horns 1956, page 69

I

Idler arm bushings, power steering, page 211

Idler arm finish, page 183

Idler arm washer, page 213

Ignition coils, page 54, 397

Ignition switch wiring, page 303

Inspection stamp on lower dash, page 115

Inspection stamp, under hood, page 121, 203

Instrument bezels 1957, page 385

Instrument center cluster aluminum 1957, page 424

Instrument, temp and fuel, page 424

Instrument voltage drop regulator 1957 models, page 424

Insulating material rear wheel wells, page 189, 422

Intake manifolds, page 35, 277, 472, 474, 476

Interior floor cover, page 261

Interior color, Golden Rod, page 422

Invoice decoding, page 99

J

Jacking instruction, page 71

Jacks, page 73, 75, 77

K
L

Leaded fuel, page 81

Life guard decal placement 1956/57, page 11

Lower control arm bushings & spacers, page 183, 373, 375

Lift for average size garage, page 469

M

Maintenance manuals, page 430

Mallory Distributors, page 279

Master cylinder finish, page 43

Master cylinder heat shield 1955, page 387, 389

Master cylinder, Ford service part, page 123

Master cylinders and caps, page 69

Master cylinder mount bolts, page 440

Mirror base, inside, page 17, 191

Mirrors exterior, page 113, 305

Motor mount front bolt, page 203, 404, 406

N

Neutral safety switch, start in park, page 377

Non Power seat, page 189

Nose panel ornament, page 117

Nuts on original shocks, page 109

Number stenciled under the dash, page 422

O

Oil & engines, page 85

Oil dip stick & tube, page 125, 480

Oil filter plate to engine block, page 307

Oil filter spin on adaptors, page 387

Oil filters, page 237, 478, 479

Oil pan plugs, page 359

Oil press sending unit wire, page 157

Overdrive and fuel mileage, page 86

Overdrive cable handle bracket, page 111

Overdrive cable routing through floor, page 113

Overdrive cable routing, page 19

Overdrive Governor, page 369, 406

Overdrive solenoid, page 325, 410

P

P/B booster vacuum line clip 1956/57, page 125

P/S bracket bolt to exhaust manifold, page 39

Padded dash ends, page 215

Padded dash screws, page 191

Paint behind grill, page 195

Paint marks for I.D. of components, page 211

Paint patterns engine compartment, page 227, 229

Paint the proper shade, page 100

Park brake handle mount screws, page 115

Park brake cable lever mechanism, page 412

Park brake cable to backing plates, page 406

Park lamp lens 1957, page 23

Park lamp wire clip to air duct, page 147

Park lamp wire routing 1957, page 145

Parking brake handle removal, page 265

Part numbering system, page 98

Parts inventory control, page 249, 269

Pinion bearings, page 371, 373

Pinion housing 1957, page 181

Pinion seal replacement 1957, page 371, 373

Pinion seal, 1957, page 371

Power brake booster, page 41, 472

Power brake cylinder plug date, page 177

Power brake vacuum source early 1957, page 391, 393

Power seat adjusting rod finish, page 15, 421

Power seat/window wire retainer at door jam, page 424

Power seat floor mount brackets, page 217

Power steering control valve, page 329, 414, 416, 454, 456

Power steering idler arm bracket, page 329

Power steering pully, page 478

Power steering pump belts, page 319

Power steering pumps, page 349

Power steering to Water pump bolts, page 203

Power window relay and wire clip, page 121, 422

Pressurizing engine oil system, page 309

Priming the body, page 15

Push rods, page 315

Q

Quarter boards & binding, page 115

R

Radiator basics, page 96

Radiator build date, page 61, 283

Radiator cap, page 125

Radiator deflector panel early 1955, page 47

Radiator drain, page 157

Radiator hose clamps, page 59, 61, 229

Radiator hose numbers, upper, page 175

Radiator support early 1955, page 47, 49, 67

Radiator support paint, page 313

Radiator support spacers to frame, page 237

Radiators, page 225, 227

Radio repairs, page 101

Radio static capacitors, page 229, 410

Rear axle bearings, page 365

Rear main seal replacement, page 80, 353, 355, 357, 399

Rear Shackles and hardware, page 7, 145

Rear shocks, , page 107

Rear Springs, page 410, 416

Rear spring bands, page 7, 9, 107

Rear spring clamps early 1957, , page 107

Rear spring identification paint markings, page 295

Rear transmission, mount & bolts, automatic, page 203

Replacing automatic transmission, page 87

Replacing choke tube, page 92

Resistors of 6V-12V conversion, page 424

Ring gear & Pinion 1957, page 369

Road draft tube, page 203

Rocker arm ratios, page 80

Rocker arms, page 80, 199

Rocker cover gaskets, page 197

Rocker cover nuts non dress up kit, page 43

Rocker covers, page 313

S

Screws in door panel, page 115

Sealing the underside floors, page 269, 271

Seat back cardboard cover, page 15

Seat back stop bolt 1955, page 113

Seat back stops bolts, page 15

Seat back wrap around tacks, page 385

Seat belts, page 191, 193

Seat motor tags, page 113

Seat tracks finish, page 15

Seat workmanship, page 15

Sheet metal repairs sequence, page 269

Shipping brackets, page 213

Shock end nuts, page 109

Shocks, page 5, 107, 312

Shocks (air), page 444, 446

Six volt gauges on 12 volt system, page 104

Skirt brackets, early 1955, page 117

Sound deadener rear quarters, page 205

Spare tire hold down, page 71, 75

Spare tire well plug 1957, page 6

Spark plug wire boots on distributor cap, page 49

Spark plug wire grommets, page 157

Spark plug wire numbering system, page 231

Spark plug wires 1955, page 347

Spark plug wires, page 357

Speedometer cable routing standard and overdrive, page 19, 113

Speedometer connection to transmission, page 311, 412

Speedometer gear angle drive, 1955/56, page 297

Speedometer lubrication, page 259

Splash shields lower inner fender, page 211, 412

Starter cable grommet on fire wall, page 39, 165

Starter ID tags, page 51

Starter solenoid 1956/57, page 177

Starter solenoid, 1955, page 67

Steering arm (drag link), page 187

Steering box rebuild, page 291, 293, 365, 367, 444

Steering box, page 39

Steering column removal & disassembly, page 263, 422, 458

Stencil on frame, page 213

Sun Visor brackets, page 217

Sun visors, non padded 1956, page 19

Sway bar brackets to frame, page 5

Sway bar bushing replacement, page 367

Sway bar end kit hardware, page 5, \109

Sway bar rear cautions, page 452

Spring, rear leaf front bolt removal, page 448

Springs, rear perches, page 450

Suspension (front) removal, page 448, 449

T

Tachometer 1957, page 17, 19

Tachometer cable routing 1956/57, page 165

Tail lamp housings 1957, page 223

Tail lamp lens 1957, page 23

Temperature sending units, page 277

Thermostat, page 315, 349

Throttle bell crank, 1955, page 397

Throttle rod hole in Firewall cover, page 261

Thunderbird script 1957, page 305

Tie rod ends and sleeve, page 185

Tie rod seals, page 187

Timing cover, page 39, 47, 389

Timing gear crank pulley seal, page 307

Timing gear to cam shaft, page 389, 391

Timing marks, page 279

Tire tool, page 77

Tire valve stem extensions 1957, page 155

Tonneau cover, page 189

Torque converter installation, page 295, 297

Transmission/engine rear mount alignment plate, page 185, 416

Turn signal cancel cam, page 464

Transmission cooling line fittings, page 123

Transmission dip stick, page 121

Transmission fluid servicing, page 357

Transmissions, 3 speed and O.D, page 249, 251

Trunk bumpers 1955/56, page 79

Trunk bumpers 1957, page 133, 205

Trunk hinge bolts, page 71

Trunk hinges, page 133, 321

Trunk latch catch, page 71

Trunk latch on lid, page 77

Trunk mats, page 75

Trunk weather-strips, page 73

Tuning for low octane fuel, page 83

U

U bolts rear axle and hardware, page 5

U-joint rear, page 211

U-joint removal & replacement, page 451, 452

Under dash components, page 259

Universal joint flange repair, page 287

Upper control arm shields, page 231

Under dash support bars, page 422

Under coat removal, page 446

V

Vacuum advance mechanisms, page 359

Vacuum advance lines, page 470, 472

Vacuum hose, page 123

Vacuum source for windshield wiper motor, page 353, 395, 397

Vacuum source P/B boosters, page 353

Valley pan seal, page 389

Valve problems, page 82

Valve stem & caps, page 195

Vent door alignment, page 21

Vent door parts (fender), page 117

Vent door seals (fender), page 221

Vent grill inside, 1956/57 models, page 111

Voltage regulator 1956/57, page 51, 69

Voltage regulator (service part), page 311, 313

W

Water pump impeller clearance, page 309

Water pump pulley 1956 non P/S, page 45

Water pump pulley metal fatigue, page 349

Water pump, fan & gen belt, page 171, 173

Weight, Frame, page 410

Weight, body, page 426

Wheel paint, page 75

Wheel well covers early 1957, page 79, 133, 205

Wheels, page 221, 223, 446, 448

Wind lace 1955/56 models, page 11

Wind-lace, front, page 13, 189, 191

Windshield, page 265

Windshield logo, page 221

Wiper motor vacuum T fitting, page 385 418

Windshield washers, page 418, 421

Wire grommets inner fender & Park lamp, page 223

Wire harness clip at hood mechanism, page 121

Wire harness clip behind the seat, , page 115

Wire harness, cross over 1955/56, page 69, 357

Wire harness, cross over 1956, page 69

Wiring clips, page 149, 151, 153, 173, 175, 177

Wiring harness clips firewall, page 123, 470

Wiring park lamps engine compartment, page 67

Wiring, body harness to rear, page 261

Wiring, tail lamp harness, under dash, page 193

X
Y
Z
Additional Items (notes)

Correction

Page 176, #44 change 3/8 to 5/16.

Page 248 #4 change T85C-7B to RN11-1N.

Page 26 #6 delete ECZ-F with standard transmission, 292 engines also had ECZ-G heads.

Page 68 #105, Delete 1955, the harness is correct for 1956 models only.

Page 116 #6, Change photo #7 to #14.

Page 132 #5, Change page 76 to 78.

Page 312 #27, Delete the words and # after #9.

Page 343 # 15f, Picture is inverted the notched bell crank is on the bottom.

Page 49 & 397, 1957 ignition coil, the Dec 1957 model may have black or yellow ends by Jan 1957 all Thunderbird coils had yellow ends.

Gil Baumgartner
Last modified: November 18 2013