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Thread: 65 Thunderbird

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    Unhappy 65 Thunderbird

    Earlier this year I traded my 5 speed sc for this 65 bird! It had no brakes but front end was rebuilt and it had new tires, it also has a 351w swap from a 1970 mustang and a c6 instead of the fordamatic. The brake lights and turn signals did not work. Matt haub reverse engineered the system with modern relays and sequencers! I also used moder. Relays on the power windows to get them working again. First thing i did was converted to a dual res master cyl and new booster, made all new nicop lines and replay e dall the rubber hoses. I also upgraded to a hei distributor. It's running a performer rpm intake and a 650 edelbrock eletric choke carb. Runs great! Future plans include new door seals, new seat skins an aod swap and 3.73 gears (3.0 now) I'm enjoying the hell out of this car and put 1700miles on it this summer ! I also ran a 200 mile road rally with my son navigating and had an absolute blast! These cars are way way cool and way ahead of their time!

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    65 Thunderbird Hardtop 351w/c6

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    Very nice!

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    What are you using for gas in the 65?

    Ken

    93 SC Whipple powered 11.648 @ 119.6
    Twin Turbo, air intercooled..yet to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenewagner View Post
    What are you using for gas in the 65?

    Ken

    I've been running 93 with no issues and I have the timming cranked up pretty good 30degrees of advance or so and no ping
    93 SC Red Aod 4.2/2.3lwhipple 422rwhp 11.360
    2013 Shootout Bracket ET First Place
    2015 Shootout Car Show Honerable Mention
    2016 Shootout Mod-1 First Place
    2018 Shootout Pro Street Runner Up
    Coming soon new motor 2300 TVS etc..
    65 Thunderbird Hardtop 351w/c6

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    I got a new trunk seal in the mail the otherday. Hopefully I can talk Kurt Sunday into installing it while i drink beer Thursday!
    93 SC Red Aod 4.2/2.3lwhipple 422rwhp 11.360
    2013 Shootout Bracket ET First Place
    2015 Shootout Car Show Honerable Mention
    2016 Shootout Mod-1 First Place
    2018 Shootout Pro Street Runner Up
    Coming soon new motor 2300 TVS etc..
    65 Thunderbird Hardtop 351w/c6

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    Very nice! I a few years back I had a 66 which is the last of that generation. They are a great cruiser for sure, good job on the master & booster upgrade which is something that I never go to on mine before selling it. Loved the monster front discs and calipers these cars had as OEM.

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