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Bought 69 bird stored for 40 years.

Discussion in '1967 - 1988 Ford Thunderbird' started by Dozertech, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Thank you for the very useful info. I will look hard at everything under her while the tank is out. I'm hoping I can clean the tank I have but got a Liland Global tank from rock auto. It was even cheaper than the Spectra lol. I'm hoping there will be very little rot underneath since the car was only on the road for 10 years before heated storage when I got my hands on her.
     
  2. You will be surprised how fast things can rot out. A lot underneath is very poorly undercoated/painted or none at all. Ten years of road use can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. A lot of stuff just tends to sit and eat through the metal from the inside out. Be very through on your inspection and clean and paint everything that is exposed. Eastwood has a nice line up of rust converter/encapsulator and top coat. When I did mine I spend a few weeks wire brushing to remove all the surface rust and painted it.

    I however live on the east coast so rust and rot is more common here. Not sure where you live, but that is the major determining factor.
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  3. Also when removing the fuel tank neck inspect around the top of the neck where it comes up out of the car. Ford put a lot of rubber in there (probably for vibration I guess...), and all that stuff does is hold water and eat the metal around it.
     
  4. Also be warned about those new reproduction fuel sending units. I have read a few stories of some that were pretty poor quality and would end up leaking quite soon after instillation.
     
  5. 64ZCODE

    64ZCODE Well-Known Member Gold Donor

    Hey OAO, did you do all that undercoating with a brush? I'm impressed!

    Doug
     
  6. Brush, spray cans, lots of time, and patience.
     
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  7. The axle I had pulled out completely, disassembled it, had it sand blasted and then painted it with por15
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    I was so excited today when I replaced my tank and saw only minor surface rust.
     
  9. Not too bad! How's the frame? My rust spots was the cross over part of the frame in the corners.
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  10. I spend a couple days cleaning everything up and I welded in a patch for the place that were rusted.
     
  11. Everything was very solid. Lots of under coating protected from the elements. I'll most likely put it on the lift and wash the underside. She has a few leaks that need addressed.
     
  12. Finaly got to take her out on her maiden voyage with me behind the wheel. Still a little tweeking to do on the carb. Next is tires and brakes.
     
  13. I myself got a new set of rims and tires. Stuck with 15 inch as I felt they would give the best ride.
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  14. Those look really nice. I like the direction you are going with yours. I'm going to stick with stock hubcaps for now.
     
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