57 Thunderbird chassis
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:29 PM
I am going to be taking on a 57 Ford Thunderbird AMT kit. I am sure some of you are aware that the chassis on this kit is not the best with the exhaust and drive train molded in.
Any suggestion on a good replacement I can kit bash from?
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:53 PM
I'd love to see a new tool '57 T-Bird, but I doubt that's going to happen.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:00 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:24 PM
I also agree with Chuck on the shortcomings of the engine in the 56 Thunderbird. If you have an AMT 56 or 57 Ford kit handy, the engines in those kits, albeit from older tooling, offer a better alternative to the 57 or 56 Thunderbird engines. Kit bashing the best parts from the 56/57 Thunderbird engines with the 56 or 57 Ford engines will give you an excellent basis for a nicely built engine.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:41 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:50 PM
YES! EVERY Y-block kit has gotten that wrong. The distributor is angled a few degrees to the passenger's side.
be aware that the Thunderbirds used rear sump oil pans when you're converting the "full-size" Y-blocks from the '56-'57 kits. also, the distributor on a Y-block exits the top rear of the block at an angle, not straight up.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:42 AM
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:27 PM