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FE Technical Forum / Re: Mechanical Tach Drive
« on: September 19, 2022, 12:35:22 PM »
FWIW, Mallory used to make mechanical-drive distributors. You might be able to find one, and use it with the most modern 'guts' via a conversion. The last time I looked, there were a variety of those quite available.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Kurt Neighbor Thunderbolt Clone Video
« on: September 14, 2022, 09:59:22 PM »
On that particular car, I don't know, but for years Kurt has had an excellent working arrangement with Jim Dove. It's very likely that the heads are Jim's work.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Need help with tire size for 63 Galaxie
« on: September 13, 2022, 10:23:29 PM »
The standard size of tire for my '64 Custom (lowest end of the Galaxie full-size line-up) was a 6.70-15. The 15 inch wheels on my Custom were part of the mandatory add-ons that were part of ordering a 427 engine. I  believe they were six inches wide.Since I intended to make a change of tires anyway, I didn't order any 'up-sizing' of the tires.

Brother Lon had a '63 Galaxie 500 rag-top at that time and it came with 14 inch tires, as I remember. Since the tire designations have entirely changed, perhaps you'll be able to find a cross-over reference. For what it's worth, a set of M&H Racemaster 8 inch slicks would go on the 15 inch wheels that came on my car and fit with no problem. Hope this is at least a bit of help.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Kurt Neighbor Thunderbolt Clone Video
« on: September 09, 2022, 09:45:07 PM »
+1!!!

KS

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I have been using efi on my builds for more than 20 years. Even if it's a bit more work at the beginning, I believe you are better off using a system that includes a return. I've tried it both ways and I have always ended up using a return. Put your regulator in the return and you'll be a happy man.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 397ci Tunnel Port Dyno Mule Build
« on: August 29, 2022, 08:34:06 PM »
Some years ago, I had a discussion with Bill Miller regarding the use of his aluminum rods on the street. He told me of an arrangement he has with an engine rebuilder who has a contract with a trucking company who run a fleet of tank trucks hauling crude oil from wells in Texas. The rebuilder uses BME rods for that application. He persuaded me. I'll undoubtedly use aluminum rods in all the engines I ever build or have built. (Although I'm looking at a project that might well use rods made from titanium.) :)

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: A little taste of 1995 FE nostalgia....
« on: August 22, 2022, 10:10:57 PM »
Jack Roush's personal Cobra, the last time I rode in it, had a 351M-blocked engine with a set of the NASCAR-Yates-design heads and accoutrements. It was about 450 CID due to the various parts used. I asked him why the somewhat odd-ball concoction and he said, "Just to prove that it's a good combination." I know for a fact that it would peg the speedo.  :)

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Important -- Oil Pump Issues
« on: August 15, 2022, 10:40:51 PM »
Doug---

Very classy of you. But that can be said of all the people here. Jay seems to attract that kind of a following. :)

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Moron's and nitrous don't mix
« on: August 12, 2022, 10:33:37 PM »
I am a scuba instructor. More than 50 years ago, a story went around regarding a scuba tank being filled in an interior room of a concrete block building. At that time, scuba tanks were steel and filled with 72 cubic feet of compressed air. A filled bottle contained air at 2250 pounds of pressure.

A filled bottle was dropped so as to break off the valve. The bottle went through the interior block wall, through the block outside wall and buried itself in the ground several city blocks away. Doan dropem!!

I have had a newly filled N2O bottle setting in the grass in my pit, in the shade provided by my framed canopy.. This was in North Carolina. The temp was 106. As the sun 'moved', the bottle got direct sunlight. It popped the safety on the tank and vented the bottle to atmosphere. At the time, I was getting my bottles filled at Livernois Motorsports here in Metro Detroit. They commonly slightly overfilled to make sure I got all that was coming to me. I like the attitude but it WAS a bit scary on that particular day.

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Question for EFI guys
« on: August 11, 2022, 10:19:53 PM »
I have installed a number of Holley EFI systems, but it has been long enough ago that neither of the shown systems were available at that time. I worked directly with the EFI guys at Holley because I did the very first installation of a pair of their 4-barrel units on Brother Lon's '67 Mustang/427 TP. We were learning as we went. The Holley guys were VERY helpful as we worked ourselves through the maze toward having a fully functual set-up. I was writing for Super Ford Magazine and getting things right resulted in several articles for the mag.

From your description, I'd follow the info above and go with the 'better' system. Keep in mind that having better than you think you need is likely to be of benefit when the inevitable improvements become desirable.

KS

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Having been a Ford guy forever (my '34 five-window had a 59A in it with a distributor driven from a slot in the end of the camshaft) I've never thought much about the fairly simple amount of work that changing a spark curve takes. But then I got modern and let the ECU do all the work. A cable and a laptop will give you a complete map of what you can expect in the way of fuel delivery and spark characteristics and a whole bunch of other things. It's a whole new ball game guys. :)

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: PSE air cup valve "spring" system?
« on: August 08, 2022, 10:14:24 PM »
As an alternative, you might google 'desmodromic valve actuation'.

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Packard out in the sun
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:14:24 PM »
Regarding surgical hardware, I have some titanium in my right ankle. It's more than 40 years old, but I can report that it took about a year-and-a-half to be able to walk without a cane for assistance. It's a bit tender when the weather rucks up, but I'm used to it by now. I actually have more trouble with the left side since I leaned that way a bit to help take the load off the healing side.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Initial Advance - How Much Is Too Much?
« on: August 05, 2022, 10:31:58 PM »
Factory mechanical-advance-only distributors came from the factory with the ability to use either 15 or 10 degrees and came with the 15 in position to start with. The old originally 'standard' way to do your set-up before your first trip to the digs was to change the setting to the 10 degree slot in the mechanism. And if you had access to the best Sunoco fuel, you could then turn-in until you had an additional 18 or so. (Remeber that we have two sorts of 'degrees' in this discussion. The 10 and 15 marked inside the distributor were factory nomenclature and actually had to be doubled to get the actual result.)

Depending on details such as ambient temperature and how good your gas was, etc, the 38 you'd have by using the 10 degree end---actually 20---the 18 you got by turning the distributor might work just fine or, perhaps, make the engine hard to start.

As a very loose generality, the more the better, unless you were causing yourself problems.

KS

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When we did it, I was writing for Super Ford Magazine. I'll have to dig back and figure out exactly what issues hold the original articles(s). I don't suppose SFM will mind if I make copies available. We did it all without outside help at all from any manufacturer. It's not very well known but basic A-arms are readily available for quite low prices from people who deal with circle-track racers. It's usual to be regularly smashing up suspension components. I don't believe we paid more than $20 or so for what we used.

The trick is getting the geometry right when you move the upper arm mount. The factory exhaust runners in the heads are VERY close to the mount points. Since the Dove runners are angled up it makes things easier.

KS


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