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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: List Your FE Powered Car at FORDFE.COM
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:58:18 PM »
Warren, I lost my password at so I never post anymore so if you like you can add my fleet to your list.  61 Starliner 427/C6, 67 Fairlane GTA 427/C6, 66 Fairlane GTA 390/C6, 66 Galaxie 428/C6, 69 F-250 2WD 390/C6, 67 Lavey-Craft flatbottom 390/Casale V-drive. Plus assorted 385 powered cars/boats not relevant here. All vehicles are in running condition, registered and insured. 63 years old and have been building FEs since I was 15 y/o.

FE Technical Forum / Re: A few old school builds....
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:01:15 PM »
I guess I fall into the "idiot" catagory x 2.  4 FE powered cars, 1 FE powered trucks, 1 FE powered V-drive boat but also have 2 460 powered cars. My 60 Starliner has a mild built 460 and MK IV Lincoln. 2 more V-drive boats with 460 based engines.  I like 'em all....anything Ford powered is fine with me from Model A 4 cyls to Flatheads to inline 6 cyls to Y-blocks to small blocks to Clevelands/Modifieds to FEs to MELs to 385s and all varities in between....Including the stuff from Europe as well. If it's built by Ford its all good to me. BTW, I like the Blykins' 352 build too...'nuthun like cheering on the underdog.

2X to what Rory said. Haven't seen a 3-bbl in years. But, way back then a pal had one that we swapped onto 3 or 4 different engines to try it out. In all cases, low speed operation was poor but once  engine rpms rose to a high enough level, the carb was a real screamer.

Btw, I did not realize that modern 4-bbl 950's (see Jay's words) do not flow at least that amount but substantially less cfm. What dummy decided to change that relationship (advertised size not equal to actual flow) and for what reason?
As I understand it, a new 950 Holley is comprised of the same throttle body casting as a 750, and a base plate and throttle butterflies from an 850.  Why they decided to call it the 950, and totally screw up their otherwise reliable cfm ratings, is beyond me.  They  pull the same kind of trick with their 1000 carbs, which are basically just 850s with the choke horn removed.  They do probably flow more than an 850, but I doubt its close to 1000.

Barry R knows a lot about this having been involved with Holley earlier in his career; maybe he'll chime in and comment.
Did Holley play with the pressure drop values to get a 950 cfm rating? Old Holley 4bbls are rated at 1.5" of p/d... could they have mearly changed that to say 2" of p/d? This wouldn't be the 1st time Holley catered to their lowest common denominator in order to sell their product. Afterall CFM sells. ::)

I ran a 950 3bbl on a 427 powered Hondo Vdrive flat. One of the best carbs I've ever run. Pulled hard to 7K, no flat spots, no blubbers, no issues what so ever and started as easily as a stock Motorcraft carb.

All this time to kill and nothing to do? How 'bout a road trip....[hint] Bishop is getting close and I bet the Mustang would like to stretch it's legs...

Drag Week 2013 / Re: Made it to Drag Week 2013!
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:02:27 PM »
Good luck to you and the trunk monkey...You've made all the FE freaks through out the world very proud.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Return style regulator with Mechanical Fuel Pump?
« on: September 08, 2013, 07:24:50 PM »
Dano, IMO it shouldn't make any difference between mechanical and electrial pumps as pressure is pressure regardless where it's sourced. I use a B/G pressure regulator as a bypass by reversing the in and out ports. Works just fine supplying a twin turboed draw thru engine so no boost reference needed.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Help with problem
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:08:37 AM »
   I had the same feeling all along. They use to put cams and three duces on those 390 Galaxies back in the day and didn't have problems. I'll be at Bunker Hill Sunday, but it's just an 1/8 mile. I won't know for sure until Columbus over Labor Day.
And times have changed...3x2 setups had more fuel capacity due to the 3 fuel bowls and for the most part those engines were not spun past 5K - 5500 rpm. That is not to say that there weren't problems as I would wager there were, just that it was not recognized as a fuel starvation problem but it could have been diagnosed as valve float, ignition crapping out, stars not in alignment, and the horsepower gods frowing on that particular person that day. My experience with V-drive boats, multiple large carbs, high rpms at WOT for long periods of time fuel starvation is usually the first problem to surface. Hence the need for 1/2" to 5/8" fuel line, high capacity fuel pumps and bypass fuel systems is mandatory.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Optimum cruise speed/fuel efficiency
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:24:22 PM »
Certainly not scientific, but my original 427 build for my car was .040 over center oiler, Isky EE-390 (250@.050, 108 LSA on 105) 1000 Holley, Portosonic, Hookers, iron heads and a close ratio 4 speed

With a 3.70 gear and 28 inch tall tires, from Las Vegas, NV to Bishop, CA ,  540 miles round trip, cruising speed limit or higher on the way up and hauling ass on the way back, I got 14.1 MPG

With a 3.00 gear, same setup completely, Las Vegas, to Anaheim, CA, also 540 miles round trip, cruising speed limit or higher, but not horsing around, I got 13.0 MPG

Now the roads were way different, the first run went up and down a bunch of good hills and much less traffic, but there certainly is a sweet spot. 

Funny though, now that I have EFI, more cubes, a much better setup I'd expect on the highway....I have no place to go :) 

From Omaha NE to ????  everywhere I think of tends to have a potential for hail or some other ugly weather....go figure
Thats why you and Michelle need to come back to the west coast...Oh, yeah....Bishop is coming up.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Help with problem
« on: July 23, 2013, 06:42:43 PM »
   I copied all this information down. Might as well, you guys built my engine more or less to begin with. All I did was put the parts together. The carb I have is the 0-80508SA 750 Dual Inlet Holley. I have 70 (not 72) jets in the primary and a #21 plate (equivalent to 75 jet) in the secondary. Don't trust my memory anymore so I looked it up to make sure.
1. I'll change to 3/8" fuel line to the tank. ( the tube laying inside the gas tank on my 57 was quiet large, more than 5/16 the best I remember. I had to get in there once and make it lay down flat against the bottom of the tank, so changing the inside pickup shouldn't be needed. It's a new tank also ( 4 yrs old with about 10K miles put on it each year)
2. Install my Edelbrock Chrome high capacity fuel pump ( I ran it on my other motor, didn't put it on this one because I didn't want chrome) go figure.
3. I'll file my mechanical weight on the distributor to give me 2 more degrees mechanical advance.
   Don't mean to sound stupid but you guys know me by now. If I want to increase secondary jetting, I take it you buy a plate that equals the jet size you need?
You have the option of changing the metering plate or installing a sec. metering block and not mess with plates. The 70/75 jetting IMO is on the lean side as most 750s/780s came with 72s in the primary and I've found that 78s to 80s [no p/v] in the sec. works well. 

FE Technical Forum / Re: Help with problem
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:26:50 PM »
Are you running a secondary power valve-PVCR? If not your secondary jetting is too lean. Try 78-80s in the sec. without p/v.  And yes the stock 5/16" line is too small. Don't forget to upgrade your tank pickup to 3/8" as well. Rather than trying to race on 87 octane try a load of 91-92 and bump the timing up to 36-38 total. Start at 36 and sneak up on the 38 if it likes the 36. BTW, the engine picking up at part throttle is a good indication it is running out of fuel....going lean at WOT but backing off the throttle the A/F is now closer to optimum.

FE Technical Forum / Re: 483?
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:20:16 AM »
Makes me wonder what rods Ford used in the '62 Galaxie 483 FE at Bonneville?

You can bet they didn't use Chevy rods in that 483....Chevy had enough trouble keeping their 409/427 together on the racetrack.

FE Technical Forum / Re: dialing in the stroker ?
« on: July 07, 2013, 01:15:33 PM »
well I think Im on the right path ! lol ... I took the carb off and opened up the plates 1 1/2 turns and the carb reacted good ! The idle went upto 2,250 or so and once I turned it back to 900 it idled good and the fast idle cam seems to work correctly again.  I hooked up the vacuum gauge, and  that moment happend when I said to myself Your DUMB ! My gauge read 6" of vacuum !!! No wonder this this has been a pain to adjust ! This carb has the stock power valve in it(6.5) ! I need like a 2.5 or a 3 !!!! Im betting the power valve is trying to open at idle !
 So of course I dont have one here and I wanted to see if the hesitation is gone,So I went for a cruise to fleet farm. Car ran real good ! no flat spot but slightly rich in the transition. ( I can tune that with a pump cam swap)  Im happy ...   So fleet farm has 91 non oxy fuel ! great ! Im empty and fill it up, On the drive home all my tuning goes out the window ! every thing went from high 12's to high 10's !  lmaoooo  can't win ....
Power valves have nothing to do with idle if the carb is built right and running right. P/Vs are a part of the main circuit and should only discharge fuel while the main cir. is in operation. If there is no fuel flowing out of the booster venturis [main circuit] it is not active. A leaking/defective p/v will dump fuel into the intake manifold via it's vacume port, not the main cir.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: A nice relaxing day in the sun
« on: July 05, 2013, 01:05:21 PM »
LMAO at the hedgehog incident LOL ;D ;D ;D  Over here in the US we keep them as pets.  My kids had one for a couple years.  It was a relatively inoffensive creature; it didn't smell bad or make a lot of noise, and it was cheap to feed.  I liked it a lot better than our stupid dog >:(, which smells bad, barks incessantly, and eats way too much expensive dog food...
Not to mention the steaming piles of used food the dog leaves in the yard every day...and on "gotcha" or "I'm mad at you" days, the carpet.

Member Projects / Re: Clear Valve Covers
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:43:09 PM »
I'd like to have just one clear valve cover....for checking drain efficiency of the head...Sure would beat slicing and diceing a good aluminum v/c just to monitor the oil flow and draining. Jay, are those covers on a sideoiler? I check oil flow on my s/o and found very little oil going to the heads, I think I asked you about this a few months ago.

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