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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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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Drivetrain loss
« on: July 24, 2022, 10:11:19 PM »
FWIW, back in the late '60s, Doug Nash built a Funny Car based on a Bronco. The chassis was all aluminum and he was running a small block Ford on a good dose of pop. He was likely making somewhere beyond 1500 Horsepower. I was working with John Corrunker at CorBan at the time and we were tasked with building the C4 transes that Doug was running. As I remember, the trans needed to be completely re-done after no more than a couple of passes. Every week we'd build three transmissions in order for him to be equipped through an entire weekend of competition.

Sometimes he'd try to get a third run before swapping, but it was always a bit iffy on that third go. Two passes were quite safe.

He WAS using 80 % nitro or more most of the time.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 397ci Tunnel Port Dyno Mule Build
« on: July 24, 2022, 09:59:04 PM »
I looked up our flow data on our drag car TP head. Intake flows 384, exhaust flows 221. That's with almost no intake port work and about a week of exhaust work.

Cammer, I think these are the heads you are describing? We had considered running these on our drag car, but like you mentioned, some shock tower work or removal was going to be needed to get them to work in the Mustang. Moving the exhaust around like that was a very solid idea by Dove, it's about the best you can do for the FE without twisting and canting the valves like a cleveland.







Yes, very much the same changes. With the deck surface on the bench, a piece of rolled-up paper inserted into the exhaust runner sticks up very obviously. We were able to build headers with a straight extension at least six inches long before it was at all necessary for the primary tubes to begin to turn. It was common for observers to ask, "What kind of engine is that."

Lon ultimately sold the car. I understand it's in New Zealand now.

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Drivetrain loss
« on: July 23, 2022, 10:29:25 PM »
I changed the knob on my factory shifter as soon as I got home from the dealer after picking it up. I had to wait until friday to get a Hurst as a replacement. ;)

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 397ci Tunnel Port Dyno Mule Build
« on: July 23, 2022, 10:21:32 PM »
The exhaust on the TPs referenced above were, for all practical purposes, duplicates of the MR lay-out. When I had Jim Dove make up the last pair we used in Brother Lon's Mustang, we used Jim's own design for the exhaust. The exhaust runners were raised, spread further apart, and reshaped. The entire exhaust part of the head was different to such a degree that they were not recognizable as FE.

We had to build completely custom headers to match. And, so as not to compromise the header design, we removed the spring towers completely and went to coil-overs out in the wheel wells. The mounts for the upper A-arms were lowered considerably and moved outboard. Tubular A-arms were much shorter. We also had to re-do the steering link.

KS

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Thread repair in aluminum
« on: July 19, 2022, 10:15:47 PM »
If you have a project of any size, please do yourself a favor and look at 'Keen-serts' before you make a final choice.

KS

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 397ci Tunnel Port Dyno Mule Build
« on: July 11, 2022, 10:12:40 PM »
My first involvement with the TP approach to FE engines was on a then almost new '67 Mustang. I won't go again through the entire story, but I managed to promote a 'back-door' deal to acquire an entire upper end that had been used in the LeMans project. I got the heads, the dual-plane dual quad manifold, and a pair of 652 centersquirters. The engine, including a parts-counter short block, was backed by a C6 we put together with help from contacts at T&C Livonia where both Brother Lon and I worked at the time.

The major purpose for the car was not only daily transportation, but the street wars taking place on Telegraph and Gratiot, and also the various expressways of Metro Detroit.

Later on the engine swallowed a valve and damaged both heads, a couple of pistons, and the block. We replaced it with a medium riser and it became more of a cruiser for a number of years.

We ultimately decided to return to the TP approach and had Jim Dove build a set of heads for us. During the discussion on details of design, I availed myself of contacts at EEE and got up to date, primarily from Mose Nowland, on all the engineering that FoMoCo had done on the TP and I specifically asked for input as to anything that had been found to generate additional flow in the area around the tubes in the intake runners. I was told, unequivocally, that there had been no worthwhile advances.

I'm, therefore, very interested in seeing the results you discover.

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Soundtrack for the country roads.
« on: July 08, 2022, 10:33:28 PM »
I'm at the point of selecting/rejecting parts at present. Current goal is an 'A' Blown Fuel Modified Sports entry. Expecting to use a modernization of the 494 Can-Am engine. Turbos and methanol. :)

KS

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Soundtrack for the country roads.
« on: July 06, 2022, 10:15:40 PM »
I am in the beginnings of working up a new ECTA race car. It will be an all-out effort, taking significant planning. It WILL have a sound system, and I'll be listening to Green Onions as I leave the start. 8)

KS

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