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A local guy has done that on at least two different 63 Falcons and with manual tranny so there is a clutch pedal to clear. One cool thing is the power steering still works with the engine not running. Doesn't sound like a big deal but I know a guy who crashed a Buick Grand National when the engine stalled. With 275 front tires and go cart steering ratio he could only turn a couple degrees and the brake booster runs off the PS pump... pedal was like pushing a concrete wall.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Tremec TKX vs Toploader with a Gear Vendor
« on: January 03, 2023, 07:55:35 PM »
There is a smaller and deeper hole (toward the front of the crankshaft) that accepts a pilot bearing (smaller diameter) that was used for the TKO 600.  The problem MAYBE is I'm not sure if ALL crankshafts have this smaller hole to accept the pilot bearing.

A stock 428 does. I adapted a Dodge truck tranny to my ramp truck years ago doing that.  The splines went right where the normal pilot bushing sat . I used an Oilite bushing 3/4" ID and whatever the OD was  (1 1/4?) and I cut off a bunch of the Dodge pilot tip. Also had to cut the throwout bearing collar down to clear the disc.
 I'd imagine adapting a too long Tremec could be done like that to avoid a spacer.

 The Gear Vendors has the advantage of being able to be used in all gears. Not much benefit with a Toploader but i've got one for my T19 in the ramptruck to narrow those ratio spreads some more.

1700rpm cruise sure doesn't work very well for carb'd cars with any sort of a cam. My Cyclone is terrible for that with 3.00's and 29" tires. I need to just watch for cops and pass everyone or use third to avoid surging.


Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Windsor Cams - Explorer, E or B
« on: December 31, 2022, 01:39:33 AM »
As far as I know the disc brake Ranger rear ends are the width of the Explorer and wider than the old drum 7.5. Since they already use a wheel with lots of backspace you may need to use late model Mustang wheels.
 On my Ranger I already had 10" wide wheels I wanted to use with zero offset, I used an Explorer drum rear end and used 8" housing ends and axles. Two left side Maverick axles made the rear end 52" wide to the wheel mount surface, stock is 56" and I think disc is near 60".

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Have to leave the forum
« on: December 31, 2022, 01:27:13 AM »
Yes it takes a minute or two here and posting pics is longer. It's not likely at my end, no problem getting big files and videos to open right away.

I keep another window going with this and check back after beating "Bill"

FE Technical Forum / Re: Was the 1964 Thunderbolt Fairlanes a "R" code car?
« on: December 25, 2022, 10:55:25 PM »
Yes, Rays was built as a race car but not one of the 100 Thunderbolts, his is a plain non-500 model built by DST. So while it's not "real" it's even more special.
 Nash's what? It was B/FX, a 289 HiPo...and sounds like the A/FX started as HiPo's too before getting modified. K code Comets are regular 289 4V and not the solid lifter one.

At first that sounded like a lot then I saw their price on an Edelbrock Performer... that puts it in perspective.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: 1966 comet clutch pedal bushings
« on: December 16, 2022, 08:35:17 PM »
It can be done with it in the car... unless the soft metal bushings are worn oval then you need to take it apart to fix them.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: 289 EMC heads part 4
« on: December 13, 2022, 12:23:54 AM »
Right now I am planning on keeping it. Looking for a body to put it in.
I vote Camaro, or 55-57 Chevy   :D

FE Technical Forum / Re: Edelbrock Aluminum Foundry
« on: December 13, 2022, 12:10:56 AM »
Stapleton42 has some great content .
He sure does.
 Check out the Ed Pink shop one and there are two Holman Moody shop videos. He even has a good one on the infamous Yellow Belly Drag Strip.

FE Technical Forum / Re: any FE parts at PRI?
« on: December 13, 2022, 12:04:53 AM »
TSP is who had them at SEMA, looked like nice casting quality. It appeared the timing cover is die cast. It's the around same weight as an original.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: SEMA
« on: November 14, 2022, 01:27:49 AM »
Phil. I was there all week. It was pretty close to past years, only down a bit. No Ford this year (or Chevy and Honda either) was disappointing but there was still lots to see. Did you ride in the underground LV Loop ? That sure is a time saver to get to the far ends.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Moonshine Festival Classic Cars
« on: November 14, 2022, 12:55:43 AM »
Cool . Is that Boss 429 ProStocker a straight axle? They just sort of flash past the engine bay, but it doesn't look like shock towers.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Interesting weight charts.
« on: November 14, 2022, 12:45:01 AM »
Interesting for sure.... how in heck do you get the front end of a Cobra to weigh more than the original shipping weight? 1/4" plate winch bumper, steel wheels.... 4339lbs!!! like a Country Squire wagon

AC   Cobra   1965   Classic   427   Tremec   4339 total   2551 front   1788 rear

FE Technical Forum / Re: Torqstorm plus
« on: November 11, 2022, 09:27:08 PM »
If I was to use an FT crank with a blower i'd leave the snout alone and make the timing cover seal and balancer fit it.
The kit without the A/C and P/S is much cheaper.

FE Technical Forum / Re: RPM copy from China information
« on: November 11, 2022, 09:13:28 PM »
I grabbed one of the catalogs and just read through it. I don't see the intake in it and the only Ford ones they show are for 302 and 351W and appear to be Weiand copies.. Looks like perhaps another Speedmaster/ProComp offshoot. They also had a billet distributor for a Yblock, tach drive for 55-57 Tbirds. Maybe there's a bigger market than I know of?

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