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FE Technical Forum / Re: Playing with tune up
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:48:13 PM »
And it makes me wonder if a 1:1 linkage would be better overall?  Even street driving.  Would fuel economy really tank that bad or would it be negligible??

I have the 1:1 linkage off the wagon since I changed intakes.  Wonder if I put it on my truck and see how it does.  Not that mileage is a consideration on a truck with 428, 2x4s, 4 spd and 4.56 gears.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Playing with tune up
« on: October 19, 2022, 01:13:38 PM »
Ya, thinking about it, it seems like the 2nd carb is just into the transition slot and leans out a touch, thus it noses over until you get past it.

I think mine is a bit like that at times.  Not sure you can fix it for all driving conditions?  This is where my buddy rides my case about Fitech!  Ah, no, not in the budget.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Warning on cheap spacers
« on: October 19, 2022, 11:31:57 AM »
Ya, lack of quality in cheap molded parts.  Likely due to the material it's made from.  It's not temperature stabil.  It was molded flat, knocked out of the mold and then as it cooled it distorted.  Then again, if the mold was made so bad that the surfaces are not square it could amplify the problem.

The old parts aren't good, good parts aren't cheap.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Playing with tune up
« on: October 19, 2022, 11:16:11 AM »
Having the secondary carb with no power valve is kinda meh.
The linkage isn’t THAT progressive. Anyone with a little gear is cruising on both carbs.

I know that I have my truck set up just so it can get up to 35-40 mph on one carb.  You can just feel the resistance in the throttle as it wants to start on the other carb.  Being a stick shift surely makes it more possible then an automatic (especially if it has any stall in it).

FE Technical Forum / Re: Clever repair on C scratch
« on: October 18, 2022, 11:22:45 AM »
The NOS 428 service block I ran for 19 yrs in the wagon had #2 cam bearing out of location from new.  The first time we assembled it we found this little snafu.  We bored #2 for a #1 and then soldered the groove shut.  Every freshen up(about every 5 yrs) we replaced it.  The block sits in the garage waiting on another project to go in someday.

Any have experience or knowledge of steel verses plastic under stress such as an accident ??

I am going to put a 22 gallon Mustang tank in the rear of my 65 F100

It will have plenty of room between the rear end and the bumper and the ground

Forgive my hi-jack please


Considering that mustang tank was the trunk floor, the fact it will be mounted between two much more substantial frame rails, I don't see a problem.  It seems to be a very popular conversion.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Roots blown FE Builds?
« on: October 14, 2022, 08:26:39 PM »
My 390 is as budget as you get.  Stock original 68 2bbl cast pistons, stock heads, mild "non blower cam"(.53 lift).  Did put stud kit in it too and bottom.  Rebushed the rods, double keyed the crank for no balancer(hub only).

22 yrs of playing with it.  5# boost on cold evening.  Stupid fast?  No.  Need better parts?  Absolutely.  Love to put good parts in it and turn it up but BFG radials don't put up with it now.  Oh, its a 4 spd with 3.89 gears.  Runs 3000 rpm at 65 mph and gets 10 mpg with dual 660 holleys.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Mechanical Tach Drive
« on: October 14, 2022, 08:17:17 PM »
I run Mallory tach drive/dual points in both the wagon and black car.  The black car is a crab cap to clear the blower.

The wagon has a Unilite conversion/6Al in it for years now.  The black car runs points and an old 6Al box.  Both work fine.

Most of the issues with electronic conversions is they need a full 12v.  Running them off the pink wire will burn them up.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Holley LED headlights
« on: October 14, 2022, 08:12:00 PM »
I'll just keep my old halogens.  Any of those retro kits are blinding bright, I don't care what they are.  On a perfect flat road they might not "blind" oncoming traffic ......but most roads are NOT flat or straight.  Corners and hills make it impossible for me to see the road anymore with all the new LED or HID headlights.  I wear my sunglasses 24/7 to drive.

I can see just fine with my old headlights.   I think so much of the new lights are wasted energy(glare) and don't really light the road well.  They are focused boxes and beyond that you drive into darkness.  You have to have "driving" lights to help assist the poor focus of new headlights.  Most new cars have up to SIX lights at night.  WTH is that?

I just put a midship tank in my 95 f150 long bed 2wd.  It got some rust under the plastic front guard and caused rust.  I had just had it down last summer for a pump.  It wasn't in bad shape, but time took its toll.  Its the long tank(for a long bed).  19 gal?

I bought it from local Federated auto parts.  Chinese tank, no name.  Pretty inexpensive but looks right and fit well.  Since my truck is pretty clean underneath it came back out easily.  Few hours and I was back in shape.  I had siphoned it dry a few weeks earlier so it wasn't hard to handle.

I priced a few places but local meant no shipping and no chance of damage to deal with.  I will pay a local place a few more dollars just to help support local stores.  I want them to be around come the day I need something quickly. 

I replaced the rear pump last summer also.  It too came loose easily and didn't need new hardware or straps.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Best battery for 427 with alternator?
« on: October 02, 2022, 08:39:01 PM »
I'd measure the box and get the biggest that will fit under the holddown clamp.  I wouldn't rely on anyone's computer!

FE Technical Forum / Re: Great time at the FERR
« on: September 19, 2022, 09:14:42 AM »
Had a good time overall.  Got to talk with LOTS of people.   Names?  I remembered some, others.....not much.  Ugh, I used to be so good with names and faces.

I got busted by Brant Kelley.  We talked for like 20 minutes and he suddenly went "what's my name?".  Lol.  Crap.... I stood in disbelief as I couldn't say his name even though I knew who he was.  I'm too young for this crap.

The 302 Torino snuck in.  He is friends with Dan Medice and was going to see about getting adapters made to put FE covers on that small block LOL.  Just for the fun of it.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Weigh in time for the wagon.....
« on: September 13, 2022, 01:24:03 PM »
More then once, way back I would hit the local truck stop scales.  If you put axles on separate pads you can get front/rear bias.  Most large truck scales have two pads for tractors, and another for trailer axles.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Weigh in time for the wagon.....
« on: September 12, 2022, 04:42:01 PM »
Very cool it runs that quick at almost 4000 lbs.

What did one of those wagons weigh fresh off the assembly line?

My was a small block car and was 4600#.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Weigh in time for the wagon.....
« on: September 04, 2022, 08:27:20 AM »
Saw they had the scales open at DW42 yesterday so before hitting the ET shack first TT I veered into the scales.  Yup, as it was many years ago, 3975# with me and 2000# on the front with me.  This makes the car at pert near 50/50 weight distribution with me in it.  3800# without me.

This is of course is without the hood yet, so throw that 25# back on and its 4000#.

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