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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Timing advance weight spring choices.
« on: September 02, 2022, 11:15:20 AM »
Interesting thought.  Why two different springs?  Would the light one be shorter and the heavier longer so it doesn't react as fast but only once it starts into the rpm curve giving you a quick curve then slows down.

I've typically just put the lightest in to get it all in quickly.

I have similar model.

Don't know if there would be a "universal" pickup.  Depends on how it's designed electrically.

Best bet is Ebay or facebook?  Find another one and use the clamp from it.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: 2022 FE Race and Reunion.
« on: August 31, 2022, 05:04:47 PM »
One week.... I am making plans to attend, barring bad weather outlook.  I have two transmissions to deliver at Beaver.

I have to be home by Sunday morning for my other obligation for that weekend.

That's the plan so far. I have three engagements to attend that weekend.  I'm planning on getting to two of them.

I need to get to Beaver to drop off two transmissions!  One for you and the other is returning my GF5R back to my sponsor.  He plans on attending, so that works for me.  This of course weather permitting.

I have a local car show on Sunday that I involved with and need my trailer there.

I'm going to miss the Modified Production stick race at Indy that I really want to attend.  I've never been to Indy and that would be a really cool race to run.

Looks great Dennis!  Hope to see you at beaver.

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 23, 2022, 04:50:45 PM »
Leasing a car is just paying someone to arrange financing and sell the car for you at the lease end.

If you damage it or run up excess mileage (according to the contract) you will pay for it dearly.

Leasing is an easy way for companies to eliminate most of the bookkeeping for company cars for tax returns.

Most big auto auctions are returned lease cars. They keep used car prices high by setting high reserves on them and now prices are very high because of the new car shortages.


Some years back I had a friend whose daughter had to park her lease and buy something else to help save the huge penalty for excessive mileage.  I'm guessing she never read the fine print(seemed to be her problem on many things now looking back).

Selling anything is a big deal now.  Money for nothing as long as you don't need to replace said item.  Friend bought new Bronco, was told drive it for a year and dealership would give him more then he paid for it.  Crazy.

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 19, 2022, 02:52:03 PM »
Look at car leases in the last 20+yrs.  It's a safer way to be so you don't have to deal with repairs after it gets miles on it.  No one wants to "own" anything anymore.  Housing is about the same.  Rent, and let someone else deal with it.  So when it's all said and done, those people will have nothing tangible when they retire.  Just the shirt on their back....maybe.  They will be paying rent til the day they die.

« on: August 19, 2022, 02:45:19 PM »
I'd appreciate it if someone could enlighten me as to the differences between a regular vs. a "racing" flywheel.

The name.  Well, like Scott says, something that is SFI rated and maybe lighter then a stock wheel and NOT cast iron.

A real racing wheel may also have replaceable steel inserts so that if the inserts warp you just drill out the rivets and replace the insert.  This is typically used on aluminum flywheels but I don't see why not a steel wheel?  Most race cars use alum wheels as it has less weight to accelerate...hence a faster ET.   

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 18, 2022, 04:50:25 PM »

The newer mustangs have buttons to change the exhaust sound...

Lot of research going into self driving cars...LOT of research.

My sister has a 2022 5.0 6 spd conv. and it had a recall due to wire harness to the mufflers was damged due to bad routing and burnt wires.  It's all good now but that is surely something that I would NOT want to have to pay to fix!   Too many gimmicks and not worth it.

« on: August 17, 2022, 05:13:17 PM »
Have to agree.  It got hot, but if it is not warped badly I would entertain the thought of just grinding it.

The three areas were basically under the levers where the most force is applied.  I think that wheel is relatively thin(large undercut area in the middle) and thus it transferred the heat marks to the back side.

« on: August 16, 2022, 11:46:27 AM »
We talking a steel wheel?  I would not worry much about it.  I can't see it getting that much damage to hinder its usability.

Now it is a cast wheel, pitch it without thinking.

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 16, 2022, 11:41:27 AM »
I surely give lots more leeway to my guys, just to keep them happier and in my shop.  You can't play hardball like 10 yrs ago.  It takes years to train people and I'm shorthanded now and waiting to train just won't help right now and if this world continues to decline I'm not sure I'll be able to keep more guys busy in 3-6 months.  Losing them after training them is just another hinderance and wasted time today

Its a real balancing act.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Important -- Oil Pump Issues
« on: August 16, 2022, 11:35:15 AM »
I have either counter bored the plug to allow the spring to go inside or cut it shorter so it fit just like the welch plug.  Its been many quite a while since I did one of mine.  No issues in my 3 FEs.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Important -- Oil Pump Issues
« on: August 16, 2022, 10:08:56 AM »
So the hole is in the welch plug?

Drilling/tapping for a pipe plug would eliminate the issue. 

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 16, 2022, 09:59:57 AM »
One word...."entitlement".   That is what the workforce has been told and now everyone thinks they deserve $$$ for even the most menial job.  And at the rate of inflation it takes that kind of money to survive.  All the hard working people that retired/quit during covid has left us in a huge rut that is the decline of manufacturing and productivity today.

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