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by rikard
Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: manifold vacuum at idle
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: manifold vacuum at idle

My vacuum reading is currently 21" at idle with the timing set at 12 deg BTDC and spark gap at .050. It starts great with no hesitation. When I had the timing and spark gap at stock values the vac reading at idle was 20". Increasing the advance will increase the vac reading. At 60 mph on l...
by rikard
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Orphan Inlines
Topic: Late 50's REO Gold Comet 331 cu in gas 6 cyl
Replies: 6
Views: 4004

Re: Late 50's REO Gold Comet 331 cu in gas 6 cyl

In 1962 my father bought a 52 REO School Bus that had the Gold Comet Engine. We converted it to a camper and traveled throughout New England that summer. It was able to climb the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire and some of the steeper back roads in Maine. While not fast it had gobs of torque and...
by rikard
Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need help FAST!
Replies: 89
Views: 7223

Re: Need help FAST!

Check the sockets and connections that the relays plug into, they could be worn or resistive.
Regards
rikard
by rikard
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: F150 Inline 6 – Best Years
Replies: 25
Views: 13296

Re: F150 Inline 6 – Best Years

Both of my Mazda 5 speeds (94/95) have over 200k without any issues. The first and reverse ratios are too high but my trannies have shifted well and smooth. I did have one 300/automatic work truck (92) and it had no trans issues but was very slow compared to my 5 speeds. I prefer the 3.55s over the ...
by rikard
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Will I be able to open up the gap on my plugs any?
Replies: 25
Views: 2566

Re: Will I be able to open up the gap on my plugs any?

Lot of good info in this thread. I also remember the Hot Rod article and did tune most of my rides by advancing the timing and changing power valves and jets. I also started using a dash vacuum gauge. I have never been a big fan of after market coils for the street and stay with the OEM. On my 95 30...
by rikard
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ford truck weights
Replies: 21
Views: 1651

Re: Ford truck weights

My 83 F150 XL, Rc, Sb, 302/Aod/ 3.55 4000lb. After putting a 4 barrel carb and decent exhaust it was pretty quick and sounded great.
Regards
rikard
by rikard
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Tow & mud truck engine build
Replies: 24
Views: 2108

Re: Tow & mud truck engine build

IMHO the 80 to 86 trucks were the best looking Ford ever made. Not knocking on the Holley setup but I think an inline really benefits from a SEFI setup to avoid the distribution issues. The 96 models, and some 95s, have the MAF sequential system that should give some room to grow power as compared t...
by rikard
Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: engine tech
Topic: The new OLD FTF gets a "Duesenberg DOHC 4-valve"
Replies: 230
Views: 81521

Re: The new OLD FTF gets a "Duesenberg DOHC 4-valve"

Great work FTF love reading your posts.
Please keep the updates coming.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
rikard aka Rick
by rikard
Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 wont turn enough rpms
Replies: 83
Views: 6768

Re: 300 wont turn enough rpms

You didn't mention what your running for an exhaust. Many times an exhaust restriction will limit Rpms. A vacuum gauge will help diagnois that and other issues relating to ignition, carburation, and valve train issues.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
rikard
by rikard
Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Vacuum comparisons invited...
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: Vacuum comparisons invited...

I've been using a dash mounted vacuum gauge for over thirty years on most of my vehicles. Before the advent of computer controls the distributors and carbs had published vacuum specs that allowed a big increase in MPG and tunability by keeping a close eye on the vacuum reading and changing out power...
by rikard
Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Got my butt kicked
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: Got my butt kicked

The 300 was designed as a work motor. Lots of low end torque and enough displacement to move 25k lb trucks, pump water, generate electricity, and even tow airplanes. It was one of the big reasons the Ford F series had great sales and it was the darling of fleet operators because of its reliability a...
by rikard
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Is 20 MPG in a presmog truck doable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Is 20 MPG in a presmog truck doable?

Both my F150 4x2 94 300, 5 speed, 3.55 gears rc sb 4000 lb, and my 95 300, 5 Speed 3.08 gears sc sb 4400 lb would pull 20 mpg easily at 60 mph. The 300 has all kinds of torque so you could go with 3.55 or taller gear and still haul with the old 3 or 4 speed trans. I was amazed at how well my 300 pul...
by rikard
Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: c4 swap 300 l6
Replies: 20
Views: 4523

Re: c4 swap 300 l6

The 300 bolt pattern is the same as the 302. The weight on the flywheel should be removed, it is for a V8, the six has no balancing weight. The flexplate may not be the same diameter or have the same tooth count as a manual transmission flywheel. The starter motors are different between an auto and ...
by rikard
Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 4380

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

If the lifters were stuck its a good indication that oil changes were few and far between. Keep an eye on the oil level and color and keep a Motorcraft oil filter handy. The 300 is pretty stout and hopefully all the gum will dissolve and disappear after a few oil changes.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 4380

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

I agree with FTF and JW comments. (as usual) I started using a dash mounted vacuum gauge when I was messing with carbs when the Earth was still cooling. As stated above the gauge was very useful for gas economy if you knew when the power valve opened or the advance settings on the distributer. Even ...
by rikard
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: best timing set
Replies: 16
Views: 1267

Re: best timing set

I have never had a replacement timing gear set fail on a pushrod engine. The Cloyes sets have been around for years and what I have used on my SBF, SBC, and LA engines. Most were just stockers but a couple were adjustable. None of my 3 300s have needed a replacement but I would go with the aluminum ...
by rikard
Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Overheating issues on an 84 F-150
Replies: 8
Views: 2606

Re: Overheating issues on an 84 F-150

The first two things I would check would be the clutch fan and radiator cap.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: QuadraJet on a 300
Replies: 69
Views: 9634

Re: QuadraJet on a 300

Good stuff F250 Restorer!
The Quadrabog can be a real PITA but it always gave me the best performance on street engines once the bugs were worked out and never let me down.
rikard
by rikard
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What do I need to change to remove the charcoal canister?
Replies: 8
Views: 1595

Re: What do I need to change to remove the charcoal canister?

The Evap system is designed to reduce emissions from fuel vapors and to vent the fuel tank. As long as the system is intact it should have no affect on performance. These systems have been around since the 70s and very seldom cause any issues. BTW Federal law mandates the emission equipment on vehic...
by rikard
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Distributor cap,rotor?
Replies: 24
Views: 2840

Re: Distributor cap,rotor?

I found out long ago that new parts doesn't always mean good parts. Bubba good info on the pick up coil and enjoy those grandkids.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hello again!
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Hello again!

Welcome back!
by rikard
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: How many miles to change spark plugs usually?
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: How many miles to change spark plugs usually?

I pull mine about once a year to inspect and regap. I replace them at 30,000 to 40,000 miles.
YMMV
rikard
by rikard
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Best 300 inline mods/mpg improvements.
Replies: 8
Views: 16275

Re: Best 300 inline mods/mpg improvements.

Tom954x4 and Harte3 are on the right track. The 300 has a distinctive sound and it changes depending on which system you use much more than a V8. A 2.5 inch exhaust is plenty big enough for a stock or mildly modded engine and it will fit in the stock location all the way back. On a couple of my olde...
by rikard
Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Lifter tick
Replies: 21
Views: 2471

Re: Lifter tick

I use Motorcraft or Purolater. Don't use Fram.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: what is the exact directions: sixlitre time bump upgrade.
Replies: 7
Views: 1910

Re: what is the exact directions: sixlitre time bump upgrade.

The sixliter tuneup is on one of the Bronco sites and its an optimization of the ignition system. The tune up was for a 5.0 but much of it applies to the 300. I used to do basically the same thing on my SBCs when I was on the dark side. The goal is to open up the spark plug gap and advance timing be...
by rikard
Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The Bus Project.
Replies: 16
Views: 1859

Re: The Bus Project.

With the number of 300s that have been installed in the F series trucks it might be cheaper to find one in a JY. On a recent visit to my local (Boston Ma) there were several trucks with 300s that were junked for rust. Naturally most of these were EFIs but the blocks are almost the same. My 95 300 ha...
by rikard
Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: over heating issue where is the 2nd temp sensor?
Replies: 4
Views: 698

Re: over heating issue where is the 2nd temp sensor?

As said above the sensor at the back of the block is the gauge sender that goes to the dash. The sensor in the water outlet from the t'stat is the computer sensor that would trigger the check engine light. My gauge temp sensor started to get erratic and will read cold shortly after the engine warms ...
by rikard
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 93 Econoline 250 van performance and milage
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: 93 Econoline 250 van performance and milage

The 300 six was used in 3/4 tons because of its inherent strength not its power. That same combo was popular with plow operators in 4x4 F250s ( called the 6x6 option). Like its cousins the TH400 and TF727 the C6 lasted a long time but liked its gas. A vacuum gauge will help in determining if the exh...
by rikard
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: "desirability" questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: "desirability" questions

I have had two 300s with the 5 speed and one with the auto trans. Both of the 5 speeds have cleared 200k miles with out issue and I have hauled a 4100 lb 5th wheel with my 95. The ZF is a much more durable trans than the Mazda but mine have been great. Mine is 2wd and a DD and it will get about 20 m...
by rikard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Freak Thing or Common problem??
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Freak Thing or Common problem??

A failure like yours is usually the result of a high resistance in the circuit, or contaminants in the cap from a seal on the distributer. I had a slant six that would blow its cap off from crankcase vapors.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: electric fan install on big block
Replies: 9
Views: 1141

Re: electric fan install on big block

If the truck is overheating when traveling ovr 60 mph I doubt its a fan issue. The shroud is needed for proper air flow but I'd be surprised if its the problem at those speeds. Check the hoses and make sure the bottom one isn't collapsing at high engine speeds. I had a similar problem and it turned ...
by rikard
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What vacuume should I look for????
Replies: 10
Views: 1240

Re: What vacuume should I look for????

X2 on StrangeRanger's links, I always bring a vacuum gauge when looking at used cars or engines. I've had a dash mounted vacuum gauge on and off ( depending on the vehicle) for the last 35 years. I use it primarily as a gas mileage/load meter. In the old days of carbs with power valves and distribut...
by rikard
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Bumper mod, spare relocate, etc., = 4mpg bump
Replies: 39
Views: 4906

Re: Bumper mod, spare relocate, etc., = 4mpg bump

When I first saw your MPG numbers I was very skeptical until I reread the post and noticed the speeds and the rear axle ratio. My 95 F150 4x2 XLT Sc Sb has the 300, M5OD trans, 3.08s, dual tanks (16/18), and 235/75/15 tires. I do run my tires at 40 psi and I have a dash mounted vac gauge. I have all...
by rikard
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: I need a vacuum guage for my six
Replies: 12
Views: 1162

Re: I need a vacuum guage for my six

My first vacuum gauge came in my JC Whitney tool kit that I ordered in 1967. It was used as a diagnostic tool mostly but I would sometimes mount it on the dash. It finally gave up the ghost when I over pressurized it in the 1980s. Working as a HVAC mechanic I would come across compound gauges (vac a...
by rikard
Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: 87 F150 having issues/misfire. but strange..?
Replies: 17
Views: 3194

Re: 87 F150 having issues/misfire. but strange..?

X2
Strangeranger could be correct.
On my 83 I was losing a small amount of brake fluid and it was leaking into the booster. The booster developed a vacuum leak causing the engine to run like crap. I replaced both as a unit. Parts guy at Napa said it was not unusual.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: power steering brackets for the 300 big block
Replies: 5
Views: 2253

Re: power steering brackets for the 300 big block

Many of the Ford E series vans with the 300 had the Saginaw so check them out. I personally don't like power steering, especially some of the early ones in the 60s and 70s. My last non power steering car was a 76 Malibu with a police package. Tough to park but a real "ride on rails" feelin...
by rikard
Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: good exhaust sound from a 300
Replies: 43
Views: 14791

Re: good exhaust sound from a 300

I've had Walker Turbo Hemi mufflers on two V8s (302/305)and one on a Chev 250 and the sound was good. All the systems were on mostly stock motors and were singles. The 250 had a 2.5" and the V8s I ran a 2.75". With cats they were quiet at idle but had good sound when you got on it. The 250...
by rikard
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: [b]300 cubic inches, 300,000 miles[/b]
Replies: 13
Views: 2392

Re: [b]300 cubic inches, 300,000 miles[/b]

Nelly Belle my 95 F150 SC SB 5 speed 2wd just turned 225k and its going strong. It had no problems in the snow and its the best all around truck I've owned.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Will the cast crank handle high compression??
Replies: 12
Views: 1353

Re: Will the cast crank handle high compression??

The cast crank for the 300 was designed to handle 10k pound payloads so it should be able to handle an increase in compression. The head, pistons, and valve train might pose some problems though. Love your truck and the ongoing project.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: RV with 300 3-speed, needs better mileage
Replies: 44
Views: 4094

Re: RV with 300 3-speed, needs better mileage

X2 on the vacuum gauge. I've had a dash mounted one for 25+ years and its very useful for diagnostics and fuel mileage.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Orphan Inlines
Topic: Chevy 250cu in a 67 mercury comet
Replies: 5
Views: 3619

Re: Chevy 250cu in a 67 mercury comet

I've had several Chevy sixes and they were very good. Back in the mid sixties Pontiac offered a OHC model that with the 4bbl option was pretty quick. The Jeep 4.0 was pretty impressive for power too. I have been very happy with my EFI 300s but they may be a tight fit for your application. regards ri...
by rikard
Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: RV with 300 3-speed, needs better mileage
Replies: 44
Views: 4094

Re: RV with 300 3-speed, needs better mileage

My 79 Midas motorhome was similar in size to your rig but it was on a Dodge chassis with DRW and the 440/TF727 combo. It weighed in at 7500 lbs and got about 10 mpg at 60. It would easily do 70 but mileage would drop to 9 mpg. My 7000 lb 82 C3500 ambulance with DRW and the 454/th400 combo got about ...
by rikard
Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Spark control / multipliers ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1189

Re: Spark control / multipliers ...

Many engines have a knock sensor which will permit the timing, when in closed loop, to advance until the sensor picks up the vibration from engine knock. Most makers also increase vacuum advance to aid in warm up. I'm sure that Ford did use a safety factor on the 300 since many were destined for fle...
by rikard
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: towing question - vehicle towing
Replies: 12
Views: 3406

Re: towing question - vehicle towing

A lot of good valid points so far. If I was hauling a small FWD car I would go for the dolly. Any thing over 3500 I would put on a trailer with brakes and a load equalizing hitch.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Confused still / again about tires & MPG
Replies: 13
Views: 1923

Re: Confused still / again about tires & MPG

One of my trucks came with the 215/75/15 "all season" tread as standard equipment. When it came to put new tires on I put on some 235/75/15 highway tread. I keep fuel mileage records and didn't not notice a significant difference, although I didn't recalibrate the speedo. When I put on my ...
by rikard
Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: My 1954 F100/F250 4x4
Replies: 87
Views: 22383

Re: My 1954 F100/F250 4x4

I've been following your build and I have to agree that a running chassis will certainly speed things up. Even though I like EFI the carb set up should also simplify getting it done. My first truck was a 56 ex telephone truck with a utility body and the 223 six. I drove it from Boston to Milwaukee i...
by rikard
Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Budget fuel mileage build
Replies: 46
Views: 6483

Re: Budget fuel mileage build

My truck is a F150 XLT 4x2 300/5speed sc sb with 3.08 gears. I have a fifth wheel tailgate that is wire mesh and I haven't noticed any difference in gas mileage. I like the tailgate because I can "step through" to get to the bed. I check my gas mileage at every fillup. My average on my Bos...
by rikard
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Old gas
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Old gas

Throw in a coulpe of bottles of dry gas to absorb any moisture that might be in that tank.
regards
rikard
by rikard
Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: front disc swap
Replies: 2
Views: 1948

Re: front disc swap

I owned a 83, 94, and 95 all of which went over 200k without any brake issues except normal maintenance and a MC and vac booster on the 83.
YMMV
rikard
by rikard
Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil pressure strong again -- no idea why ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: Oil pressure strong again -- no idea why ...

Sometime after 1983 Ford changed its oil pressure gauge into a oil pressure switch. The gauge will indicate about 1/2 way when the engine develops about 6 psi of oil pressure. You can convert it to a real gauge by getting an older sending unit and jumping out the resistor on the gauge itself. regard...