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by rickwrench
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Water Jacket Hole Issue
Replies: 22
Views: 978

Re: Water Jacket Hole Issue

It’s out! You are one of the lucky few. You've used your free pass. Using a MIG, borrowed or whatever, is the best way to remove snapped bolts that are flush. Place a nut over the stub and fill the hole with a MIG. I've welded bolt to bolt, too, but filling a nut is much easier. Keeps the weld and ...
by rickwrench
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Maverick 8" 4 lug brake question
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: Maverick 8" 4 lug brake question

Everything brake related should swap over from your 7.25 onto a Maverick 4 lug 8" axle, except for the vent hose, which will be too short (probably). Falcon Wagon and Ranchero 4 lug 9" drum rear brake assemblies are much wider then coupe/sedan brakes, but add no extra width to the axle. co...
by rickwrench
Wed May 02, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Clutch Shudder
Replies: 64
Views: 3233

Re: Clutch Shudder

Block plate sold as an "adapter"... Man, that sucks. If it were me, I'd pick up a rebuilt 66+ shortblock. Cost = shortblock + head gasket. Pros: You have already have all new stuff behind the block. Fast job. Cons: High revs on the highway with a 1-1 final drive. If you are set on a T5, yo...
by rickwrench
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Aftermarket AC?
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Aftermarket AC?

I used an under dash unit from an early 60's Ford. That, with a Sanden 508 + 134a, and a BIG condenser. Bought a hose kit. Fits the car, cools great. http://www.rickwrench.com/images-sounds/aainside.jpg http://www.rickwrench.com/images-sounds/aahoseroute.jpg http://www.rickwrench.com/images-sounds/c...
by rickwrench
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: And it Chatters
Replies: 47
Views: 2206

Re: And it Chatters

Sounds like a TO bearing problem to me. Misadjustment or it has come loose from the fork.

Reading these posts, I've noticed no mention of pilot bushings. Change them when you can with correct oilite bronze bushings. Every time (i.e. when the tranny is out).

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by rickwrench
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C clip vs non C clip axles
Replies: 4
Views: 480

Re: C clip vs non C clip axles

You will need a hydraulic press to get the axle bearings and retainers on correctly. A press helps to remove them too. Removing Ford axle bearing retainers is GREAT fun... waiting for them to pop... waiting... waitin- POP!!! Go change your shorts. But you can carefully cut them off with a wheel, too...
by rickwrench
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment
Replies: 15
Views: 2691

Re: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment

Howe HTB has a good rep.
McLeod's version, not so much. Or at least that was the case several years ago.

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by rickwrench
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern
Replies: 7
Views: 1156

Re: 61 Falcon Ranchero Leg Room Concern

I've seen a few that have had the rear shelf removed or trimmed back significantly (and edge bent safely down). The seat rails can then be relocated back several more inches, giving you about 6" of extra leg room. You lose space for the full size spare tire, so you'll need a "space saver&q...
by rickwrench
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment
Replies: 15
Views: 2691

Re: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment

But I do not know what pilot bearing to get ? Dorman part # 690-023 has an ID of .592", which is correct for the S10 input shaft, and an OD of 1.381", just a bare smidge oversize for the I6 crankshaft pilot bushing pocket. Hmm... now would be a good time to check and make sure the pocket ...
by rickwrench
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: S10 T-5 Shifter location
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: S10 T-5 Shifter location

Where mine ended up:
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by rickwrench
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment
Replies: 15
Views: 2691

Re: 8.5"/215mm pressure plate experiment

I know this is an old post, but I am I new member and just come acrossed this . I'm new to falcons and have just bought my 61 4 door a couple months ago.. I'm looking at doing the t5 swap and wanted to ask richwrench a few questions about his experience with this swap. Ask away. My experience with ...
by rickwrench
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: 64 falcon safety
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: 64 falcon safety

You'd be far better off mounting the 3 pt. shoulder anchor into a fabricated plate welded into the convenient stamped hole on the upper part of the B pillar (behind the trim). The B pillar is a very strong structural element, and will easily handle the force placed on the shoulder belt. I.e., 1200-1...
by rickwrench
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Drum brake questions
Replies: 16
Views: 2382

Re: Drum brake questions

Howdy All: I hope someone weighs in with a reference on upgrading the steering shaft "spear" issue. For safety, this issue sure is worth exploring. Adios, David I think matching the sector shaft dia. with a later (67+ iirc) rag joint box sector shaft does the trick. The column might be a ...
by rickwrench
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Drum brake questions
Replies: 16
Views: 2382

Re: Drum brake questions

Also I know this is off topic but on saftey. Is it possible to install 3 point seatbelts. At least for the front. Because I know lap belts are better than nothing but your face is still gonna smash into that metal dash without the other strap 3-point belts are easy enough with a bit of welding to s...
by rickwrench
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Wagon Trim
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Wagon Trim

You do have to cut the seal out to remove that trim. The metal strip on the back of the trim that slips into the slit in the seal has barbs cut into it. Those barbs hold it (very well) in place.
Be careful, I've seen quite a few kinked rear wagon window trim sets.

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by rickwrench
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Valve Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: Valve Question

Given the starting point ('66 head), just do a larger intake valve and clean up both ports. Exhaust gasses are forced out, but intake is 100% vacuum (except for turbo/supercharged engines of course). A bigger intake valve is the better ROI. Ford thought so, too. Be aware that the early head chamber ...
by rickwrench
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: broken ear at back of cylinder head and recommendations for AC
Replies: 13
Views: 1848

Re: broken ear at back of cylinder head and recommendations for AC

X posted a pic of the location of my sanden install. There is enough room for the headers I was going to install (but never did). I made a Sanden/York adapter plate, with slots that allowed sliding the plate away from the engine a couple inches. My stock high mount York bracket had slots for front/b...
by rickwrench
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cleaning bare engine block ( hot tank ) at home?
Replies: 29
Views: 3064

Re: Cleaning bare engine block ( hot tank ) at home?

Most HDPE starts to melt at 250-260˚f.
Fish tank heaters might get and engine sized tub up to 95˚f, maybe 100˚f. Newer heaters have thermal cut-offs, too.

I'd go the electrolysis route. Battery charger, sodium -carbonate-, pieces of rebar as the + anode.

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by rickwrench
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 short shaft water pump... need more real estate
Replies: 10
Views: 1312

Re: 200 short shaft water pump... need more real estate

what about moving the radiator forward some? That's what I did. About two inches forward. I used an aftermarket "universal" crossflow radiator, 16"x28", and set it on top of the radiator support frame, rather than behind it. This required trimming some sheet metal. Not a big dea...
by rickwrench
Tue May 23, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stop fast or go fast?
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Stop fast or go fast?

Drill all four of your drums, get a dual master (drum/drum) anyway.

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by rickwrench
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 vs 170 Head dimensions
Replies: 30
Views: 3412

Re: 144 vs 170 Head dimensions

Rick Wrenches 1965 Squire Falcon had a non standard 200 from a 65 mustang N ot sure if this C2 head was from the 65 200 Mustang. My 1962 Squire has a '65 small bell Mustang 200. Courtesy of the PO. Still running fine at 200k+ miles. The head I chopped in those old pics that X posted was a 1962 170 ...
by rickwrench
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Vibration felt through shifter at 75 mph and higher
Replies: 24
Views: 3416

Re: Vibration felt through shifter at 75 mph and higher

Ok so I watched a few videos on how to measure those angles and went and got a protractor to double check that app. I came up with this: trans 4.3 down, drive shaft 2.1 down, and pinion 0.3 up. I have a set of 3 degree shims coming in today to fix this angle and I will shim the trans if needed. The...
by rickwrench
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Vibration felt through shifter at 75 mph and higher
Replies: 24
Views: 3416

Re: Vibration felt through shifter at 75 mph and higher

Driveline vibration will be more of a "thrumming" type of vibration. I had driveline vibration issues initially with my T5 install in my Squire. The 1962 tunnel was just a bit too small to allow the T5 up far enough. As a result the F/R u-joint angles were off. I added wedges under the spr...
by rickwrench
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Flywheel swap- what parts do I need?
Replies: 14
Views: 1605

Re: Flywheel swap- what parts do I need?

Speaking of stickies, what happened to them?
There was a lot of good info stickied in the top of each section that seems to be gone?

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by rickwrench
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Mustang II 8 in. rear end questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

Re: Mustang II 8 in. rear end questions

I didn't know about the bolt pattern on the 8" for the drum brakes, probably could use the old ones from my 7 1/4 if I read it right. Awesome information for me to consider. Thanks! The 8" brake flange is only the same as the 7-1/4" on the -Maverick- 4 lug 8" housing. The Pinto ...
by rickwrench
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Flywheel swap- what parts do I need?
Replies: 14
Views: 1605

Re: Flywheel swap- what parts do I need?

However, Rickwrench helped me realize there are several parts I'm going to need to replace- again (including, potentially, the pressure plate- since those 40 miles involved quite a bit of bumper to bumper, and the plate may have lost its tempering). Referring to the -springs- in the PP here, to cla...
by rickwrench
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 8.5 inch flywheel turning
Replies: 12
Views: 1425

Re: 8.5 inch flywheel turning

Stock 8.5" flywheel dish depth is exactly 1.0". This is what you want if you are using a stock style 3 finger pressure plate. Using a Mercedes diaphragm pressure plate, the dish depth needs to be 0.885". Alfa Romeo diaphragm pressure plate, the dish depth needs to be 0.878". Usin...
by rickwrench
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Small Six 215mm Clutch and Presure Plate Pics
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Small Six 215mm Clutch and Presure Plate Pics

Looks like nice work on the flywheel. How much does it weigh? Could be interesting coming off the line with that much mass trimmed off!
Don't forget to seal your flywheel bolts - with the spring pocket opened up, the spin-out/seep drain holes are non-functional.

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by rickwrench
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: What is a street friendly posi unit for the 8"
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: What is a street friendly posi unit for the 8"

(cut and paste from a while back) For a daily driver/cruiser like my falcon wagon, I'd much rather have an open dif than a clutch-pack type posi. Open is better in most "normal" conditions, except ice, and showing off (they don't call them "peg-legs" for nothing). If you plan to ...
by rickwrench
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Will 7.25" rear brake from a 66 couple fit a 66 8" rear end?
Replies: 4
Views: 1064

Re: Will 7.25" rear brake from a 66 couple fit a 66 8" rear

Maverick 4 lug, 4 x 4.5", 8" rear brake backing plates (only) will swap with 7.25" rears, they are the same pattern. So if you have some wide 4 lug SW/Ranchero rear drums laying around, you're set. 5 lug 8" rears are different. All 5 lug 8" backing plates, 66 included (and P...
by rickwrench
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: 1960 Falcon/Ranchero Brake Drums
Replies: 4
Views: 1695

Re: 1960 Falcon/Ranchero Brake Drums

Get the new drums balanced. I chased a shimmy for awhile, then put my rear drums on a bubble balancer... Both were out. One was waaay out. Drum weights need to be welded on, btw. If you plan on running drums for a while, think about drilling the drums. It's an old school hotrod upgrade, cheap, easy ...
by rickwrench
Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Log Manifold modification
Replies: 30
Views: 3077

Re: Log Manifold modification

Been awhile since I did those head chops. Lots of fun, learned quite a bit, started laying out a plate for the C1 head... then I bought a 250-2v head and a couple manifolds (stock 2v and a lynx 3x weber dcoe). The chopped heads are long gone, so, old pics are all I have of them. Someday, the Squire'...
by rickwrench
Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:23 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Need info: Repairing Emblem Mounting Posts
Replies: 2
Views: 2625

Re: Need info: Repairing Emblem Mounting Posts

I've run into this problem, too. Most emblems are cast pot metal (mostly zinc, plus other crap). The melting point is around 780f. If you still have the busted off pins, you can usually solder them back on using the right solder. There is pot metal specific solder paste available. Takes a very caref...
by rickwrench
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: 185/80-13 thin white wall tires
Replies: 0
Views: 1371

185/80-13 thin white wall tires

A few of us still run tall tires with the stock 13" rim with trim rings and bottle caps on our Falcon (because it's the best looking tire wheel combination for sorta stock looking Falcons). The 185/80-13 thin white wall, the only one that fits right, is "officially" NLA by every tire ...
by rickwrench
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8.8 rear end question?
Replies: 6
Views: 1252

Re: 8.8 rear end question?

I'd use a cross-over U-joint. Buy 2, keep one in the car. The only parts that fail on a road trip are the ones that are custom or one-off.

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by rickwrench
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Ford 8" pandora's box
Replies: 17
Views: 1976

Re: Ford 8" pandora's box

The 8" center section is the same 4 and 5 lug. 28 spline axles on both rear ends, but the axles are not interchangeable between 4 and 5 lug. The Maverick 8" 4 lug rear axle assy. is only a half inch wider than the stock round body axle assy. I currently have one under my Squire. Falcons or...
by rickwrench
Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:40 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: S10 electric tailshaft swap to mechanical help
Replies: 10
Views: 2239

Re: S10 electric tailshaft swap to mechanical help

Here's the link on the speedo gear relocation mod:
http://www.inliners.org/Jack/T5tech.html.

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by rickwrench
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Can I, How Do I, Adapt the AutoLite 1101 to Small Log Intake
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Can I, How Do I, Adapt the AutoLite 1101 to Small Log In

Make an adapter out of aluminum (or even oak). Drill 1-7/16" hole, run a router with a steep chamfer bit around the inside. Counter sink holes for cap screws, drill/thread stud holes. Mine was machined by my brother, but a router works just fine on aluminum. http://www.rickwrench.com/images-sou...
by rickwrench
Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Testing Falcon Wagon Power Tailgate Switch
Replies: 4
Views: 2371

Re: Testing Falcon Wagon Power Tailgate Switch

Ford tailgate wiring diagrams.
Click the "home" link for other years/models FoMoCo electric window diagrams if yours is of unknown (blue oval) origin.
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by rickwrench
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Vent Visors for my '64 Comet and Other Old Cars
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Vent Visors for my '64 Comet and Other Old Cars

Set up a search (now called "searches you follow") for "ventshades" in ebay.

Here's a few listed now:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/6000/i.html?_nk ... ade&_rdc=2

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by rickwrench
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Chevy t5 Bearing retainer to ford swap???
Replies: 4
Views: 2148

Re: Chevy t5 Bearing retainer to ford swap???

Swapping to a Ford V8 T5 bearing retainer may seem like the easiest choice, but may, in fact, be a can-o-worms. There seems to be quite a bit of conflicting info on the Ford T5 bearing retainer OD. Is it 4.91" or 4.85"? There would be some machining involved if the OD of the Ford V8 T5 bea...
by rickwrench
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:34 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Chevy t5 Bearing retainer to ford swap???
Replies: 4
Views: 2148

Re: Chevy t5 Bearing retainer to ford swap???

Funny, this is the pretty much the same question I had when I first joined this forum (long, long time ago). The Ford bearing retainer swap is an option, but will, of course, require restacking the bearing retainer shim set for proper end play. You'll then be able to use a ford TO bearing that match...
by rickwrench
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 4 lug rear end options
Replies: 4
Views: 2122

Re: 4 lug rear end options

The 4 lug 8" Mav vs the 5 lug 8" Mav rear use different bearings so you can't just swap the 5 lug axles into the 4 lug Mav 8" housing (and vice versa). Also the backing plate patterns are different: 5 lug Mav 8" uses "standard" 8" and small 9" backing plate pa...
by rickwrench
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:41 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Motor bogging only on right turns
Replies: 14
Views: 1490

Re: Motor bogging only on right turns

I had a similar problem with a stall on hard right turns. I eventually traced the problem down to... an aftermarket DSII control box. Not where I would have thought to look initially. The "epoxy" potting had shrunk and cracked. Then during a ridiculously heavy downpour, water apparently go...
by rickwrench
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8" rear with 7.25 driveshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 1493

Re: 8" rear with 7.25 driveshaft

This looks great. Seems like the perfect and simplest solution. So in essence you fabricated your own conversion universal joint and these caps jut go over the original universal , Is that right ? Was this connecting to an 8" rear ? Yes, and yes. The adapter caps fit over the stock 1100 bearin...
by rickwrench
Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Maverick rear axle in Falcon - shock stagger?
Replies: 13
Views: 5173

Re: Maverick rear axle in Falcon - shock stagger?

Beat old plate flat with single jack, redrill. Easy.

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by rickwrench
Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Gear Swap
Replies: 7
Views: 1563

Re: Gear Swap

Hit the junkyard and look for later model V6 Pintos. Not too many remember that many had an 8" center @ 3.40/1 ratio. They are often overlooked.

Rick(wrench)
by rickwrench
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 8" rear with 7.25 driveshaft
Replies: 11
Views: 1493

Re: 8" rear with 7.25 driveshaft

No crossover joints for that application that I ever found. So I made some adapters. I only used this driveshaft for about 8 months, but I didn't baby it. At first I was a little concerned about the load on the "adapters", but this turned out to be a non-issue. I eventually went to an alum...
by rickwrench
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Custom Intake
Replies: 21
Views: 3062

Re: Custom Intake

Here's a shot of a C1 head that I chopped several years back. Note the round ports vs the later squarish ports.

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by rickwrench
Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: drive train tech
Topic: Small Six 215mm Clutch and Presure Plate info
Replies: 43
Views: 14910

Re: Small Six 215mm Clutch and Presure Plate info

Link to the 8 year/100k+ update. Worked great all those years. One of the best of the many upgrades I've done to the Squire. Pics of 100k+ miles of wear from square face TO on round edge PP springs included. Not pretty, but that's the way I went with the replacement, too. 100k miles down the road be...

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