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by mutt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: '94 truck trans....
Replies: 1
Views: 520

'94 truck trans....

im not an automatic guy, but i find myself w/ a '94
e250 automatic.... overdrive, i believe. weaknesses? anything i should know? I was gonna get the fluid & filters changed out....
mutt
by mutt
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 94 FI e250
Replies: 2
Views: 559

94 FI e250

just got it. CLEAN. like new. 110k miles. that exhaust system, w/ TWO huge cats and a ginourmous muffler, looks like a big cork..... do these setups flow, and considering Ca smog racket requirements.... is there a proven setup for these rigs?
by mutt
Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: clifford intake, hot water
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: clifford intake, hot water

I just cut an aluminum plate out of 1/4 in stock, threaded/jb welded some 5/8 plumbing elbows to it, cut a paper gasket, and put it in the line to the heater core.... works MUCH better w/ heat...
by mutt
Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate MPG figures......
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: Ekonokrate MPG figures......

i cross over at Sault St Marie, across the UP, N Minn. In Canada, gas is about $4.25 (or more) US..... man, fill it UP for $2.10/gallon.
wheres them glorious junkers at, man? really want to upgrade some aspects...
by mutt
Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate MPG figures......
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: Ekonokrate MPG figures......

as the speed goes up, you can see the vacuum drop..... wind resistance goes up in a steep arc above 55, and you can see it play out on the vac. gauge....
by mutt
Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate MPG figures......
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Ekonokrate MPG figures......

Huh! I thought id never get back on- computer glitches & such. Its been a while! So: on my latests run from Toronto to Montana, in my '80 Ekonocrate, i did more MPG recording. So: with a corrected speedo- when i put the 3.80 limited slip in, i took note on a hundred mile marker a bunch of years ...
by mutt
Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: I need an education on oil flow in a straight six
Replies: 33
Views: 4144

Re: I need an education on oil flow in a straight six

the thing about new lifters/old cam- if the cam isn't worn- is using a good amount of assembly lube on the cam lobes, and lifter faces. i did that umpt miles ago..... the tappets were just worn after many miles, and replacements were cheap. but its what you start it up with is what matters. they get...
by mutt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: About 32mpg ...
Replies: 23
Views: 3797

Re: About 32mpg ...

Been away a while. The 32MPG caught my eye, the 2.47 rear helps, and the FI. my last run out to Montana from Toronto aboard the mighty '81 Ekonokrate: 1.21 Motorcraft , 2inHg power valve, iffy manifold, port matched, head work, chev rockers, cam "straight up- " 3.80 limited slip, FI header...
by mutt
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: MPG experiment... [4.9L/300 engine prefers low revs]
Replies: 20
Views: 3884

Re: MPG experiment... [4.9L/300 engine prefers low revs]

damn, you pickup chaps get some great mileage. An Econoline MPG just drops off a cliff above 60MPH. When I first got my ekonokrate it was box stock- 4sp/OD, 3.08 rear. Didn't have the power to pull OD (good compression, sound engine) got 13-14 MPG. I then, over time, did most of the hop ups folks us...
by mutt
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Super-sparker......
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Super-sparker......

by mutt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Finally got my Offy C installed w pics
Replies: 21
Views: 2475

Re: Finally got my Offy C installed w pics

the next cheap drop in (maybe) trick to leverage on your improves breathing is Chev 250 lifters. If the pushrod holes in your head flat sided rather than circular, you can pick up .035 more lift, which is step up for something whose problem is breathing. You just put a grade 8 washer between the roc...
by mutt
Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: Mileage and the modified Big 6.......
Replies: 2
Views: 1912

Mileage and the modified Big 6.......

Of course, us Ekonomen are the superstars of the Ford Truck world! Ekonokrates aren't for just anybody, after all. But with all great powers comes great responsibility. In our case, its staying below 60MPH if you are trying to get any mileage. Thats our critical mach number..... and even there, you ...
by mutt
Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: E150 radius strut bushing R&R
Replies: 3
Views: 1347

Re: E150 radius strut bushing R&R

Interesting deal. I HAD to get the damn thing off..... the nuts have a turned shoulder thats a press fit into the bracket. They are tighted to the point that the hex edges dig into the bracket steel- milder- and the swage fit makes the nuts unremoveable. almost. I got the truck higher- no lift, torc...
by mutt
Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: E150 radius strut bushing R&R
Replies: 3
Views: 1347

E150 radius strut bushing R&R

So, Ive been trying to unbolt the frame mounted box that holds the rear of the radius arm in place- '80 Econoline, Big 6, or course. 13/16th nuts inboard, 5/8 bolt heads outboard. Ca. truck, with oil undercoats- rust isn't much of an issue. after soaking in penetrating oil over night, with a cheater...
by mutt
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: cant believe it make that much diff...and cheapest mod yet
Replies: 54
Views: 15099

Re: cant believe it make that much diff...and cheapest mod y

I've had chev 6 rockers in my '81 econo for a bunch of years. Its ALMOST a drop in. Heres the deal- sometime after 81 the pr holes in the head went from narrow straight sided with rounded ends to circular. the circular holes allow the pr too much side to side wobble, you need some sort of pushrod gu...
by mutt
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 9 in. rear axle bearings.......
Replies: 2
Views: 1194

9 in. rear axle bearings.......

HELP! Im stuck in Canada and parts stores aren't up to it. i got an 81 E150 with the 9 in. removable carrier diff...... and I need axle bearings. Ford never heard of it, the kids at the parts stores can't find it, either..... a parts number will help, i hope....i don't want to take it apart til i ha...
by mutt
Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate update....
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Re: Ekonokrate update....

a temporary duty station....we might be headed back to San Diego....
by mutt
Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate update....
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Re: Ekonokrate update....

I checked the odometer against 100 miles of a highway mileage marker, and factored in the corrected #-4% off-when usin a calculator to figure fuel consumption, which i did every fillup. So the numbers are fairly accurate....
by mutt
Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ekonokrate update....
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Ekonokrate update....

Been quite a while since I posted....well, the thing just runs, don't it? For the record: 80 ekono, 300, Offy C, Motorcraft 1.21 2150, intake bowl work, intake valve relief in combustion chamber, port matched, Chebby rockers, head milled .030 or so, FI exhaust, thru gutted cat & glaspak. Stock i...
by mutt
Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Engine vacuum
Replies: 14
Views: 1669

Re: Engine vacuum

You said you overhauled the carb....i've done many, but once in a while Ive had to go back in because there was some piece of crud still blocking a passage. Did you have access to compressed air? When you changed out the gasket.....did you scrape down the mating surfaces with a sharp edge, like a si...
by mutt
Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: home made air cleaner-pics
Replies: 15
Views: 2258

Re: home made air cleaner-pics

Like the guy said: the more I look at it the more I like it....slick! Spark plug caddie built in!
by mutt
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: torque curve
Replies: 19
Views: 5268

Re: torque curve

After many years of incremental upgrades, in a '80 Econo, 4sp (OD) i ditched the 3.08 & have a 3.73. Now im in the groove, at useful speeds. The gearing now much better matches the low rpm of the 6 & the fat part of the torque curve. Never touched the ignition. Works a treat. As far as bang ...
by mutt
Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: 80 Econo wiring diagram needed....
Replies: 1
Views: 1691

80 Econo wiring diagram needed....

been away quite a while. Ive been shanghaid by the Brains of the Outfit to Toronto. As in Canada. Since I last posted, I got a 3.70 limited slip in the Ekonokrate- my price for leaving Sunny San Diego. Its 8F out there, I cant find my Clymers, and my turn sigs quit. Can someone point me to a on line...
by mutt
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Replacing 9 in gears....
Replies: 3
Views: 482

Replacing 9 in gears....

80 E150, "9 in" rear- that is, the entire front of the diff comes off w/ the gears as a unit, rather than a removeable stamped steel cover on the back of the thing. The ratio now is 3.08. Its way too tall for my requirements. 3.73 pencils out correct, 4.10 would be too lw, I think. So- i l...
by mutt
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: EFI vs Carb Fuel Economy for the big six ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2243

Re: EFI vs Carb Fuel Economy for the big six ...

too far down in the torque curve for me. I think Ill finally be able to put in a 3.71 rear on the Ekonokrate. the 4sp OD (80, iron case) has a wacking great gulf between 2nd & 3rd. This is a real PITA loaded in the mountains...wont hold 3rd, second screams @ 47mph. The beast is just turning too ...
by mutt
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Reman 300-6 question...thinking of buying one
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Re: Reman 300-6 question...thinking of buying one

no local junk yards?thats pretty steep for a unseen 70K engine......
by mutt
Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 Rebuild
Replies: 12
Views: 1243

Re: 300 Rebuild

the 2100 & 2150 Autolite/Motorcraft carbs are simple and well made. They have the venturi size cast into the carb exterior, over one of the venturis, or below it. A 1.21 is as big as you are likely to find, flows 357 CFM in 2bbl scale, different than 4bbl. It has a power valve, so you can tune w...
by mutt
Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 4 barrel intake and headers conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: 4 barrel intake and headers conversion

My box stock engine - an 80- gave barely 13mpg TOPS.
A big two bbl, Offy, & FI ex gave a lot more power & 15-18 mpg.
some headwork & Chev rockers gave me MORE power and better mpg yet.
by mutt
Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: fuel issues.
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: fuel issues.

yay! i love happy endngs!
by mutt
Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: TFI to DSII swap including carb
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: TFI to DSII swap including carb

IIUC, after 73 the carb throttle bores got smaller, and as a general rule a pre 73 carb is simpler as theres no smog leaning built into it.....any old junkyards out your way?
by mutt
Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Pedestal Roller Rockers
Replies: 98
Views: 13708

Re: Christmas list - Stone work almost done

looking good!!!
by mutt
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: the big bang!
Replies: 7
Views: 943

Re: the big bang!

first cylinder is in front. you got all the wires in the right order- 1,5,3,6,2,4......
the timing mark can be cst into the timing gear cover, or a bolted on tab

lh fr, next to the harmonic balancer, the front pulley, that pulley will have a notch in it.

not enough to go on for the rest of it.....
by mutt
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 build. Simplified.
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: 300 build. Simplified.

the local engine rebuild shop will sell me a turned in complete block- no head, for $50. He had a pile of them.
These are engines he swapped out with a rebuild- the exchanges. REBUILDABLE cores, not scrap.
by mutt
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: head issues?
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: head issues?

new to me. In normal service, with water in it?
by mutt
Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Smoke Color Changes because of EPA laws
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: Smoke Color Changes because of EPA laws

looks like oil to me. Get on a steep hill pointin down, get going then let the engine decellerate you....if it smokes when you back off, rings are suspect...
by mutt
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: How long to replace 4.9L oil pan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: How long to replace 4.9L oil pan?

Mutt method: get the gasket surfaces squeeky clean, and peen the bolt holes flat if they have been dimpleled by previous over tightening, common. Indian Head gasket shellac on the pan side mating surface. Lay on the gasket, and use thread thru several bolt holes to tie th long gaskets on place. Smea...
by mutt
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Phantom RPM Fluctuation
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Phantom RPM Fluctuation

no, no cocktail enhanced spelling prowess. REAL crappy keyboard- keeps dropping letters, and I didnt do my usual word by word check.
plus, even If i spell them RIGHT to my mind, I spell them wrong....
so- your centrifugal advance was binding??
by mutt
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Second 300 since August
Replies: 38
Views: 2062

Re: Second 300 since August

air in the oil pressure gauge line matters not- it will read the same. There IS a drilled insert in the back of the timig chest that squirts pressure oil right where the gears mesh. IIRC its a 1/4 in plug, the hole in it is quite small. Were that plug to be left out, I could see quite the drop in oi...
by mutt
Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Phantom RPM Fluctuation
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Phantom RPM Fluctuation

my bad eyes....looked like it was idling above 1k. does it resond to the idle mix screws smartly? I usually slowly tun them in on a THOROLY warmed up engine, til the engine falters, then back them out 1/4 turn. a LOT of things can cause this. is your vcuum dizzy port hooked to tied or manifold vacuu...
by mutt
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Performance question
Replies: 15
Views: 1295

Re: Performance question

so a 240 has inherently better volumetric effieciency....hadnt thought of that. So a 240 with some head work is.....more effiecient than a 300 w/ the same work?
by mutt
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: replacing head gasket on 4.9L I-6 1982
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: replacing head gasket on 4.9L I-6 1982

PCV working properly?
by mutt
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: How long to replace 4.9L oil pan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: How long to replace 4.9L oil pan?

all of the above. Its a finicky task.
by mutt
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Phantom RPM Fluctuation
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Phantom RPM Fluctuation

vac leak. sporadic misfire....can you gt it to idle down lower, say 750, then adj. the idle mix?
by mutt
Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: replacing head gasket on 4.9L I-6 1982
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: replacing head gasket on 4.9L I-6 1982

best thing to do here is hit up a few book stores and find a chiltonor Haynes manual covering the 6. the bolts need to b torqued down in stages, in a certain order, the books have illustrations. The mating surfaces need to be very clean. A few single edge razorblades will scrape up all sorts of stuf...
by mutt
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Motor Oil Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1727

Re: Motor Oil Question

ah, jees, first Luckyman ruins burgers for me now the highly reguarded empiricist Lazy JW roons 20/50 for me. I buy it by the case for the 280z, the two old bikes, & the mighty Ekonokrates. Not in cold climates, but Im in San Diego now. I CAN say that running 20/50 hasnt caused any problems I ev...
by mutt
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: drawings of 300, esp. assembled internals- do they exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: drawings of 300, esp. assembled internals- do they exist?

they arent at ALL like the illustration you linked to. Its a crude line drawing showing the path of the oil, not an artful, old school cutaway. No such nifty illustration exists in my library of shop books for the F6, but Id love to see one.....
by mutt
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Motor Oil Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1727

Re: Motor Oil Question

as above. Synth in this app is a waste of $. If you are in cold climate, or its cold in the AM, use the right multigrade , cant go wrong. 10-30, there you go. hot summers? 20-50, parts store cheap house brand, change every 3k. When it sits overnight, the lifters under load bleed down. The oil is thi...
by mutt
Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: drawings of 300, esp. assembled internals- do they exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: drawings of 300, esp. assembled internals- do they exist?

yes...such a pic would look good on the garage wall....My old Motors Truck manuals just have basic line drawings of the 6.....
by mutt
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: storing an engine. questions
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: storing an engine. questions

yeah. Nothing fancy. Its just that penetrating stuff like WD 40 evaporate. you could use 3in1, or just motor oil applied wit a brush. Long term- real long term- grease.

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