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by ludwig
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What's the difference?
Replies: 1
Views: 989

Re: What's the difference?

Big Six generally refers to the 300 ci truck engine. Small Six is the Mustang/Falcon/Comet car engine, all the variants: 144, 200 and 250. The 250 is a stroked 200 with a taller block. Other guys will share more specific data, but that is the basic difference. There is nothing interchangeable betwee...
by ludwig
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: 1962 Falcon road trip
Replies: 3
Views: 3264

Re: 1962 Falcon road trip

That's gotta be satisfying. No misfires or skips all the way up. Sounds nice and tight!
by ludwig
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel Economy
Replies: 18
Views: 2080

Re: Fuel Economy

Pumped up tires, lght break/throttle, ...


What fun is that?
by ludwig
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel Economy
Replies: 18
Views: 2080

Re: Fuel Economy

That Magnaflow 40 pretty much killed my fuel economy. I loved the sound of it accelerating and the added torque was the BEST.
by ludwig
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: When is a good time too Relax ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Re: When is a good time too Relax ?

Several years ago, one of the wise old mechanics on this forum answered a similar question: "Just remember, the Mustang was the SECOND cheapest car Ford built." Meaning, you can't back-engineer the thing into the top tier from 50 years out. (The cheapest was the Falcon and the Mustang was ...
by ludwig
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Old car safety. (I know it's off topic sorry)
Replies: 3
Views: 1271

Re: Old car safety. (I know it's off topic sorry)

Three point belts are more than sufficient for daily driving. Unless you drive like a fighter pilot on a closed track. Several aftermarket companies make 3 point belts with retractors. All involve anchoring the belt to the floor and to the frame, NOT the seat back. One manufacturer has a belt for th...
by ludwig
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Stumped on a charging issue..
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Stumped on a charging issue..

While you are going over your wiring, make sure all your grounds are good. With an old car, many of the grounds have been compromised by rust, much of which you can't see. Check the main ground at the firewall. Remove the bolt and buff the all the metal with emory paper. Same for the heavy ground at...
by ludwig
Thu May 24, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Gas Surging out of gas cap ?
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: Gas Surging out of gas cap ?

That can happen if the gas comes out of the ground and the driver or whoever fuels it up put too much gas in the tank. Particularly if it is a hot day. The cool gas will expand as it warms up to the ambient temp. Easiest correction is to not fill it to the very tippy top of the neck. Plus, the neck ...
by ludwig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Tri-Power
Replies: 10
Views: 1476

Re: Tri-Power

Good news!! You have to pay photo bucket now if you want it to do 3rd party photo hosting.

I just abandoned my stuff. They can purge it if they want.
by ludwig
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

x2 on bubba. The running temp should stabilize with a 180* t-stat. That is to say, this is the temp it OPENS at; not the operating temp. There have been many many threads here about getting the engine to cool consistently. Generally they come down to purging all the air and the right temperature T-s...
by ludwig
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Throttle Linkage Change with Headers?
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Throttle Linkage Change with Headers?

Heat and bend the long arm over the intake manifold down about 30* more or less. The end should be parallel to the log.
by ludwig
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

Those (non-critical) spikes after the engine warms up are due to a bunch of water finally making its way from the cooling jacket to the hose. Might be an air bubble that worked loose or the t-stat finally opens all the way and whoosh. That ping is either a timing issue or you need higher octane gas....
by ludwig
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Aluminum Cylinder Head
Topic: Bypass carb water heater?
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

Re: Bypass carb water heater?

double post
by ludwig
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Aluminum Cylinder Head
Topic: Bypass carb water heater?
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

Re: Bypass carb water heater?

If you are talking about that base plate between the carb and intake log with the hose nipples front and back, you can leave the hose off. It does make a difference in really cold climates. In Cali, not so much. I just ran the heater hoses to the firewall and back. If you are talking about the water...
by ludwig
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

Chad, I would immediately pull you out of a Saturn, even if it was in good running condition!!
by ludwig
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

My comment was made to show there have been issues with coolant leaking from the driver side of the head and block. I did not ask any questions or for help.


Not a problem. The issues are related, just not the same. Good advice is never wasted.
by ludwig
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

Several years back a fellow who was in charge of fleet maintenance gave a disquisition on why the 200 leaked consistently on the driver's side. The short form was the uneven heating of the head due to the combined exhaust ports at 3 and 4, where the head grows larger as a result, and the coolant flo...
by ludwig
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!
Replies: 35
Views: 4329

Re: Multiple Coolant Leaks Suddenly!

The I6 ALWAYS leaks on the drivers side. That is one of the standard features of the motor. That is no sign of a blown head gasket in and of itself. If you suddenly get coolant in the exhaust or lose power or it runs rough, then you probably have a BHG. Check the exhaust. If white - coolant; if blue...
by ludwig
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Anyone running a weber 38 on a 200? Cam selection?
Replies: 29
Views: 2397

Re: Anyone running a weber 38 on a 200? Cam selection?

Hey Bill, where can a guy get his distributor recurved?
by ludwig
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Help! The movers dropped my brand new motor! I need an oil pan.
Replies: 13
Views: 1936

Re: Help! The movers dropped my brand new motor! I need an oil pan.

Ditto here. I'm with Leo et al. Moving company needs to be doing the search. They actually have liability insurance for those kinds of things.

Unless, you know, this is the first time something ever got damaged by a moving company.
by ludwig
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Generator questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1680

Re: Generator questions

Check out this set of wiring diagrams for Falcons. The 1964 Falcon has a part A and part B. B is under the hood. A is the dash. They look complex but they are not. Each wire is color coded and you can follow them to the fixture, appliance or component by tracing each line individually. You might wan...
by ludwig
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Generator questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1680

Re: Generator questions

Hey B RON, thanks for the confirmation. I had a 64 Galaxie that developed a battery drain when running. It would not start after running for a while. I just removed the neg cable and drove without the battery draining until I got it sorted out. Turned out it was a generator/VR problem. That's how I ...
by ludwig
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Generator questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1680

Re: Generator questions

Note however that you have to replace the voltage regulator AND the generator at the same time. They will work OK replacing the one or the other, but they really need to be renewed at the same time and polarized. To polarize, you brush the + contact of the generator with the + contact of the VR. You...
by ludwig
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hardened valve seats necessary?
Replies: 15
Views: 2036

Re: Hardened valve seats necessary?

I'm sure you are right. At all odds, they are just a hardened margin of the casting.
by ludwig
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hardened valve seats necessary?
Replies: 15
Views: 2036

Re: Hardened valve seats necessary?

If you search 'hardened valve seats' you will find me giving the exact same advice. If you do drop the new engine in, and it is one you order, you can ask for the press-in hardened seats because they have to rebuild the head and do a run in before you get it. Mine came in a bag, dropped at my house ...
by ludwig
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hardened valve seats necessary?
Replies: 15
Views: 2036

Re: Hardened valve seats necessary?

My understanding is that the early 'hardened seats' were simply flame hardened around the casting where the valves seat. My commercially rebuilt head had hardened RINGS pressed in place where the valves seat. My son had a rebuilt engine with so-called hardened seats where the valves actually retreat...
by ludwig
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Blowin' Smoke
Replies: 33
Views: 4051

Re: Blowin' Smoke

You can brush the tab to reveal the numbers and swipe them with a dab of white paint. If/When you find the flywheel notch, put a dab of white paint on it too. HOWEVER, the outer ring on the flywheel may have slipped on the rubber bushing, so you need to find top dead center. When you do that, THEN p...
by ludwig
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: NEW Chinese 1100's !!
Replies: 13
Views: 2664

Re: NEW Chinese 1100's !!

$90 for a good running new carb is great, but if it's crapola you're only out $90? That's exactly what I mean. If it's from China, you have an even money bet that the milling is to original spec. And if you need to adjust something, add or remove a nut or shaft, you have to wonder if it is metric o...
by ludwig
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: NEW Chinese 1100's !!
Replies: 13
Views: 2664

Re: NEW Chinese 1100's !!

Now THERE's a mixed blessing.
by ludwig
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD

Hit the nut with a propane torch and heat it up, periodically tugging on it. Keep the flame away from the threaded shank. The nut will grow incrementally. If you don't leave the flame on too long, the shank should be cooler. Do that a couple times before you get the guy down the street to do it for ...
by ludwig
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD

Bubba x2. I had a clunk on braking with a load in back. It was the radius arm bushings and that solved the problem.

The death wobble was a whole different problem. Seems you have solved that part.
by ludwig
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: Clunk and high speed vibration on right side: '95 F-150 4WD

That shake is probably the 'death wobble' or 'wobble of death' that is a known problem with front I-beam suspensions. You can search the term here on this site and also on the web. It is particularly common on Jeeps. You will find a number of corrections. Most have to do with the front end bushings ...
by ludwig
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 65 Mustang
Replies: 28
Views: 3344

Re: 200 65 Mustang

Yeah, but it's a mellow kind of excitement.
by ludwig
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 65 Mustang
Replies: 28
Views: 3344

Re: 200 65 Mustang

Yeah, don't those simple ideas just kill you? Sometimes you get a couple guys whose opinions go in different directions. But that's okay, because if the one doesn't work the other one just might. And now you know even more than before. This is THE place to ask questions and get answers without flame...
by ludwig
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: one carb per cyl - various falcon motors
Replies: 42
Views: 6309

Re: one carb per cyl - various falcon motors

I wonder why that low-slung big block never caught on? That would make an awesome street fighter. And what a conversation piece when you pop the hood.

X-man - you need to collate all this arcana. What a trove of cool stuff!!!
by ludwig
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.
Replies: 42
Views: 13433

Re: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.

That is an awesome setup. I love the sleeper look, too. Strictly business under the hood.

What is that copper line from the fuel block on the fenderwell?
by ludwig
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: port divider
Replies: 6
Views: 1530

Re: port divider

"" ... probably took a wk of hand fitting. "

I hear ya. Just took me a couple hours. All the welder did was notch the corners.
by ludwig
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: port divider
Replies: 6
Views: 1530

Re: port divider

I asked a local commercial welder to put mine in. He does contract work for DOD suppliers and is very up to spec. The guy was leery of the job but did it anyway with great success. First he ground the divider to fit the opening. Then, instead of running a bead all around the long parts, like you wou...
by ludwig
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Garage Accident
Replies: 8
Views: 2239

Re: Garage Accident

"... it's just another old Mustang." No, it's not. It's a very special car that means a lot to you because of its connection to your son, whom you love. Check the photo on my sig. My daughter and I rebuilt a 1966 Mustang together. At one point, while she was still in her mid-teens, I had t...
by ludwig
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Garage Accident
Replies: 8
Views: 2239

Re: Garage Accident

I'm with rbohm. You fix what you damage. If you can't, you pay someone who can.

Those darn kids.
by ludwig
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: Rear frame rail replacement. Sanity Check...
Replies: 13
Views: 5192

Re: Rear frame rail replacement. Sanity Check...

Props to you, brother!!! Chip Foose has a dozen guys doing that same thing on one car!
by ludwig
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: slow oil leak
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: slow oil leak

True dat. You never know just what you set in motion when they are small.

Don't worry. Your two will be asking dad all kinds of stuff, just not what you expect.
by ludwig
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: slow oil leak
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: slow oil leak

You get your daughters into an activity and they won't quit. That's the truth. The Navy offered my daughter a slot at engineer school but she wanted EOD. Ended up in SAR. Now she's a CrossFit coach. She and I rebuilt the whole suspension on the 66, front and rear. I did one side, she helped. Then sh...
by ludwig
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: slow oil leak
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: slow oil leak

You know, Chad only posts all this practical stuff that actually works because he wants to keep his numbers up. That or maybe he has some valuable information to share. Something. I guess. :wink:
by ludwig
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: slow oil leak
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: slow oil leak

If you have tried tightening the bolts on the pan in an effort to stop the leak, you probably have crushed the cork gasket and deformed the lip of the pan. If you do drop it, straighten it out with a straight edge and some pressure. Like squeezing it between two pieces of wood with a C-clamp. Also u...
by ludwig
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Battery drain somewhere
Replies: 11
Views: 1779

Re: Battery drain somewhere

"Back in the early 90`s,Interstate brand were the worst" Die Hard died easily too, back then: 7 = 3 [years]. I started getting 1 year batteries and using them until they died.Then replaced them with a new 1 year. If the battery is okay, now check the alternator and/or voltage regulator. Th...
by ludwig
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Battery drain somewhere
Replies: 11
Views: 1779

Re: Battery drain somewhere

X2. You probably have a bad cell in the battery. They will drain down extremely rapidly, especially if it has been cold. But even in hot weather, the battery will lose charge fast. Like overnight. Check the date of the battery. Even a five year battery can develop a bad cell early on. You can get th...
by ludwig
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!
Replies: 11
Views: 2263

Re: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!

True dat. But I'm not seeing a kick down lever attached on the passenger side. (Also none on the driver side either.) Actually, I think the throttle lever at the carb might be upside down. Moreover, there is a spring connected to where the kick down ROD is supposed to go through and run up to the th...
by ludwig
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!
Replies: 11
Views: 2263

Re: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!

This is what you are or should be looking for. The arrow shows the kick down lever anchor with threaded shaft. I got this from the internet; googled "'63 Comet kick down lever." So it WAS something on the other side of the block. Of course, this is for a V.8, not a six. But it comes close ...
by ludwig
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!
Replies: 11
Views: 2263

Re: Freakin' Fairlane's Fordomatic won't upshift !!

This is the kick down lever on the Mustang z-bar throttle linkage: http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff258/rico-ludovici/IMG_0411.jpg Where it is connected, right next to the master cylinder on the firewall: http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff258/rico-ludovici/IMG_0412.jpg You appear to have some...

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