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by old jupiter
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Whos doing best fuel economy over power???
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Whos doing best fuel economy over power???

My answer to the O.P. on how to get there, after you have got and installed your choice of the parts suggested above: tachometer stopwatch vacuum guage air/fuel meter dial-back timing light a good stretch of road for testing, hopefully with a fairly constant up-grade and some part of the day when tr...
by old jupiter
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Low Performance Offenhauser Dual Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 9058

Re: Low Performance Offenhauser Dual Plane

Well, if you want to upgrade an AOD, you can do that too. Check out a Canadian outfit, Lentech.
by old jupiter
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Low Performance Offenhauser Dual Plane
Replies: 32
Views: 9058

Re: Low Performance Offenhauser Dual Plane

If you have to work on your C-6 at any point, an outfit called Level 10 has long claimed that it's , , trofit kit with a rolling element thrust bearing will have a noticeable effect on fuel economy . . . . -- old jupiter, old smitty, or seattle smitty, depending on what the site software wants to wo...
by old jupiter
Thu May 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: New windshield and seal for bent-nose Econolines?
Replies: 5
Views: 1816

Re: New windshield and seal for bent-nose Econolines?

Thanks, gents. Good to see a couple of remembered names, too.
by old jupiter
Thu May 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: New windshield and seal for bent-nose Econolines?
Replies: 5
Views: 1816

Re: New windshield and seal for bent-nose Econolines?

Thanks, gents. Good to see a couple of remembered names, too. Oops, now I see the site is automatically logging me in, but as "Old Jupiter," which was a handle I used for a little bit when (this happens to me frequently on sites I've not visited for a while) I forgot the password and could...
by old jupiter
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Crankshaft poll : to forge or not to forge.
Replies: 5
Views: 1106

Re: Crankshaft poll : to forge or not to forge.

From the late great Joe Mondello: http://mondello.com/page23.html We've all heard the stories about how Packard and other top-end carmakers of the Thirties used to leave their raw castings out in the weather for a year to get some thermal cycling and stress relief before machining. And long service ...
by old jupiter
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The last word in intake manifolds
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: The last word in intake manifolds

Supposedly it's www.marcellamanifolds.net , but I can't connect to that.

Marcella Manifolds
4625 S Milford Rd
Milford, Mich. 48381-3736
Tel. (2448) 259-6696
by old jupiter
Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The last word in intake manifolds
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: The last word in intake manifolds

Piffle. It would do wonders for the mood of any ordinary welder/rodder, just to own anything so gorgeous. ("Piffle"?? Jeez, am I getting old!!)
by old jupiter
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The last word in intake manifolds
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

The last word in intake manifolds

John Marcella. To anyone who TIG-welds, this man is virtually a god, probably welds better than God:

http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showt ... p?t=127750

He has a website, if you want to order one for your Big Six, and be the envy of us all.
by old jupiter
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Holley 650cfm spreadbore for a 300?
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Holley 650cfm spreadbore for a 300?

Come on, Harte, you know I'm not talking about "force-feeding" anything but about having a good strong vacuum signal at the venturi(s), . . . which is why you said you aren't going to try to get your six to draw against a 1250 Dominator. As for your idea that, "At WOT with a properly ...
by old jupiter
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Holley 650cfm spreadbore for a 300?
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Holley 650cfm spreadbore for a 300?

My notion is that a 4bbl of that size is what would ordinarily be used on a V-8 . . . a standard Detroit V-8 with a dual-plane manifold . . . which (disregarding the very small "balance" slot) in effect turns the 4bbl into a pair of 325cfm 2bbls, with any on cylinder drawing A/F from only ...
by old jupiter
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Gone too soon
Replies: 2
Views: 1524

Gone too soon

This has absolutely nothing to do with Ford sixes that I can think of, except that I-six enthusiasts tend to be smarter than average, with better taste . . . . The news of this morning is that British actor Alan Rickman has died (at 69, same as me). I liked Rickman a lot. Very intelligent, fine sens...
by old jupiter
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: Swaybars, Craigslist, Seattle, cheap.
Replies: 0
Views: 1324

Swaybars, Craigslist, Seattle, cheap.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/5372984057.html

(I'm assuming these aren't suitable to a Gen 3 Twin I-Beam E150, or I'd buy 'em myself)
by old jupiter
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 24 years old , my first rebuild of a 240. Burning oil ?
Replies: 27
Views: 2600

Re: 24 years old , my first rebuild of a 240. Burning oil ?

You might want to find a shop that can do a "blowdown test" aka cylinder leakdown test to tell the state of your ring sealing, and if that is really the problem, and if it is confined to one cylinder or more. VERY useful test both for problem analysis on any sort of piston engine, yet stra...
by old jupiter
Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback
Replies: 13
Views: 3677

Re: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback

If anyone bothers with reading all the way through Ed Craig's site, you'll find his horror stories about how badly some of the factories ran their robotic welding lines years ago, making such bad welds on steel (a far more forgiving material than aluminum) that they had large numbers of guys manuall...
by old jupiter
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback
Replies: 13
Views: 3677

Re: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback

Relevant to justifiable sarcasm (not engines), if you know something of welding and welding metallurgy, here's one of the noted experts on troubleshooting factory robot-welding lines talking about what he feels could be a looming disaster for Ford and its new aluminum-bodied vehicles. It's a long re...
by old jupiter
Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback
Replies: 13
Views: 3677

Re: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback

[quote="xctasy"]Hairy Ex Mas team! New Years resolution for 2016 will be to extinguish sarcasm from all my posts. (end QUOTE). Then how will we know it's really you, Dean?!! :rolflmao: Yeah, you come on real strong at times. But we (specifically including ME) always need to take each other...
by old jupiter
Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback
Replies: 13
Views: 3677

Re: Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback

The article didn't mention one more disadvantage of any V-6 (60 or 90 degree) or V-8, that of making a good exhaust system, or that this IS another advantage of inline sixes. As for "packaging," Chrysler's Slant Six answered this factor long ago. Low hood line is no problem. And with intak...
by old jupiter
Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: sliding door
Replies: 8
Views: 3443

Re: sliding door

Yeah, the guy at http://www.ford-truck.com goes by "Number Dummy," is a retired FoMoCo parts man, and if he were Japanese they would designate him a "living national treasure." I'm not where I can go out and look at the part, but it sounds like something that any amateur machinis...
by old jupiter
Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: low tech plug upgrade.....
Replies: 54
Views: 13851

Re: low tech plug upgrade.....

FF, won't the use of anti-seize allow plugs to be left in "forever" yet be removable without drama? I never have left plugs in anything for decades, so I don't know. Some 55 years ago, when I started working on outboard motors operated in salt water (and we referred to the shop oxy-acetyle...
by old jupiter
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: INLINER / FLATHEAD DRAG RACE - JULY 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: INLINER / FLATHEAD DRAG RACE - JULY 2016

Dang, I wish I still had my 1950 Pontiac straight-eight sedan. That was an in-liner AND a flathead. That would surely be worth bonus points at your race, right? It had the "High (compression) Head," after all . . . 7.5:1!!! And your race would have given me the justification I never had to...
by old jupiter
Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The best scavenging 300 exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Re: The best scavenging 300 exhaust

. . . Remember that for the header to scavenge you need open chambers after the collectors. So cat converter or chamber-type muffler. Not a Magnaflow-type . . . Tell me more about that, Rick. Is that about acoustic wave action at the headers? David Vizard came up with what seems to me a pretty good...
by old jupiter
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The best scavenging 300 exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Re: The best scavenging 300 exhaust

But it LOOKS so impressive, FF!! When they see it, they'll get nervous and red-light.
by old jupiter
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: The best scavenging 300 exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Re: The best scavenging 300 exhaust

. . . How far off the collectors should I put the y connector for best scavenging? . . . An ancient book, "The Scientific Design of Intake and Exhaust Systems," first written by a couple of engineering profs in England about 60 years ago and revised a time or two, is still considered a ba...
by old jupiter
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Looking for some info. Just got my first ford
Replies: 17
Views: 3137

Re: Looking for some info. Just got my first ford

Since it's your first Ford, you need to know that Ford guys (unlike some of them others) have a sense of humor, which you may exercise by removing the individual chrome letters that say F O R D, and re-arrange them to spell D O R F or F R O D. There's no disrespect in this, any more than a Stanford ...
by old jupiter
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: E250 brakes on an E150?
Replies: 2
Views: 1572

E250 brakes on an E150?

I did Search this first. I have to do a front and rear brake rebuild soon on a standard wheelbase 1988 E150 cargo van (300 six, C-6, 8.8" that I'm swapping out for a Traction-Lock 9"). The stock brakes are said to be marginal for any towing or full loads. Are E250 or E350 brakes a bolt-on ...
by old jupiter
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Balancing Quench and Compression Ratio
Replies: 14
Views: 1836

Re: Balancing Quench and Compression Ratio

. . . then pumping losses are reduced, thus improving the efficiency of the engine. And if only we backyard builders could tune our gas engines to run with HCCI ignition (very little spark advance, very fast burn) we could get those pumping loss down to almost nothing. Alas, so far even the experts...
by old jupiter
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Balancing Quench and Compression Ratio
Replies: 14
Views: 1836

Re: Balancing Quench and Compression Ratio

I am surprised how difficult it is to find pistons to suit my needs. Maybe I should clarify that statement. I'm concerned with the bit in the article (some of which I copied) about an excessive quench area producing pinging. Restorer, is it possible they said something other than what they meant to...