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by B RON CO
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: 68 Mustang - Suspension/Alignment
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: 68 Mustang - Suspension/Alignment

Hi, if you paid for a alignment you should get the numbers, a printout or screenshot. The toe in in degrees should be close to .12 to .50 * on a compurized alignment machine. You can go with @2 degrees castor as Bubba mentioned, equal on both sides, I like more castor because it gives more high spee...
by B RON CO
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: 68 Mustang - Suspension/Alignment
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: 68 Mustang - Suspension/Alignment

Hi, it is nice to know all the alignment numbers from a computerized machine. Using a machine it is also easier to find what is out of whack. That being said, I would check the toe with a tape measure and a couple of 2x8 boards leaning against the front wheels. For instance, if you measure 62 1/2 in...
by B RON CO
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Non log high air flow heads
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Non log high air flow heads

Hi, do you mean hex or flat top log? Also there are different size carb mounts for different years. Get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook to figure all this out. Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: leaky freeze plug
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: leaky freeze plug

Hi, X2 on the rubber plug. You may gain some room to work by removing the motor mounts and lowering the engine. If you do that be careful the fan doesn't hit the radiator. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil pan, ACP and Scott drake
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Oil pan, ACP and Scott drake

Hi, why don't you look for a Ford pan.
I would think some of the guys around here have some.
I know I have an extra oil pan on the shelf from a Mustang
Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, as mentioned, give a wheel one full turn and count how many times the drive shaft spins. If the drive shaft spins 3 1/2 times, you have 3.5 to 1 rear end ratio. If both tires spin the same way you have a "Posi" rear. If the wheels spin opposite directions, you have an open rear. Good l...
by B RON CO
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Balancer/damper
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Balancer/damper

Hi, if the outer if the outer ring did not move from the inner hub, and the pulley groove is not damaged, I'd say you got away with it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: what oil after rebuild?
Replies: 14
Views: 340

Re: what oil after rebuild?

Hi, I believe the Ford dealership Motocraft oil is a synthetic blend.
So is Castrol in the green jug.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Proper valve settings.
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Proper valve settings.

Hi, if you set the lash too tight the valve may not sit on the seat long enough to shed heat and can burn. You will also have low vacuum. I generally aim for a "slightly loose" factory spec. For instance if I want .015 on the intake I want the feeler gauge to feel slippery on .015, but the...
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, I have to wonder if the glitch in the mechanical advance and the varying dwell are due to an issue with the breaker plate.
I would check the bushings and whatever is mounting the plate to the body.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Bought 67 Mustang Disk Spindles
Replies: 19
Views: 305

Re: Bought 67 Mustang Disk Spindles

Hi, if you compare the 3 sets of spindles and all the important dimensions are the same, like ball joint height and angle, tie rod location, trac width, and ? , then it won't matter which of the new disc spindles you use. If one set is more closely matched to the original spindles, it is probably ea...
by B RON CO
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Mystery Noise.
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Mystery Noise.

Hi, can you see if it makes the noise in neutral?
Maybe it is a simple as a bad motor mount.
Check to see nothing is flopping around. Yank and wiggle everything from the grill back to the firewall.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Merry Christmas! Need help
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Merry Christmas! Need help

Hi, a common bearing problem is the throw out bearing. Usually a bad throw out squeals when you are pushing down the clutch pedal. Sometimes you can feel something wrong in the clutch pedal. If the trouble is not the throw out bearing it is probably in the tranny. When you get the tranny out you hav...
by B RON CO
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel issues
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Fuel issues

Hi, I would blow air through the line from the pump back to the tank and listen for bubbles.
How much gas did you put in?
Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Wet/Oilly front passenager carpet
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: Wet/Oilly front passenager carpet

Hi, the test is to pressurize the cooling system with a cooling system pressure tester, like the old Stant kit, and if the pressure drops, go searching for the leak. Do you have to add coolant regularly? Another sign of a bad heater core is a slimey film on the windsheild with the defroster on. Good...
by B RON CO
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear main seal keeps tearing on bottom half
Replies: 28
Views: 648

Re: Rear main seal keeps tearing on bottom half

Hi, that seal I think is a 2 piece rubber seal, not the rope seal. Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 cooling problems
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: 300 cooling problems

Hi, if the new 195 thermostat is just taking longer to warm up, but you don't loose coolant I would just drive it for a while and see how it goes. If it doesn't warm up to operating temperature, and you know this because of a gauge reading low, maybe the new thermostat is defective and it is stuck o...
by B RON CO
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear main seal keeps tearing on bottom half
Replies: 28
Views: 648

Re: Rear main seal keeps tearing on bottom half

Hi, we used to use a piece of like 2" pipe and use it like a rolling pin to install the rope seals. You will need to install a pin in the cap like Bubba said. Maybe there is a roll pin that would fit. I think we used to soak the seal in oil, and let the ends sit just above the block and cap sur...
by B RON CO
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Some questions after carb removal
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Some questions after carb removal

Hi, when you look at the bottom of the throttle butterfly, you should see a small part of the bottom of the transfer slot. Assuming you do not have a wild cam, I would suspect a vacuum leak is why you adjusted the idle that way. I never use sealer on the carb gaskets. We used to dress any of the sof...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: First time cam degree questions
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: First time cam degree questions

Hi, I had a post in August about my cam timing issue. The post is 3 pages old. With help from guys on this forum, I used the cam degree style that Echo in his videos clearly shows. My comp cam was coming in @ 10* retarded and I needed the adjustable crank sprocket timing chain set from Vintage Inlin...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, it sounds like you still have work to do.
The little springs you see are to adjust the timing curve.
The flat blade on the points is a spring to hold them closed. Pull the points open with your finger and it should have plenty of tension to return closed.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, I can't think of any reason why opening up the points from .015 to .028 and you don't see a big change in the dwell angle reading! In post # 30 you have a dwell reading of 31. That is a big adjustment. Can it be the spring on the points sets are too weak and do not control the points from bounci...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cooling oil in South Texas.
Replies: 38
Views: 1137

Re: Cooling oil in South Texas.

Hi, water temps will not be uniform through out the cooling system. You are correct in thinking the coolant enters block behind the water pump, passes the cylinders in the block, then up to the head and forward to the thermostat (mostly). There are hot spots around each exhaust valve, probably tiny ...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, the videos of RPM worked here.
Work on the points and take a video of the meter, set on dwell, and raise the RPMS so you can see what the dwell meter does.
Hopefully the dwell will hold steady.
Old distributors have oil cups for lubrication, I wonder if your Mallory does.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, I stay focused on the ignition and distributor. The dwell should be steady. A varying dwell shows a worn distributor. A low dwell number means the points are open too much. Set the gap or adjust the dwell one set of points at a time. Figure out the ignition first or you are just waisting your ti...
by B RON CO
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Lifting engine out via the cylinder head bolts?
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Lifting engine out via the cylinder head bolts?

Hi, sure you can. You can see my engine in the driveway a few posts below, titled Happy with the 200.
I didn't use my head bolts. I dug a couple of old bolts out of the drawer. You don't want to damage the head bolts you need, and they are too long anyway.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Alignment after lower ball joint replacement?
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Alignment after lower ball joint replacement?

Hi, since you are not really changing anything that has to do with the alignment you will not need to do an alignment.
You don't need to loosen the tie rod sleeve so it will be as it was before.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Winter tune questions?
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: Winter tune questions?

Hi, I use a 180* thermostat in my classic cars, and what ever the manufacturer recommends in the modern cars. You will be fine with 10W-30 or 10W -40. The W stands for winter. I would not change the oil just for cold weather. You should use 50/50 antifreeze mix all the time. You should not need an e...
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Pulling engine
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Pulling engine

Hi, since you've done it before I won't say new clutch etc.
If it is too tall I would say let the air out of the tires or take the tires off.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, the Heathkit meters are very good. Verify it on another car if you can.
The lowest plug in the picture can be rich or probably oil fouled.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, set up the points first, one or both sets are off. You may as well put a tiny dab of white grease on the distributor cam. The old saying is " dwell affects timing, but timing does not affect dwell." Then see if the carbs are not closing. With the progressive linkage the outer carbs sho...
by B RON CO
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cooling oil in South Texas.
Replies: 38
Views: 1137

Re: Cooling oil in South Texas.

Hi, modern synthetic oil has a thermal break down temperature of @ 500*, while conventional oil will toast @ 275*. These are old numbers, from an old Smokey Yunick book. Personally I would not plumb a separate oil cooling system into and out of the oil pan. The Ford police interceptor 429s used a ad...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Transmission for a Big Bell 200
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Transmission for a Big Bell 200

Hi, that is very informative. I bet my 66 Mustang C4 engine had the small bell housing and that is why I needed to change the dowel pin locations. I thought it was a manual - automatic thing. I assumed that Ford went with the larger bell housing on our sixes in 65 when the SBF went from 5 bolt to 6 ...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Transmission for a Big Bell 200
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Transmission for a Big Bell 200

Hi, there are a few things to know about the bell housing mount on the Ford six. The 200 came 2 ways, maybe 3. Most 200s are drilled 2 ways, for the large, later high mount starters, where the starter is above the oil pan rail, and the older smaller bell housing. Some 200s and 250s are the later 198...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cooling oil in South Texas.
Replies: 38
Views: 1137

Re: Cooling oil in South Texas.

Hi, I used the Hayden adapter years ago for beach driving in soft sand. I felt it worked automatically as advertised. This was before anyone ever heard of a digital laser thermometer. It would feel warm across the fins so it was getting oil flowing through. The big danger is thermal breakdown of you...
by B RON CO
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, on a dual point distributor you set each set of points separately. You have to clip the + wire from the dwell meter directly to the primary post from the coil on each set of points, one at a time. Check each set of points for a nice clean contact surface, I would first check the gaps with a feel...
by B RON CO
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear
Replies: 145
Views: 2854

Re: Offy tri-power stalls when in gear

Hi, your front carb (and probably the rear carb) are set up as progressive opening. You can see the stop on the carb linkage. Make sure the front and rear carbs open and close at the same time. You can adjust them to come in earlier or later, but probably leave them alone for now. If you play with t...
by B RON CO
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: uuf da for we scandahoovians , when things get difficult
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: uuf da for we scandahoovians , when things get difficult

Hi, one of my Italian heritage, southern European favorite expressions is

Uuuu-faaaaa

It seems to be an emotional release when someone is tedious, ignorant, tiresome, repetative, boring, tedious, etc.
Try it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Can a worn transmission or torque converter cause a rough idle?
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: Can a worn transmission or torque converter cause a rough idle?

Hi, just saying that the the torque converter and front pump are spinning at engine RPM all the time. What else may cause the issue? I have never had that situation. If the front bushing was worn it would probably leak. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: update/ Replacing brakes?
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: update/ Replacing brakes?

Hi, how do the brakes feel now? As mentioned, you probably don't have to replace everything. Unless the rotors and drums are really bad, keep them. Clean, inspect, and pack the front wheel bearings. I reuse the seal unless it is ripped or mangled. Replacing the calipers, hoses and wheel cylinders ma...
by B RON CO
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Bad change of plans. Ideas on tune up
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: Bad change of plans. Ideas on tune up

I can tell you that you need a new headlight switch. It is common for thehe Ford switch to fail that way. It is heating up and when it overheats it shuts off, and comes back on after it cools off. It is acting like a circiut breaker. If worse comes to worse, and I've done this myself, you can rig yo...
by B RON CO
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Wheel/\/Tire choice
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Wheel/\/Tire choice

Hi, my Mustang has the stock 14" Styled Steel wheels from Ford. It is a V8 car so it is 5 lug. If you are thinking about disc brakes you will most likely go with 15" rims for caliper clearance. On my car I wanted the vintage look so I got a set of whitewall tires, Uniroyal Tiger Paw P205-7...
by B RON CO
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Head gaskets and quench
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Head gaskets and quench

Hi, if you use the steel shim gasket many guys paint them, as mentioned.
You also need to re torque them after you run the engine. Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need help 144 tune and questions
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Need help 144 tune and questions

Hi, check your Pertonix Ignitor. I believe they need 12 volts to work to the full potential. I also feel you should use their Blaster coil. The ignition parts work better together. You should open up the gap of the spark plugs to @ .040 or .045 with electronic ignition. I like original style Motorcr...
by B RON CO
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Koni Adjustable Shock Setting
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Koni Adjustable Shock Setting

Hi, one guideline is soft spring / soft shock, stiff spring / stiff shock. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Does this bear further investigation?
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: Does this bear further investigation?

Hi, you probably need the complete long block rebuilt. You have to at least pull the head to see more. Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: Trying to find a direction
Replies: 10
Views: 1529

Re: Trying to find a direction

Hi, do a compression test and find out the condition of the engine. I have worked on many sluggish engines, and may just needed a good tuneup to restore respectable performance. A good tuneup, setting up the carb, and advancing the timing are important If the compression test shows a low cylinder, t...
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Motorcraft starter motor relay [solenoid]
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Motorcraft starter motor relay [solenoid]

Hi, that metal cover is the bottom of the solenoid. I say solenoid as well. Don't oil it or anything. There is no service or maintenance on your starter solenoid. Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Front wheel with 1/4” of play - not ball joints
Replies: 4
Views: 922

Re: Front wheel with 1/4” of play - not ball joints

Hi, before getting any parts you have to find out what is wrong. 1/4 inch of play is a lot. Check the tie rod ends and center link ends. These are common parts that wear. Jack up the wheel and remove the dust cap. The cotter pin and castle nut and slotted washer should be snug to the bearing. If the...
by B RON CO
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Mysterious Radical Race Engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1088

Re: Mysterious Radical Race Engine

Hi, my son sent me that link this morning. I don't know how to post them but I'm glad you did. Interestingly enough, Brad Wallace is mentioned. I knew Brad Wallace, he was our car owners engine builder. His engine shop was called Horsepower Hospital in Maryland.He was definitely a mechanical genius,...

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