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by B RON CO
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Next project, breaks
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Next project, breaks

Hi, when I need parts I usually check the old Ford vendor guys, and Napa and Advance on line.
I know I've seen a Falcon specialist on line.
Advance lists 9" and 10" shoes, and front and rear wheel cylinders. I saw 2 sizes for the rear, the Falcon wagons using a bigger cylinder.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Tough Decisions
Replies: 12
Views: 283

Re: Tough Decisions

Hi, I would go with the 67 engine, unless you want to ditch the 3 speed and spend more money on the conversion to the C4. As mentioned, take the 3 speed apart, keep everything in order, and take pictures of each part as it comes off. Rebuild kits are not expensive. You must have one good tailshaft. ...
by B RON CO
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 78' block into 65' Ranchero
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: 78' block into 65' Ranchero

Hi, you will need a 3 bolt balancer puller or you will ruin the balancer.
It will go on with no tools.
I would run the rocker and push rods as is, and save the old ones. I save most of the old parts unless they are really useless. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rough running above idle?
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Rough running above idle?

Hi, it is probably not the water pump or generator, but a quick test on any car is to run it with the belt off to check for noise and vibration. On and off of the clutch pedal usually means the throw out bearing. You should be able to feel it with the tranny in neutral as you press and release the p...
by B RON CO
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel pump or carburetor issue??
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: Fuel pump or carburetor issue??

Hi, yes, as mentioned, the fuel in the carb evaporates away. On my 6 cylinder Bronco, it usually just takes a little extra cranking and pedal pumping. On my Ford flathead it takes much more cranking, but if I drive the next day they both fire right up in like 5 seconds. I would try to crank it like ...
by B RON CO
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Read my plugs please.
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Read my plugs please.

Hi, I made a baffle for my stock Ford valve cover and it really works to keep oil from splashing up the filler neck. The draw back is to remember it fills much slower now. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: every time I go to the shop...
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: every time I go to the shop...

Hi, as long as the transmission fluid is full with old fashioned type F I would drive it. Call or visit them first. If they have a flatbed they should pick it up. I wonder how long the pan bolts we're loose. I guess it wasn't dripping before. If it was leaking at the shop they should have said they ...
by B RON CO
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: new head bolts
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: new head bolts

Hi, I got a set of ARP headbolts and washers and they are supergood. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New member and new owner of 67 falcon
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: New member and new owner of 67 falcon

Hi, if it was my engine I would clean up the head and put it back together. The reality is the engine is worn. How many miles? I would guess over 150,000. They where never meant to go that long. I'll bet it could use a new timing chain too. The real issue with the block is the ridge. The ridge is th...
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New member and new owner of 67 falcon
Replies: 33
Views: 573

Re: New member and new owner of 67 falcon

Hi, it is normal for the exhaust valves to dry and tan color, and the intake valves to be black. The exhaust valves run much hotter. You could have done a compression test and a leak down test, or just put compressed air into the cylinders to check out the condition of the engine, and maybe find a l...
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Worst FUBAR I've done. Help!!
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Worst FUBAR I've done. Help!!

Hi, I have used tape and grease to stick to parts for holding and retrieving. I have a mechanics claw KD 2391. I have a medical hemostat, or large tweezer from the drugstore might work. I have used two long skinny screwdrivers as chop sticks. Now you know why good mechanics cover the carb and intake...
by B RON CO
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Another 144 update. Electric kinda solved
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Another 144 update. Electric kinda solved

Hi, you need to learn how to full field test the generator. It will probably put out over 20 volts at 2000 rpm. All the voltage is "regulated" by the regulator. My guess would be the points are sticking in the regulator. In a pinch, you could dress the points with an Emory board, but repla...
by B RON CO
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Just finished taking head off 170 and, surprise extra parts
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: Just finished taking head off 170 and, surprise extra parts

Hi, if all the lifters are ok I might think that those old pieces where left in there when the odd ball pushrod was installed. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Weird charging issues..
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Weird charging issues..

Hi, that thing is a radio noise suppression capacitor. You probably don't need it but may as well keep it. The charging system should put out more like 13.5 -14.5 volts, but it depends on what the battery needs, and the load on the charging system. If you have the heat and headlights on you will nee...
by B RON CO
Wed May 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 to 170 easy?
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: 144 to 170 easy?

Hi, do a compression test to find out the condition of your engine. A lot of guys would go to the 200 because it is a bolt in, and they are available. They are of course the biggest, besides the 250. Other guys just build the one they have. I think I said this before. Drive the car and get an extra ...
by B RON CO
Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: 95 F-150 w/ Bent frame

Hi, when a frame gets "bent" it probably went out of square. A good heavy man with a frame machine can return to it's original shape, which usually mean two dimensions, side to side and up or down. If it is not fixed properly it may not steer straight, and if it is really out of whack part...
by B RON CO
Sat May 26, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rebuilding vacuum system
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Rebuilding vacuum system

Hi, the fitting should not loosen up on it's own. Be careful to tighten it. Pipe threads tighten up pretty nice. Are you using pipe thread sealant? I would. Maybe change it for a new one. You didn't mention vacuum for your pcv system. The pcv uses vacuum to clear the crankcase of moisture and vapors...
by B RON CO
Fri May 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Operating temperature
Replies: 29
Views: 1033

Re: Operating temperature

Hi, slow down! The oil viscousity is not the issue. Pick a good quality oil and stay with it. I am a Castrol GTX 10W 40 guy from way back. I am not such a neanderthal that I don't use 5W 30 Synthetic in my late model. I change my classic car oil every spring, regardless of mileage ( less than 2000 /...
by B RON CO
Mon May 21, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Steer me to plain tuneup direction
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Steer me to plain tuneup direction

Hi, I don't know why you said you watch your engine sputter and smoke. It should run nice and smooth.
I would advance the timing, and then lower the idle. If it pings when you drive it, retard the timing a little.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon May 21, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 67 Mustang - Tuning Autolite 1100
Replies: 42
Views: 978

Re: 67 Mustang - Tuning Autolite 1100

Hi, as Bubba mentioned, if any of the tune up parts are worn, or the engine is worn, you are not ready to adjust the carb. You also need to check the distributor shaft for wear, by taking the rotor off and trying to wiggle the shaft. Also run the engine at night and check for arcing between the spar...
by B RON CO
Sun May 20, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Bolt, Stud, Gasket Recomendations
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Bolt, Stud, Gasket Recomendations

Hi, studs to secure the head are not necessary. ARP headbolt sets are available from Vintage Inline and they are really nice. And use nice washers too. Most of the time I just reused the old head bolts. If you want exhaust manifold studs I guess you can find them. I just get the correct ones in grad...
by B RON CO
Tue May 15, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Setting ignition advance curves?
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Setting ignition advance curves?

Hi, to get the most out of your Ford Six Pot plan on getting the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook, highly recommended on this website. Next, we have a distributor expert here, who can give the best advice concerning the best timing curve. I would use the ported vacuum source on the carb, although so...
by B RON CO
Sun May 13, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Tans and Clutch swap today
Replies: 17
Views: 414

Re: Tans and Clutch swap today

Hi, I have done as Bubba did. We did not mark the centerline as he did. We just got, in our case, the rear yoke off, cut the shaft with a sawzall, and cleaned everything up. Two main things are, the yoke slides (with persuasion) back into the tube far enough that it will center itself behind the fro...
by B RON CO
Sun May 13, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200, 240 or 250? I can't figure out which engine this is.
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: 200, 240 or 250? I can't figure out which engine this is.

Hi, two easy ways to tell the big from the small is the big has the distributor in the center of the engine, and has a bolt on plate to access the lifters. The small engines have the distributor closer to the front, and there is no lifter access. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun May 13, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 67 Mustang - Other Carb Options
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: 67 Mustang - Other Carb Options

Hi, Why don't you like it? Why did you change the old carb? How does it run? You should do a compression test and make sure the ignition system is in top shape before trashing a carb. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 160 180 or 190?
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: 160 180 or 190?

Hi, I would use the 180 thermostat. 160 and the engine may not warm up as you know. The higher temp stats are a more modern thing because hotter engines run cleaner. I drove many 100+ degree days with no trouble. The main thing is to get everything set up and drive it so you know what to expect. Goo...
by B RON CO
Sun May 13, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Blown valve seals
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Blown valve seals

Hi, if the spring is compressing but the retainers and keepers won't budge you can tap the retainer with a punch. Mine needed a pretty good shot to loosen them. I also find a small magnet is needed to pick up the keepers off the valve stem. By the way, what are you doing to keep the valve from falli...
by B RON CO
Mon May 07, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Operating temperature
Replies: 29
Views: 1033

Re: Operating temperature

Hi, probably not too high but...you could have trouble in late summer. I would check the timing because of the timing is off the engine can run hot. If you can put your hand on the radiator you can feel for cold spots, indicating clogged tubes. Often you can't really trust the gauge, so if you have ...
by B RON CO
Fri May 04, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Timing question and more?
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Timing question and more?

Hi, X2. Advance the timing.
X2. Most AC clutches need a vehicle specific puller to remove and install the AC clutch. It screws into the clutch and pulls and pushes off of the compressor shaft. You cannot do the job without the special tool. Maybe the auto part stores have a loaner for you. Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Clutch Shudder
Replies: 64
Views: 2088

Re: Clutch Shudder

Hi, do you have to give it gas to start rolling, or will it move by gently letting of the clutch pedal?
My Bronco can go from a stop to driving in 1st gear with no gas pedal, at idle.
I'm wondering if the highway gears is adding to the problem. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1967 Mustang I6 Upgrade to 240 CI
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: 1967 Mustang I6 Upgrade to 240 CI

Hi, Econoline is correct about the listing. That head is OK for a valve job swap but there is always more to it. Early six heads had a smaller carb opening, so if you have the small carb it won't directly bolt on. As mentioned, get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook to learn about parts interchang...
by B RON CO
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1961 144 vs '68 200cid
Replies: 22
Views: 709

Re: 1961 144 vs '68 200cid

Hi, although I do not know the exact by the book answer, I do know many 200s are drilled for the large and small bell housings. If your old bell housing bolts on to the new block you have a way forward. If you want the later 3.03 tranny I think you need all the later engine, bell, tranny parts toget...
by B RON CO
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Question on building up new to me short block
Replies: 45
Views: 1362

Re: Question on building up new to me short block

Hi, you know that tag is from a Ford approved rebuilder. Ford contracted with local shops to rebuild many "assemblies" including engines, trannies, clutches,pressure plates, etc. So assuming you have a rebuilt short block, I wonder why the pistons are not stamped oversize. As mentioned, I ...
by B RON CO
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Are these the real thing
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: Are these the real thing

Hi, they don't have fuel pumps. Maybe they are propane engines. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel pump
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Fuel pump

Hi, X2. You need to check the float level and look for dirt in the needle and seat area, and in the bottom of the float bowl. You can never be sure there is no dirt or crud in an old car fuel system. The old school fix was to tap on the fuel inlet area on the carb (gently, with the plastic part of a...
by B RON CO
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 600 cfm holley
Replies: 20
Views: 1165

Re: 600 cfm holley

Hi, after making sure the ignition system and timing are on the money, I would go back to around the original 58 jet. I would check the fuel pump pressure because Holleys will flood over with over 6 PSI. I would lower the float level until the level is at the bottom of the sight glass. I would check...
by B RON CO
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300/4.9L vs. V8 factory recommended oil change intervals...
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: 300/4.9L vs. V8 factory recommended oil change intervals...

Hi, I would never follow the book on oil change. My daily drivers go 5000 miles between oil changes, and my weekend cruisers get an oil change every year, even if they only drive 1000 miles. I stay with premium name brand oil. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Good news and bad news
Replies: 15
Views: 593

Re: Good news and bad news

Hi, I would have fun and drive it around for now. You can look for a good candidate 200 to hot rod as time and money allow, and learn more on that. That way you will still have the original one, and you can drive it while you work on the replacement engine. The 200 would bolt in without changing to ...
by B RON CO
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stock 170 Solid Lifter Cam lift
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: Stock 170 Solid Lifter Cam lift

Hi, X2 on the distributor - oil pump drive shaft. I would worry about the 1/4 shaft at the RPMs you plan on turning. It will definitely be weak. While the engine is apart why not just go for the bigger shaft. You will probably want a new oil pump anyway. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: 5/16-18 front body fastener goes where?
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: 5/16-18 front body fastener goes where?

Hi, my Mustang has 2 nuts like that on the hood latch to the radiator support. The nuts are close to the radiator. 2 nuts like that are also on the battery hold down bolts. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: 15x8s with 245 60r 15 all around on 69 mustang?
Replies: 5
Views: 568

Re: 15x8s with 245 60r 15 all around on 69 mustang?

Hi, another advantage of larger rim sizes is the ability to use a larger brake rotor and caliper. The acceleration factor is dependent on the tires total diameter, not the rim. A low profile tire, with a stiff sidewall will stiffen the feel of the suspension, because the rebound of the sidewall fact...
by B RON CO
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Points or electronic ignition
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: Points or electronic ignition

Hi, if it runs good now I would leave it alone. There is nothing wrong with points and condenser as long as you know how to maintain it. If the distributor shaft is worn, the Pertronix won't work correctly anyway. If you get a Pertronix ignitor get the flamethrower coil and follow the instructions. ...
by B RON CO
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: 1980-83 head on 1966???
Replies: 7
Views: 288

Re: 1980-83 head on 1966???

Hi, don't assume the distributor is the original Load-o-matic. Over time many parts have been mis-matched. Many guys find a distributor upgrade really helps performance and reliability. If you have the later 1960s Ford modern style distributor you can change it or upgrade it with a Pertronix ignitio...
by B RON CO
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?
Replies: 44
Views: 1303

Re: Ignition fixed (kinda) I messed up big time

Hi, I'll bet the timing is way off. If it runs (bearly), the timing is probably off, maybe the distributor is one tooth off. Time to get the balancer mark to TDC and see where the rotor is pointing. If it is not at #1, it should be 180 degrees out, bring it to #1 TDC and post what you see. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?
Replies: 44
Views: 1303

Re: Ignition fixed (kinda) I messed up big time

Hi, as Bubba said, if you know where the rotor was pointing before, you can put the distributor back the same way, as long as the crankshaft hasn't moved. It is easy if the rotor is pointing at something close, like #3 spark plug for instance. We do it all the time. You will still have to adjust the...
by B RON CO
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 240 dies under load idles rough
Replies: 30
Views: 1477

Re: 240 dies under load idles rough

Hi, .017 is too small a gap for the points. The gap on my 200 is .027. Find out the correct gap for your engine. As mentioned, set the points before the timing. As the engine is running, advance the distributor timing. Retarded timing will hold the engine back. As you advance the timing, and set the...
by B RON CO
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 67 stang 200 rebuild
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: 67 stang 200 rebuild

Hi, maybe the problem is simple, like the firing order, so check that, and yes verify the distributor is installed correctly by bringing the balancer up to the timing mark and seeing where the rotor is pointing. It should be pointing at #1 plug wire on the cap, but it could be 180 out, and pointing ...
by B RON CO
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?
Replies: 44
Views: 1303

Re: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?

Hi, as mentioned, a ballast resistor bolted down will serve the purpose. Personally, I would not even think about ripping out the old wires. You need a test light and then you can check the wires in a methodical way. There are wires which should be hot all the time, some become hot when the key is t...
by B RON CO
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?
Replies: 44
Views: 1303

Re: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?

Hi, yes, as a simple, temporary test, you can " hot wire" the car by using a jumper wire from the battery to the + coil post. Then you can jump the solenoid with a remote starter switch or using a heavy screwdriver touch the solenoid S post to the big post with the battery cable. Make sure...
by B RON CO
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Giving up. Way to make my ignition circuit?
Replies: 44
Views: 1303

Re: Sudden loss of spark?

Hi, the primary ignition system, including the wire from the key switch, coil, points and condenser, or electronic pickup and control box makes the spark. The secondary ignition system, cap, rotor, wires and spark plugs deliver the spark. When you jumped the solenoid, I hope the key was on. Assuming...

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