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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: 102

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: 68

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: 238

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: 7
Views: 1210

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: 280

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: 3
Views: 745

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: 817

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,...
by B RON CO
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Upper A-arm SHAFT bushings
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: Upper A-arm SHAFT bushings

Hi, I have replaced all the parts you are talking about and never used the torque wrench. Just nice and tight.
You can find general torque values in many manuals, for each size bolt.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Assess the health of my 200
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: Assess the health of my 200

Hi, do the compression test and post the numbers. At least try the distributor vacuum on direct manifold vacuum. It can't be any worse. Also try advancing the timing. The engine will probably like that unless it pings and knocks. Get the Ford Falcon performance handbook to get the most out of your F...
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Ford 8.8 disc brake conversion, limited slip, and fixing wheel hop
Replies: 3
Views: 1602

Re: Ford 8.8 disc brake conversion, limited slip, and fixing wheel hop

Hi, I am not a suspension expert either, but I would look at a couple of things. Wheel hop is because the suspension , the springs and shocks, cannot control the axle. If the springs are too stiff, like in an F 350, Or the shocks are shot, or maybe something else. When you get hard on the gas in an ...
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Happy with the 200
Replies: 10
Views: 837

Re: Happy with the 200

Hi, I would be fine with tuning the carb.
I have the stock 62 jet, 31 squirt nozzle, and red pump cam set to #1.
Should I leave the nozzle and pump cam alone?
I think the white pump cam is stock.
Thanks
by B RON CO
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Happy with the 200
Replies: 10
Views: 837

Happy with the 200

]Hi, the happy ending is it all worked out. To remind everyone, I went over 200 I got from a guy on this site. Rings, bearings, Comp cams 252H, adjustable timing chain set, and the late model head with 2 barrel Holley 350 cfm carb, and new HEI ignition from Bill. The reason I went for it is because ...
by B RON CO
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need opinions on compression test: 66 Bronco 170 engine
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Need opinions on compression test: 66 Bronco 170 engine

Hi, at this point your engine should get the whole rebuild. Figure the bores are worn, valves are done, timing chain is stretched, etc. These engines all wore out by 125,000 miles or less. As mentioned, the 200 is a perfect bolt in engine. I just installed a 200 warmed up with a mild cam, 2 barrel c...
by B RON CO
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: 1964 falcon with a 250 swap
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: 1964 falcon with a 250 swap

Hi, get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook. There is info there on the swap you are planning to do. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Driveshaft question 78 4x4 longbed
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: Driveshaft question 78 4x4 longbed

Hi, one of my tricks is to put the truck up on stands and run it in gear. Often you will see what is causing the vibration. Be very careful supporting the truck and when you crawl underneath. Besides that, as mentioned, the driveshaft angle is different with the lift. If it too severe there are shim...
by B RON CO
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Rebuild/Cleaning (200)
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Carb Rebuild/Cleaning (200)

Hi, you should use 2 wrenches on the fuel line, preferably line wrenches, one to hold the filter, and one to remove the fuel line.
Next, hold the adapter on the carb, and turn the filter.
They should not be overtightened.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Leaking plug on rear of 200ci from 1966 Mustang
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Leaking plug on rear of 200ci from 1966 Mustang

Hi, that plug is the back of the cam bore. That is why it is dripping oil. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Set the points gap or dwell angle?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Set the points gap or dwell angle?

Hi, as mentioned, the dwell meter is the most accurate. The best way to do it is with the spark plugs out, spin the motor and set the points. Tighten them down and check the dwell again. Run the motor, rev it up and the dwell should be steady. If the dwell bounces it shows the distributor shaft is w...
by B RON CO
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Help with odd rough idle on a 170inline.
Replies: 16
Views: 602

Re: Help with odd rough idle on a 170inline.

Hi, take the air cleaner off and try twisting the carb. On mine the 3 base plate screws have loosened up a couple of times. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Help with odd rough idle on a 170inline.
Replies: 16
Views: 602

Re: Help with odd rough idle on a 170inline.

Hi, look at the points and condenser. Worn or pitted points could cause the shaking problem. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Break in oil question
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Break in oil question

Hi, so the 200 is freshened up and bolted in. I'm hoping to get it running tomorrow, definitely this week.
So I got Lucas engine break in oil.
How long do I run this stuff?
20 minutes? 500 miles?
Just figured I'd ask.
Thanks
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam gear locking up on assembly
Replies: 12
Views: 578

Re: Cam gear locking up on assembly

Hi, X2. It slips on before the roll pin. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: 1952 Ammeter not working
Replies: 3
Views: 2501

Re: 1952 Ammeter not working

Hi, see if a moving a magnet along the back of the gauge will move the needle. The magnetic field will do the same thing as the electric field. The gauges are rugged and foolproof. A 35 amp gauge is pretty sensitive. A 60 amp gauge may only be moving a tiny amount. If you just can't get it to work y...
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: 1993 f150 A/C compressor doesn't cycle, no voltage at plug
Replies: 6
Views: 2753

Re: 1993 f150 A/C compressor doesn't cycle, no voltage at plug

Hi, yes, I use an a/c manifold gauge set too. Just wanted to make sure you know the high side can lead to danger and damage. Look for the blower motor resistor. It could be under the hood into the heater box. Just a plug and a small rectangular deal in the air flow. Fords usually last forever, but I...
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: DUI distributor install
Replies: 10
Views: 401

Re: DUI distributor install

Hi, X2. What year? In '68 most of the Fords went to the modern distributor and ported vacuum. Early Fords used a spark control valve, SCV, on the carb, and a Load-o-matic distributor. You can learn about this, and much more in the tech arcive. The older system and modern system don't mix. Most guys ...
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: 1993 f150 A/C compressor doesn't cycle, no voltage at plug
Replies: 6
Views: 2753

Re: 1993 f150 A/C compressor doesn't cycle, no voltage at plug

Hi, did you add the 134A with the engine off? If so, run the engine, a/c on, and you should get the most of 2 cans in on the LOW side ( I can never get the cans to completely empty). Stay away from the HIGH side. I would only hook up the LOW side when you try it again. In the driveway the HIGH side ...
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Dimmable LED gauge lights?
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Dimmable LED gauge lights?

Hi, I would fix the headlight switch and get that working properly first. The headlight switch has all the headlight draw going through it. If a guy upgrades to halogen bulbs, or something more modern with a high amp draw the headlight switch will burn out. I put a headlight relay harness in my Bron...
by B RON CO
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Idle and Start Issue
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Idle and Start Issue

Hi, 13psi is very low.
The drill should have had a lot of resistance.
Was the drill spinning full speed or kind of slow?
Kind of slow could explain the low pressure.
Time to pop the valve cover. You need to see if oil is getting up top.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Good places to get Disk conversion kits
Replies: 6
Views: 2416

Re: Good places to get Disk conversion kits

Hi, most of the disc brake kits require 15" wheels, it doesn't fit with the 14" original size. You may have to include the cost of rims and tires in the budget. Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New Camshaft
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: New Camshaft

Hi, I would want the specs on a cam. If it is a high RPM racing cam you might not like it. Wild cams mean bigger intake and exhaust, high idle, no vacuum, higher stall speed torque converter, etc. Crane may have a recommended valve spring set. You should degree the cam to specs. See the excellent Ec...
by B RON CO
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Overheating at freeway speed
Replies: 21
Views: 496

Re: Overheating at freeway speed

Hi, you may as well change the thermostat while you are working on it. Maybe the old thermostat is not opening all the way.
If you can feel the front of the radiator, or shoot it with the temp gun look for cold spots which indicates a blockage. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 2bbl conversion & stock fuel pump
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: 2bbl conversion & stock fuel pump

Hi, X2 the Holley carb does not like too much fuel pressure. Mine runs great with the stock pump.
Make sure there aren't any sharp bends, and support the fuel line.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Idle and Start Issue
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Idle and Start Issue

Hi, after the checks Bubba mentioned, I would pull the valve cover and see if you bent a push rod or something else went bad in the valve train. That could explain the noise and rough running. I assume you checked the oil and the crankcase is not full of gas. A bad fuel pump can leak fuel into the o...
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Need help getting my stock ac
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: Need help getting my stock ac

Hi, not sure what is missing to connect the a/c hose to the evaporator. The blower motor should be on a fuse in the fuse box. I should work any time the key is on. Check the fuse box and blower motor plug with your test light. Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stock camshaft specs
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Stock camshaft specs

Hi, that is the same cam I just installed in my 200. Read the post on cam timing issues about how bad it was with the comp cams gear set. You will be way off if you don't degree your new cam. The dual roller gear set with index crank gear saved the day. I also went with the comp cam springs. Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stock camshaft specs
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Stock camshaft specs

Hi, what cam did you pick for the comet?
I hope you are going to degree it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: car jumping in gear
Replies: 78
Views: 2663

Re: car jumping in gear

Hi, X2 on the compression test and tune up. You can also warm up the engine and while it is running remove one spark plug wire to see if the cylinder is healthy. If the engine shakes and slows down the cylinder is making power. If there is no change with the plug wire off the cylinder is dead. Check...
by B RON CO
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 9" clutch recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 357

Re: 9" clutch recommendation

Hi, if you guys remember if the clutch is 9" or 9 3/8" please say so. Also if you remember where you got it that would be a big help. The problem with the Centerforce clutch may be (not sure, but it looks like) the spread of the pressure plate bolts. I bet one of the guys here will know if...
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 9" clutch recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 357

Re: 9" clutch recommendation

Hi, next on my list is to get a clutch. I am very interested in this thread.
I have to pull the engine first because it may be 9" or 9 3/8".
One clutch I found sounds good. Summit has
PFT MU 578-1. 9" Ford clutch.
It was recommended by a guy who really likes it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 9" clutch recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: 9" clutch recommendation

Hi, next on my list is to get a clutch. I am very interested in this thread.
I have to pull the engine first because it may be 9" or 9 3/8".
One clutch I found sounds good. Summit has
PFT MU 578-1. 9" Ford clutch.
It was recommended by a guy who really likes it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam timing issue
Replies: 35
Views: 1167

Re: Cam timing issue

Hi, drag200stang. It is a good quality set. The chain fits just right. Get one. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 254 Engine Troubles/Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: 254 Engine Troubles/Questions

Hi, maybe there is no reason to just take it apart. You can re torque the head bolts after some heat cycles. I would run it and watch it to make sure it doesn't overheat. You should run it at @ 2000 RPM, rolling the throttle to break it in. I would put my hand over the radiator to check for cold spo...
by B RON CO
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam timing issue
Replies: 35
Views: 1167

Re: Cam timing issue

Hi, so I had the time to go over my cam timing again. This time I made a piston stop from a steering wheel puller. Last time out I learned that very close to TDC is not TDC. In case you never tried it, the piston "dwells" at TDC for probably 8 crankshaft degrees, while the crank pin swings...
by B RON CO
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam timing issue
Replies: 35
Views: 1167

Re: Cam timing issue

Hi, my second try was at 6* R. After getting 102.5, at 8* R I tried 6* R and got 57 + 148 = 203 /2 = 101.5. Next time I get to it I'll be as careful as possible and make a piston stop out of my steering wheel puller and work on getting the pointer as perfect as possible. I was planning to check it a...
by B RON CO
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam timing issue
Replies: 35
Views: 1167

Re: Cam timing issue

Hi, on Friday my Vintage Inlines index timing chain set arrived. So Saturday evening it was time to get to work. My first try I go for 8* retarded. My numbers were better. I got 58 + 147 = 205 / 2 = 102.5 only 3.5* off. So I figure I'll double check TDC, and get it as close as possible. I moved the ...
by B RON CO
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200cid block question
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: 200cid block question

Hi, the plug above the crank goes into the water jacket, and on the left is the cam. The small plug above the oil filter goes into the crank case space. It was originally used for a road draft tube. Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 250 intake on a 200 ci
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: 250 intake on a 200 ci

Hi, the heads will interchange, as will many other parts, but there are differences between years. Another difference is the later heads have a larger carb opening, so if you have an early engine the old carb won't fit. Get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook and learn more about your Ford 6. Good ...
by B RON CO
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Bottom of shocks creaking
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Bottom of shocks creaking

Hi, a lot of these cars were squeaking from when they were new and we sprayed a lot of
WD 40 and other snake oil on the bushings, usually at every oil change. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Engine and throw out bearing questions
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Engine and throw out bearing questions

Hi, there is too much pedal travel. Your brakes should start to grab right away. If you pump the pedal and it gets better the brake shoes need to be adjusted. If the shoes are adjusted properly maybe the pedal rod to the master cylinder is too short. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: My 300 hits a wall when accelerating.
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: My 300 hits a wall when accelerating.

Hi, I like the clogged exhaust idea. I would also make sure the distributor timing is set properly and is advancing as it should. Good luck

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