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by B RON CO
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Lead substitute and premium fuel.
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Lead substitute and premium fuel.

Hi, on my classic cars I use regular gas and add 4 oz. Of Marvel Mystery oil every fill up.
I haven't burned any valve seats in many thousands of miles.
I feel the Marvel oil keeps the gas from going stale.
I feel only high compression engines need premium fuel.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: European oil filter & Synthetic
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: European oil filter & Synthetic

Hi, maybe someone here could send a few Motorcraft FL1A's your way. They are $3.97 at Walmart. Maybe Walmart could ship them to you. In my classics I use Castrol blend, 10W-40, the green jug. Synthetic and synthetic blend (the Ford dealers use synthetic blend) oil has much more resistance to thermal...
by B RON CO
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: valve cover options
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: valve cover options

Hi, I am in full agreement with Bubba that a PCV system is a great benefit to keep engines cleaner. PCV stands for Positive Crankase Ventilation. The old road draft tube is a passive system where fresh air would be drawn into the breather / oil fill cap, and the end of the road draft tube was placed...
by B RON CO
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Help with cylinder head identification
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Help with cylinder head identification

Hi, most guys here would welcome the later cylinder head, with a bigger opening for more airflow, and other improvements. As mentioned, it is not a big job to adapt the carb to the head. If you change to a bigger carb the trick is the linkage. It is a whole lot easier if the car is a stick shift and...
by B RON CO
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New here
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: New here

Hi, I had access to a new then OTC Monitor 2000. Just plug it into the data port and press some buttons, Key on engine off, Key on engine running tests. We also learned how to jump the data link in the cars and count the flashing lights. If you google a Ford OBD1 youtube I'm sure a video will show e...
by B RON CO
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200ci with 3 freeze plugs?
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: 200ci with 3 freeze plugs?

Hi, my guess is that the engine is a 170. All the early 144s had the small bell housing bolt pattern. Probably true for the 170 and 200s made early. I think by 1966 the 144 was gone and the small sixes were drilled for both large and small bell housings. So my guess is the earliest 200s, 4 main bear...
by B RON CO
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Little bit of power
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Little bit of power

Hi, and welcome to Fordsix. So I always wonder if the guys here have the tools and experiance to get through the basic jobs on the cars. If it was my car I would probably do a compression test, make sure all the tuneup parts are in top shape, and get the most out of what is there right now. Second, ...
by B RON CO
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi All, Fred Average Here,Rural West Coastal NorCal Area
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: Hi All, Fred Average Here,Rural West Coastal NorCal Area

Hi, Bubba mentioned a very good test for the distributor shaft. If the dwell does not stay steady the shaft is wobbling.Did you change the set of wires? I would, I have seen the resistance in old wires change just from bending them. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi All, Fred Average Here,Rural West Coastal NorCal Area
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: Hi All, Fred Average Here,Rural West Coastal NorCal Area

Hi, I bought a 1/2" drive spark plug socket to tune up those engines. I didn't want to break the 3/8 drive ratchet.
How did the plugs look? I would do a compression test and put a vacuum gauge on it.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New from Tennessee
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: New from Tennessee

Hi, nice. I like the new for 67 body style. I would love to find one of those pickups. I had a 240 in a 70 Econoline. They are great engines.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: It worked when I parked it.
Replies: 38
Views: 902

Re: It worked when I parked it.

Hi, I have a good 170 but 1 exhaust bolt ear is broke off. And it is on North Carolina. You can have it if you can get it home. Hopefully you can find a good take out engine closer to home. We have a parts wanted section here, as well as classic bronco. Pm me if it helps. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: It worked when I parked it.
Replies: 38
Views: 902

Re: It worked when I parked it.

Hi, pretty overwhelming stuff. My Bronco was worse in some areas, but better in others. My Bronco, a U-14 1/2 cab, was a shop truck / plow truck at Hempstead Lincoln Mercury where my father worked. Long Island, NY. It is my understanding that if you got a U-15 wagon, with no bulkhead, the spare was ...
by B RON CO
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: It worked when I parked it.
Replies: 38
Views: 902

Re: It worked when I parked it.

Hi, just so you know, you have some rare, 66 only parts on your Bronco. Some I see are the bumpers, tailgate, round mirror, long transfer case shift lever and silver seats. I'm sure there is more. You also have the same hub locks that came on my 66 (November 65 build). Your Bronco is in much better ...
by B RON CO
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: Need ideas to make a decision
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Need ideas to make a decision

Hi, so I'm not sure if your engine has the small block Ford bell housing, but if it does, you have a good selection of trannies and the bigger clutch. One thing is the late engines may not have a tapped hole for the Z bar ball, but that is easily overcome. Get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook fr...
by B RON CO
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newb from Utah
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Newb from Utah

Hi, I think you are better off with the 200. Some things to know are: the carb opening is bigger on 69 and up, the ignition went through some big changes so figure out what you have, and there are different pilot bushings for different trannies so make sure you have the right one and an early head o...
by B RON CO
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 250 Block Evaluation
Replies: 15
Views: 612

Re: 250 Block Evaluation

Hi, google Dans machine shop. They are in California. Can you measure the bore and piston? How about some pictures of the head.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Bubba has 10,000 posts!
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Bubba has 10,000 posts!

Congratulations to Bubba on reaching 10,000 posts. Thanks for all the help you give. You reached a real milestone. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Mystery fuel pump for 200
Replies: 49
Views: 1600

Re: Mystery fuel pump for 200

Hi, if you put the two pumps side by side do you see what is different? Arm length, arm angle? Something must be different. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 67' Mustang cooling issues
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: 67' Mustang cooling issues

Hi, I don't see the fan, or bolts holding on the water pump pulley. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil Pump Clearance / ARP Main Studs
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Oil Pump Clearance / ARP Main Studs

Hi, I just looked at the pictures of the engine but you can't see the clearance issue on the #2cap stud. I would either mark the stud a few threads above the nut and put a thread die on to chase the threads and cut it with a cutoff wheel, or use the old main cap bolt instead. Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Building My Aussie 250 2V
Replies: 37
Views: 1771

Re: Building My Aussie 250 2V

Hi, there is a page in the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook covering how to cc the combustion chamber. This is very important so you can figure out the static compression ratio. When I measured mine I used a small plastic syringe, just a small open end ( no needle ) to inject ATF into the plexiglass...
by B RON CO
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 62 Mercury Clutch
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: 62 Mercury Clutch

Hi, can you compare the old parts to the new parts and see what is different? Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Generator to Alternator conversion on 64½ Mustang
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Generator to Alternator conversion on 64½ Mustang

Hi, I put a Vintage air system in my 66 Mustang, 289 engine, but some of the things I learned are: be ready to do some things that are not spelled out in the installation book. Like the sheet metal screws to put the heater box in, top of the box to the cowl, the ones in the kit were not long enough,...
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?
Replies: 54
Views: 2192

Re: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?

Hi, I think the 1167 thermostat is for 351 Clevelands and the "385" Big Block engines. Good catch
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Radio wires/colors
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Radio wires/colors

Hi, to hopefully make life easier I would figure out which wires are going to the speakers, left front, left rear, right front, right rear, and that should get 1/2 the wires figured out. Don't assume all are needed. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Duraspark Distributor
Replies: 23
Views: 980

Re: Duraspark Distributor

Hi, sure, the hard part is putting the little clip back in the groove. Many clips have gone off into orbit and are still circling the earth. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Duraspark Distributor
Replies: 23
Views: 980

Re: Duraspark Distributor

Hi, as mentioned, I was also amused by Chad's description of going through a manual to fix something. My guy would have some tools and parts on the table and a greasy rag in his back pocket. Anyway, John Ha, you can put a piece of vacuum hose on the vacuum advance cannister and suck on it and if it ...
by B RON CO
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Front Disc Conversion Kit suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 2591

Re: Front Disc Conversion Kit suggestions

Hi, Scott Drake has a 6 cylinder, 4 lug conversion kit that is only the wheel end parts, no master cylinder, proportioning valve, etc.
As mentioned, the original 14" rims will not fit. CJ Pony # DBC 6466-6 for the 4 lug, and # DCB 6466-6-5lug. for a 5 lug rim. Good luck
by B RON CO
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?
Replies: 54
Views: 2192

Re: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?

Hi Kerb, you fixed it. Why are you looking at more fans? Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?
Replies: 54
Views: 2192

Re: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?

Hi, as far as the gauge from Ford, all you can say is it is hot or cold. I will only trust a quality aftermarket gauge or a digital temp gun on the thermostat housing. Good luck
by B RON CO
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?
Replies: 54
Views: 2192

Re: Ok to run at 160-180 coolant temps?

Hi, the engine as a whole runs more efficiently at over 195* It will have run cleaner inside and out. It will be less prone to condensation and sludge inside. The heater will perform better. What is happening is the radiator is doing such a good job that the cooling water from the lower radiator hos...
by B RON CO
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Damaged Aluminum Head & Cylinder
Replies: 20
Views: 1034

Re: Damaged Aluminum Head & Cylinder

Hi, so you know it is not a good idea to run a PCV valve off off one intake runner on any engine, your damaged cylinder does not look to have been running lean. One other thing I would check out is if the spark plug has the correct reach. The plug looks to be recessed a little. Maybe that is the way...
by B RON CO
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Damaged Aluminum Head & Cylinder
Replies: 20
Views: 1034

Re: Damaged Aluminum Head & Cylinder

Hi, it looks like the ring land broke and the Piston hammered it onto the head. One of the causes of broken ring lands is detonation. So maybe they have a high compression ratio, or too much ignition timing. I think you need to inspect all the pistons, and check the pistons for an oversize stamp. I ...
by B RON CO
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results
Replies: 87
Views: 4179

Re: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results

Hi, I never thought there was enough room for a bearing splitter behind the balancer. Most guys put a socket under the forceing screw so they don't damage the snout. If your car is a stick shift you can put it in gear to keep the engine from turning. Otherwise you have to hold either the flexplate s...
by B RON CO
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results
Replies: 87
Views: 4179

Re: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results

Hi, no you didn't damage the crankshaft. But you did put a mark on the timing cover. As Chad mentioned, it does look crooked. I might try to gently wiggle something behind it and see if it is loose. Do not put pressure on the timing cover. I know people who always used a chisel to split the timing g...
by B RON CO
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?
Replies: 60
Views: 2065

Re: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?

Hi, Chad is bringing up a common issue with our carbs. If you remove the big screw and cover holding the Venturi assembly, right under the screw is a chamber for the accelerator pump fuel. There should be a small ball and a long skinny weight on top of the ball. Look at a diagram of a 2100. Often ti...
by B RON CO
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: PILOT BEARING CRANK OR FLYWHEEL
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: PILOT BEARING CRANK OR FLYWHEEL

Hi, the pilot bushing is in the crankshaft. It will stay in the crankshaft when you take the flywheel off. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun May 31, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?
Replies: 60
Views: 2065

Re: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?

Hi, these engines like more initial timing. Try 10 or 12*. As long as you don't get any pinging when you accelerate. Do you have the vacuum advance plugged into ported or full manifold vacuum? Ford used ported vacuum from the factory. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun May 31, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?
Replies: 60
Views: 2065

Re: Autolite 2100 "lean condition"?

Hi, you will get the most accelerator pump squirt if you put the rod on the diaphragm lever to the outer position. But I don't think that would help. Your problem could be when the pump squirt starts, and not the maximum amount of fuel. The correct setup will have the accelerator pump linkage comple...
by B RON CO
Sun May 31, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Fuel gauge and temp gauge gremlins
Replies: 24
Views: 1105

Re: Fuel gauge and temp gauge gremlins

Hi, I agree that the problem could be the ground. After all, the cluster grounds to the dash and the dash grounds to the cowl. So somewhere it could be loose and corroded. But I am curious if you checked the voltage going into the IVR, and if it changes when you turn on the lights or heater. Good luck
by B RON CO
Sun May 31, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cam gear install in frame
Replies: 11
Views: 483

Re: Cam gear install in frame

Hi, when I learned how to make a little nut and bolt press like that we put white grease on everything to reduce friction. We pulled in power steering pump pulleys and lug studs all the time the home made way. If you want to install lug studs use the flat side of the lug nut against the washers. Goo...
by B RON CO
Mon May 25, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: replacing head gasket few questions
Replies: 15
Views: 787

Re: replacing head gasket few questions

Hi, when your engine has hydraulic lifters and non adjustable rocker arms you just torque the pedestals. Inspect the push rods for wear and keep them in order. Clean everything to like new condition, and check everything for wear. Many machine shops will do a light cut on the head so it is flat. CC ...
by B RON CO
Sun May 24, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 six rebuild kit
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: 200 six rebuild kit

Hi, if the engine was rebuilt you can check the piston for an oversize stamp, and the bearings for an undersize stamp. This will tell you what size rings and crank bearings to get. I can do all the assembly work except for installing the can bearings. I have a dial indicator and a few packages of pl...
by B RON CO
Sat May 23, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Adjustment wheel all the way out with new cylinders & shoes
Replies: 56
Views: 2881

Re: Adjustment wheel all the way out with new cylinders & shoes

Hi, on the front drums, I would not loosen the adjustment. I know the scrape, no scrape you are talking about. I would adjust the shoes tighter, as long as the wheel still spins. The same on each side. When the shoes are adjusted up the pedal has very little travel. Then drive it and if it feels goo...
by B RON CO
Fri May 22, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Question about a 200 with a Large Log Head
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: Question about a 200 with a Large Log Head

Hi, I think the casting # on the head shows you have a 1970. In @ 1969 the opening in the head was enlarged. The early heads have a smaller opening, so my guess is that they wanted to keep the original carb on the car. Get the Ford Falcon Performance Handbook for all of this information, and get the...
by B RON CO
Wed May 20, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1970 Maverick 170 Cu In Exhaust Manifold Bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: 1970 Maverick 170 Cu In Exhaust Manifold Bolts

Hi, the Mustang and other classic car vendors sell an exhaust manifold bolt kit. There are two long ones and the rest are the same. Good luck
by B RON CO
Mon May 18, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results
Replies: 87
Views: 4179

Re: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results

Hi, the offset looks good. You found the 4 nuts on the torque converter converter. Remove them and push the torque converter in towards the tranny. I have good luck applying silicone gasket maker sparingly, according to my Chilton's Manual: Put a thin line of sealer on the engine block, on the outsi...
by B RON CO
Sat May 16, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results
Replies: 87
Views: 4179

Re: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results

Hi, so the rope seal was replaced with a rubber seal and they left the pin in the cap. You have to knock out the pin and fill the hole with sealer. Also make sure you learn how to install the new rubber seal. Chilton's, and other shop manuals give good instructions. Now how does the bearing look. It...
by B RON CO
Thu May 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1964-1/2 Mustang 170 bucks and jerks under load
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: 1964-1/2 Mustang 170 bucks and jerks under load

Hi, I the idle mixture screw has no effect when the throttle is open.
I think you are going to figure this out.
Good luck
by B RON CO
Thu May 14, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results
Replies: 87
Views: 4179

Re: How is my engine? Valve Cover off and Compression Results

Hi, the bearing caps are sunken into the block. I hit them with a copper hammer. If you are using the two piece rubber seal there are specific instructions for installation, and you must remove the pin that holds the rope seal and seal the hole in the cap. Good luck

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