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by adamscm
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 62 Comet 170 Carb upgrade problem
Replies: 16
Views: 1499

Re: 62 Comet 170 Carb upgrade problem

On my ‘62 144 3 speed, I use the Holley 1940. I tried the original (1909?), and the 1100, but went back to the 1940. Seem to get more power out of it.
by adamscm
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Steering gear box 62 Comet
Replies: 2
Views: 1121

Re: Steering gear box 62 Comet

Thanks for the reply. I haven’t found anything either. I don’t know if a Falcon box/shaft is the same or not, but so far it seems not. My steering is still “ok,” but I am getting some play, and wouldn’t mind having a fresh box when I rebuild the rest of the front end. Chris
by adamscm
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Steering gear box 62 Comet
Replies: 2
Views: 1121

Steering gear box 62 Comet

Hello All, is anyone aware of a source where I could find a rebuilt (or new) steering gear box for my 62 Comet? Thanks, Chris
by adamscm
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144/170 Headers
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Re: 144/170 Headers

Thanks for the info!
by adamscm
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144/170 Headers
Replies: 3
Views: 958

144/170 Headers

Hello, it's been a while since I've posted--my 62 Comet with rebuilt 144 is doing fine. My question--has anyone here installed headers on a 60-63 Comet (or Falcon)? What brand/tips do you recommend? Not looking for high performance, but wouldn't mind squeezing out an extra hp or two. Thanks, Chris
by adamscm
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: More oil (pan) woes
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

Re: More oil (pan) woes

OK---Today I re-did the oil pan--perfectly clean surfaces, perfectly placed gaskets, etc. Used thin film of Permatex tacky sealer to stick the cork to the block. Used a little to hold the rubber ends in the grooves, and put some blobs in the corners. Going to let it all dry tonight before filling to...
by adamscm
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: More oil (pan) woes
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

Re: More oil (pan) woes

Thanks Guys for all the replies. I agree it would be nice to have a one piece gasket! Common sense would say the problem is with the pan, since it seemed to leak more when I re-tightened it, but it seems odd where I see oil--yes, directly below the rear pan seal, but also as high up as the horizonta...
by adamscm
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: More oil (pan) woes
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

More oil (pan) woes

Ok, My last report was that I took care of my rear main seal and put on a new oil pan. It lasted a couple of weeks, then I noticed a very small drip onto the inspection plate. I snugged up the pan bolts just a bit, but that apparently was a mistake--the leak became bigger. My question: What is the c...
by adamscm
Tue May 23, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear Main Seal
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Rear Main Seal

Thanks----Still no leaking! I used a light coating of Permatex (#3?) between the block and pan gasket, mostly to make the gasket stick to the bottom of the block. Then I used Black silicone between the gasket and pan, and on the ends. Like I've mentioned before, I think the leak was from the pan, bu...
by adamscm
Mon May 22, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear Main Seal
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Rear Main Seal

This weekend, I put on a new pan gasket. While off, I did take the rear main cap off. The builder not only didn't offset the seals, but used no sealer as described above. So I replaced the lower main seal and did the little dabs of sealer. So far, no leaks. Question: The bottom half of the seal easi...
by adamscm
Sat May 20, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Turn signals 62 Comet
Replies: 3
Views: 1719

Re: Turn signals 62 Comet

Yep, Oddly, I changed the flasher, and then it was still malfunctioning, but differently! I replaced all the bulbs that looked corroded, and it's back to working fine now, go figure!
by adamscm
Sat May 20, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Turn signals 62 Comet
Replies: 3
Views: 1719

Turn signals 62 Comet

Hey All, Here's what the 62 Comet is doing. Out of nowhere, when I turn the turn signal on, the right signals flash, but the signal indicator light doesn't. When turning left, the signals don't come on at all, but the indicator light is illuminated solid. I tried changing the flasher. Help!
by adamscm
Mon May 15, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear Main Seal
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Rear Main Seal

Yes, I did seal the flywheel bolts. Like I mentioned, fingers crossed, I think it's the pan seal. I was tempted, though, to pull the rear main cap off while I'm under there to see if the rebuilder offset the seal and if he used any sealant. I've actually got an extra seal left over, and I could repl...
by adamscm
Mon May 15, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rear Main Seal
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Rear Main Seal

Hello Guys, Well, the new rebuild is running fine, but like I mentioned in my previous posts, there is a bit of an oil leak out the back of the pan...at least I'm 99% certain it is the pan seal. However, my question relates to the rear main seal--On the two-piece seal, rubber version, is there suppo...
by adamscm
Wed May 03, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Rebuild update
Replies: 1
Views: 565

144 Rebuild update

Hello All, Thanks for following my story and contributing ideas. This site is awesome! Well, I noticed that while I had great idle and smooth operation, I felt that the motor was still lagging a little pep, even for a 144. I advanced the timing to 12 btdc, and operation improved greatly with no ill ...
by adamscm
Tue May 02, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild

Update: The good news is the engine is still running well, and oil leak is mostly gone with my "quick fix." As soon as I get time, though, I'll pull the pan and replace the gasket. I'm 99% sure that's it, although you always fear the rear main seal. It's hard to see how the engine builder ...
by adamscm
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild

Thanks for the good tips. What I've noticed in the past on these particular gaskets (Fel Pro, at least), is that the end rubber seals are almost slightly too long, and need to be carefully pressed into the end cap groove. Sometimes the little tang on the cork gasket needs to be shortened a bit to fi...
by adamscm
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild

I think those are ok. He, and the shop, have a lot of experience, but might lack some humility. Plus, they do a lot of high-end racing engines and such, and I was just a "bumpkin" with a straight six. I actually mentioned the pin and rope seal in our conversations just to make sure he knew...
by adamscm
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild

Yes, I know I don't have to pull the whole motor, but I might as well. If I don't, it looks like this: 1). Remove motor mount nuts and jack up motor 3 inches 2). Remove front sway bar 3). Remove pan bolts and pull out frontwards. 4). Try to put on new gasket while working upside down under he car, g...
by adamscm
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Seriously! The Drama Won't End-144 Rebuild

Hello All, And thanks for following the drama of my Comet 144. To "65Fastback,": Your oil problem has spread to me! I went to change the break-in oil in my newly rebuilt motor, only to notice oil coming out the rear! It has similar symptoms to "65"s problem, but I'm fairly certai...
by adamscm
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil leaks to bell - no clue about cause
Replies: 10
Views: 1925

Re: Oil leaks to bell - no clue about cause

To sum up the previous posts--all excellent suggestions:
Valve Cover--Oil gallery plugs--Thread sealer on flywheel (flex plate) bolts.
....I'll add another--oil pressure sender unit
by adamscm
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: can i bore and stroke a 64 144ci to a 200ci
Replies: 10
Views: 1628

Re: can i bore and stroke a 64 144ci to a 200ci

The previous poster probably knows a lot more than me, I always thought the block generally was the same, so I didn't think about water jackets being a problem. However, at the least, you would need a 4-main 200 crank (probably fairly rare) and you would still need to use solid lifters, since the 14...
by adamscm
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Distributor Installation 144
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Distributor Installation 144

Somebody else can explain it better than me, but I'm thinking as long as you have the rotor pointing at #1 when you are at TDC compression, it doesn't matter where you stab in the distributor. Now, if you moved the shaft/rotor WITHOUT turning the cap/base with it, then yes, you would be "off a ...
by adamscm
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Thanks, I did have one moment last night--when I revved the motor, there WAS a squeal. Turns out this time is WAS the fan belt. I bought a rebuilt generator that the builder painted in gloss black--even the pulley. It made the surface too slick. Nothing a little sandpaper can't fix.
by adamscm
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

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Let's try this...It will take you a bit to load, but it does seem to appear on my screen. I'm not the most high-tech person!
by adamscm
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Distributor Installation 144
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Distributor Installation 144

Hello All, Thanks for the positive comments on my ongoing 144 build saga. One question this morning--I've installed the distributor and set the timing--it runs fine. However, the distributor seems to be oriented slightly more counterclockwise than when I removed it, making it difficult to advance it...
by adamscm
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Got it together and running tonight! Wires, hoses, radiator, starter. Did preliminary valve adjustment and cranked it...it runs. Took a short test drive and followed instructions on breaking in cam. A little bit of lifter tick came back as things settled in....will re-adjust tomorrow. My rebuilt gen...
by adamscm
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Made some progress tonight before calling it quits. Z-bar, clutch linkage, coil, distributor, carb and all metal lines plus exhaust pipe. Pics are low-light. Yes, OEM is the road draft tube. I had put on a 66 valve cover and pcv just to eliminate fumes, but if I'm not getting much blow-by with the n...
by adamscm
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Yep, No plate on back of block. Don't know about Falcon wipers...the line eventually goes to manifold vacuum, but the theory is that the fuel pump diaphragm creates some extra vacuum. Doesn't work well, though--when you step on the gas and lose vacuum, your wipers stop! As far as paint, it had some ...
by adamscm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Chad, just leaving everything original, even the cam is supposed to be original specs--rocker arm/valve stem clearance is almost the same as before, even before adjusting, maybe a bit tighter, so cam must be similar. The outlets on top of the fuel pump are for the vacuum wipers. The only differences...
by adamscm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure
Replies: 36
Views: 5136

Re: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure

Where is your video--what is it titled? I hope you get resolution soon--I'm no stranger to frustration! Today when I put my rebuild in, I didn't have an electric drill to spin the oil pump, so I did it manually with a socket wrench, and it STILL pumped oil all the way to the rockers. So thankfully n...
by adamscm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Well, I'm not making smoke yet, but the block, head valve train, and some other parts are installed. I quit for the day to take care of some other chores. Yes, I thought about guide studs...had a little trouble getting the gasket to stay lined up, but I was able to lower the head almost to the block...
by adamscm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Ok, Here's where we are as of Monday, 12:30 pm Central:
Engine is in, bolted to bell, motor mounts. After lunch, the head
by adamscm
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure
Replies: 36
Views: 5136

Re: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure

You had me paranoid about the front oil gallery plug on my rebuild! I called my machine shop guy, and he said yep, he replaced it. I'm in the process of installing it--see my posts on the 144 thread.
by adamscm
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

Re: 144 Progress

Yes, the reason I'm going "headless" is that I think it will make it easier to drop in and stab the transmission. Plus, it's nicely level using the head bolt holes for the chains. With head on, and chains on the block sides (and no leveler) it can get unruly--I have experience! And yes, I'...
by adamscm
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ignition Timing debacle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1137

Re: Ignition Timing debacle?

Mine has always run smoothest at about 10. It could be a bazillion things, from carb to vacuum pulling on the advance, to advance spring tension, distributor or timing chain off, and so on. Those things will drive me crazy if I think about them too much. I say if it runs smooth, seems to have enough...
by adamscm
Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Progress
Replies: 36
Views: 5649

144 Progress

Well, I FINALLY got my short block back--Today, my son and I painted the block, added water pump, fuel pump, generator, flywheel, and clutch. I decided to put in new motor mounts, so I'm picking them up this evening, and we're ready to install. I'm putting the head on after installation--trying that...
by adamscm
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil for Rebuild
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Oil for Rebuild

Excited about picking up the motor today...hopefully no Snafu's. I don't have hardened seats, it's just a weekend driver. I'll have to ask about the rings, but it was just a standard rebuild with no upgrades as far as I know. I had the head done about 200 miles ago, and this is just the short block....
by adamscm
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil for Rebuild
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Oil for Rebuild

Hello All, As I will hopefully get my short block 144 back this week, I'm wondering what the opinions are on oil for a newly-rebuilt engine. Natural? Semi-Synthetic? Other? I normally run Valvoline 10-30 semi-synthetic with good results, but didn't know if break-in is different.
by adamscm
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Father Son 67
Replies: 37
Views: 6912

Re: Father Son 67

???
by adamscm
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

It's called Wayne Calvert's in Denton, Tx. Good reputation, so sometimes ya just got to give it a shot. If it's awesome work, I can forgive the time, we'll see. Yes, my son is a scout, working on Eagle--maybe by the end of summer.
by adamscm
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

By the way, I've replaced the 144 with my teenage son...he's actually more powerful than the 144, but the fumes are terrible!
by adamscm
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

Hey Guys, Just an update on my rebuild saga--Last Friday I was told by the machine shop that they obtained all the parts for the 144 short block and it would be one week. Well, I called today, and as if all were fine, they told me that the final honing is happening right now and the new parts were o...
by adamscm
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

The shop contacted me yesterday and said they now have the parts. They mentioned Engine Tech, like some of you have, so that may be where they went--it's just down the road from here. I was told it will need a .020 bore and .010 crank grind. That sounds pretty mild, so I think the motor is in good c...
by adamscm
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

Thanks for all the replies---I like the 200's and know they are better, but I was really trying to keep the originality and "numbers matching" aspect of the car, since it is 100% original right now. When I took off the head, it still had the 50+ year old Ford thermostat in it!
by adamscm
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

Yes, I liked how it was running before, so no mods really needed. A little bore won't hurt to draw in just a bit more of the gas from the Holley 1940 which is more than enough for this motor. I already had a very nice valve job done on the head, and was running a later-200 exhaust manifold and exhau...
by adamscm
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

Thanks for the reply. You are correct--I don't know exactly what he needs because he hasn't told me the bore or crank grind it might need. I've looked at Rock and on EBay, and yes, the parts exist. I'll take a look at Enginetech. Chris
by adamscm
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Re: Seeking 144 rebuild kit

This shop has a lot of good recommendations and good reputation. I'm trying to find out exactly what he's looking for. I suppose, unlike the 200's, there may not be 144 pistons and parts floating around everywhere, but I know they exist. Maybe he's having to look elsewhere than his regular source. I...
by adamscm
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Seeking 144 rebuild kit
Replies: 22
Views: 3691

Seeking 144 rebuild kit

Hello All, In my continuing saga, the machine shop that has my 144 says they are having trouble finding parts. Anyone here know of a source of a short block rebuild kit (bearings, rings, etc...) for a '62 144? Thanks, Chris
by adamscm
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Problems, Heinous Screech
Replies: 13
Views: 2065

Re: 144 Problems, Heinous Screech

Thanks for the reply, especially the point about the crossmember. I can't visualize what would hit that while putting the motor/Trans in. I've just had so much trouble getting the Trans jabbed back in the motor when putting them in separately. For all following my drama, I did drop off the short blo...