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by tom954x4
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: thank you to the forum members
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

thank you to the forum members

Well, I sold my '95 today after 8 good years. To the many members of this forum who chimed in to help answer my questions and curiosities I say thank you very much. I have steered the new owner (an enterprising high school kid) to the forum in case he wants to learn more. I am sure you will be as ki...
by tom954x4
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: brake bleeder screw size front disc 1995 F-150
Replies: 1
Views: 1307

Re: brake bleeder screw size front disc 1995 F-150

well, after looking more closely at what I bought they were 7/16 inch, and the local parts stores seem to think, :bang: , that my brakes need a 7/16 inch bleeder. Wrong. 3/8 is the correct size, length is 1 1/8 inch. My brakes must have the factory original bleeders. The replacement 3/8 bleeders I b...
by tom954x4
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: brake bleeder screw size front disc 1995 F-150
Replies: 1
Views: 1307

brake bleeder screw size front disc 1995 F-150

I need to replace one of my brake bleeders for the front disk brakes on my '95. what is the correct diameter? I bought a pair with a 3/8 in diameter for the threads and it is too large.
by tom954x4
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: THE 240 / 300 WHERE ELSE WERE THEY USED? OTHER APPLICATIONS
Replies: 98
Views: 19630

Re: THE 240 / 300 WHERE ELSE WERE THEY USED? OTHER APPLICATIONS

I just saw a Marine Travellift (30 ton hoist with slings for lifting and carrying boats) with a ford six, could be a 240 or a 300. The engine powers hydraulics to lift and lower the load and propel the lift + boat forward and back (slowly, I might add). Did the 240 come in an Industrial version? I c...
by tom954x4
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Swapping C6 to M5OD, axle gears?
Replies: 6
Views: 1740

Re: Swapping C6 to M5OD, axle gears?

Bummer! By the way, on your original question, what gears for a 4.9 with M5OD, I have had 3.08 and 3.55 in F-150s, my '91 F-150 was 2WD and had the 3.55 and my current truck, 3.08, about 800 lbs heavier empty than the '91 (including extra cab and heavy fiberglass shell, and 4x4). My experience/prefe...
by tom954x4
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Looking into my options
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

Re: Looking into my options

There's one other thing to throw out, if interstate driving at 65+ is not feasible with the trailer, you have strong West headwinds (likely) or you have the luxury of time. Take some of the back roads out west off the interstate routes, avoid the steepest passes, and see some of the national parks, ...
by tom954x4
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Looking into my options
Replies: 9
Views: 1732

Re: Looking into my options

^ regarding brake controller, I would look for one that is adjustable, that is, you can adjust the amount of braking applied to the trailer when you press the brakes, and one that you can use manually to brake just the trailer to stop trailer sway. Also, before you drive from Pennsylvania to Seattle...
by tom954x4
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Project Econoline
Replies: 5
Views: 1400

Re: Project Econoline

I believe the 1990 E-250 has the old, more squared off body style as compared to the 1993 era econoline that I used to own. Add the lift and the 4X4 poor aerodynamics will be working against you as well (unless you drive REAL slow and have many other mods for economy), so I agree that diesel with ov...
by tom954x4
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Camshaft?
Replies: 7
Views: 1920

Re: Camshaft?

I think the cam did not change between 1985 and 1988. What I would do if I was you would be to go to a parts house and look for the stock 300 cam from either year and the page should indicate all the years that cam was good for (and the various vehicles the engine was offered in).
by tom954x4
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 92 Efi build
Replies: 17
Views: 3051

Re: 92 Efi build

My 2 cents, take it or leave it -- it would be nice to know what end uses the original poster has in mind and whether it makes economic sense to try to build the 300 to meet the stated 320-380 HP goals, or perhaps whether he might be just as satisfied with lower goals that are more readily obtained ...
by tom954x4
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What do you think of these compression numbers?
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: What do you think of these compression numbers?

Hi Wesman07,
If you have an analog gauge, what oil pressure are you seeing at cruise and hot idle?
by tom954x4
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1632

Re: What is this?

You can get water temp from a port in the thermostat housing. I posted a thread on this not long ago.
by tom954x4
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8
Replies: 14
Views: 3453

Re: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8

I don't know what axles came with the '95 F-250. But I don't think it was the 8.8, which is what my '95 F-150 has. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_8.8_axle
by tom954x4
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8
Replies: 14
Views: 3453

Re: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8

A few other things to think about - the optimum rear end ratio and tire size for the F-250, if you go the route of a 300. You should play with one of the rpm calculators on line for the ratio and tire size you are looking at at. If you have a manual tranny, like a ZF 5 speed, and are in the 2200-240...
by tom954x4
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 in Sprint Car
Replies: 19
Views: 3608

Re: 300 in Sprint Car

Is oil pickup in the sump an issue with a 30 degree tilt? Did you modify the oil pickup arrangement to make sure you are not starving the pump? (I have a little 3 cyl diesel in a sailboat and the engine specs say 20 degree continuous tilt max and I would image there is a spec on this for a 300)
by tom954x4
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8
Replies: 14
Views: 3453

Re: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8

Consider this too - the stock 351 (5.8) generates its peak torque (about 300 ft-lbs) way up at 2800 RPM. The stock 300 generates peak torque (about 250 ft-lbs) at 1600-2000 rpm. So you are right, the torque curve and available power is better for the 300 where the engine normally operates. So, no th...
by tom954x4
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8
Replies: 14
Views: 3453

Re: 4.9L Six VS 5.8L V8

You probably could get comparable torque/hp out of both engines, and you will probably be wanting a lot of it for a heavy 3/4 ton truck with your intended use. If you stick with the 300, look at some of the many posts on this forum on rebuilding a 300 for lots of low end torque. You're looking at an...
by tom954x4
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Anyone run Clifford performance shorty headers?
Replies: 14
Views: 3631

Re: Anyone run Clifford performance shorty headers?

On the heat issue with headers, I would think using exhaust wrap on the headers would insulate them quite well and avoid some of the excess heat in the engine bay and associated carb issues F-250 Restorer mentions. I have not tried using the wrap on an exhaust system but I recently used it on a very...
by tom954x4
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Pics of my new engine
Replies: 12
Views: 2628

Re: Pics of my new engine

Nice looking engine.

What is going on with the valve cover, driver's side, below the oil fill? And what are those wires coming out of the valve cover? :thumbup:
by tom954x4
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1990 4.9 / 300 L6 efi cleanup for project build
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Re: 1990 4.9 / 300 L6 efi cleanup for project build

I don't think the stock fuel injection system and injectors support 200 horsepower in this motor. There are old posts on this in this forum on this poitn, look for StrangeRanger's posts. Performance gains are a double edged sword - the more hp you actually use the more your mileage will suffer. In m...
by tom954x4
Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: I come to you for advise
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Re: I come to you for advise

regarding the axle ratio, the 3.08 is a good compromise if you are not towing a lot. I would not go any taller. A 3.55 ratio will probably tow better at highway speeds but the trade off will be worse fuel economy when you are not towing. If it were my rig and I was towing the car on relatively level...
by tom954x4
Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: What I learned Today
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

Re: What I learned Today

Couple of questions on the '96 tear down:

Did you happen to note the mileage on the engine/vehicle?

Did you look at the fiber cam gear? Condition?

Thanks
by tom954x4
Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Heat -???
Replies: 7
Views: 1721

Re: Heat -???

Are you driving long enough for the engine to warm up? I have a temperature sensor above the thermostat and gauge reads cold for first 3 miles or so, then when the thermostat opens the hot water going back to the radiator bumps up the reading to 185 or so, where it should be with my Tstat. If your c...
by tom954x4
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: M5od transmission swap
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Re: M5od transmission swap

I would like to hear how this swaps work out, and also what size tires and rear axle ratio you have in the '65. Good luck with it. When I had my '65 F100 I would really have liked to have the extra gears, but this was way before the mazda 5 speed came out. My only option then was the borg warner ove...
by tom954x4
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: It will go in from the top
Replies: 7
Views: 3063

Re: It will go in from the top

This looks like a pre-67 econoline, right? How do you get a flow of cool air over the radiator? It looks like it is awful close to the front of the dog house. That is a spiffy looking 250 six.
by tom954x4
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: can i present a well chewed topic to chew again- cooling
Replies: 20
Views: 3274

Re: can i present a well chewed topic to chew again- cooling

Evans Cooling Systems described and patented several reverse flow cooling systems back in the 1980s (IIRC), and they were the subject of several patents (now expired or declared invalid), and at one time this cooling system was put in a production Corvette. Significant performance and efficiency gai...
by tom954x4
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Shakes like crazy after rebuild? Please help!
Replies: 9
Views: 1598

Re: Shakes like crazy after rebuild? Please help!

18 inches of vacuum at idle is very close to normal if you are at sea level. My engine is at 19 and runs smooth.
by tom954x4
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges

Well, I finally got the new gauges installed, oil pressure is about 28 psi hot idle and 40-45 psi at 1000-2000 rpm, temps between 180 and 185 F. So, with the vacuum gauge, aftermarket tach, oil pressure, and temp gauges and a small little digital clock velcro'd to the dash my instrument panel is alm...
by tom954x4
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 27 T Roadster Project
Replies: 13
Views: 2460

Re: 27 T Roadster Project

Fantastic. Thanks for posting. I looked again at the photos in view of FTF's suggestion to lower the grill frame a few inches. The way I see it is that the grill and radiator slightly "uphill" have a little bit of in your face attitude in their current position, which I think is great. And...
by tom954x4
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: '83 ford 300 rebuild
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: '83 ford 300 rebuild

For what its worth, the Haynes Repair manual that I have (1980-1996) for Ford Pickups and Broncos has a entire chapter (chapter 2) on General engine overhaul procedures with specs and lots of photographs. I of course cannot vouch for accuracy but it might be worth checking out.
by tom954x4
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: wheel frozen to the brake drum - and a solution
Replies: 1
Views: 992

wheel frozen to the brake drum - and a solution

Had a flat with my '12 F250 last weekend, and after removing the lugnuts and jacking up the wheel I could not for the life of me get the wheel off. Fortunately, the tire pressure monitoring system (big :thumbup: ) gave me advance notice I was going flat and I was able to pull into a town with an air...
by tom954x4
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau

MaxSeal product worked as advertised. :thumbup:
by tom954x4
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau

I bought the MaxSeal tailgate sealer kit and it went on in 5 minutes, easy install. Fortunately there was enough of the material to add an extra strip on both sides of the tailgate towards the lower end of it, to help seal the big gap between the bottom of the tailgate and the bed in the corners. It...
by tom954x4
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: pushrod cover gasket replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Re: pushrod cover gasket replacement

^ thanks. It turns out the FelPro rubber gasket set is discontinued or "superceded" in favor of a cork set, so I got that. Besides fixing the leak, what else should I be looking for/at when the cover is off to make sure everything is good? Engine is running strong, smooth and quiet -- exce...
by tom954x4
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: pushrod cover gasket replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

pushrod cover gasket replacement

I's replacing my leaking pushrod cover gasket with a FelPro rubber set.

What is the trick to getting the bracket that is attached to the dipstick out of the way?
by tom954x4
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Power by Ford Studebaker truck
Replies: 66
Views: 11683

Re: Power by Ford Studebaker truck

That outlet looks good with the shim in there. Coincidentally, I just bought a water outlet/thermostat housing made from aluminum with a boss for drilling and tapping a port for my new analog, Stewart Warner old school temperature gauge sending unit. I can't quite make out whether your blue one has ...
by tom954x4
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau

Thanks vssman. I had not heard of this product before. I have searched and found a number of weather stripping type seals and will give that a go and let the Board know how it works out.
by tom954x4
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Dust getting into the truck bed even with a tonneau

My '12 F-250 has a hard tonneau cover but even with that I get a lot of dust into the bed when I drive on dirt or gravel roads. I really want to keep things clean and dust free back there. I think the dust is entering around the tailgate at the corners. I suppose I could rig up some sort of system t...
by tom954x4
Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges

http://www.partsgeek.com/gbproducts/DC/5302-07249971.html?utm_content=DN&utm_term=1990%2C+1992-1996+Ford+F150+Thermostat+Housing+Dorman+902-1002+90%2C+92-96+Ford+Thermostat+Housing+95&fp=pp&gbm=a&utm_source=google&utm_medium=ff&utm_campaign=PartsGeek+Google+Base&gclid=COT...
by tom954x4
Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges

http://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/four+seasons,84976,thermostat+housing+/+water+outlet,10337 The 4 Seasons thermostat housing for a 300 in the '84-'86 years, part no 84976, includes a threaded port for a temp sending unit. I think I am going to go with that. $ 7.95 and be done with it. In these years...
by tom954x4
Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges

For oil, I am using a stewart warner gauge and the braided SS hose, with T to keep the idiot sender functioning too. Thanks for the tip.

For water temp, I see no spare port above the thermostat on the neck for any temp sender unit. Not much room to rig up a T there either. Any other suggestions?
by tom954x4
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: analog oil pressure and temperature gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

analog oil pressure and temperature gauges

I am thinking about augmenting my gauges with analog oil pressure and water temp gauges. Can someone explain how to go about that? I am not sure where the sending units are and how to add the additional gauges while still retaining the functionality of the factory oil pressure idiot gauge and the wa...
by tom954x4
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: 1978 econoline club wagon engine swap questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

Re: 1978 econoline club wagon engine swap questions

Another potential downside with the 390 in the van is the access for maintenance, such as spark plugs. I dont' remember the dog house configuration in a '78 club wagon. What I do know is that when I had a '93 Econoline with a 302 V8 the spark plug access to the forward most plugs was a real pain. I ...
by tom954x4
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

My trailer weighs around 7,000 lbs loaded for a long trip, with full water tank (40 gals). My truck, with two people aboard, full tank of fuel, tonneau cover and stuff in the bed weighs about 8,500 lbs. So I am usually somewhere between 15 and 16 K lbs. I have no idea what to expect. - the actual to...
by tom954x4
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

That is a really cool combination - vintage AS and the '75 crew (rare, I would say). I don't know much about the 400 engine but I am sure it will have plenty of pulling power. I think a weight distributing hitch might be a good addition for towing a 31 footer, reduces sway a lot. Hit me up if you ha...
by tom954x4
Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

I do have quite a bit of experience, about 20,000 miles in 3 1/2 years all over the West Coast, Southwest and Rocky Mountain region. My rig gets very consistent fuel economy. The thing I like the best about the '12 is that is a little overkill for the trailer weighing 7,000 lbs loaded, in breaking, ...
by tom954x4
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

No need for extra fuel. My '12 F-250 towing a 27 foot Airstream gets about 15 mpg at 55 mph, which is what I do on back roads. So I could fuel up in Battle Mtn NV and get to Burns OR with about 10 gallons to spare with a 38 gal. tank. F-250s with short beds come with a small fuel tank, about 26 gal ...
by tom954x4
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

Highway 50 is a good guess, and Nevada is correct. Actually it is about 35 miles north of Winnemucca, where Nevada state route 140 intersects US 95. When you head west on 140 you have to go all the way to Lakeview Oregon, 179 miles, to refuel. On this particular trip I left 140 after about 80 miles ...
by tom954x4
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

Nope! Wrong state. Try again.
by tom954x4
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: next gas - 179 miles Guess where?

That a pretty good guess but its not California!

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