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by SteveS
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Bretts Australian Jan 1961 XK Falcon - 4 door
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: Bretts Australian Jan 1961 XK Falcon - 4 door

How nice. Great looking old Falcon.
by SteveS
Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need Fresh Idea's! Fixed!
Replies: 41
Views: 3255

Re: Need Fresh Idea's!

I really don't know the SVC system but isn't there a vacuum line to the distributor? If you plug that you'd eliminate a possible vacuum leak there.
by SteveS
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Primary reason for building a six?
Replies: 93
Views: 13651

Re: Primary reason for building a six?

You will know how I voted based on my explanation. I love inline sixes. In stock form (which mine is) they are pretty underpowered when you add p/s, a/c and automatic transmission in a 3000 lb car but: 1. There's only one cylinder head. 2. There's room to work on it with it installed. 3. Single bbl ...
by SteveS
Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Comet 250 idle problem
Replies: 21
Views: 1629

Re: Comet 250 idle problem

When looking for vacuum leaks don't forget the distributor advance. It could leak too.
by SteveS
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: My cracked head, see lower post *pictures*
Replies: 26
Views: 2662

Re: My cracked head, see lower post *pictures*

It's simply amazing how much damage the engine will tolerate. That head is a mess and the engine still ran.
by SteveS
Thu May 06, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Exhaust restriction (factory 1980 pre light can)
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Re: Exhaust restriction (factory 1980 pre light can)

Does anyone have a picture of one of those "pre-light" cans? I sure would like to see one on the inside. My 82 Cougar has the big pipe and I can find nothing on the internet about it nor does the internet mention that there is a pre-cat in there. :thanks:
by SteveS
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Parts car turned into a "runner"
Replies: 108
Views: 21418

Re: Parts car turned into a "runner"

Two projects at the same time...good use of time and training takes place on your car and not his. :D That way his will be better. :mrgreen:

This is getting to be a daily read and is the best thread going. Now to pick from my projects. I'm disabled from indecision. :arg:
by SteveS
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Parts car turned into a "runner"
Replies: 108
Views: 21418

Re: Parts car turned into a "runner"

What a fun project. My son and I fixed up a 66 GMC much like your Falcon. He still misses that old truck today. These are valuable times for you and your son. He'll never forget the experience and neither will you.

I love it. Keep the news coming.
by SteveS
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cable Throttle Setup Adjustment Info Needed
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: Cable Throttle Setup Adjustment Info Needed

I'm thinking that the distance is much shorter in the Falcon than the Fairmont thus the extra length. I certainly haven't thought of my cable at all so I don't know if it can be adjusted out or shortened.
by SteveS
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: steering column seal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1090

Re: steering column seal?

LMC has it. P/N 45-0231 on page 102 of the catalog linked below.

http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fc/t.aspx
by SteveS
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Troubleshooting an at-idle stumble.
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: Troubleshooting an at-idle stumble.

I had an intermittent missfire at idle when at full operating temp. Drove me nuts until I found the smog mechanic set the plugs at .035" vice .050".
by SteveS
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hissing sound - Loss of power
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Hissing sound - Loss of power

I think Jackfish is right on with his assesment. There's a leak somewhere whether or not it's the carb, distro, or PCV. Something is leaking. Check every hose by taking it off and really scrutinizing for cracks. Take a good look at the carb base plate. That non-hot rodded engine should be pulling cl...
by SteveS
Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Starting When Hot
Replies: 25
Views: 1828

Re: Hard Starting When Hot

I'm off next week so shopping it is. I'm willing to try anything at this point. It's a very annoying problem and these "wet" starts can't be good to the catalytic converter either. It might be a week or so but I promise to report back. I'm sure the original poster jtan540 is taking aciton ...
by SteveS
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Starting When Hot
Replies: 25
Views: 1828

Re: Hard Starting When Hot

Take this advice with a grain of salt, but it seemed to work for me on those hot summer days. Head to Wal-mart and buy a cheap cutting board. Cut out a piece to mount under the coolant plate (the one with the hoses) using a gasket as a template. Throw it in there. Make sure the surfaces are smooth....
by SteveS
Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Starting When Hot
Replies: 25
Views: 1828

Re: Hard Starting When Hot

I've had this problem for years. I've tried timing, float adjusted lower, heat shield, and several different carbs. As built my car did not come with a water cooled base. I've found nothing to fix this problem. I'm wondering if the 5% ethanol fuel and the former MBTE additives in the fuel contribute...
by SteveS
Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Completed costom inter. of 63 pocket rocket
Replies: 7
Views: 1300

Re: Completed costom inter. of 63 pocket rocket

They do look different enough but definately notice a theme that's similar. Nice work.
by SteveS
Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Completed costom inter. of 63 pocket rocket
Replies: 7
Views: 1300

Re: Completed costom inter. of 63 pocket rocket

Very nice work. I noticed that both the 62 wagon and the 63 sedan have similar themed interiors. Both look fantastic. :beer:
by SteveS
Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: 79 Mustang with inline six
Replies: 12
Views: 3105

Re: 79 Mustang with inline six

200 six. Quite common through 1982. After that the 3.8 became the standard.
by SteveS
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: Any members with 79-82 200?
Replies: 18
Views: 5296

Re: Any members with 79-82 200?

Yup, 82 Cougar wagon.
by SteveS
Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Yet another carb issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Yet another carb issue

Over the last week I tried several things. First I made a heat shield. No help with that. Then I changed the timing to 9* BTDC. No help.

I've lowered the float. It's 1/4" lower than spec. This so far has seemed to help.
by SteveS
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Yet another carb issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Yet another carb issue

All, The test today was that instead of taking the aircleaner off to vent the fumes after i got home for lunch I took the top off and drove it home that way. No change but also no liquid fuel boiling over from the bowl. Dry as a bone. The car only rich starts after sitting 20-60 minutes or so. No ga...
by SteveS
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Yet another carb issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Yet another carb issue

Come to think of it back in the olden days the air cleaners were open to the atmosphere. On mine it's completely closed and only open to the fender intake when hot but the vapors would normally run downhill and can't get there from the carb throat and can't possibly vent. Along with the fact that th...
by SteveS
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Yet another carb issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Yet another carb issue

I never thought of vapor flooding. Certainly it would re-condense in the manifold after it cools a bit. I try that taking the cover off and letting it vent.

Thanks jaymers and rbohm I'll give it a shot.

The ignition timing so spot on 10*.
by SteveS
Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Yet another carb issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Yet another carb issue

I have an 82 Mercury Cougar station wagon with the 200 six and the proper Motorcraft (holley 1946) carb. The car runs great at idle and all speeds. Passed the California emissions test last March after months of problems with carbs and also had the head inspected, cleaned, valve seats ground and one...
by SteveS
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: V6 or V8 for my 65 wagon
Replies: 14
Views: 2190

Re: V6 or V8 for my 65 wagon

I'm pretty experienced with the 3.8 V6. Two of the three have blown the headgaskets. Both engines were damaged beyond just the headgaskets. Part of the problem is the aluminum heads. They corrode around the water passages resulting in enough lost material to cause the headgasket failure. They won't ...
by SteveS
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New Motor In
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Re: New Motor In

JackFish wrote:Shiny! :thumbup: :thumbup:
I've had my engine "in" for a couple months now, and I'm still still gettiing doodads and thingamajigs together for it.
Maybe I'll get to fire it up this week! :|


I can't wait for you to fire it up. And see it finished. Cool looking engine.
by SteveS
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Tranny swap
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: Tranny swap

Being cheap I was trying to avoid a tranny overhaul since I have a perfectly good overhauled C5 not being used. Of course the car probably needs an engine as well. 195,000 miles.
by SteveS
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Tranny swap
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Tranny swap

Will a 1985 C5 transmission bolt up to a Mercury 221 or 260 V8? It's currently attached to a 3.8 V6.
by SteveS
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: A matter of flow
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: A matter of flow

My Cougar does not get the fuel "boil" so much now that my cold air duct is replaced. It was a big problem this spring and early summer without it. Cool air being relative so to speak. Under hood air is way too hot.
by SteveS
Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cyl. head side to side movement on 200
Replies: 16
Views: 1099

Re: Cyl. head side to side movement on 200

I had my head off this last March. The 200 six doesn't use dowels. You have to make your own from bolts or the like. Yes the head does move a bit. Just make sure it's centered and torque 'er down. I had no problems with mine. It seems everything straightens out during the bolt tightening process.
by SteveS
Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Help...AGAIN....!!
Replies: 22
Views: 3576

Re: Help...AGAIN....!!

Just to add to the confusion....My 82 Cougar has a C5 attached to the 200. Low mount starter.
by SteveS
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: DONOR CAR......?????
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: DONOR CAR......?????

The 81 inline has the big (relatively speaking) log head and bigger valves. Even though the Holley 1946 seems to be a bit complicated if you don't need the emissions parts you can cap off the unsued ports on the carb. My 82 Cougar has the C5 tranny. I'm not sure if the 81 used a C5 or a C4. I think ...
by SteveS
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Not really a performance question but a general Q
Replies: 26
Views: 2325

Re: Not really a performance question but a general Q

If I were you I'd take the tune up advice and get the carb checked for leaks BEFORE you spend money on replacement anything.

Unless there's a vacuum leak with the transmission I can't imagine what the transmission has to do with this problem.

listen to Eaglo on this.
by SteveS
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stalling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Stalling Problem-solution???

I'm totally befuddled but not unhappy. Since I fixed the warning lights on the dash by replacing a blown fuse I haven't had any stalling problems at all. This is strange. I've driven the car two days this week with no problems. Not that I don't pay any attention but those lights haven't worked for o...
by SteveS
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Valve Stem Lubrication?
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: Valve Stem Lubrication?

Mostly by dribble. The oil just dribbles from the Rocker arms on to the valve stems. Same for the push rods. The valves actually need no oil except for the top of the stem that's in contact with the rocker arm. The valve stem seals prevent oil from getting sucked down to the combustion chamber.
by SteveS
Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: bad distributor?
Replies: 19
Views: 1508

Re: bad distributor?

Glad to hear you are back up and running good. My much newer Cougar never was running hot but I too had one burnt valve that actually caused it to fail the California emissions test for high hydrocarbons. I had worked literally everything else. Even the compression was up to snuff . My mechanic was ...
by SteveS
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stalling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Stalling Problem

I checked it after 2.5 hours. Stalling. I plugged the EGR that's not the problem. It sure acts like fuel starvation. When I stab the throttle to keep it running it gets a shot from the Accel pump and keeps going. I'll have to check the power valve and see what it's doing. I know if I pull and cap th...
by SteveS
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stalling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Stalling Problem

Wow. Several things I've never thought of. I've got some checking to do. The EGR and power brake booster are interesting issues and will check those. Actually BIGREDRASA none of the emissions things should work at idle, except of course the cat. I had been through all the EGR stuff a few months ago ...
by SteveS
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stalling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Stalling Problem

Fordconvert. If I open the trottle to about 2,000 rpm I can keep it running. After about 4-5 minutes it's back to normal. During the high throttle period in runs rough and will attempt to stall. BIGREDRASA, All the ignition module and pickup are new (six months ago). The car doesn't act like this at...
by SteveS
Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Stalling Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Stalling Problem

Here's the scenario. 1982 Cougar wagon with 200 six and all functional smog equipment. Start the car in the morning. Runs great. Let it sit for 5 hours. Starts immediately but stalls at idle just as if it has a vacuum leak. Start/stall, start/stall. This goes on until it warms up then it's fine. It ...
by SteveS
Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: Comet valve cover?
Replies: 2
Views: 827

Re: Comet valve cover?

I would guess Ford. Comet was originally supposed to be Edsel but got spun off to it's own brand sold at Mercury dealers in 1960. I don't know the real answer to your question but my admittedly late model Mercury Cougar (1982) says power by Ford on the valve cover.
by SteveS
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: 4 LUGS
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

The later Fox bodied cars with 4 x 4.5 bolt pattern stock are 5.5" and optional to 6". I don't know if the center hole size is the same thought.
by SteveS
Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Timing using vaccuum gauge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

My 82 Cougar is pulling 20" at 2,200 feet iabove sea level. I was told only 17-18 is possible 2,000 ft above sea level.
by SteveS
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: valve stem seal installtion question
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Nothing keeps the seals down. Just make sure the stems are clean and a little oil won't hurt. They won't ride up enough to come off the base. I did mine a couple of years ago. All was good afterwards. When I pulled the head last month the seals were still good and although a couple had come up a bit...
by SteveS
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Tired of comments about my 6 cyl 65 Fastback need help !!
Replies: 32
Views: 3117

I would think that an inline fastback was the coolest car in the show. Everyone has a V8. Only some have a six.

I'd like to see it.
by SteveS
Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Valve job for 200 6
Replies: 26
Views: 2253

eeyore wrote:Looks alot like the early Ford. The 215, 223, 262 family I'm not sure, check out this link. http://www.geocities.com/edwins63/ohvsix.html


I agree with eeyore.
by SteveS
Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cylinder head number
Replies: 2
Views: 560

eeyore wrote:Yes, that is a 1980 (E0) casting used from a 80-82. 1.75 intake (carb) bore and 1.76 intake valves.


Thanks.
by SteveS
Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Cylinder head number
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Cylinder head number

Cylinder head question.

Is the casting number the number that shows on the log? I see no other numbers on my head. Mine is 5 EOBE 6090 BB.
by SteveS
Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Rattling/tapping sound
Replies: 10
Views: 1567

I had the same thing a couple of weeks ago. I reset the gasket at the front of the cat and tightened up that connector and the clicking/tapping noise on acceleration went away.

I thought I was going nuts or the torque converter was loose.
by SteveS
Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:28 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 82 Cougar inline six vacuum problem
Replies: 0
Views: 393

82 Cougar inline six vacuum problem

I'm having a vacuum problem. On the lower right hand side of the diagram there is a A/CL CWM (lower right of the diagram). When this is not connected to the vacuum lines the car runs great. When connected I get hesitation, stalling and really cannot drive the car that way. If you follow the lines yo...