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by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Durspark color cables
Replies: 11
Views: 2266

Re: Durspark color cables

aparently brown=purple when it comes to wiring yours up, no big deal. they all send the same kind of signal, so it'll work fine
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: 1965 truck accelerator linkage question...
Replies: 1
Views: 1761

Re: 1965 truck accelerator linkage question...

whle i don't have an answer to help with the details, i have to ask why you want to convert back. last time i drove a truck with a mechanical throttle was a very wild, unsafe ride, because the throttle took control of itself quite randomly after the engine mount broke, along with the rest of the tru...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

wouldn't surprise me a bit if it was short on maintenance. i know i'm not as strong on that point as i should be, even though i'm a mechanic. for awhile there i was running 20w50 plus a bottle of STP to quiet the lifter rattle, having thought it was piston slap. but when the gear went and i took it ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:30 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

i'm really not too sure about the engine's history, as i've had a few of them and swapped them around a bit. i think this might be the one i bought used as a good running engine, but i'm not totally sure on that point. in any case, it runs decently, just lacking in power for my 6000# truck, and the ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: aluminum cam gear
Replies: 11
Views: 1390

Re: aluminum cam gear

thats a tough job to do in place, as it requires pressing a very hot gear onto a cold shaft. IMO, the closer it is to your oven, the better. when i lost a fiber gear, i got the gear onto the shaft in the kitchen, using the oven, freezer, and a simple bolt-style press to pull the hot gear onto the co...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

thanks for the link, i read through that and a few others that google gave me, but still haven't found one similar to my condition. its smooth and steady at idle and at light throttle until i see a reading of 15", then it starts its shake. it only shakes 1", and quite rapidly, such that i ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

more concerns about my vacuum readings - specifically, a shaking needle. the needle is solid when the reading is above 15", and anywhere below there it shakes about 1". anyone remember what this kind of thing means - for playing with my diesel so much, i'm forgetting some of the details on...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: best timing set
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: best timing set

the all metal sets are far more durable that the stock sets with a fiber cam gear. among the all metal sets, some use an iron cam gear, and others use aluminum. the iron gears can be quite noisy, the aluminum ones are little more than a whisper, and the fiber gears are just about silent. that said, ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: tfi ignition
Replies: 26
Views: 5124

Re: tfi ignition

while the TFI ignition has great power (equal to chevy HEI), the computer controlled advance requires that it be used only with a properly functioning electronically controlled fuel system. therefore, when you lose the evil feedback carb in favor of something better, you'll need to swap out to a dur...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: 1G Alternator
Replies: 5
Views: 1877

Re: 1G Alternator

it should be quite possible if you get the harness between the alternator and its regulator, but i would tend toward an internal unit. they're just less of a hassle. but that said, it might be a good "different factor" just for the fun of it. not as good as a 3g, but still a lot better tha...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: 300 rebuild, need sealant suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1020

Re: 300 rebuild, need sealant suggestions

unlike rick, i'm in favor of the metal cam gear. i don't remember who made mine, but at its worst its a quiet whine. i remember reading that some offered an iron cam gear which is quite loud, while others make an aluminum cam gear, which isn't nearly so bad. i think mine is aluminum, but its been a ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: water pump
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: water pump

you might check for an industrial application, but as far as i know, all automotive 300s were the same way
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: 100 amp Alternator Upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 6783

Re: 100 amp Alternator Upgrade

even 2 130a alternators don't bother my idle, even when system #2 is charging for all its worth. i honestly can't notice a difference in idle speed, even when system #2 is mostly discharged plus running my compressor (10a @ 120v). once i burned the belt off it, but still doesn't touch my idle. i lov...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:26 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: 100 amp Alternator Upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 6783

Re: 100 amp Alternator Upgrade

xctasy, if you think you play with a lot of power, you should see my van. as a diesel, it comes stock with 2 batteries. i upgraded to a 3g 130a alternator, then added a second alternator of the same model for my inverter system, which has a 4d-size battery and a 1500w inverter, divorced from the res...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Dipstick location
Replies: 9
Views: 1393

Re: Dipstick location

AFAIK, vans used a dipstick in the pan, which was long and reached to the front of things, whereas pickups used a shorter dipstick off the hole in the block. since you're "ready to put it together" and not together yet, it shouldn't be too hard to drill the dipstick hole in the block. use ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:43 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: efi alternator Vs carby alternator. Is there a difference?
Replies: 5
Views: 1633

Re: efi alternator Vs carby alternator. Is there a differenc

you're on the right track. if you haven't already, i would install a voltmeter so you can verify that suspicion. or if you'd rather upgrade than diagnose, a 3g alternator would be a great upgrade for you. as far as basic function, they all charge the battery, they're all similar. but when the car de...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:57 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: chinese parts
Replies: 9
Views: 1524

Re: chinese parts

country fried has a good point! last i checked, cardone still rebuilds their parts in the USA, but i'd rather buy something dropped from the south end of a northbound horse, than buy anything cardone makes, because the quality really is that bad. on the other side of that coin, harbor freight tools ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:26 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Engine mounts shouldn't be disposable...
Replies: 15
Views: 1719

Re: Engine mounts shouldn't be disposable...

i'm on the same page as FTF. in the 86 i used to have, my right mount broke cleanly in half when about a year old, leaving the shifter quite eager to punch me in the knee whenever i let off the go-pedal. the brand new engine mount was found 5 miles later with its limiting pin laying on the crossmemb...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: I think this rebuider was drunk.
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: I think this rebuider was drunk.

good point bubba, i didn't catch that until you said it. i was thinking that would likely cause quite a knock.
i think the OP would do well to buy some plastigage and see what his current bearing clearance is, for peace of mind if nothing else.
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: replacing battery every few months
Replies: 14
Views: 2880

Re: replacing battery every few months

an improvement to the test ludwig posted is to have a test light between the battery and its cable, while then going around pulling fuses until something changes
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: replacing battery every few months
Replies: 14
Views: 2880

Re: replacing battery every few months

14.4 is perfectly normal for a ford, and wouldn't be causing your issues.
either something is draining the battery while off, causing premature issues, or you're just getting a lot of defective batteries
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Gremlins in my 300
Replies: 21
Views: 3151

Re: Gremlins in my 300

did i read you right as supplying a full 12v to the points, totally eliminating the resistor? i did that once to limp home, and the points were burned out and trash before i got home. either use a ballast resistor or upgrade to something with a module built for the full 12v.
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: towing question - vehicle towing
Replies: 12
Views: 3628

Re: towing question - vehicle towing

if you're towing a rear-drive car with the rearend up to avoid disconnecting the driveshaft (which only some models require), make sure the steering wheel lock actually works. granada, what exactly happened there?? almost reminds me of when i had my LTD and the stuff in the backseat would occasional...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: replacing battery every few months
Replies: 14
Views: 2880

Re: replacing battery every few months

something's gotta be wrong - either a drain thats causing the battery to deep cycle (mostly drained and recharged every time), or overcharging is cooking the life out of it. or the batteries themselves are just defective. i have no experience with costco batteries, but i might suggest trying somethi...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

its got a NP435, 3.55 gears, and 235/85r16 tires (31"), so on the high end of a truck that weighs nearly 6k empty and gets loaded to 10k. when i drove it daily, i was lucky to get 12MPG IIRC, but that was a few years ago, and since then its been in occasional use.
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

Re: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

and it might not help anything that its got a flatbed on there with a decent headache board on the front of it, which sticks up over the cab a bit... and the fact that when i drive it, its usually loaded. its next trip will be going to town for a 3000# pallet of concrete blocks. but on the 25 miles ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise
Replies: 41
Views: 5324

vacuum readings seem awful low at cruise

in my 83 F250, i recently installed a vacuum gage, and now that i got a chance to drive it during daylight (so i could see the gage with its lighting wires still tied up under it), i found myself a little unhappy with the readings i'm getting. first of all, i made the mistake of using a timed vacuum...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Light duty to Heavy duty axle swap?
Replies: 5
Views: 2326

Re: Light duty to Heavy duty axle swap?

my f250 is a light duty model, and i find it slightly unsafe. its rated for 6000GVW, and with the flatbed has a scale weight of 5800 with nothing but me and the spare tires. it has a semi-floating dana 60 in the rear and a 44 up front. on the occasion i use it, it usually gets loaded up to about the...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Gen to Alt swap
Replies: 9
Views: 2132

Re: Gen to Alt swap

the alternator's rating is for its maximum output, which it usually doesn't make for very long. the wire is rated for the maximum that it can carry continually without beginning to warm up. because of this, auto makers almost always have wires overloaded, and also overfused. for example, a dodge car...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Disc Brake - Slide Lubrication?
Replies: 7
Views: 2854

Re: Disc Brake - Slide Lubrication?

i usually use moly grease - the black stuff - but white lithium or just about any grease that'll stay in place is good enough
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: SECURE YOUR NUTS!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1263

Re: SECURE YOUR NUTS!!!

i never had a problem when i had my LTD on that same pattern with steel wheels - unless you want to count the time i put rims from a FWD ford on it, complete with their smaller center hole... but i can't blame the engineers at ford for that
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri May 11, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: clutch?
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: clutch?

most flywheels that came on the 300-6s were drilled for both sizes of clutches, making coubeboy's reference to using a machine shop unnecessary in most cases. however, it is possible the newer ones weren't drilled for both sizes, i don't know. i also don't know how well the hydraulics will handle th...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri May 11, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: hand tools Craftsman vs Craftsman Industrial?
Replies: 11
Views: 2767

Re: hand tools Craftsman vs Craftsman Industrial?

their newer ratchets are absolute garbage. before i gave up on them, i was going through 1-2 a week. some would strip under minimal torque, others would bind up and not ratchet, and still others had a problem with the detent ball thats supposed to hold the socket in place. just about every possible ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Fri May 11, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: re-use a head gasket??
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: re-use a head gasket??

i've done it. once i was working on a mazdog and put something on wrong. similar story, torqued but not run. worked fine
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: drilling steel plate (Frame rails)
Replies: 7
Views: 2458

Re: drilling steel plate (Frame rails)

my experience with hole saw bits is they work great on wood, but dull way too fast on steel, often being worn out in just one or two holes. i would buy conventional twist bits, top quality of course, and probably drive them with a Milwakee hole-shooter or maybe even a bigger drill
by The Plankster Prankster
Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ford 300 distributors
Replies: 12
Views: 10544

Re: Ford 300 distributors

I've bought DSII's off ebay, Rock Auto, and any on-line chain store site. Many of them are "Card-One" rebuilts. John/Fresno i think you spelled that wrong, its "car-DONE", cause once you start buying cardone parts, your car is about done for +1 on a duraspark from a 1980ish truc...
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:55 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: truck dies when you turn wheel all the way either direction
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: truck dies when you turn wheel all the way either direction

sounds like the steering pump is sucking more power than the engine can make at the idle speed. does it work fine if you hold the RPMs a little higher? i believe these just had one idle speed screw, its the one that provides the stop for the throttle shaft
by The Plankster Prankster
Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Galvanized vs. Stainless vs. Nickel/Copper vs. ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3031

Re: Galvanized vs. Stainless vs. Nickel/Copper vs. ?

i have no clue about the actual sizes, but you could borrow the nuts off the old brake lines if they're in good shape. or walk into your local parts store, ask for a wheel cylinder, take it over to the bins of fittings until you find the right one, then repeat the process to find the unions where it...
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Overheating issues on an 84 F-150
Replies: 8
Views: 2764

Re: Overheating issues on an 84 F-150

probably needs a fan clutch, they tend to wear out and not lock up, causing too little airflow over your radiator, and the resulting increase in heat. i wouldn't think of the radiator cap right away, though it should be checked. if it doesn't seal, the temp cannot exceed the boiling point of your co...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: external clutch slave service
Replies: 11
Views: 1335

Re: external clutch slave service

the parts are fairly cheap, and available at most parts stores, so i would go ahead and replace both. while you're at it, check out the connection between the MC and the pedal, as the wear point there is prone to having problems too. i've never heard of a slave breaking like that except for being di...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Any tricks for getting exhaust bolts out?
Replies: 11
Views: 1487

Re: Any tricks for getting exhaust bolts out?

welding them won't make them "fall out", but may make them willing to come out by conventional means. but since you have it back on the road, thats not important anymore
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carter YFA problems. Any advice appreciated.
Replies: 11
Views: 5116

Re: Carter YFA problems. Any advice appreciated.

i used to have one of these carbs that had the same problem. i don't remember what ever became of it, maybe i swapped it out, maybe i just put up with it.... but in any case, a carb that won't respond to its adjustment screws has something gummed up inside. i've heard for all my life that once a car...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Alternator upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 2067

Re: Alternator upgrade

for my van, i upgraded to a 3g alt from a 95ish taurus. mounting is a direct bolt-up, though finding the right pulley can sometimes be an issue, but its not too hard. wiring is simple: big wire to the battery, then you have a plug with 3 wires, labeled A, S, I. its real simple, the "A" wir...
by The Plankster Prankster
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: Alternator upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 2067

Re: Alternator upgrade

sorry, double post
by The Plankster Prankster
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: truck is running rough
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: truck is running rough

have to register to see your pic, but the valve is black and has 6 ports, 2 of which go forward, 2 go to the front tank, and 2 to the rear tank. it usually sits on the inside of the frame rail just forward of the front tank. the high pressure pump would be forward of it. it should look just like thi...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered

it doesn't have an EGR. not since i've owned it. after my last post, i went out and pulled the spark plugs. they all looked good on the important side, with the outside showing signs of sitting in rusty water. nothing to be worried about. as i had them out, i verified that my timing mark is still at...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered

i took her out for another test drive today, this time 30 miles. after 1 mile, the knock was louder than before, i thought that maybe it would help it to back the timing down closer to where it was, so i did, and then turned east up the highway. after a few miles of knocking at various speeds, it st...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered

69.5mav, i once changed an oil pump in this truck, and found that even with the engine mounts disconnected and the engine raised until it hit the body, i still didn't have enough room to remove the pan from the truck. it was bad enough working around the pan to change the pump, not even gonna think ...
by The Plankster Prankster
Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:56 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered

leo, there is no logic i can understand for having a timing change except by rotating the dizzy, having the roll pin break, or having some part of the mechanical advance break inside the dizzy. but you've seen it happen, and apparently now i have too, but it doesn't make sense to me. 69.5mav, the is...
by The Plankster Prankster
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered
Replies: 30
Views: 2840

Re: more of a gutless wonder than i remembered

well i got to do a little work on the old girl tonight, and found a few things. first of all, ignition timing was set to 0* at idle, which isn't where i left it. thinking i had a broken roll pin again, i removed the dizzy and found the roll pin intact, so i put it back and set the base timing to 12*...

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