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by vntgtrk
Tue May 13, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Which Car to Search For?
Replies: 9
Views: 2527

Which Car to Search For?

So I got this '77 Granada pretty cheap with 60K on the ticker. I'd like to find a candidate to install the 250, front S/S and 9" rear in. The Gran is just too much of a boring box on a box for my liking. I'm thinking late '60's Fairlane? Maybe even an early Maverick. Something with a clutch ped...
by vntgtrk
Thu May 08, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Head upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 5509

Re: Head upgrade

:cool: :mrgreen: Glad it's running good. Making me think about pulling the head off my '77 250 and taking it to my machinist for a bit of 'massaging'. Let us know about gas mileage, hot and cold starting, the whole schmear
by vntgtrk
Wed May 07, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Choke thermostat??
Replies: 19
Views: 2604

Re: Choke thermostat??

If you are running with the stock exhaust manifold, there is a port between the 3 and 4 outlets that warms the air to the choke pull off spring. It constantly draws air through the port, even after the choke is fully open. Typically, the space between the two ports burns through. Not saying you sho...
by vntgtrk
Tue May 06, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Head upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 5509

Re: Head upgrade

I shoulda said this on the previous post. Maybe that Load-O-Matic can, the thingy that looks kinda like a power valve, is causing your stumble. Worth a try
by vntgtrk
Tue May 06, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Head upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 5509

Re: Head upgrade

I'm sure you plan on taking the Crapomatic can off the carb and plugging that hole? What does it hurt to leave it on there? Drew http://classicinlines.com/Loadomatic.asp Here's the skinny on the Load-O-Matic system. It's my understanding that the carb and dizzy have to play together to get the full...
by vntgtrk
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Need Gear Ratio Recomendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1820

Re: Need Gear Ratio Recomendations

What about the TV cable? Does anybody make something that will work on a carb such as what we have?
by vntgtrk
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six
Replies: 14
Views: 4704

Re: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six

Mine has the air pump and it's coming off. I'll just cut and crimp the tubes at the exh manifold. EGR? Making a blank off plate. Vacuum lines? One for the choke pull off to manifold and one to ported for the dizzy. That's it. I will shop around for an earlier exh man later. Right now brakes are eati...
by vntgtrk
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Head upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 5509

Re: Head upgrade

I'm sure you plan on taking the Crapomatic can off the carb and plugging that hole?
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Need Gear Ratio Recomendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1820

Re: Need Gear Ratio Recomendations

IIRC the early Crown Vics with AOD came with 3.55's. Purty close to 3.5 if you ask me. The beauty of the 9" is the ability of the shade tree mech (us) to change gear ratios without a press, a BS degree in diff work and a whole bunch of prime swear words. The latter I have as do most here
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: GM HEI Distributor
Replies: 10
Views: 2005

Re: GM HEI Distributor

to the original poster.. is your Econoline a small six, or a big six? FWIW, I run a Duraspark II distributor with a GM HEI module. You can even run them with a points style distributor if you like. Fire up google and search for "gm HEI module with points". You will get plenty of articles ...
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Looking for exhaust recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 1862

Re: Looking for exhaust recommendations

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/wlk-17552/overview/
These are awful spendy, but may be a good option. I've heard X and H pipes improve your torque which adds some fun factor to daily driveability, but I dunno for sure
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six
Replies: 14
Views: 4704

Re: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six

Chad, thanks for the info. This is a '77 Granada which is literally the li'l old lady's car with 60K. 2 door with a C4. I still have a bell from a 5.0. I decided to go with a Y block in my '59 F100 instead of a 5.0 so it's waiting to be used. Suspension, if I can find some poly bushings and a rear s...
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: junkyard alternator upgrades?
Replies: 16
Views: 2070

Re: junkyard alternator upgrades?

So are these direct bolt ins for the generators on the 144/170/200s?? Or do u have to get an alternator mount off of a 65 and above alternator cars.. My gen isnt charging and rather change to alternator than move Gen down away from header Anyone have a complete list of whats needed or what parts ca...
by vntgtrk
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Dumb exhaust question
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Dumb exhaust question

Sure does thanks a bunch
by vntgtrk
Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Dumb exhaust question
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Dumb exhaust question

No, I'm not referring to the catalytic converter. This one has two muffs.
by vntgtrk
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Dumb exhaust question
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Dumb exhaust question

So my '77 Granada with the 250 has both mufflers and the tail pipe rusted thru. I'd like to put an after market muff in place of the front one, but are muffs measured in ID or OD? (that sounds dirty!) I'm reading 1 13/16 OD at the front of the existing muff. I'd like a slip fit due to my poor weldin...
by vntgtrk
Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: ignition wire upgrade?
Replies: 8
Views: 1133

Re: ignition wire replacement, upgrades?

That's a good question (for me). I have converted a '69 system to a DS II - I've had a set since the '80s that still runs fine (it seems). Do you need to match to different ignitions? There are so many alternatives, sizes, composite varieties, spiral wound, etc... Any one seen a sticky in the searc...
by vntgtrk
Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six
Replies: 14
Views: 4704

Re: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six

rbohm wrote:
vntgtrk wrote:Any truth to the rumor that the 250 shares bell housings with the SBF?


not a rumor, but a fact, yes it does share the bell housing bolt pattern with the small block ford.

Cool!!!



(Now where's that guy with the t5 for sale)..............
by vntgtrk
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six
Replies: 14
Views: 4704

Re: How do I know if I have a 144, 170 , 200, or a 250 six

Any truth to the rumor that the 250 shares bell housings with the SBF?
by vntgtrk
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: t-5 granada
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: t-5 granada

Jack, thanks for the tip. I'll give them a try. Just have to determine hat will fit without too much fabrication.
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: t-5 granada
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: t-5 granada

Resurrecting an old thread. Just got a 77 Granada L code 250. Has an auto and want a T5. Any progress on this? The biggest headache looks like clutch actuation. Brake booster is right up against the firewall. Fox body pedal assy/quadrant?
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: NEW: 5 speed manual option
Replies: 6
Views: 2678

Re: NEW: 5 speed manual option

80broncoman wrote:
oldgrezmonke wrote:After re-reading I see I somehow missed "300" in the engine line up .


also 240s and 250s as well.

Does this confirm my research that the 250 bell is the same as a post 289 SBF?
by vntgtrk
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Head upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 5509

Re: Head upgrade

Good info. I just picked up a '75 Granada 2dr in near mind condition with only 60K. Yes, it's the elusive little old lady's car. Much at this thread will help wake it up.
by vntgtrk
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 cam and station wagons
Replies: 9
Views: 3196

Re: 223 cam and station wagons

John Hummert will reground your old cam to 256-264 for $95 Also has some other good stuff! T-5 adaptors! :nod: http://www.ford-y-block.com/isix.htm Edit : You bumped a 8 year old post? lololol good one to bump. I'm getting ready to slap a 223 in my '59 f100. If I like it, I have a stuck spare engin...
by vntgtrk
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Place to bolt negative battery cable on a 223 block
Replies: 10
Views: 2536

Re: Place to bolt negative battery cable on a 223 block

I'm about a month away from starting the wiring on my '59 f100 with a 223. I intend to use a bell housing to block bolt for the neg cable. Nice short cable, close to the battery and about the coolest part of the engine compartment there is. While it may be a bear to replace (don't know yet), you sho...
by vntgtrk
Mon May 13, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: t5 behind 215 six 52 f3
Replies: 3
Views: 1933

Re: t5 behind 215 six 52 f3

It stands to reason then that the same method would work for a 223. they are in the same engine family, correct?
by vntgtrk
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Driveshaft for rearend swap out
Replies: 10
Views: 3004

Re: Driveshaft for rearend swap out

Having a new longer tube put in your drive shaft is probably the best option. I had one shortened and balanced here locally.....cost me about $150. this is the correct answer. We have a place in Spokane, Wa called Watts wheel and driveline. Top notch work. It may cost you, but to me that's well wor...
by vntgtrk
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

It does seem strange. I have 3 used pumps, 2 of which clear just fine. I'm assuming the one that binds is not servicable. I went ahead and got a new one from Oreilly for, IIRC, less than 30 bucks. It clears too. I'm restoring the truck, so used parts just don't make sense as this will be my daily dr...
by vntgtrk
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: spark plugs
Replies: 14
Views: 3491

Re: spark plugs

Yes I'm digging up an old thread. Buddy, you're on to something with the heat range thang. O'Reilly recommends an Autolite 46. I'll be running my 223 basically stock, but with an 1100 carb, Duraspark, a GM 4 pin module and a Flame Thrower coil. So I'm thinking I should try a gap of around .040 to st...
by vntgtrk
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

I don't know if this will be any help, but here it is. A NAPA Rebuilt pump #58199 applies to all 215s and 223s from '53 through '64. The unit I have measures .688" from the mounting flange to the back of the impeller. OK that helps. I haven't measured but there obviously is something amiss wit...
by vntgtrk
Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

I'm beginning to think this w/pump is just old and tired. Could be it was rusted on the flange and someone sand blasted and scraped too much material off. I'm not looking to a period correct restore. I just want a cool, reliable driver.
by vntgtrk
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

I have no idea how long it's been sitting, but I took the engine apart and had it cleaned and maggotfluxed by my machine shop. The # on my w/pump b6c-8501-c. I think I'll double up on gaskets when I get the new one if there's a clearance concern. I'm doing a complete rebuild, so it's best to replace...
by vntgtrk
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

truck
by vntgtrk
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: 223 water pump binding

I am using a gasket. I'll have to round up another water pump to do measurements. while looking for one, I noticed a different # for '56-'56 and '57-'60. Mine is a '59 (I think) so I ordered the one with the 2nd #. That means I'll have a total of 3 gaskets to use. The Felpro gasket kit has 2 real th...
by vntgtrk
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 water pump binding
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

223 water pump binding

So I'm putting my 223 back together and the water pump binds on the #1 cylinder wall when I tighten up the bolts. Do I have the wrong pump? I can get part # if needed, Thnx
by vntgtrk
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Pics of my new 63 f100, and what carb is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 3558

Re: Pics of my new 63 f100, and what carb is this?

Ianmattf100 wrote:I was thinking about doing 3.25 too and I have 30" tires. Some have said they will work and some have said no. I guess we will just have to see. Let me know if you run those. I have about 2 weeks and I will be putting mine in.

I'm about 6 months away from being done
by vntgtrk
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: clifford intake and patriot exhaust?
Replies: 1
Views: 2369

clifford intake and patriot exhaust?

Anybody done this? I'd like to run a single exhaust as I have a complete LMC exhaust system still in the box. Any clearance issues to deal with? Truck is a '59 F100
by vntgtrk
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Pics of my new 63 f100, and what carb is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 3558

Re: Pics of my new 63 f100, and what carb is this?

A question: I'll be running a T98 trans with 3.5 gears to start off with. With this 'little enging that could', is 3.25 to tall for this motor? I'll prolly be running tires in the 28.5 (235 75 15) range
by vntgtrk
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 223 running lean and missing
Replies: 7
Views: 2980

Re: 223 running lean and missing

very impressed with the 22.5 mpg it gets

That's impressive. Do you know what your rear end gears are? I'd like to come close to those #'s using 1.0 final with 3.5 rear gears.
by vntgtrk
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Just bought 1963 f100 233 and need new gearing and carb
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

Re: Just bought 1963 f100 233 and need new gearing and carb

Is your carb leaking from the fitting in the front? http://www.championmustang.com/autolite-1100-fuel-inlet-fitting-assembly-p-9889.html If so, get one of these. It's quite common and this cures 99.99% of them. For the other .01%, a crush washer behind it works. BTW is it possible to get a pic of th...
by vntgtrk
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Cleaning an Oil Breather Cap
Replies: 12
Views: 3465

Re: Cleaning an Oil Breather Cap

ludwig wrote:How do you know I haven't done it on the stovetop before?

Natural gas I presume?
by vntgtrk
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Cleaning an Oil Breather Cap
Replies: 12
Views: 3465

Re: Cleaning an Oil Breather Cap

I used to pour kerosene through it and put the kerosene back in my parents hurricane lamp. Now I use whatever cleaner solvent I have laying around like carb cleaner or turpentine or something. But I still do it outside, not in the house . Aw that's no fun!!! Light up a cigarette, pour the solvent i...
by vntgtrk
Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Polarize Generator?
Replies: 2
Views: 2086

Re: Polarize Generator?

Us airplane mechs call it 'flashing the field'. Many old airplanes still have generators and, if it's set a long time, you have to 'wake up' the gen. How long since this gen has been used? You may be able to get it working with just a flash
by vntgtrk
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Rookie mistake
Replies: 6
Views: 2055

Re: Rookie mistake

So I took the block and the crank to a local machine shop. I also had them knurl the piston skirts and surface my flywheel. They checked the bores for oblong and taper, maggot fluxed the block, cleaned the thing all up, polished my crank, checked the journals, and checked the deck for true. And yes ...
by vntgtrk
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 2V carb on 223?
Replies: 7
Views: 2457

Re: 2V carb on 223?

They should work together without any issue. However a 300 distributor will not (from the factory) drop right into a 223, they are different motor families. Luckily this topic has been broached here before..

Duraspark II distributor on 223[/quote]
Yup, that's where I got the idea. :nod:
by vntgtrk
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: 2V carb on 223?
Replies: 7
Views: 2457

Re: 2V carb on 223?

OK so here's where I'm at. Scored a dizzy from an '82 300 cid truck and a coil, wiring harness and ignition module from another '82 f series that had a V8. I'm presuming they'll work together. I have in my possession, as stated, the original 94, an Autolite 1100 and the Motorcrap 2100. I may just ma...
by vntgtrk
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Rookie mistake
Replies: 6
Views: 2055

Re: Rookie mistake

Thread files are for external threads only. Hard to get them into those little holes and lined up with the threads. Best to measure the thread count on the bolt that came out of the end of the crank. I found some milky oil on the cylinder walls. While I didn't see any cracks, better safe than sorry...
by vntgtrk
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Clifford intake
Replies: 18
Views: 4895

Re: Clifford intake

I'm thinking about using this carb on a clifford for my 223. Will it be enough carb? I happen to have on I took off my 302 W years ago (pack rat syndrome). :oops: Short answer: It will work about as well as it did on your 302, since it will be filling the same sized engine. Maybe better low end tha...
by vntgtrk
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Clifford intake
Replies: 18
Views: 4895

Re: Clifford intake

Autolite 2100s. I'm thinking about using this carb on a clifford for my 223. Will it be enough carb? I happen to have on I took off my 302 W years ago (pack rat syndrome). :oops: As far as carb icing, it happens at temps between 28 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit and when relative humidity is above 80%. ...
by vntgtrk
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Vintage Ford Sixes
Topic: Rookie mistake
Replies: 6
Views: 2055

Rookie mistake

:bang: OK so I buggered up the end of my crank (DON'T GO THERE!!). :shock: I didn't put the cone on the end of my puller and messed up the threads on my 223 crank when removing the crank pulley. I know it's a 1/2", but what is the thread pitch? I have a 20 and a 24 and it ain't either one of th...