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by ludwig
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap

My favorite section - beside the enormous amount of general knowledge - is the list of tiered performance upgrades from free to cheap to most expensive. It is really a dream diagram that you can actually follow as time and finances allow. And it makes you a much better mechanic, too.
by ludwig
Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap

I don't know offhand. You would do real well to get the Falcon Handbook from David and his brother. Since Fordsix Performance isn't shipping any orders any more, you need to buy it from dealers listed on the Schjeldal brothers website. This is the bible for us inliners and it will tell you more than...
by ludwig
Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap

That's what I had on mine except they were all colder and gapped at 44-45. The engine would just START. Like, right now. No grinding, no dab dab on the pedal. The fuel economy was better and I never had a lick of trouble with the Pertronix and the hot coil.
by ludwig
Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: 200ci with Pertronix Ignitor spark plug gap

Get the Pertronix Flame-Thrower coil. Takes 12 volts instead of 6 v and gives a nice fat spark. You can set a wider gap and get better ignition for your trouble.
by ludwig
Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...
Replies: 50
Views: 10441

Re: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...

I completely understand. My rational mind says 'get rid of it' but my 'need to make it right' says 'fix it first, then sell it.' So I sell it for less than the repairs cost.

Caramba.

Hmmm. Xanaxctasy?
by ludwig
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...
Replies: 50
Views: 10441

Re: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...

I suppose it's too late for a laxati-- I mean a complete engine swap. Right?

In other news: wow. Just wow.
by ludwig
Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

I'm no genius. I just put in the Bing search line: "crystals on battery terminal". Some of the comments said that the corrosion was caused by acid leaching out of the cells below. You can clean it off with baking soda or vinegar and a stiff brush. Bast case, I think, is the felt pads and a...
by ludwig
Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

Stuff i just read says that powder on the terminal is corrosion. Lead is white and blue is copper corrosion. So it is clear that the dielectric grease inhibits it because it shields it from moisture.
by ludwig
Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

How the heck does that stuff form? Does it attract stuff from the air or is it some kind of crystallization of the acid gas from the cells.

Seriously. How does it form? Of course, I use dielectric grease too and it helps keep it to a minimum. I have always wondered, though.
by ludwig
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

You may be right. Sometimes I find my own lights dimming just a bit for no reason. So then I eat something spicy.
by ludwig
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

Wow. That's definitely good/bad.

I will definitely look at the bearing first b/c the left wheel pulses when braking, and sometimes the brakes make it start. That makes as much sense as all of these things. Was thinking about replacing the rotor anyway so I'll definitely check the bearings.
by ludwig
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...
Replies: 50
Views: 10441

Re: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...

I had a Toyota wagon for a short while in the late 70s. It had the large I6 engine and all the pollution control stuff made it as complex as Chinese algebra. With 60k miles, the rings were going. I guess they are built for the 50k engine replacement everyone talks about. The choke pull off was in th...
by ludwig
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...
Replies: 50
Views: 10441

Re: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...

I sold my daughters 1994 Ranger pickup with the I4. I wanted to make sure everything was spiff, b/c a friend from church was buying it for his son. There are two spark plugs for each cylinder and each pair has a separate coil. I was going to put them in myself until I opened the hood. You have to pu...
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

ALL suggestions will be given equal weight. Thanks for the tip, Gary.
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

NO they did not. So that's where I'll look next. Then the radius arms. That was what was wrong the last time. And the axle pivots have never been replaced.
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

The shop suggested that the hole in the frame for the radius arm bushings might be enlarged. I will have to crawl around down there and check stuff out. Thing is, it did't do it, then all of a sudden it did to it. Same tires, same springs, new shocks helped some. Bilsteins don't go bad in a year and...
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

Pivot bracket?
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

Re: wobble of death

I just reviewed your comments from last year and offered to send them to the shop. Shop couldn't duplicate it and they won't pull anything off on spec, which I suppose it okay. They don't want to soak me. Personally, I think it is the radius arm bushings - which used to wobble and shake when braking...
by ludwig
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: wobble of death
Replies: 26
Views: 6392

wobble of death

Yes, this came up once before. I had the front end rebuilt last year. Worked fine with just a little shiver up to now. Lately, the driver's side will start wobbling fiercely at about 40 MPH, enough to shake the whole truck furiously. Sometimes braking aggravates it. Sometimes it quiets the wobble do...
by ludwig
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: fuel mileage and performance
Replies: 26
Views: 3017

Re: fuel mileage and performance

Stock ignition on these engines gives you up to a 15% misfire rate. If you use an electronic ignition, you will notice an immediate jump in performance and economy. I used the Pertronix and have had no problems. Other guys use the Duraspark system. Easily salvageable for next to nothing or buy all t...
by ludwig
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Anti Rust additive for antifreeze?
Replies: 22
Views: 2763

Re: Anti Rust additive for antifreeze?

Well, those guys are the supreme gurus. I am but a lowly altar boy to them. But I would add that when you refill, you need to run the engine for a while as it warms up to running temp with the radiator cap off. Eventually, as you watch the liquid in the radiator, you will see the thermostat burp and...
by ludwig
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Anti Rust additive for antifreeze?
Replies: 22
Views: 2763

Re: Anti Rust additive for antifreeze?

You can put a garden hose bibb on one of your heater hoses and flush with a hose or power flush the block and radiator. One of my cars had one. Probably get it at a parts house. They also have a variety of solvents that you pour in and run. Keep putting solvent in and running until it drains clear. ...
by ludwig
Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)
Replies: 14
Views: 4261

Re: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)

There were maybe half a dozen Javelins in Des Moines in the 70s. Big AMC dealer on the near eastside of downtown. My divers ed car 1966) was an American Ambassador. Top of the line: champagne colored fabric seats, carpet, power steering, power brakes, V8. Our family car was a 9 passenger 1954 Packar...
by ludwig
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)
Replies: 14
Views: 4261

Re: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)

I got to drive an AMC Hornet wagon with that I6 and stick shift for a while back in the early mid-70s. Lot of torque, tight motor, real solid and clean shifts, totally reliable clutch. It was like a family sports car. At the time, I was using my Plymouth Satellite wagon for work b/c I could load ply...
by ludwig
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)
Replies: 14
Views: 4261

Re: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)

High speed: one thing.

High torque: another.

"Look honey, someone is throwing away a perfectly good International engine. We could bring it home with us."
by ludwig
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)
Replies: 14
Views: 4261

Re: When You Know you have an Addiction (but dont care)

Scout.

Kind of like a shrimp, right? You peel away the outside and keep the inside for something delicious.
by ludwig
Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Large log upgrades
Replies: 19
Views: 2379

Re: Large log upgrades

There is a list of upgrades for the whole motor, from least to most expensive. They also go into porting and polishing the head and doing something about the compression ratio. There is more stuff in there than you can imagine, and the $20 or so you spend will more than pay for itself in wasted time...
by ludwig
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: ground issue
Replies: 10
Views: 2847

Re: ground issue

The other end of the speedo cable is at the tranny.

As for that wire, I don't know. There are a bunch of dead wire plugs that go into optional equipment like clock and dome light and stuff. Off hand, I don't know what that would be.
by ludwig
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: ground issue
Replies: 10
Views: 2847

Re: ground issue

You can unscrew the speedo cable with your fingers if it is not too tight. If it is too tight, just start it with a wrench and unscrew the rest of the way. When you put it back, just run it up finger tight - but tight. I have taken the panel out probably half a dozen times for bulbs and connections ...
by ludwig
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: ground issue
Replies: 10
Views: 2847

Re: ground issue

Dashboard voltage regulator? Looks like a little aspirin tin on the back of the panel board.
by ludwig
Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

I'll wait for the next failure and then proceed. It's worked out to about every 5 years since I quit buying those DieHard ones about 12 years ago.
by ludwig
Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

My solution is to use an Optima battery ... from NAPA.


Hey Ludwig!

"...solution is to use an Optima..."


That's funny. I ended up with an Optioma from NAPA.
by ludwig
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Odometer vs Mapquest
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Odometer vs Mapquest

Tire size will affect the measured distance on the odo. Plus, you have a few added items, like pulling into parking/pit stop and so forth.
by ludwig
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Running Rough where to check next?
Replies: 8
Views: 1279

Re: Running Rough where to check next?

All the air hoses. Are they new? Might be brittle and cracked.
by ludwig
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

They have a very extensive bus system here in LV. But I hate to study it when the temp is 110* and I don't really know where the streets are located at the far ends of the lines. The bad part was going to be what to do with my stalled truck on an arterial street with no parking at rush hour. I survi...
by ludwig
Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need good oil pan gasket
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Re: Need good oil pan gasket

I clamped the edge between two pieces of 1x2. It doesn't deform the dimple at the holes and gets you a straight edge. You can saw it off for the ends of the pan. The other thing is to put it upside down on a piece of plywood to get a flat surface so the lip isn't twisted out of flat. And gasket seal...
by ludwig
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

By now, it's not luck. It is risk avoidance. Otherwise the 20 yr old truck is running fine and only has 150 K. I keep thinking about a new or newer used one but they are going to start putting in those GPS tracker things in them and I prefer to fly under the radar. Plus, and it's a big one, NOBODY c...
by ludwig
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Re: Bad battery; runs rough

That's what I was hoping to hear. Yes, new cables might be the hot tip. Which brand do you recommend? The bad battery was from Auto Zone down the street. The new one was from NAPA a couple miles away. These clamps are holding tight from the get go. It took several runs at it to get the other ones - ...
by ludwig
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: The Truck Stop
Topic: Bad battery; runs rough
Replies: 23
Views: 6512

Bad battery; runs rough

I installed a new battery about six months ago. It had excessively tapered terminals and the negative clamp kept working lose, so the engine would not turn over every now and then. Grrrr. I replaced the terminal clamps with the smallest ones I could find and squished them a little so they grabbed be...
by ludwig
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: exhaust port divider ??
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Re: exhaust port divider ??

I had a commercial welder put mine in. He ground little triangle voids on the three outside corners and only put a blob of weld right there. He said the rest could work as it got hot, but he was still skeptical about welding cast. Anyway, I never have had any problems. At the very least the gasket h...
by ludwig
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: exhaust port divider ??
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Re: exhaust port divider ??

If you leave a enough material that it doesn't retreat behind the gasket surface, perhaps stand out ever so slightly, you will get an interference fit. That will keep it from moving once the header is clamped down nice and tight.
by ludwig
Thu May 21, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse
Replies: 12
Views: 1907

Re: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse

If you get the handle stiffened up with new plastic bushings, you need to reset the handle. There are two bolts holding the shift lever T-handle to the shifter lever on top of the transmission under the car. With the engine off and the wheels blocked, loosen both bolts and push the shifter lever all...
by ludwig
Wed May 20, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Autolite 1100, No Vacuum
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

Re: Autolite 1100, No Vacuum

BILL is the MAN!

You have those little tunnel ports on the bottom too and one or the other might be plugged with dirt or gasket seal or some such.
by ludwig
Wed May 20, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Autolite 1100, No Vacuum
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

Re: Autolite 1100, No Vacuum

Are you sure it's not putting out to the distributor? Maybe the diaphragm on the distributor is not working. You can check the hose to the distributor at the diaphragm. Get a new, clean piece of hose and plug it in at the bung below the carb or where every you are taking the vacuum. Touch it to your...
by ludwig
Wed May 13, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Cleaning Internals
Replies: 7
Views: 1792

Re: Cleaning Internals

That is the hot setup. I would expand the booze array, however, if the program goes long.
by ludwig
Wed May 13, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Cleaning Internals
Replies: 7
Views: 1792

Re: Cleaning Internals

Wow. Good idea. I used to do something like that when I was a kid rebuilding the brake hub on my Schwinn. I'd put all the stuff in a plastic snow saucer and soak the bits in kerosene overnight. This worked great until my mom stepped on it while doing the laundry. I had to relocate to the garage.
by ludwig
Wed May 13, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Cleaning Internals
Replies: 7
Views: 1792

Re: Cleaning Internals

If you do it on a table at home, cover the table with butcher paper or some other solid color absorbent material. If you use newspaper, you will lose some bearings or springs or screws. Always.
by ludwig
Wed May 06, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: monte carlo bar
Replies: 3
Views: 1844

Re: monte carlo bar

use the search function. There are a lot of posts, including my own with pictures and suggestions. As recently as three or four months ago. Key words: monte carlo bar.
by ludwig
Sun May 03, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5048

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

I was just funnin'. But that was interesting to know about whale oil and type F and why they should not be mixed.

Like I said way up at the top, most of the guys know a lot more about this than I do, and you are one of them.
by ludwig
Sat May 02, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5048

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

Well ,Crosley,

Even old wives need to be taken to the dance once in a while. Get to see something new for a change.

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