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by ludwig
Fri May 01, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

Brilliant. Thanks. That explains a lot. Also why you don't want to mix GM and F fluid.
by ludwig
Fri May 01, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

That's what I was getting at earlier. Thanks for the explanation. I suspected it was something like that; higher density fluid for a firmer shift.
by ludwig
Fri May 01, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

From Wikipedia: All ATFs contain friction modifiers, except for those ATFs specified for some Ford transmissions and the John Deere J-21A specification;[6] the Ford ESP (or ESW) - M2C-33 F specification Type F ATF (Ford-O-Matic) and Ford ESP (or ESW) - M2C-33 G specification Type G ATF (1980s Ford E...
by ludwig
Fri May 01, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

That's actually what I thought, but I didn't want to stick my neck out.
by ludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

Oh. Well, I grew up in Iowa. Still green as the corn behind my ears.
by ludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

Woo hoo!! Another hick. I mean 'Iowan'. Like me. Des Moines TRHS '69. Frankly, I don't know what the exact difference is, but I burn up something in a Mercury a couple decades ago by NOT using type F. So I do it anyway. I don't know if it's the weight or the viscosity or some particular lube additiv...
by ludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question
Replies: 22
Views: 5107

Re: C4 Rebuild Fluid Question

If the name of the maker starts with F, use type F. Just to be on the safe side. Do NOT use type GM.
by ludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Over reved a little bit now making some noise
Replies: 18
Views: 2165

Re: Over reved a little bit now making some noise

You can use a (very) long handled screwdriver as a stethoscope. But you want it long enough that you don't get anything caught in moving parts. Put the blade where you want to listen and then put your ear on the end of the handle. I usually put it on that little flap just in front of the ear canal. ...
by ludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Gasoline Alley
Topic: Industrial "Die"sease:- I hate job specific tools...
Replies: 50
Views: 10723

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

Bill,
FWD is great in snow if you are on flat ground, heading downhill or braking in those conditions. You can blow it out your exhaust on the uphills, both starting, pulling or braking.
by ludwig
Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Emissions removal and pass emissions?
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Re: Emissions removal and pass emissions?

Let me add that there are actual performance profiles for each car. However,modified cars don't necessarily meet these profiles, but if everything is inside the limit, the vehicle passes -- IF it makes the inspection standard in California. Some guys put dummy hoses in place.
by ludwig
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Emissions removal and pass emissions?
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Re: Emissions removal and pass emissions?

Like Harte3 said, it depends on the state. Cali does a visual that has to be stock if 20 years old or newer. The limits get easier to meet as the cars get older. Some states just do the sniffer/spec tests. NV does a stick in the tailpipe and that's pretty much it. You could tune it lean and advance ...
by ludwig
Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Greenhorn Builder Looking For Some Direction from the Sages
Replies: 8
Views: 2862

Re: Greenhorn Builder Looking For Some Direction from the Sa

You should know that Moses of the Ford just answered your question. David and his brother wrote the bible of this site: The Falcon Performance Handbook. He is too humble to sell it himself (really), but if you want to know the TRUTH about your gutsy little engine, you need to get his book. Usually w...
by ludwig
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 head gasket
Replies: 10
Views: 1915

Re: 200 head gasket

I was pretty bummed when I saw the streaks on my nice new engine. I got used to it. I'd clean the block and respray there if I was going to put the hood up for someone. But it always came back.
by ludwig
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 head gasket
Replies: 10
Views: 1915

Re: 200 head gasket

Every 200 weeps there. As we all learned from the guy's post, it has to do with the differential cooling and expansion of the fat and thin areas where they meet. The only way to counter it was provided by that fellow. He ran a fleet of 200s. Essentially, the answer was as Bill said, you mill a troug...
by ludwig
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Start when cold
Replies: 15
Views: 2236

Re: Hard Start when cold

woodbutcher wrote:Hi Ludwig.What ya need a heater for?
:lol:

I don't. He does.

When I lived in Minnesota, I just took the battery in the house at night.
by ludwig
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Start when cold
Replies: 15
Views: 2236

Re: Hard Start when cold

Dipstick heater.
by ludwig
Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Hard Start when cold
Replies: 15
Views: 2236

Re: Hard Start when cold

Before you turn the key, push the gas pedal all the way to the floor. This sets the choke and sends a squirt of gas into the throat. Then depress it half way and turn the key. THEN you can start fluttering the pedal and such. If you changed to one of the electronic ignitions, most of this would go a...
by ludwig
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Dual Master Cylinder for 1963 Falcon
Replies: 12
Views: 4204

Re: Dual Master Cylinder for 1963 Falcon

Whyncha jes get a 64/65? It has that stuff. (he he)
by ludwig
Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: R. I. P. AzCoupe
Replies: 42
Views: 12534

Re: R. I. P. AzCoupe

This is a great loss to our small and quirky community. Mike provided me with a marvelous forum to give and get ideas and expertise for my Mustang. I am so sorry for his passing. He will be missed, especially since the Ford Six Forum was the repair shop I never got to hang around when I was younger ...
by ludwig
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: The Falcon's Nest
Topic: 1963.5 Falcon Convertible Build
Replies: 63
Views: 18832

Re: 1963.5 Falcon Convertible Build

They say a man looks at his car the same way a woman looks at her husband -- what it will be like when it's finished.
by ludwig
Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse

THAT is a much more knowledgable answer. Thanks. I thought it might be the valve body but I don't know enough to make a valid statement.
by ludwig
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse

I ended up shifting back and forth until the pumps filled.

I'm not saying that is what is wrong, just that what I had was solved with more fluid. And make sure it is all the way warm. It would surge slightly at idle until it was filled. The level can drop as it warms up.
by ludwig
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: Fresh C4 build will not go into reverse

Check your transmission fluid. Make sure it is completely full. Mine did that too between forward and reverse after it was standing for a while. It would also rev and drop. On launch, it would not go into gear, then it would slap into gear and lunge. Fluid level was way too low. Let it idle until it...
by ludwig
Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace
Replies: 4
Views: 3735

Re: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace

That bent-eight block is shorter than ours. They can put more doodads on. We have to get the exact right function to the millimeter.
by ludwig
Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace
Replies: 4
Views: 3735

Re: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace

You are spot on about the mounting. I think the ideal is to get them **exactly** between the top of the shocks. Unfortunately, Ford put a carb and intake manifold rig right there. I'm kind of shocked that what I said back then is the same as what I just said. My wife says that's not the way it usual...
by ludwig
Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace
Replies: 4
Views: 3735

Re: Reinforcing the Falcon Unibody -- Export Brace

I put a Monte Carlo brace on my Stang. It helped a lot to tighten up the front end. It was the model with a curved section to clear the air cleaner and L-brackets at the fenders. It would NOT go in even close to the shock towers. In order to get it in place, I had to jack up the front under the larg...
by ludwig
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Econoline Corner
Topic: that Econoline tech site......
Replies: 9
Views: 5368

Re: that Econoline tech site......

Hope Mutt see this. He's been lost in the weeds since 2008 -- if you check the date of the post.
by ludwig
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: To have a Alternator or Generator, that is the question.
Replies: 17
Views: 3542

Re: To have a Alternator or Generator, that is the question.

You just brush the positive to positive of the ALT to the VR or something. You can use a very small gauge wire too, so there is not a bolt of current. It just needs to know what's up and what's down (i.e. + -). This from a different how-to site: After the installation of a battery, generator or volt...
by ludwig
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: To have a Alternator or Generator, that is the question.
Replies: 17
Views: 3542

Re: To have a Alternator or Generator, that is the question.

I assume you know what you are doing with the generator, but I'll add my 2 cents. I learned the hard way about the necessity of polarizing a generator before starting it the first time. Plus, you need to mount a generator AND a voltage regulator at the same time, like a set. Both, not one or the oth...
by ludwig
Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Gasket problems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Gasket problems?

Same here. Gotta start somewhere.
by ludwig
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Gasket problems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Gasket problems?

One is enough. Good on you. He he.
by ludwig
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Gasket problems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Gasket problems?

Testor's?
by ludwig
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Gasket problems?
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Gasket problems?

It's easy to over-torque the oil pan. First, you need to make sure that the pan is not dished at the bolts. It usually is after 40 years. Lay a straight edge along the edge of the pan and check. If you find that the bolt locations are dished, you need to press them back out to where the pan is actua...
by ludwig
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Afterboil
Replies: 11
Views: 1440

Re: Afterboil

Make sure that you have purged as much air from the system as possible. When you fill the cooling system, run the engine while you top the radiator off. Leave the cap off and run it until it gets warm and the t-stat opens. Keep running until all the air bubbles out. Guaranteed there is a large air p...
by ludwig
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.
Replies: 42
Views: 13408

Re: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.

There was a great deal of talk several years ago on this forum of sawing the log off and leaving the intake stubs in place. This would (theoretically) allow a plenum of the type you have to be mounted directly to the intakes on the side. One fellow posted some pics of his intake manifold after he ha...
by ludwig
Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.
Replies: 42
Views: 13408

Re: My very, very DIY tripower intake mod.

Powerband, I really like your setup with the square tubing. I wonder if you might shave the TOP of the log and set the plenum directly on top of it. You would have unrestricted flow along the length and especially in the outermost intakes. Of course you would on the side too. I'm thinking of how you...
by ludwig
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: 240-300 "Big Block" Six Performance
Topic: Attic Anglia - My Latest Project
Replies: 105
Views: 15391

Re: Attic Anglia - My Latest Project

F6F is a good deal like your working group. I particularly like it when the young folks sign in and ask for guidance. That's pretty brave, admitting to ignorance. But the help they receive here is the best. Everybody wants to expand the knowledge, not flame the newbie. Like your group, it's real coo...
by ludwig
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: Donor car
Replies: 3
Views: 1695

Re: Donor car

Make sure you know the config of all the nipples and outlets if you take any pumps, like the p/s or whatever. I got a salvage p/s pump for my 72 Ch*v*ll* wagon. It was the exact SAME as the one I had that failed but the inlet was 180* to what I needed. When I doubled the hose around to feed it, the ...
by ludwig
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 Overheated
Replies: 20
Views: 1510

Re: 200 Overheated

Take the cap off **first** and start it up. Throw a cloth (aka: burp rag) over the filler first if you fear another geyser. Without water, the block heats up REALLY FAST. If you have air in the cooling jacket in the block, it gets hot super fast and creates extraordinary pressure, far above what you...
by ludwig
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 Overheated
Replies: 20
Views: 1510

Re: 200 Overheated

JackFish wrote:Methinks you burped the baby.


If you got kids, you know the first belch isn't the final belch. Keep patting until it all comes up. Ditto for Ford.
by ludwig
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 Overheated
Replies: 20
Views: 1510

Re: 200 Overheated

I'm thinking you have a bubble in the block. That is the only reason I can think of that would blow water out with the cap off shortly after startup because the pump doesn't blast water; it just moves it. I can see the water drift past at the top of the radiator. It doesn't shoot past. Of course the...
by ludwig
Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 200 Overheated
Replies: 20
Views: 1510

Re: 200 Overheated

You might run it until the water gets to running temp with the radiator cap off. You can observe if the water in the radiator is flowing from the hose. If it is not flowing, the impeller on the water pump might be slipping. Or you might have a big bubble passing through the water jacket and the pump...
by ludwig
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: DSII Wiring issue on '65 mustang
Replies: 27
Views: 3909

Re: DSII Wiring issue on '65 mustang

Oooh. Ditto. The rotor will glide BACK to #1 almost an entire HALF turn when you stab it correctly. So start with the rotor turned to the opposite side and then drop it in.
by ludwig
Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: block coolant passage cleaning
Replies: 9
Views: 1345

Re: block coolant passage cleaning

autoX65

When you post pictures, use the 'preview' first. It will tell you if they are too big. Reduce them in size until they show up. Generally, if you have standard size options, choose 'medium'.
by ludwig
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Carb Adjustment

You'll get there. No fear.
by ludwig
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Bronco Busters
Topic: Talk me off a cliff.. or over it..
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Talk me off a cliff.. or over it..

That first photo shows a bunch of what looks like dropped ceiling channel. You could get part of the outlay back with a little night work. (Dude, if you gotta ask, you're not feeling it.)
by ludwig
Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Bronco Busters
Topic: Talk me off a cliff.. or over it..
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Talk me off a cliff.. or over it..

Looks like a candidate for two man-cave sofas.

Dude, drive out to your relatives in Oregon and get a west coast beast. They will have rust but not salt rust. That is one beat up pup..
by ludwig
Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Carb Adjustment

Last and final hint: BUY David's book. It is your one stop shop for tech help and ideas. Check the link on his sig.
by ludwig
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Carb Adjustment

Listen to your Bubba. The choke pull off is activated by a bimetal spring that expands when it warms up. This is located inside the black plastic cover on the side of the carb throat. A tube from the exhaust manifold leads up to it. What Bubba says about the choke pull-off being coked up means that ...
by ludwig
Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Carb Adjustment

Emissions test for a 1966 car? If it is warm, you probably won't need the choke. Little colder and you do. If everything is stock on your engine, to start the first time from cold, you 1) press the accelerator all the way to the floor. That sets the choke. Then you 2) press the accelerator HALF way ...

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