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Newbie from Australia

Post #1 by dhs1985 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:30 pm

I keep ending up on this forum, I figured it was time I joined in.
I've had my 1963 Falcon ute (almost a Ranchero) for half my life, so 16 years, 5 years in the garage and on the road for the past 11.
For the first 9 years I ran a log head on a stock 250 with a borg warner 35 auto. I blew a head gasket and put the 2V head on while I had things apart, this provided almost no performance benefit with an old standard cam, but made it easy to upgrade to an electric choke. 2 years after that a piston finally gave out (the motor was reringed when I put it in 11 years early, so it did quite well to go about 40k miles on a standard bore with original pistons).
The current arrangement is a T5, 250 2V with a custom grind solid cam 248/258 @ .050 and MSD Atomic EFI. Originally I was running 200 rods and 11.5:1 compression, unfortunately a distributor failure caused excessive detonation and destroyed my pistons, so I swapped bottom ends and I'm back to 9.5:1 comp on standard rods and .060 pistons. Based on injector duty cycle and AFR the horsepower works out to 245 - 260 at the flywheel, without the 200 rods and light pistons it doesn't feel as happy to rev to the end of the camshaft range, but from about 3500 rpm it feels very strong. Cruises on the freeway at 2000 rpm, get's 19 mpg on a good day but my usual commute it's closer to 16 mpg.
Next upgrade is a turbo, I'd like to reclaim some fuel economy... I have a manifold on the way, might do low boost and a cam swap with this engine while I build a strong bottom end and sort out all the other little issues.
Without further adieu, some pictures.





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Post #2 by bubba22349 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:54 pm

Welcome to the Ford Six forums dhs1985, that's one great looking Ute :beer: Congrats on keeping it all those years too. Good luck on your further adventures with the Turbo build up, :thumbup: :nod:
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I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Post #3 by bmbm40 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:17 pm

Very nice Falcon. Inside and out.
66 Bronco-1970 250, NV3550, DSII, 4 turn ps, uncut, 1" bl, 2.5" sl, front disc, twin stick D 20, 30 x 9.50
NEXT- direct mount 1.08 on D8 head, power brakes, rear limited slip, 3G, electric fan, electric upgrades, custom curved DSII, header, 31" tires

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Re: Newbie from Australia

Post #4 by Cool23 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:12 pm

Always great to see another Aussie here.
V8's are great but Six Inlines Just Fine. Cummins Advert.

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