61-79-list-digest Thursday, May 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 294



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Re: FTE 61-79 - '75 half doors or removable top?
FTE 61-79 - re:re: Carbs
Re: FTE 61-79 - re:re: Carbs

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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 22:39:07 -0700
From: "Deacon"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - '75 half doors or removable top?

From: Mike
>Has anybody ever attempted a removable top on a '70's style pickup?

I have given it serious thought. They make fiberglass removable tops for
them. I would put a good roll bar or even a cage in it. It needs it for
looks if nothing else. :) A cage would stiffen the frame which will get
flimsy once the roof is cut off.

>How about half doors for the same?

As far as the doors go I would cut the window post at the end of the
wind wing and at the base at the door. I would check with auto glass
places to see if I could get a taller window so it wouldn't look so bad
with the top on.

>How about a removable top with a flange welded on, only visable from
the
>inside. It could be bolted on for the winter with some weather
stripping.

In this case I would weld the window frame that I cut off the door to
the roof so it looks stock with it on. I told you I gave this some
serious thought! :) If you give it a try let me know how it comes out or
if I do first I'll post what a mistake it was. :)

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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 23:45:50 -0700
From: "Jim Cron"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - re:re: Carbs

I've been reading your Q-jet comments and it sure looks like something I
want to try. I have a Edelbrock Performer manifold and a Mr. Gasket adaptor
but this adaptor is open so would have a gap from the plenum divider to the
carb base? Is there a closed style adaptor that would seal to the top of
the plenum divider, or did you leave it open?
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>Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 00:19:00 -0500
>From: ballingr ldd.net (William L Ballinger)
>Subject: FTE 61-79 - re:re: Carbs
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>It's an FE, most likely a 390 judging from the power it makes. It's set up
>really loose(judging from the excessive blow-by) with forged
pistons(judging
>from the cold noise it makes and the reinforcement in the underside of the
>pistons I saw when I had the pan down)It has an Edelbrock Performer with a
>Q-jet, which I think is the ultimate street carb bar none, on a Mr Gasket
>adapter which has been called into question by a fellow list member (please
>tell me more about why it's detrimental, I really want more info)
>Come on over to my Back Porch
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ldd.net/scribers/ballingr
>Ballinger
>ballingr ldd.net
>
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 01:14:43 -0700
From: "Deacon"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - re:re: Carbs

From: William L Ballinger
>It has an Edelbrock Performer with a
>Q-jet, which I think is the ultimate street carb bar none, on a Mr
Gasket
>adapter which has been called into question by a fellow list member
(please
>tell me more about why it's detrimental, I really want more info)

Not running to Gary's defense but he doesn't like adapters because
he believes they can't deliver the full benefits of a spread-bore. If he
said they don't deliver, I would have disagreed with him. Their are
things we just don't believe in and this is just one of those things
Gary doesn't believe in. He isn't going to tell you that your setup
isn't working. He won't say that this shows he's wrong about them
either. :)
I've looked at adapters and it looks to me an adapter is going to
give all there is to give for great street use. There's one in my Team
Performance catalog for $32. When you take into consideration the
primaries are smaller than a square bore and the secondaries are just a
little larger there isn't much flow being disrupted. The adapter is
working more with the bolt pattern IMHO.

From: Jim Cron
>I have a Edelbrock Performer manifold and a Mr. Gasket adaptor
>but this adaptor is open so would have a gap from the plenum divider to
the
>carb base? Is there a closed style adaptor that would seal to the top
of
>the plenum divider, or did you leave it open?

And Jim found the gotcha. Every adapter I've seen has been for a
single-plane manifold. Edelbrock sells adapters for T-jets and Q-jets to
square bore single-plane manifolds but not to the dual-plane. They do
how ever carry square bore to T-jet or Q-jet dual-plane manifolds (go
figure). The adapter your looking at Jim is for a single-plane manifold.
It may be possible to insert something into the adapter that would work
or just live with the fact your not getting the full benefits from the
dual-plane manifold.

Don't you just love how much I can say about something I know nothing
about! :)


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