61-79-list-digest Sunday, August 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 427



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In this issue:

FTE 61-79 - Sound of something Bad?
FTE 61-79 - Problems fixed...
FTE 61-79 - 1978-79 F150 4x4 Supercabs
FTE 61-79 - Truck Sitting in Yard, Waiting to be Painted
FTE 61-79 - slapping 351C in 73 F-100
FTE 61-79 - 66 F350 Backfires When Letting Off Accelerator
FTE 61-79 - Optima batteries
FTE 61-79 - 66 F350 w/352
FTE 61-79 - I-6
Re: FTE 61-79 - I-6
FTE 61-79 - Twin Traction beam

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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 09:27:36 -0500
From: "Dale and Donna Carmine"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Sound of something Bad?

>The sound happens at
>cruising speeds from 20 to 45 mph. Above that the engine and the exhaust
>drowned it out if it makes it. If I let off the gas it goes away, if I
push
>the gas harder and accelerate it goes away.

Brett,
Our '76 F-350 service truck has the exact same symptom and has had it for
the last 8 years we have owned it and worked it hard.

> The shop said not worry about it yet, but I don't like that answer. Help!

We got the same advice and at over 250,000 miles this truck doesn't get any
$$$$ spent on it that aren't absolutely necessary.

later,
dale c
"Those who can't write, write help files."



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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 10:35:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Daniel H. Jenkins"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Problems fixed...

Well, many thanks to Dale C who gave me the idea necessary to fix
my truck. The problem was that the batteries were discharged just enough
that when I turned the key the solenoid would close, send juice to the
starter, and then nnot have enough juice to keep the solenoid closed...
Thanks a million, Dale.
My next stupid questoin. I borrowed a friends battery charger.
It's a pretty old Craftsman manual unit. No manual... HOw do I tell when
the battery is charged? THe gauge reads from 0 to 15 amps DC. Is the
battery fuull at 0 amps or at 15 amps. Thanks.

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Daniel H. Jenkins Food for thought: John Milton
djenkins honors.unr.edu wrote _Paradise_Lost_; When his
Honors Program wife died he wrote _Paradise_
University of Nevada, Reno _Regained_...

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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 13:12:52 -800
From: "Graham Smith"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 1978-79 F150 4x4 Supercabs

Howdy,

I have a few questions for group about '78-'79 F150 4X4 supercabs. What are
the known problems of the Supercabs? I am looking to purchase one and I want
to know what I should be looking out for.

(I am familiar with the body cancer problems with the '78-'79 body series.)


I would also like to know what engine tranny/transfer options were available
on the '78-'79 F150s.
Any info you folks can pass on would be much appreciated :-)

Graham
Graham Smith
grahams soar.com or grahams thefuture.net
"Life is to short to drink cheap beer"
WANTED: 1978/79 Ford F150 Supercab 4x4
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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 16:53:13 -0400
From: "Matarrtas"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Truck Sitting in Yard, Waiting to be Painted

I have a 78 Ford F-100 SB that I just had the engine and transmisson
rebuilt about a year ago. Now the truck is ready to be painted, but I don't
have the money to just go to a paint shop and have it done. The truck has a
351M with a C6 behind it every part is new(or rebuilt) for the engine and
tranny. My fear is that if I let the truck sit to long something will go
bad or start to leak. The truck will be sitting for about 6 months to a year
at the max. I do start the truck about 2-3 times a week. Does anybody have
some good tips to keep the engine and tranny in good condition? Should I
put something in the fuel tank to keep the gas fresh? Should I do anything
to the radiator to keep that from leaking? Any suggestions if anybody has
had to let their truck sitting for a while would be great.

Thanks
Warren
78 F-100 351M
78 F-150 XLT 351M



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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 16:21:13 +0000
From: Don Grossman
Subject: FTE 61-79 - slapping 351C in 73 F-100

Hey you all of the motor swapping persuasion

A friend of mine just picked up a 351C and wants to put it in his 73
F-100. What 's the best way for doing this? We have all the goodies (
bell housing, four speed, clutch ect.) except for the engine mounts.

Thanky

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Don Grossman
duckdon pacific.net
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pacific.net/~duckdon

63 F-100 4x4 with 3/4 ton running gear and most of the trimmings.


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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 21:25:16 -0400
From: Bill Templeton
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 66 F350 Backfires When Letting Off Accelerator

Don, I hear you being prepared to replace the manifold. Looks like I will
have to go to a muffler shop and have them make up a crossover pipe.



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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 20:14:31 -0400
From: "Kerry Walker"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Optima batteries

Some bozo sent me a corrupted file, so I haven't been receiving my mail for
a few days now. I'M BAAACK!!!


JUMPINGFORD wrote

>Have you tried the Optima series batteries? They are worth every >penny.
In
>fact they are the only battery to last more than a year in our F-600
(Diehards
>had a life of about 18 months). The current Optima has been in that >truck
>going on three and a half years.


I have read about them and wondered if they worked like they say they do. I
know the dealers are proud of them. If I wasn't getting ready to sell Old
Blue I might look at them a little harder. She's a good truck, but I need
cash more than I need a 1 ton. And I can't afford to put any money into her.
Thanks for the info anyway, That Wally-World battery I put in my '68 isn't
going to crank that big block forever : )




Kerry Walker


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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 21:31:56 -0400
From: Bill Templeton
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 66 F350 w/352

Have we any experience and/or recommendations on replacing the 352 (or
other Ford engine) in a 66 F350 with a diesel? Any recommendations on model
of engine (e.g. Izuzu)? What's required to mount bell housing,
transmission, etc.?

Bill

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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 21:38:10 -0500
From: "Eric Washburn"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - I-6

Hi! I just have to say something on my experience with an inline six. My
dad has a '77' Chevy pickup with the fourth 292 in it(I don't know what's
wrong with him). A couple of months after I bought my first truck(A '67'
F100 Custom Cab with a 240 in it with 257,000 miles on the same original
engine), my dad thought his truck would be faster, more power, etc. than my
truck so we had a race. Guess who won :-). After that my dad never said
anything bad about my truck. That is why I will never own a Chevy.

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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 00:11:42 EDT
From: JUMPINFORD aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - I-6

Glad to see you won. I was amazed at the power in that little motor the first
time we drove it. If I was to pick Fords best motors,(durability wise) The
240/300 I-6 would be my first choice, followed closely by the 302 and FE
series.

JUMPINGFORD AOL.com
73 F-250 RangerXLT Camper Special
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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 00:28:28 EDT
From: JUMPINFORD aol.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Twin Traction beam

This is for all you crazy fabricators out there. My brother is selling his 84
F-150 and wants to get a mid 70's F-250. He wants a 4 wheel drive, but wants
to go a different route. He wants to use the Twin Traction Beam front end off
the newer (80 and up) Trucks on it. It sounds like a hell of an idea to me,
but we were both wondering if he should start with a 2wd or a 4wd. Either way
I'm sure we have our work cut out for us. Any advice you could offer would be
greatly appreciated

Also if Anyone is interested in this truck. Let me know.

JUMPINFORD AOL.com
73 F-250 RangerXLT Camper Special
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