61-79-list-digest Wednesday, May 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 289



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In this issue:

FTE 61-79 - Airbag Suspension
FTE 61-79 - Airbag Suspension
FTE 61-79 - Carbs
FTE 61-79 - Stu
Re: FTE 61-79 - 78 Bronco/

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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 00:39:12 -0500
From: Jim Craig
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Airbag Suspension

A while back, one of the members made mention of a site that supplied info
on a company that sold an assembly that took the place of coil springs on
2WD Fords. It consists of Firestone airbags and associated brackets. I am
beginning to seriously look into this. Have any of you had experience with
these?


Jimbo
'77 Supercab


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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 01:06:08 -0500
From: Jim Craig
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Airbag Suspension

A while back, one of the members made mention of a site that supplied info
on a company that sold an assembly that took the place of coil springs on
2WD Fords. It consists of Firestone airbags and associated brackets. I am
beginning to seriously look into this. Have any of you had experience with
these?


Jimbo
'77 Supercab


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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 01:09:28 -0500
From: ballingr ldd.net (William L Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Carbs

> As you saw I put a carter 600cfm carb on my 352. I had thought of going
> with something bigger but it seems to work just fine. I noticed while
> we were at Pigeon Forge alot of truck had the carter 4bbl.
> I like the carb and it was a pretty good price.

I like the Rochester Q-Jet myself, even with the adapter. I don't really
understand why the adapter is a detriment, as it directs the secondary
flow forward creating turbulence. I would like to hear more about the
theory involved if one (or any) of my fellow enthusiasts would care to
enlighten me. If you want a square bore my choice in this order is the
Carter AFB or Edelbrock clone(my brother-in-law says that they are
stingy about the completeness of the setup, so be prepared to adapt)or
the Autolite 4100 second only because rebuildable cores and parts are
getting pricey, and they like the 2100 will heat soak more than the
Carter for some reason. I still like the Q-jet best though. With the
problems my engine has(lots of blow-by and loose forged pistons)the
tailpipes are burnimg chalky. You can pull it indoors and hardly smell
the exhaust, the Holley as lean as I could get it to run would make your
eyes water immediately. I don't think any other carb could manage the
fuel and air any better.
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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 01:16:52 -0500
From: ballingr ldd.net (William L Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Stu

Stu,

You have to get a computer, we have to have you around for Deacon to
pick on or he'll get the rest of us. Surely you can find some parts to
build one, a 486 DX4 100 even, Stu talk to us man...Stu...STUUUUUU!!!!
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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 00:30:40 -0600
From: Ryan Dorman
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - 78 Bronco/

Huh??? Do a little more research. from 78 to 96 the Bronco has consistently
outwieghed the F-150 long box 4x4...

Dave Resch wrote:

> >From: "Dean & Liz Becker"
> >Subject: FTE 61-79 - 78 Bronco/
> >
> >snip window stuff
> >
> >I need to find out what the original Smog/emmssions
> >equipment was on my 78 Bronco.
> >
>
> Yo Dean (or Liz?):
>
> I think your '78 Bronco was originally equipped w/ a catalytic converter.
> Why? In 1975, unleaded fuel and catalytic converters became mandatory for
> all vehicles w/ GVW less than 5500 lbs. Ford introduced the F150
> specifically to increase the 1/2-ton payload to avoid installing a cat.
> Not knowing for sure, but I doubt your Bronco has a GVW as high as an F150.
> OTOH, maybe a towing package (factory option?) was available to bump the
> GVW up and avoid the cat.
>
> >The engine has a sticker that states:
> >NON CATAYST
> >This engine conforms to US enviornmental protection
> >agency regulations applicable to 1978 model year
> >engines Fueled Heavy Duty Engines
> >D8TE-9CA485-ACA
>
> I'd be willing to bet that the engine (or the valve cover where the sticker
> is located) is a transplant. Reasons cited above. The sticker you refer
> to is the emissions certification. It should also state what other
> emissions equipment (if any) was installed on that engine (for example,
> EGR, EVAP, Thermactor, etc.)
>
> >The bottom pully has no room for a Smog pump. I beleive
> >there never was one. The engine is a 351M, this is the
> >original motor.
>
> All M-block engines (351M/400) equipped w/ a Thermactor air pump in trucks
> and Broncos had the air pump mounted in front of the right cylinder head.
> A bracket attaches to the right side of the water pump to support the air
> pump. The air pump is driven by a belt from the alternator. Does your
> alternator have a double groove pulley on it? If so, the outside groove
> (toward the front of the vehicle) is for the air pump drive belt.
>
> At some point (not sure when exactly), even non-catalyst M-block engines
> started using Thermactor air pumps. The main purpose of the air pump is to
> inject oxygen into the exhaust gas stream for the catalyst (although it
> does provide some minor non-catalyst HC reduction benefits), but using them
> on non-catalyst engines was probably just a convenience to simplify
> assembly line production.
>
> As far as registering your vehicle in CA goes, according to the CA smog
> check web site (URL below), you need only have properly functioning
> emissions control equipment in the configuration that your vehicle was
> originally equipped. You will, of course, have to pay the one-time $300
> Smog Impact Fee when you first register the vehicle in CA, if the vehicle
> was not originally configured to meet CA emissions standards.
>
> Check out the official web site: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/smoghome.htm
>
> Good luck w/ your Bronco.
>
> Dave R. (M-block devotee)
>
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