61-79-list-digest Sunday, September 13 1998 Volume 02 : Number 446

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1961-1979 Trucks and Vans
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In this issue:

FTE 61-79 - Brakes, booster pushrod adj. etc.
FTE 61-79 - FE
FTE 61-79 - 352 max bore size
FTE 61-79 - re: Holy backfires Batman
FTE 61-79 - Oil level sensor
FTE 61-79 - What is a Camper Special?
Re: FTE 61-79 - What is a Camper Special?



Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 05:56:48 -0500
From: "James Elliott"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Brakes, booster pushrod adj. etc.

In regards to the thread about bad feel and stopping with a power brake
conversion, and the following comments about adj. of the pushrod.

Doug gave someone dimensions of the pushrod setting for .980-.995-in. Not
that this is wrong, but my experience with other brands, when changing
master cylinders on a brake booster, that depending upon the variance in the
"well" of the master cylinder piston (where the pushrod goes), SIGNIFICANT
adj. of the pushrod may be required.
On the conversion to my '69 I am doing now, I bought a rebuilt master
cylinder from the go to replace the old one I got with all the other parts
(for $20, why mess with is it good or not?). Measuring from the flange to
the bottom of the piston "well", there was .160-in difference in the two
master cylinders, so I pre-adjusted the pushrod the corresponding direction
(in this case shorter) by .160. I should have all this complete this
weekend, so will know if this works out right.
Given differences like this, it is easy to understand that no matter
what the book says, significant adjustment may be required no matter what.
On some vehicles, because of master cylinders beig superceded by new
equivalents, I have had to adjust by as much as .375-in. to get the function
right. I can speak from experience and say that if the pushrod setting IS
off, it WILL make a significant difference in stopping, pedal feel, etc.
Personally, I would have tried this befoe buying a new combo.


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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 08:43:34 -0500
From: ballingr ldd.net (William L Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - FE

> 1)What is meant by FE, I gather it is a type of block, but what is its
> difference and how can I tell if I have one?

FE stands for Ford-Edsel.
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 08:25:25 -0700
From: Eric Donaldson
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 352 max bore size

I plan to turn my '66 352 into a 410 by using a 410-428 crank and rods
and 410 pistons.As all you know,the 352 std bore is 4" and that of the
410,4.05".Will a 352 go safely to 4.05,or even farther if I wish to use
an o/s 410 piston? (I'm doing this to get more displacement with the
correct casting numbers-I have a perfectly good '76 390 in the truck
now)Also, can the original 2bbl be modified to work well with the larger
engine? Thanks.
'66 Mercury 250 Camper Special
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 16:39:34 -0700
From: bertolina juno.com (NineteenSixtyFive F100)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - re: Holy backfires Batman

>What would cause an I6-300 w/ Carter 1 bbl to backfire only when the
>vehicle is coasting? The faster I'm going the louder it is. If I'm
>driving in town around 25 or so and I coast I get multiple quiet
>backfires which sound more like a gurgling type of sound. If I'm on
>the highway I get the gurgling, but I'll also get a few loud bangs.
>engine idles great and seems to run great under power. Oh, this
>doesn'tdo it if I push in the clutch to coast, it only seems to do it if
>inertia of the truck is pushing on the engine. One other thing that I
>don't know if it is related or not. When I start the engine I get a
>pretty large cloud of smoke that stops right away which I believe is
>signifying some sort of valve/valve stem problem. I never see smoke
>anyother time.

My I6 240 with 1 bl Carter carb. has had the very same
symptoms--->gurgling while coasting in gear...stops when shifted to
neutral and also some blue smoke at start up. After the timing was
adjusted and spark plug wires changed, the gurgling/backfiring stopped
almost completely. The blue smoke at start up continues. This is a circa
1965 engine with 172k on it. Hope this helps, Roberta

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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 21:51:25 -0400
From: "Kerry Walker"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Oil level sensor

Somebody (sorry, can't remember who) was wanting to use an oil level sensor.
Somebody else (again, sorry) mentioned it might be connected to the computer
on a late model application. So check this out.
A freind of mine just got back from vacationing in Yellowstone. He was
telling me all the tales of woe concerning his RV. The RV is built on a Ford
E-350 chassis with a 460.(Ford content : ) ) Anyway, after buying a few
tires and an alternator, and wishing for a fuel injection system.( Holley
Pro-Jection in the works ) He said he parked on an incline and his Onan
generator crapped out on him. It wouldn't start again no matter what he
tried. So he spent the rest of his vacation and the drive back to Texas with
no airconditioner.
He started tinkering with it when he got home and found out it had an oil
level sensor that cut it off. Same time that happened the starter solenoid
petered out, that is why it wouldn't start again.
So why couldn't some industrious and adventurous person go to their local RV
or generator shop and buy a sensor setup for an Onan, then install it in
their oil pan and hook it up to a light on the dash? It is apperrently self
contained and needs no computer system.
Sounds like a plan to me.

Kerry Walker

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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 00:41:08 -0400
From: "Michael Linnane"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - What is a Camper Special?

I just bought a 1967 F-250 Camper Special. What it the difference between
a Camper Special F-250 and a regular F-250?

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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 23:52:22 PDT
From: "Eric Guin"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - What is a Camper Special?

My grandpa has A camper special 79 f-150. It was equiped with A 460,
dual tanks, sliding rear window, a/c, special wiring harness, overload
springs and an extendable bumper(?) from the factory, as well as dual
batteries and a 140 or 160 amp alternator. does yours have all of this?

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