61-79-list-digest Friday, January 22 1999 Volume 03 : Number 021



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 61-79 - Good ole Flames
FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???
FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390
FTE 61-79 - Dura Spark II
Re: FTE 61-79 - synthetic oils/ was need advice
Re: FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390
Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???
FTE 61-79 - Re: Better than Liquid Wrench?
Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???
Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???
FTE 61-79 - 240 cu. in.
FTE 61-79 - '69 Wiring Diagram
FTE 61-79 - Craftsman Proset tool box
FTE 61-79 - GOOD PRICE OR NOT??
Re: FTE 61-79 - Better than Liquid Wrench?
FTE 61-79 - Power brake booster
Re: FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390
Re: FTE 61-79 - synthetic oils/ was need advice
Re: FTE 61-79 - Yet more questions
Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???
Re: FTE 61-79 - Power brake booster
RE: FTE 61-79 - Lift Kits
FTE 61-79 - Re: Another PacNW yard
FTE 61-79 - Re: Better than Liquid Wrench?
FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: FTE's 2nd anniversary
FTE 61-79 - SAE 50 gear lube
FTE 61-79 - 292 Valve Cover
Re: FTE 61-79 - Radials vs Bias Ply
FTE 61-79 - So many trucks!

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 20:50:03 -0500
From: cannandale netpointe.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Good ole Flames

Super Swamper TSL Radials, on 16's...

cannandale
'78 F250 4x4, 460


At 08:18 PM 1/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>
>>nice and eveything, getting 13mpg! with 4.10 gears and 31x9's.
>31x9's ? Who makes these ? Are they 16" rims ?
>
>
>
>>on each side. Slowing down (under a load or sitting still), it shoot a
>>flame out the drivers side at least a couple of feet, never on the
>>passenger side. It dosent do it all the time, just sometimes. I ran a
>>air leak-down test, and did a pressure test on the entire engine, and
>>everything is sealed up good. Any ideas??
>>
>>Oh yea, there is a hole about the size of a quarter in the pipe where the
>>front drive-shaft wore though. Could it be sucking air in there and
>>combusting the pipe?
>>
>That could be part of it ... I had a 'stang that used to backfire
>occasionally when you were backing off, when we took it in they said it was
>supposed to have a pipe leading from the AIR pump to the Cat, but since I
>didn't have a cat, there was no pipe, so there was no air forced through,
>and that caused it....it sounds like you've got the opposite problem,
>though I'm still baffled as to why ... are you running your timing really
>advanced, or a rich mixture ?
>
>
>Just my 2cents
>
>Bill
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:10:31 -0500
From: "Bob"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???

I recently ran across a '79 E350 Van with the 460/c6 combo & the guy wants
$500. My question is can I use the front suspension (I beams, springs,
radius rods, etc) for my 78 F150 SuperCab?? I'm pretty sure all the rear
end components (axle, springs, etc) will work, and the motor mounts from
the van should mount up to my frame for a 400M/C6 to a 460/C6 swap. Seems
like this shouldn't bee too difficult, or am I just dreaming???
Now if I can just figure out how to put the 400M/C6 in my '52 F1....

Thanks

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:52:58 -0500
From: "Michael Linnane"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390

When I replace the 352 in my 1967 F-250 Camper special can I use a 390
long block. Will my valve covers, oil pan, brackets and everything else that
gets transfered from my 352 to the 390 long block fit together alright? Will
the motor mounts be the same? I would hate to spend $1800.00 on a 390 only
to find out I can not use all of my 352 accessories.

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:36:03 EST
From: INROBROY aol.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Dura Spark II

1978 Ford F-150 351M Symptoms: Runs good at 16 below but runs ragged at 40
and rainy until completely up to temperature. Voltage at coil with engine
off/ignition switch on was 8 volts. With engine running was 12 volts. Gone
through 3 coils in 5 years. Would appreciate any help.
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:48:02 EST
From: SHill48337 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - synthetic oils/ was need advice

In a message dated 1/20/99 9:30:53 PM Pacific Standard Time,
JJJJJGRANT aol.com writes:


my
truck, i have put about 150 miles on it so far and can't tell any difference,
everyone tells me to check the fuel mileage before and after.
jeff grant >>

You pushed my button. I started using Mobil-1 when it was first test marketed
in 1976, I went on to use AMS/OIL, in my transmissions, engines, gear boxes,
and chassis. The major reason for using AMS/OIL is they make synthetics of
all weights and types. In Aug 1979 during one of the hottest days of that
year about 102 degrees the fan and water pump on my 429 quit while my wife was
starting out on a 60 mile round trip. She noticed the red light, but since
everything was working fine she continued on to her destination. Later on the
30 mile trip home she noticed that the engine would knock when pulling hills.
She got home sensing something was wrong and ask a neighbor to look at it with
the hood up while it was running. He noted the fan and water pump were not
rotating, she called me at work and of course got me upset. Once home I did
not start it but verified there was absolutely no water in the engine.
Thinking the engine was toast I pulled the plugs and ran a compression check,
it was perfect. I started the engine, it ran fine and did so for the next
three years. When I sold it there was still no oil usage. Same vehicle I put
10W-40 synthetic in the C-6 tranny with super results, this was before
synthetics were designed as ATF. You see after I discovered first hand the
ability of the oil to transfer heat, and since about the only thing that will
kill a C-6 is heat I wanted that oil in the tranny. Worked great I was in the
Saratoga area of up state NY where the winters get cold and it still worked
great. In interest of keeping this short, ha, I have run some of my vehicles
over 200,000 miles keeping the valve seals and rings in new condition. I have
a 1991 Ford Probe that today has 223,000 miles, does not use a drop of oil and
gets 32 miles per gallon. It is important that you do not put synthetic oil
in a new engine for at least 2,000 - 5,000 miles. It eliminates friction so
effectively that the rings will not seat properly if you put it in before
that. I could go on but I need to keep this message length reasonable. I
find it amazing that their is negativity toward synthetics, but it is far less
nowadays than it was 20 years ago. My motto is if you value your investments,
and like to save money you will use synthetics. Of course you have to be
prudent where you use it, I have had vehicles where the engines were not sound
and it made no sense what so ever it use it.
Burt Hill Kennewick WA 1972 F-250 4x4 460
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:17:43 -0800
From: Dale Blanchard
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390

The biggest improovment I ever made to my 73 F-250 trailer Special was when I
removed the 390 after the third time of burning valves and installed a 78 I-6.
After almost 200k it is still going, but it needs paint and a new steering box.

Michael Linnane wrote:

> When I replace the 352 in my 1967 F-250 Camper special can I use a 390
> long block. Will my valve covers, oil pan, brackets and everything else that
> gets transfered from my 352 to the 390 long block fit together alright? Will
> the motor mounts be the same? I would hate to spend $1800.00 on a 390 only
> to find out I can not use all of my 352 accessories.
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:19:16 -0500
From: j arnold
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???

Don't know if it will work or not...we bought a set of van 460 mounts when
putting my 429 PI in my '79 F-250, and they didn't work. Had to buy the 3
piece set from Ford (didn't know about L&L at the time). Didn't work for
us, but maybe someone else out there has a success story with the van
mounts. Don't know about the front suspension parts.

- --Bud (son of Stoney)
1979 F-250 429 Police Interceptor, T-18
1976 F-100 302, 3-speed (For Sale)

At 09:10 PM 1/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently ran across a '79 E350 Van with the 460/c6 combo & the guy wants
>$500. My question is can I use the front suspension (I beams, springs,
>radius rods, etc) for my 78 F150 SuperCab?? I'm pretty sure all the rear
>end components (axle, springs, etc) will work, and the motor mounts from
>the van should mount up to my frame for a 400M/C6 to a 460/C6 swap. Seems
>like this shouldn't bee too difficult, or am I just dreaming???
>Now if I can just figure out how to put the 400M/C6 in my '52 F1....
>
>Thanks
>
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:30:17 -0600
From: "J Elliott"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: Better than Liquid Wrench?

>Anybody here know something better than Liquid Wrench for removing the
>toughest stuck bolts?

A torch.

alternatively, something called PB Blaster, it claims to have a "catalyst
action". I think it is hype, but it works pretty good. Soak, tap, wait,
repeat.


Jim E.



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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:28:33 -0500
From: j arnold
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???

Meant that the van mounts didn't work, but the truck mounts from Ford
did...sorry for any confusion.

- --Bud


At 10:19 PM 1/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Don't know if it will work or not...we bought a set of van 460 mounts when
>putting my 429 PI in my '79 F-250, and they didn't work. Had to buy the 3
>piece set from Ford (didn't know about L&L at the time). Didn't work for
>us, but maybe someone else out there has a success story with the van
>mounts. Don't know about the front suspension parts.
>
>--Bud (son of Stoney)
>1979 F-250 429 Police Interceptor, T-18
>1976 F-100 302, 3-speed (For Sale)
>
>At 09:10 PM 1/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>I recently ran across a '79 E350 Van with the 460/c6 combo & the guy wants
>>$500. My question is can I use the front suspension (I beams, springs,
>>radius rods, etc) for my 78 F150 SuperCab?? I'm pretty sure all the rear
>>end components (axle, springs, etc) will work, and the motor mounts from
>>the van should mount up to my frame for a 400M/C6 to a 460/C6 swap. Seems
>>like this shouldn't bee too difficult, or am I just dreaming???
>>Now if I can just figure out how to put the 400M/C6 in my '52 F1....
>>
>>Thanks
>>
>>Bob
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 20:39:21 -0600
From: "Michael R. Masse"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???

At 09:10 PM 1/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently ran across a '79 E350 Van with the 460/c6 combo & the guy wants
>$500. My question is can I use the front suspension (I beams, springs,
>radius rods, etc) for my 78 F150 SuperCab?? I'm pretty sure all the rear
>end components (axle, springs, etc) will work, and the motor mounts from
>the van should mount up to my frame for a 400M/C6 to a 460/C6 swap. Seems
>like this shouldn't bee too difficult, or am I just dreaming???

>From the sounds of this message, I'm guessing you have a 2 wheel drive? If
you do get the van you'll want to get an oil pan from a 2 wheel drive truck
or car, and I'd be more then happy to take the van oil pan from ya. For a
reasonable amount of course :)

- - Mike


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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:49:55 -0600
From: "Eric Washburn"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 240 cu. in.

I would like all the advice I can get. I own a 1967 F100 Custom Cab with the
240 in it. I would like to make a high performance(for an I6) engine. I was
thinking of putting on headers, an electric fuel pump, and a 2bbl
carburetor. I would like to know what type of stuff I can get at a
reasonable price. I've already bored it out .060 over, so the next engine
will be a 300. If anyone has stuff I can use, I will be glad to pay for it.


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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:52:51 -0800
From: Sean Hess
Subject: FTE 61-79 - '69 Wiring Diagram

I've been having some problems with my fuel gauge, so I took the instrument pod
out. My horror can't be expressed -

THE FORMER OWNER WAS A HACK!

Electrical connections taped w/o solder, cut wires going nowhere, others
cobbled together, and that ain't all. I'm depressed.

Does anyone have a good wiring diagram for a '69 F250? I have some serious
truck neurosurgery to do.

Dr. Hess

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Mazama Cultural Resource Services (MCRS)
10910 N.E. Knott St.
Portland, Oregon 97220
(503) 261-8591
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 23:18:15 EST
From: YELLERTIM aol.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Craftsman Proset tool box

Has anybody had a problem with a Craftsman Proset toolbox. Such as
combination lock failure, plastic draw locking clips failing and draws
opening, causing boxes to tip over. This is a very important matter. This
happened to my dad but it fell on him causing him to be out of work for 10
months now and probably for the rest of his life. If anyone has had one of
these problems could you please get back to me on it.
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:17:17 -0600
From: "Jeffrey Orkin"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - GOOD PRICE OR NOT??

i found a 69 ford f100
a/c
3 spd transmision
264 s-6
new starter original bed need re done
decent paint job(red)
engine rebuilt and has 10,000 miles on it
tires under 10,000miles
$3500
PLEASE HELP I'M ONLY 14 AND DON'T WANA GET RIPPED OFF i like the way the
step side 53-70 model's look but i have seen several late 70 early 80 model
chevy's and fords w/ V-8's and some other stuff for around the same price.
My bro said the old ones are really easy to work on and hold up good, i want
an old one but if i'll be better of w/ an 80 please tell me,
thanx for all your help!
~me~

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 20:36:05 -0800
From: "jeffd"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Better than Liquid Wrench?

Kroil.
Kind of expensive but I've seen very old, rusty Harley's and Indian
motorcycles
come apart after using it. Or give it a shot of penetrating oil and a tap
with a hammer once or twice a day for a couple days and it will come apart
easily. Most of the time,
any penetrating oil just needs more time to work than we want to wait.

Jeff

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> To: 61-79-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 61-79 - Better than Liquid Wrench?
> Date: Thursday, January 21, 1999 12:03 PM
>
> Anybody here know something better than Liquid Wrench for removing the
> toughest stuck bolts?
>
> Specifically, I trying to remove the nuts on my exhaust manifold where it
> attaches to the tail pipe.
>
> John
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 00:23:43 -0700
From: "Mike Striegl"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Power brake booster

I just replaced my booster with a rebuilt unit. It works much better. I
had a bad vacuum leak at highway speeds because of it. It was not hard to
change. On my 74 F-100 you pull the master cylinder, then 4 bolts on the
back of booster, then pull a cotter pin out of the pin that connects to the
rod. You just about have lay on top of the engine to reach it. P. S. make
sure it works good with new one installed, I had had to get another one
because the brakes were to sensitive with the first one.

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 23:44:49 EST
From: JUMPINFORD aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - 352 vs. 390

In a message dated 1/21/99 7:21:44 PM Pacific Standard Time,
bolero accessnv.com writes:


I
removed the 390 after the third time of burning valves and installed a 78
I-6.
After almost 200k it is still going, but it needs paint and a new steering
box. >>

first case of swappin a V-8 for a six that I've ever heard!

Darrell Duggan
74 F-350 "Tweety"
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:22:14 EST
From: JJJJJGRANT aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - synthetic oils/ was need advice

on any new engine they say to run conventional oil during the first couple of
thousand miles. i should find out tomorrow if it helps the mileage on my
truck, of course i'll be delivering a pc of equipment, so i guess its unfair
to check just one tank full.

thanks, jeff grant
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:34:24 EST
From: JJJJJGRANT aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Yet more questions

all you need is a 300 6cyl or a 302 bell housing for a t18, unless you have
the early 289 with the five bolt bell housing.
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:36:00 EST
From: JJJJJGRANT aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Parts Swap Compatibility???

the oil pan in that van is what the 4x4's guys need to put a 460 in their
truck,
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:31:42 +0000
From: "MARK DAVIES"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Power brake booster

I recently changed the master brake cyclinder on my 78 f150 supercab
and my brakes were 100 percent again not to long after they started
acting up again ive bled the system twice since figuring it would
help but it didnt the brakes seem to fade and the pedal sometimes
doesnt travel all the way back again leaving the brake lights on
sometimes if you use the brakes then let up and take anouther stand
on them there good and i usually have to repeat this for a quick fix
i have a spring pulling the pedal back for me the brakes work but
they seem more like old brake systems with no brake booster help. is
the brake booster garbage on my truck??? please help..
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:46:28 +0000
From: "MARK DAVIES"
Subject: RE: FTE 61-79 - Lift Kits

I have a 78 f-150 supercab 2wd 5" lift in the back with
33by12.50by15,s and the front is stock with lt235,s and even they rub
when turning sharp on the radius rod the rain runs off the truck
quite well even with the summer 31by 10.50,s because of the angle
.How do i raise the front end I was going to extend the two arms
where the twin i beam bolts on each side with some plate but ?? is
there a kit i can buy someone also told me i would have to goto a
spring place and have them bend the i beams for the proper caster or
camber which ever one i had made 3 " lifts that fit in the bottom of
the coil cup then the bolt went through them it was solid but hard on
tires and it looked like i was driving around with a trolley jack
holding the front of my truck in the air ..help please..
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:24:29 -0800 (PST)
From: draco pacifier.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: Another PacNW yard

Couldn't keep my mind on work today and it wasn't raining so I
took off to check out some boneyards.

"All Ford Used Truck Parts" turned out to be quite a surprise.
These guys have a tiny little lot crammed full of stuff. Looks
like they dismantle the trucks and sort the parts out, doors
over here, trim over there, wiring harnesses hanging in the shed,
hoods stacked on one side. The guy that was there (not the
owner) was very friendly, showed me around and we talked Ford
trucks for a while. I still think their prices are on the
high side but I am going to keep them in mind for hard to find
stuff.

Next I went to the U-Pull-It on Foster Rd. They have several
'73-'79 2WDs one '72 and one '75 F-250 4X4. The front axle was
gone from the 4X4 so it would be really easy to get the oil pan
off the FE that was in it. When I asked how much they said they
don't sell oil pans off engines. He said it is too messy. ????
I bought a front turn signal light without the lens for $2.

Next door is "Light Truck Parts". They have a lot of trucks
that were in really bad wrecks. Depressing. I don't think they
handle anything pre-80s that is not a 4X4. They had '79 F-150
with the front brake system all intact. I got the proportining
valve, brackets, lines, and fittings from the master cylinder to
the calipers for $50. Not that I am going to use all that stuff,
but I figured it would help me figure out how to mount the valve
and route the lines.

Got home in time to swap the wiring harness in the F-250. Just
have to put the dash back together and it is driveable again.

Mark in Southwest Washington
- --
'74 F-100 4X4
'74 F-250 Supercab

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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:26:40 -0800 (PST)
From: draco pacifier.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: Better than Liquid Wrench?

jdklaers mailhost.magicnet.net wrote:
> Anybody here know something better than Liquid Wrench for
> removing the toughest stuck bolts?

I've been using Kano Aerokroil. I am convinced it works
better than Liquid Wrench. Another thing I really like
about it, it comes in an aeresol can that will shoot a
stream for a few feet so you don't have to be right at the
place you are trying to hit. It also says you can use it
to lubricate air tools.

I got at a local hardware supplier, Vancouver Bolt, and
have never seen it anywhere else. On the can it says:

Order Direct From
Kano Labroratories
1000 S. Thompson Ln.
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 833-4101

Mark in Southwest Washington
- --
'74 F-100 4X4
'74 F-250 Supercab


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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 01:39:18 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 61-79 - ADMIN: FTE's 2nd anniversary

Hi gang,

Someone just sent me an email asking me about FTE's 2nd
anniversary. The earliest archived email I have is from
January 16, 1997 and its an email asking to be removed
from the list! I started the list two weeks prior to the
first archiving of email so that means our anniversary
is on January 2. With the t-shirts and web site updates
I simply forgot.

We are the oldest and longest running Ford truck list(s)
on the Internet and I wish to express my sincere thanks
to everyone here. Both long-time members and newcomers
are important to our community. As we continue to grow,
so does our ability to do great things - this Christmas
we were able to help a fellow list member in his time of
need after a house fire. Only the 61-79 list participated
and I hope that next year all the lists can get involved
in yearly tradition of banning together for a cause.

Once the club gets going, we'll have even more opportunity
to build friendships and help one another. Its been a
great 2 years; sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding.
I have made more friends in the past two years than in the
28 prior to them and I thank you all.

Sincerely yours,
Ken Payne
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 01:11:55 -0600
From: ballingr ldd.net (William L. Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - SAE 50 gear lube

The NP435 in my '65 does the same thing yours did. I suppose I'd
probably spring a few leaks if I just drained it and refilled it with
SAE 50. May try it anyway, what kind of oil did you use?

> I hate to say this- and may get myself in some hot water- BUTTT!!!!
>
> I read in my 78 shop manual that NP-435's are suppose to take "straight-50"
> weight oil! I know the norm for every redneck I know (and no, that's not
> derogitory (grin)) is to run the standard gear lube. When I rebuilt my
> NP-435 I put 50 wt. oil in it, and the mysterious grind into fourth gear
> (which I thought was a bad synchro) and the hard time getting it into first
> at a dead stop (and, yes, the clutch linkage FULLY releases) completely
> dissappeared.
>
> Whattya' think?
>
> Tony
> tony pscico.com
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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 01:24:41 -0600
From: ballingr ldd.net (William L. Ballinger)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 292 Valve Cover

First clean up both surfaces. Take the valve cover to a good flat
surface and flatten it out, then from the inside take a ball-peen and
tap the holes out a little bit. This will enhance the clamping force of
the bolts. The 292 doesn't have much trouble with distortion since they
use center bolts instead of perimeter. Spray brake cleaning solution on
both surfaces and let them dry. Put a light coat of black RTV on the
valve cover and place the gasket. Let it dry a few minutes then bolt it
on, but don't overtighten it.

> While messing with my coolant system, I noticed a drip
> of oil coming from the left valve cover/head joint.
> Obviously this gasket needs to be replaced, but
> I haven't ever taken this cover off, so don't know
> what to be wary of in terms of removal or installation.
> What goos should I use upon installation?
>
> Jeff
> '64 F100 CrewCab
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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:13:12 -0800
From: Pat Brown
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Radials vs Bias Ply

Jeff Carver wrote:
>
> A question came up on tires for my truck.
>
> Currently there are some seriously stiff
> bias ply tires on there. I'm thinking of
> changing to radials.
>
> One opinion I have heard is that with a
> truck that heavy (CrewCab) and old,
> and such, that radial tires may NOT have
> a stiff enough sidewall.
>
> Experience, Advice, Opinions?
>
Hey Jeff,
Did this last summer on my crew cab (F250 / 5000 lbs / 7500 GVW)
I ordered OEM style wheels (16x8) from my local Goodyear store
($42 each) to replace my ever rusting split rims (on the advice
of Marko and several others here). The original hub caps (actually,
I believe they are from a later truck) fit on them, and they had a
ford logo stamped on them:-). Had him mount a set of workhorse
radials (LT235/85R16, load range E), they work great. No problem
with squishy, swaying travel like my F-100 did when I put passenger
car radials on it (long, long time ago:-(.
- --
Pat Brown
Sebastopol, California

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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 23:00:44 -0800
From: kerr parkes
Subject: FTE 61-79 - So many trucks!

We just joined the digest version and we can't believe how many Ford....


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