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61-79-list-digest Saturday, October 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 376



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

Re: FTE 61-79 - RE: Bad Thing
Re: FTE 61-79 - RE: Bad Thing
RE: FTE 61-79 - Drive Shaft Strength
FTE 61-79 - Re: Tranny ID
FTE 61-79 - W Heads
FTE 61-79 - RE: Bleeding Brakes
FTE 61-79 - engine numbers
FTE 61-79 - RE: 351/400 and Tweetys ticker
FTE 61-79 - RE: Tweety's ticker actually about speedo year changeover
FTE 61-79 - Steering setup for a 76 F-150 and a lift.

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 18:43:49 -0600
From: William A Whited
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - RE: Bad Thing

No they didn't. I know the guys pretty well right down the street, and
the Checkers guys give us military types a 10% discount. Plus I'm trying to
get a job there also part-time. The guys were like damn you were so calm
for them. I was like "Well there aren't bullets coming downrange no reason
to be excited." I've been around some people that have panicked in the past
and PANIC KILLS!!!!! I've seen it not pretty.

"George W. Selby, III" wrote:

> The question is did they try to make you pay for the fire extinguisher
> before you used it? And how many extinguishers did it take? I had a
> similar fire on top of my Jeep Cherokee (due to me pouring gas down the
> throat of the carb,) but put it out with a blanket.

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William A Whited
74 F100 RANGER SUPERCAB 390
77 F150 CUSTOM 460
EL Paso, TX
SEMPER FI


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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 18:52:21 -0600
From: William A Whited
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - RE: Bad Thing

I only used 1 1 1/2 extinguishers, and it was on
top of the manifold she went out pretty quick. The
extinguishers really impressed me.

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William A Whited
74 F100 RANGER SUPERCAB 390
77 F150 CUSTOM 460
EL Paso, TX
SEMPER FI


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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 20:00:45 -0500
From: "William S. Hart"
Subject: RE: FTE 61-79 - Drive Shaft Strength

> minivan, we found it had a pristine aluminum driveshaft we
> thought would look
> really nice underneath my truck. Any thoughts on whether this
> could take 400HP+
> ? (It originally managed a 3.0(?)L 5-speed)


Well, it probably depends, the fact that it was behind a manual tranny is a
good indication ... any ideas on the diameter of that shaft ? Likely they
used it in more than just that van, if you had a part number, maybe we could
figure out what else it was used for, then decide based on that ?


> I have several
> opinions on it
> within my family: one says it'd twist like a pretzel, another
> says it only has
> to manage enough power until the tires break loose,

Well possibly they're both right ... obviously if you run a street tire, it
only has to hold as much power as the tires can handle ... but if you put a
sticky on it for any reason, that power requirement jumps significantly and
may turn into a pretzel.

some say it
> would require
> cutting it down which would further reduce strength (or maybe
> not - less length,
> better transfer...), and so on...

I don't think cutting it down reduces or increases its strength any
appreciable amount (assuming you're not chopping it in half of course)


As for the loops and Gary's comment about cars coming with them ... I
haven't seen any of these cars yet, at least the 'stangs and f-bodies don't
come with them, though I haven't crawled under a vette I'd be surprised if
they came with them ...

anyway ...

Just my $.02
wish

96 Mustang GT 4.6L
73ish F100 4x4 6.4L
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 18:20:10 -0700
From: "Shirley Byers"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: Tranny ID

Thanks Gary,

It is a 4 speed with granny low and the casting is kind of smooth. Thanks
for the info!!

Scott Bradley
1966 F-100 Shortbox 351C

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 19:20:23 -0700
From: Marv Miller
Subject: FTE 61-79 - W Heads

Azie wrote, in part:

>Any multiple carbs offered???

Whooooo, wheeeee! The boy's gonna get SERIOUS, now!
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 19:34:44 -0700
From: Marv Miller
Subject: FTE 61-79 - RE: Bleeding Brakes

Somebody wrote:
>I found some gasoline teflon tape at Lowe's in the plumbing dept

I'm more inclined to think that the "gas" involved here is natural gas, not
gasoline.
There is one kind of teflon tape for water pipe joints, another for natural gas
piping joints. Yup, it says "gas" on it. It's for "gas line", not "gasoline".

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 22:55:34 -0400
From: "Phil / Debi"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - engine numbers

I pulled the 390 out of my 66 F100 to rebuild and was wondering how to id it
to find out what year it is and if it was a truck or car block? also want to
know if the heads are truck heads or ? I basicly was wondering where to look
for the id numbers. I have found several.

Phil Beattie
66 F100
79 F250 4x4
91 F150 4x4
www.geocities.com/imstobu

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 23:24:40 -0400
From: "George W. Selby, III"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - RE: 351/400 and Tweetys ticker

Yes, even Big Bird sounds bigger than Envy: 400, LB, 35" tires, 3" lift.

And yes I meant to say crank and pistons. I'll be waiting with my shotgun, come over whenever you feel ready.

George Selby
78 F-150 400M, 4 on floor, 4x4
86 Nissan 300ZX
82 Jeep Cherokee
85 Dodge W-100
jumbofordman earthlink.net

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 23:08:52 -0400
From: "George W. Selby, III"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - RE: Tweety's ticker actually about speedo year changeover

They were changed to 85 mph units when the speed limit in the US was changed to 55. They did this to fool you into going slower.

George Selby
78 F-150 400M, 4 on floor, 4x4
86 Nissan 300ZX
82 Jeep Cherokee
85 Dodge W-100
jumbofordman earthlink.net

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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 23:37:09 -0800
From: "Matthew Schumacher"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Steering setup for a 76 F-150 and a lift.

I need help!

I am looking to get a 4" lift kit for my 76 but before I do, I am told I
need to replace the stock "inverted-Y" steering linkage and convert to
the "inverted-T" style steering linkage. I don't know much about the
suspension in my truck, so I have a couple of questions:

1. Can I buy steering linkage for a 78 at a local parts house, or do I
need to buy special steering linkage to convert.

2. Will converting to the inverted-T linkage change how my truck
drives, if so, how?

3. Where is the best place to buy this kinda stuff. I get a good
discount at NAPA, but want good quality steering parts.

4. What parts do I need exactly. Is it just the tie-rod and drag link?

Thanks

schu
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