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61-79-list Digest Mon, 25 Dec 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 378

In This Issue:
Re: Working on Christmas........
Re: Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas...Santa was pretty nice...
Re: Accessory for my truck!
Re: ...Tow strap
Re: Working on Christmas........
Re: Working on Christmas........
Re: Working on Christmas........
Re: Accessory for my truck!
Electrical Woes Fixed

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From: "G & J Boling" <flash1 alltel.net>
Subject: Re: Working on Christmas........
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 17:58:03 -0500





> Well, I'm going out into my rather cold barn (its zero out right now) to
see if I can get my truck started.  I'm hoping it's just flooded but I have
never seen one that refused to dry out after a few days.  Maybe the plugs
are fouled......
=========================================================
IF you have a HEI ignition system in it allot of times when they get fouled
out they are scrap then i,ve had this happen to me a few times over the
years
gordon



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Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 19:54:20 -0500
From: George Selby <gselby4x4 earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Merry Christmas


At 04:53 PM 12/25/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Well Everyone, it surely was a Merry Christmas in Vegas this year.  I got my
>christmas wish!  (there would be a drumroll here if email had sound
>capaility)  I pick up the 460 I been payin on for a year on
>Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ladies and Gentleman, were are ever so close to havin
>the ole girl up and rollin again.  I have high hopes that Tweety and I will
>be tearin up the Nevada desert by no later than March.  I can't wait!  You
>have no idea how hard it has been to have setback after setback with that
>poor truck, especially when its your daily driver (we'll I take that back,
>Ive read quite a few stories about the money pit:) )With the motor paid for
>and already partially assembled, I only need to dig up the bare essentials.
>Motor mounts, gasket set, steering box rebuild, and front suspension rubber.
>Depending on whether or not I find a deal, I would like to swap to an
>aluminum manifold, but will not hesitate to run what I have.  Oh Man oh Man
>oh Man!!!!!  Im so stoked, I swear I cant put it into words.  Hope yall are
>lookin forward to some more good stories, cuz Tweeties comin back, and shes
>gonna be better than ever.  I might make the grand canyon jump yet!
>
>Darrell & Tweety (who incidently is as excited as I am)

Good news on the east coast too:

My friend just told me he'd sell me a 73 460, with attached C6 tranny, with
only 80k miles, for $200.  I heard it run and saw it drive before it was
removed from the van it came from, so I know it works.

Now I just have to finish putting a tranny back in a Isuzu P'up, which I
will trade for a 77 F-150 2wd with a non smoking 400.  I'm going to take
the  400 and put it in my truck (after a little performance modifications)
and will put the 460/C6 combo in the 2wd.  I should be done with my truck
hopefully before spring, and have the 2wd done before summer (it may become
a drag truck, or I might sell it, just don't know right now.)

George Selby
78 F-150 4x4 400 4 spd
86 Nissan 300ZX
gselby4x4 earthlink.net
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.usedcarsandparts.com


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From: "Pat" <patsplace aisl.bc.ca>
Subject: Merry Christmas
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 00:12:29 -0800



Merry Ho Ho right back at ya' and I'm petting the 460 in the shop and
looking toward a spring time light up. Makes me just shake all over.
Pat
'79 F250 4X4 Dream Truck under construction.
(Five other 70's Ford PU's on the property)

I pick up the 460 I been payin on for a year on
Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Im so stoked, I swear I cant put it into words
Darrell & Tweety (who incidently is as excited as I am)







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Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 22:23:06 -0500
From: David Wadson <wadsond air.on.ca>
Subject: Merry Christmas...Santa was pretty nice...


Merry Christmas to all. While I didn't get a snowmachine (and there's
plenty of snow up here now), I did get a tow strap. I still haven't decided
if I really want to have to use it this winter. :-) Sure is nice to have it
though hopefully I'll get to be pulling someone out of a snowbank rather
than me being in it!

Got the father-in-law one of those fancy stainless steel winter fronts for
the grill of his 2000 F150. I think it looks pretty spiffy though he's kind
of warming up to it still.

Santa had to buy himself the best present. Barring any major surprises with
a home inspection this week, I'll be moving into a house in early February.
Hopefully PS2 will forgive me for ditching her for the 4x4 once I park her
in that nice big garage! Turns out it's a gas heater in the garage, not a
woodstove. While a little more costly to operate, it'll be nice to go out
early Saturday morning, fire it up then crawl back into bed for a few hours
while the garage gets nice and toasty for a snowy day of truck stuff! My
days of being a driveway mechanic are just about over! Whoohoo!

Hope Santa was just as good to everyone else...


David Wadson - wadsond air.on.ca
"PS1" - 79 F100 ...ground into a million pieces.
"PS2" - 78 F100 ...currently alive and kicking.
"PS3" - 79 F150 4x4 ...now what have I gotten myself into...
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada



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From: "Gary&Sally lni" <gpeters3 lni.net>
Subject: Re: Accessory for my truck!
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 08:54:50 -0700

Very nice! :-)

My son bought an old one for a few dollars and spent every waking hour working on it, got it running real nice, had a little fun with it and .........blew a piston.....which apparently can't be replaced :-(  I feel for him cuz I know exactly how he feels.........He's going to call around today to see if anyone knows of a custom piston company that can make one for him.  (BTW, it's a early 80's Suzuki which some dealers say never existed :-))  He's got the thing scattered all over my barn right now.....(but I "helped" him arrange it so I can get my trucks in :-))

We have about a foot of snow on the ground and he won't have it running until it melts probably...... sthawayitgoes sometime, eh?

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--
 Check out this Ford truck accessory my wife got me for christmas:

 www.schu.net/snowmachine/summitx.gif

 It looks quite nice in the bed of my 76 F-150 :)

 schu




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From: "Gary&Sally lni" <gpeters3 lni.net>
Subject: Re: ...Tow strap
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 08:59:08 -0700

I'm shooting for lockers, front and rear :-)  I'll use a chain til I get that done :-)  BTW, I've used chain for 40 years with only one, anticipated, mishap.  Because it was anticipated no one was injured.  When you work on a farm you learn or die.....

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--
 plenty of snow up here now), I did get a tow strap. I still haven't decided
 if I really want to have to use it this winter. :-) Sure is nice to have it
 though hopefully I'll get to be pulling someone out of a snowbank rather
 than me being in it!



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From: "Gary&Sally lni" <gpeters3 lni.net>
Subject: Re: Working on Christmas........
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 09:16:21 -0700

Well, I went ambling out to the barn with high hopes, tenderized by experience (bad) and a 10 minute job turned into a 2 hour job when I had to take my blaster all apart and clean it out.......Turns out there was a thin skin of white metal glaze or something that had been washed off by the sand and made a tidy trap door at the opening to the nozzle and wouldn't budge so I had to actually take the nozzle apart and dislodge it manually which only took a couple of minutes......evaluating the problem took somewhat longer unfortunately but it's all better now :-)  Pulled the plugs in about 5 minutes, blasted them in about 2 minutes (I love my little blast cabinet when it works :-)), installed them in about 7 minutes, hit the starter and VAROOOOOM!  ALL RIGHT!!! :-):-):-)  Course the real test still lies ahead........Can I go out right now in zero weather,in an unheated barn, press the go pedal, pull the new manual choke, twist the key and hear "VAROOOOOOOOOOOM" again?  We'll see :-)

Anyone ever wonder why I love my trucks?  Try this on a T bird sometime.....course once you know you have to remove the AC compressor to get the front two plugs it goes a little faster cuz you don't have to stop and figure it out :-)

Now that I have the important "Outside" work done I can "play" inside the rest of the winter with my new computer stuff.......when I get it (went over budget this month so monitor may have to wait till next month)..........I haven't given up yet but it's pretty iffy..........

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--

 > Well, I'm going out into my rather cold barn (its zero out right now) to
 =========================================================
 IF you have a HEI ignition system in it allot of times when they get fouled
 out they are scrap then i,ve had this happen to me a few times over the
 years
 gordon



------------------------------

From: "Gary&Sally lni" <gpeters3 lni.net>
Subject: Re: Working on Christmas........
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 09:28:22 -0700

I'm going to find a pluged hole to fit a 3/8" brake line to on the manifold or carb base and just play it safe from now on.  Hop in, squirt a little hot shot in the tube, hit the starter, screw the cap back on when it fires.  I learned this lesson very well messing with bikes.......if you miss the first attempt to start the stupid thing you may not get a second.  My Norton Atlas was like that, had to stand up on the seat, place my foot on the starter and come down with every ounce of my weight and catch it on the first try or it would flood (magnetos ya know :-))

I actually can't remember the last time I flooded anything, it just doesn't happen to me any more it seems......Luck? Experience?......who knows?  Anyway I wasn't prepared to deal with it and wasn't expecting it so it threw me for a while (also forgot what a flooded engine acted like so misread the symptoms).  I was looking every where else first but this did cause me to fix a lot of things that needed fixing........fuel line leaks, rusty fuel line that should have been replaced anyway, vac lines that weren't attached to anything important etc....She runs real nice now with no fuel smell and the choke stays wide open once it warms up so 5 gal should get me a lot further now :-)

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--
 When it's that cold over here in NY you can foul the plugs real easy some
 times you can take them out and blast them with a propane torch to dry them
 out and warm them a little.  If you don't have a torch and the missus don't
 mind the oven also works fine.



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From: "Gary&Sally lni" <gpeters3 lni.net>
Subject: Re: Working on Christmas........
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 09:31:56 -0700

I'm thinking if I use large enough line and make it straight enough and short enough I shouldn't have to blow into the line to get the fluid in there.  The other trick that occured to me is to leave the line open until it fires which will allow the manifold vacuum to actually suck the fluid in, then slip the cap on quickly.  (saves brushing your teeth twice in one morning :-))

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--
 Place  used to work we had lines running from the cab the the air cleaner on
 all our rigs for just this purpose.  After you spray the starting fluid down
 the tube, you have to blow on the tube to send the fluid down the line.



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From: "craig sharp" <csharp29 home.com>
Subject: Re: Accessory for my truck!
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 11:14:04 -0500


There's a guy in Cocoa Beach, FL that makes all the racing pistons for drag
bike Suzuki's (most of them, anyway). If you send the piston, he can CNC it.
Unfortunately, I can't come up with the name off of the top of my head right
now, but it starts with an M (M & M, maybe) and Cocoa Beach isn't that
large. He isn't a motorcycle shop, however. He's a machine shop.

If you can't figure it out, let me know and I will go try and find a book
that I have that I'm pretty sure has his name in it. He used to make racing
parts for Hondas, which is how I got to know of him. I got some old parts
from him for my 74 750 with an 1100 Russ Collins kit in it.

Craig

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Sent: Monday, December 25, 2000 10:55 AM
To: 61-79-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: [61-79-list] Re: Accessory for my truck!

Very nice! :-)

My son bought an old one for a few dollars and spent every waking hour
working on it, got it running real nice, had a little fun with it and
.........blew a piston.....which apparently can't be replaced :-(  I feel
for him cuz I know exactly how he feels.........He's going to call around
today to see if anyone knows of a custom piston company that can make one
for him.  (BTW, it's a early 80's Suzuki which some dealers say never
existed :-))  He's got the thing scattered all over my barn right
now.....(but I "helped" him arrange it so I can get my trucks in :-))

We have about a foot of snow on the ground and he won't have it running
until it melts probably...... sthawayitgoes sometime, eh?

--
Happily Retired (but broke)
78 Bronco Loving, Michigan
Pot Hole Jumping, Gary
--
 Check out this Ford truck accessory my wife got me for christmas:

 www.schu.net/snowmachine/summitx.gif

 It looks quite nice in the bed of my 76 F-150 :)

 schu




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From: "Jason and Kathy" <kendrick mddc.com>
Subject: Electrical Woes Fixed
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 15:07:23 -0600


Well, I think I've figured out the electrical woes on my '78 F150 Supercab.
When I got the truck a couple months ago, it'd start ok, but some of the
lights didn't work properly. The problems acted like a bad ground. Well, in
all the time I've been driving, I've always followed the battery cables to
either the starter solenoid or the ground to verify which cable was positive
and negative.
After replacing the battery in the Supercab with a bigger one(because the
535 cca battery wouldn't even begin to turn the 460 over) I put the
replacement battery on the charger for 18 hours. When I started the truck an
hour ago, I didn't get the choke right(manual choke-no cable yet) and the
engine spun like mad. After adjusting the choke again, it fired up.
Anyway, I was going to put the 535cca battery on the charger for a day or
so and then have it load-tested at the parts store. When I tried to hook up
my ancient 12 amp charger, it threw sparks halfway across the garage! After
double checking the cables to be sure I had the cables on the proper battery
posts, I tried again with the same results. Turns out the previous owner had
hooked the battery up backwards and reversed the polarity of the battery!
This would explain the extremely weak cranking power of this battery, and
the new alternator, voltage regulator, ecm, and starter.
Now I have a question for the list. Can the polarity of this battery be
reversed again, so that the positive post is again positive, without harming
my battery charger? If so, would this further weaken the battery? Any
thoughts appreciated!

Jason Kendrick
1970 F100 Custom 390/C6
1978 F150 Ranger Lariat Supercab 460/C6


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