fordtrucks80up-digest Sunday, April 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 135



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In this issue:

re: snorkle ["Doug Berry" ]
F-250 ["Scottie Schmidt" ]
F-250 ["Scottie Schmidt" ]
Re: Engine modifications ["David J. Baldwin" ]
RE: low oil pressure 302 engine .. [Jim Cannon ]
Re: F-250 [Robert Kennedy ]
RE: radius arm bushing replacement/ tranny ?? [Jim Cannon
low oil pressure 302 engine .. [Hawk sktc.net]

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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 07:28:48 -0400
From: "Doug Berry"
Subject: re: snorkle

In the April issue of Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road there is a whole section
on water proofing your truck including snorkles.

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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 14:04:49 -0700
From: "Scottie Schmidt"
Subject: F-250

Hi, a couple of days ago i asked what type of truck would be good for a 15 acre farm.
I also asked the same question a couple of days before that, but no one replyed.
So any way my grandfather the one who wants the truck says that he thinks a F-250
would be good but would like to know what you guys think. So if anyone would like
to reply this time it would be great.



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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 14:05:26 -0700
From: "Scottie Schmidt"
Subject: F-250

Hi, a couple of days ago i asked what type of truck would be good for a 15 acre farm.
I also asked the same question a couple of days before that, but no one replyed.
So any way my grandfather the one who wants the truck says that he thinks a F-250
would be good but would like to know what you guys think. So if anyone would like
to reply this time it would be great.
Scott
Ford F-150 XL I6



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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 16:03:00 -0500
From: "David J. Baldwin"
Subject: Re: Engine modifications

The Trick-Flow Specialties "Twisted Wedge" are popular with the 5.0L Mustang
crowd. Don't know how well they work with a truck application. They claim that
low-end torque will not be degraded. They have 61cc combustion chambers, so
compression will be affected. Anyone have any experience with these?

Run351 wrote:

> Look around for some better flowing heads ...Like GT40( castiron) they came on
> some Explorers..

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Best Regards,

Dave Baldwin
Dallas, TX
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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 16:40:38 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: RE: low oil pressure 302 engine ..

Greg-
This sounds to me like the classic symptoms that you "spun a bearing"
and oil is leaking out of that one spot big time, so no oil pressure is
able to build up. Of course, the oil leaks out and falls back into the
pan, because it is all internal, so you do not see the leak. It does
happen all at once. Sounds like bad news. Anyone else on the list
experience this sort of thing?

Jim Cannon
Houston, TX
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greg wrote:
first time post. I am working on a 302 engine for a ford truck, that in
one day lost oil pressure or very low. I have replaced oil pump, put
oil
pressure test gauge on it to verify low pressure, checked screen in the
pan, changed filter and oil.

I am looking for suggestions on how to troubleshoot this problem. the
engine has 120k miles, but again the pressure went low in one day.


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Jim Cannon
Houston, Texas

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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 14:41:12 -0700
From: Robert Kennedy
Subject: Re: F-250

I don't think anyone is puposefully dodging your question. It's truly
dependent on the type of farm and the primary use for the truck. I've lived
on the farm and about the only purpose the truck had was hauling produce
to market. We had an 8N Ford tractor to do all the dirty work.

If you intend on using the truck to haul everything, the plows, the
tillers, the rakes, the haybailer, the water pumps... then get a one ton
diesel to do it all. A diesel engine will put up with running along at an
idle all day long.

A F250 w/I6 300 will pull along pretty good, it just won't do the idling
along that the diesel will do.

A flat bed will be needed it you haul hay around to drop in the pasture, or
stack the hen cages or rabbit pens.

Narrow your application down a bit and try again...

Bob


At 02:04 PM 4/11/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi, a couple of days ago i asked what type of truck would be good for a 15
acre farm.
> I also asked the same question a couple of days before that, but no one
replyed.
>So any way my grandfather the one who wants the truck says that he thinks
a F-250
>would be good but would like to know what you guys think. So if anyone
would like
>to reply this time it would be great.
>
>
>
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Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 16:55:14 -0500
From: Jim Cannon
Subject: RE: radius arm bushing replacement/ tranny ??

Bret-
Do not undo the main bolt if you can avoid it (and you can). Grinding
the rivets off and replacing with bolts WILL work (as suggested by
Michael Long). The come-along method is faster but trickier. You have to
anchor the frame back to something solid, and you will have a lot of
energy stored up in that cable; be careful.

What's the condition of the axel bushings? Mine were shot, so I did them
at the same time by just dropping each half-axel. Very easy job.

Jim Cannon
Houstin, TX
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"BRET LUTER" wrote:

Ok, I'm going to try to replace the radius arm bushings on my '85 F350
Crew Cab this weekend. Any tips to keep me from cussing any more than
normal?? The Chilton's manual I have says to loosen the bolt that
connects the I-beam to the radius arm (!) but it also says that you have
to re-torque that bolt to 300+ ft/lbs!!!! A mechanic I asked said to
remove the nut on the rear of the radius arm + use a cable "come-a-long"
to pull the I-beam + radius arm assy forward enough to replace the
bushings...
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Jim Cannon
Houston, Texas

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Date: 11 Apr 1998 22:29:20 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: low oil pressure 302 engine ..

FO>first time post. I am working on a 302 engine for a ford truck, that in
FO>one day lost oil pressure or very low. I have replaced oil pump, put
FO>oil
FO>pressure test gauge on it to verify low pressure, checked screen in the
FO>pan, changed filter and oil.

FO>I am looking for suggestions on how to troubleshoot this problem. the
FO>engine has 120k miles, but again the pressure went low in one day.


I had a 289 that spit out half a cam bearing insert for no apparant
reason. Don't know how to trouble shoot for that other than tear down
the motor. Sometimes the oil pump driveshaft on a small Ford beaks, but
you probably checked it when you had the pump off. Did you prime the
new pump? Did you have any trash in the pan, like from a spun bearing?
You might pull the valve covers and see if your getting oil to the top
of the motor and visually check the valve train. Just curious, does the
pickup have a oil pressure guage or an idiot light? Good luck. I would....


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