Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 01:00:27 -0500 (EST) To: fordtrucks-digest lofcom.com
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Subject: fordtrucks Digest v97 n0009
Reply-To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Volume 97 Number 0009 fordtrucks Digest

Today's Topics:

Re: 460 Fuel Economy?!
RE: My Project Ford Description
Re: My Project Ford Description
Runnin' Hot -Reply
Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply
Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply
Re: 460 Fuel Economy?!
Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply
47 1 ton and 53 F600
TRUCK mpg
Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply
looking for stuff
RE: Runnin' Hot
Runnin' Hot
Re: looking for stuff
RE: Runnin' Hot
Re: looking for stuff
47 and 53 Trucks
Late model stuff
59A or 8BA - That is the question
Re: looking for stuff
Re: 59A or 8BA - That is the question
Raising My Ranger


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>From kulige vitro.bloomington.in.us Wed Feb 26 08:59:25 1997 From: "Erickson" Subject: Re: 460 Fuel Economy?!
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Hey Kevin,

You wrote:
> I've got a with a 460 and C6 transmission a new Holley
> 600CFM 4 barrel carb.
> I'm averaging about 10 mpg. Now... but what can I
> do to improve fuel economy?

I think your "Subj:" line above is boarderlining on one of those there "oxymorons" since 460 and fuel economy are in the same sentance!!!
;)


My 292 (rebuilt 30K miles ago) gets 14mpg on the highway......Your 10mpg doesn't sound that far off of mine especially considering your's is 1.6 times my engine displacement, and you've got plenty more miles on that engine, too!!!! ;)

I'm sorry that I don't have anything constructive for you, Kevin, I guess I am surprised to learn that you can get 10mpg with your current setup. A buddy of mine had a 454 stock setup in another vehicle, and he was lucky to get 8 mpg. (He kinda drove like an idiot off "the line" of each stop light, tho, and I'm sure his acceleration habits hurt him as well.)

Have a great day!

Eric

1961 F100 Pick'em up Truck




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Eric Kulig
erickson vitro.bloomington.in.us
"My everyday silver is plastic"
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>From rcollins micron.net Wed Feb 26 09:13:28 1997 From: Randy Collins Subject: RE: My Project Ford Description To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

When I referred to a stock 460, I was saying that I have a stock rebuilt = 460 in my garage that has around 2,000 miles on it. It was originally = purchased from one of the companies that "mass" rebuilds them. =20

400 HP is easy? Good, so I will be impressed when I am done. =20

The stock 460 doesn't impress me. =20


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From: Nick Finney[SMTP:nfinney earthlink.net] Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 1997 7:00 AM To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com
Subject: Re: My Project Ford Description

>>and finally=20
>>coax more performance out of the stock 460. It is my intention to end =

>>up with 460 that has approximately 400 HP.

What do you mean by stock 460???

If you go with an RV cam, port the the heads, get the timing right and get some headers and an aluminum intake 400 HP out of a 460 is cake.=20

REPLACE THE STOCK OIL PUMP DRIVESHAFT with a hardened one! Next door neighbor blew his on a 70 F-100 with a new 460 and lost oil pressure.=20

--=20
Nick Finney
nfinney earthlink.net


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>From payne platinum.com Wed Feb 26 10:42:04 1997 From: Ken Payne
Subject: Runnin' Hot -Reply
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>>> Christopher E. Webb 02/25/97 07:51pm
>>>
-snip-

>after filling it back up, I get a lot of smell of coolant in the cab while
>unning, and the defroster vents on my dash are fogging up the
>windshield,
>even though all the air stuff is off.

Get the engine hot (not just warm), turn it off. Don't let it overheat though!!!! The fan should nearly lock in place and have a high resistance to turn. If not, the clutch needs replacing.

>I know I have a heater core leak--how easy is that to replace (it looks
>almost exactly like the picture of the heater core from a '78 Bronco with
>A/C that's in the Chilton's manual)? I've already replaced the thermostat.
>The radiator is one of those super-cooling systems that has one main
>radiator and what looks like 3 smaller ones mounted off of it.

3 smaller ones are probably:
oil cooler, tranny cooler and a/c radiator.

Sorry, can't help you with the rest.



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>From payne platinum.com Wed Feb 26 10:46:04 1997 From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

-snip-
>
>Stands for "FORD EDSEL", the FE was fords "new" V8 Big Block in the
>late
>50's early 60's. Don't know the exact year. Anyone know when
>production
>of the FE was stopped?

I don't know when production officially ended (ie, for factory replacement engines), but the last year I've heard of an FE being put into a vehicle is 1976.

>They common displacements were 352,360,390,406,427 and 428 ci,
>The 427
>side oiler in the Shelby Cobra was a FE Big Block (the casting was not
>the same as your average FE though).

In the Edsels they also had the 332 and 410. Some of the bigger trucks used the 361 and 391, I've yet to see one but I know that they were produced. I believe the 427 and 428 are also the only members to be externally balanced. The 427 also had heads with better flow characteristics. Finding 427 heads is a very **good** thing!
Actually, finding a 427 is getting pretty difficult these days... and boy do the junkyards know it!

Sorry for rambling.... but I really like FEs.






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>From rs6l+ andrew.cmu.edu Wed Feb 26 11:05:38 1997 From: Robert J Schreiner Subject: Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Excerpts from mail: 26-Feb-97 Re: Exhaust manifold remova.. by Ken Payne platinum.com
>
> >They common displacements were 352,360,390,406,427 and 428 ci,
> >The 427
> >side oiler in the Shelby Cobra was a FE Big Block (the casting was not
> >the same as your average FE though).
>
> In the Edsels they also had the 332 and 410. Some of the bigger
> trucks used the 361 and 391, I've yet to see one but I know that
> they were produced. I believe the 427 and 428 are also the only
> members to be externally balanced. The 427 also had heads with better
> flow characteristics. Finding 427 heads is a very **good** thing!
> Actually, finding a 427 is getting pretty difficult these days... and
> boy do the junkyards know it!
>
> Sorry for rambling.... but I really like FEs.
>
>

What about the 330 truck motor used in the mid 70's? was this a FE block?

Just curious.
RJ.


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>From wstreet garlic.com Wed Feb 26 11:20:58 1997 From: wstreet garlic.com (William Street) Subject: Re: 460 Fuel Economy?!
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>
> Hi all,
>
> I've got a 1978 F150 Ranger Lariat with a 460 and C6 transmission. I
> recently put a new Holley 600CFM 4 barrel carb on in place of the original
> Motorcraft unit. I'm averaging about 10 mpg. Now... I realize this is not
> Consumer Reports first choice for a fuel efficient vehicle, but what can I
> do to improve fuel economy (I don't know what rearend is in it), and what
> is the absolute best MPG that anyone out there has achieved? I could
> replace the 460 (123,000 mi with no rebuild) with a 300, but I've kind of
> gotten use to that "kick in the seat" from a big V8 :)
>
> Kevin
>
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Sounds pretty good to me. I put a 460 in my 78 4X4 F250 with an Edelbrock Performer manifold, RV cam, and a Holley 750. I get about 8 mpg if I keep it tuned. It does have that 'kick in the seat' however.

Bill


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>From mcat epix.net Wed Feb 26 12:30:19 1997 From: mcat epix.net
Subject: Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Ken The only exturnally balanced fe is the 428. 427s share cranks, rods, flywheels & frontbalancers with the rest of the fe`s 428 is the oddball because of the stroke.
Garry
--- On Wed, 26 Feb 1997 10:46:04 -0500 (EST) Ken Payne wrote:

>-snip-
>>
>>Stands for "FORD EDSEL", the FE was fords "new" V8 Big Block in the
>>late
>>50's early 60's. Don't know the exact year. Anyone know when
>>production
>>of the FE was stopped?
>
>I don't know when production officially ended (ie, for factory
>replacement engines), but the last year I've heard of an FE
>being put into a vehicle is 1976.
>
>>They common displacements were 352,360,390,406,427 and 428 ci,
>>The 427
>>side oiler in the Shelby Cobra was a FE Big Block (the casting was not
>>the same as your average FE though).
>
>In the Edsels they also had the 332 and 410. Some of the bigger
>trucks used the 361 and 391, I've yet to see one but I know that
>they were produced. I believe the 427 and 428 are also the only
>members to be externally balanced. The 427 also had heads with better
>flow characteristics. Finding 427 heads is a very **good** thing!
>Actually, finding a 427 is getting pretty difficult these days... and
>boy do the junkyards know it!
>
>Sorry for rambling.... but I really like FEs.
>
>
>
>
>
>____________________________________________________________________
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>To send mail to fordtrucks, use the address: fordtrucks lofcom.com
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>Comments and suggestions are welcome, use: kpayne mindspring.com
>
>

-----------------End of Original Message-----------------


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Garry
E-mail: mcat epix.net
Date: 2/26/97 Time: 12:26:00 PM

427 Fe powered F-100 Wild by design
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>From jhazewinkel exodus.valpo.edu Wed Feb 26 12:59:08 1997 From: Jeff Hazewinkel Subject: 47 1 ton and 53 F600
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

I am currently working on 2 trucks. The first is a 47 1 ton, the second being a 53 F600. I purchased the 47 because someone had started to restore the truck and placed a 239 flathead V8 in there. My intention was to put that engine in the 53 and work on the 47 later. When I moved the 47 home, I realized that the restoration was over half finished and decided to put my efforts to finishing that truck first. My question is this, is it better to put a 47 vintage engine in the 47 or to keep the flathead so the engines in both trucks could be identical?

I am currently talking with someone who has a complete 59 A/B V8 that needs to be rebuilt. He believes it may have been made sometime between 46 and 48. Does that sound correct ? Which should cost less to rebuild, a 48 to 53 flathead or the 59 A/B ?

Jeff


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>From HURDJ VAX.CS.HSCSYR.EDU Wed Feb 26 13:07:42 1997 From: JIM HURD Subject: TRUCK mpg
X-VMS-To: IN%"fordtrucks lofcom.com"
X-VMS-Cc: HURDJ
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Just for comparison with those big blocks, I have a '79 F-150 2wd Lariat that I ordered new and took delivery in Dec. 1978. It has a 4-speed/OD Clark transmission and a 2.75 traction-lok. It also carries a fiberglass cap, and weighs 4460# empty.

The changes I made that really helped the mpg were a switch to radial tires, removal of the engine fan, and installation of headers. There is mpg (and torque) to be found in recurving the distributor advance and getting the best power valve for your driving style. ( I currently run a two-stage power valve: 1st stage 10"Hg, 2nd stage 4"Hg)

Since the installation of an RV type cam (204/214 w/214 LSA) the milage has been: 1994 = 20.6 mpg
1995 = 20.6 mpg
1996 = 20.8 mpg
Because I live in the Central NY area (near the "Salt City") this truck sees limited service from December to March, but it does pull a boat about 500 miles per year. And calculating fuel mileage over a calander year evens out the variations from not being able to fill the tank to the exact same level from one tank full to the next. YMMV.

Jim in Central NY
'79 F-150 (302!)
'92 Topaz (3.0l)
P.S. And with my tall gears, there is no "kick"!` :-(


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>From HURDJ VAX.CS.HSCSYR.EDU Wed Feb 26 13:44:00 1997 From: JIM HURD Subject: Re: Exhaust manifold removal, heater fan motor.. -Reply X-VMS-To: IN%"FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com"
X-VMS-Cc: HURDJ
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

The 330 truck motor came in 330MD and 330HD and are (I believe) FT blocks.

Jim in Central NY
'79 F-150 (302!)
'92 Topaz (3.0l)


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>From marko helix.net Wed Feb 26 15:27:28 1997 From: marko helix.net (marko maryniak)
Subject: looking for stuff
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Hi!!

I live in Vancouver, BC and have a stock turquoise 1971 F250 4x4 with a 360 and the heavy 3/4 sus.

I have put an rv cam in it, but am against headers as they may create heat problems in the engine compartment. I am also running a 6919 Holley (600 cfm) 4 barrel which gives it quite a bit of snot. Other than radial tires and a cd player in the glove compartment, the truck is stock.

Trouble is, the cab mounts are finished, as is the radiator support. I welded in replacement cab mounts (the aftermarket type) and they ripped out.

I need a nice, old (say 67 or 68) Ford or Mercury (the latter would be nice!) in decent shape, any old 2wd will do, from a nice warm place with no road salt (and therefore no rust). Mechanics don't matter but a 390 for a rebuild would be very nice too.

Please let me know if you got or know where I can get. Thanks, and if you need parts for this vintage (68-72) like interior, emblems, mirrors, etc etc there are tons up here, so email and I will return the favour. There are other vintages too so email me with your needs.

thanks!!!


marko maryniak
(marko helix.net)

ps to all you mileage writers (erickson et al) I get about 16 with my rv cam and and lead foot.

Somebody said something about removing the fan. You mean, put in a clutch fan, or a flex fan, or an electric fan, or no fan, or what? How much mpg will this really add?




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>From trainquilt nti.net Wed Feb 26 18:03:00 1997 From: Jean and Phillip Johnson Subject: RE: Runnin' Hot
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

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You're right it sounds like you have a heater core leak for sure. You = can unhook and plug your heater hoses if you're losing alot of coolant = in your cab. Of course you won't have a heater if you do. Does your = engine cool if you get your truck up to speed and get some air flowing = across your radiator? I've had clutched fans that I couldn't hear real = well when it kicked in. Has yours ever made a loud noise when it kicked = in before you noticed it overheating? You might also want to get your = radiator checked and see if it's partially clogged,

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From: Christopher E. Webb[SMTP:cwebb ctainforms.com] Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 1997 2:51 PM To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com
Subject: Runnin' Hot

Been having some troubles with my '77 F250. It has a 460/V8 engine. =20 Currently, it has been running hot (red-lining at slow speeds after = running=20
a bit), and the fan doesn't seem to be kicking in. It rotates when the=20 engine is running, but I don't hear that sound of a jet taking off, that =

I've heard on other clutched fans. I've also been losing radiator fluid. = =20
After filling it back up, I get a lot of smell of coolant in the cab = while=20
running, and the defroster vents on my dash are fogging up the = windshield,=20
even though all the air stuff is off. =20

I know I have a heater core leak--how easy is that to replace (it looks=20 almost exactly like the picture of the heater core from a '78 Bronco = with=20
A/C that's in the Chilton's manual)? I've already replaced the = thermostat. =20
The radiator is one of those super-cooling systems that has one main=20 radiator and what looks like 3 smaller ones mounted off of it.

Does anybody know where I can get some decent wiring diagrams for this=20 monster? The previous owner did a lot of jury-rigging, but didn't have = the=20
owner's manual. There's stuff in there I can't identify, and most of it =

seems to go nowhere! They said they used to have a 5th Wheel on it.

If anyone can help with this, I'd appreciate it. I don't have a lot of=20 experience with auto repair (just computers), so speak slowly and = clearly. :)

Thanks,

Julia Bender

1977 F250 460/V8



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>From doggfarm erols.com Wed Feb 26 18:08:25 1997 From: doggfarm erols.com
Subject: Re: looking for stuff
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>Hi!!
>
>I live in Vancouver, BC and have a stock turquoise 1971 F250 4x4 with a 360
>and the heavy 3/4 sus.
>
>I have put an rv cam in it, but am against headers as they may create heat
>problems in the engine compartment......


Actually, wouldn't headers decrease the amount of heat since your engine would be operating more efficiently?

Granted, headers installed and set up incorrectly (ie: incorrect jetting + timing for new headers) might cause additional heating as your engine would be operating "out of spec" but if you're looking to increase efficiency I'd reconsider a good set of headers.

Just my 2 cents worth (probably worth about that)...(I just wanted to see my name on the list again) ;-)



John
93 Ranger STX 4x4




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>From marko helix.net Wed Feb 26 18:45:04 1997 From: marko helix.net (marko maryniak)
Subject: RE: Runnin' Hot
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

Dear Running Hot,

>Been having some troubles with my '77 F250. It has a 460/V8 engine.
>Currently, it has been running hot (red-lining at slow speeds after running
>a bit), and the fan doesn't seem to be kicking in. It rotates when the
>engine is running, but I don't hear that sound of a jet taking off, that
>I've heard on other clutched fans. I've also been losing radiator fluid.
>After filling it back up, I get a lot of smell of coolant in the cab while
>running, and the defroster vents on my dash are fogging up the windshield,
>even though all the air stuff is off.
>
>I know I have a heater core leak--how easy is that to replace (it looks
>almost exactly like the picture of the heater core from a '78 Bronco with
>A/C that's in the Chilton's manual)? I've already replaced the thermostat.
>The radiator is one of those super-cooling systems that has one main
>radiator and what looks like 3 smaller ones mounted off of it.
>
>Does anybody know where I can get some decent wiring diagrams for this
>monster? The previous owner did a lot of jury-rigging, but didn't have the
>owner's manual. There's stuff in there I can't identify, and most of it
>seems to go nowhere! They said they used to have a 5th Wheel on it.
>
>If anyone can help with this, I'd appreciate it. I don't have a lot of
>experience with auto repair (just computers), so speak slowly and clearly. :)
>
>Thanks,
>
>Julia Bender
>
>1977 F250 460/V8
>

First of all, fix the heater core. If you lose pressurization in your cooling system, the coolant will likely boil and then you will overheat for sure, no matter how good the rest of the system is. Also, unless you're adding coolant every day, you're probably letting the level run down to a point where the coolant can easily create air pockets, or boil, before you fill it up again.

Remember the rule about fixing things: Always fix the most obviously broken thing first and see if that cures the problem. Many a buck has been wasted on removing water pumps and checking radiators when a simple hose clamp solves the problem.

If you want a decent enough book about fixing your truck, including wiring diagrams, pick up

HAYNES 1973-79 FORD TRUCK AND BRONCO MANUAL

costs about 20 bucks. I hope you all have these in the states and are not monopolized by Chilton, which are not the best. Most parts stores and/or off-road specialty shops should have.

This book has the directions on fixing the heater core specifically for your model. Should be a piece of pie.

ONCE THAT IS FIXED (and not before because you'll never know if you are having compound problems, process of elimination, you know)

1. fill up on coolant and see if the engine still overheats. If not, jump for joy, you've fixed the problem.

2. You say it "redlines" at low speed/idle. Do this: get the engine nice and warm, and then get out and open the hood. Watch the fan rotating, and have a friend rev the engine up some. See what happens, if the fan rotates more and more quickly, or not. Then, once the engine is nice and hot, shut it off, then try to turn the fan with your hand. Since the engine is hot the fan clutch should still be engaged and the fan difficult if not impossible to turn by hand. [Do NOT try this with the engine running!!! : ) ] If it is really hard to turn by hand, then wait until the engine cools off (a couple hours) and then try to turn it, and see if this is easier. If it's stuck when hot and disengaged when cool, the fan is ok.

3. Before you do anything else let us know how you made out with the foregoing. You say you replaced the thermostat? Well, when thermostats break they tend to stick OPEN, not shut, so with a faulty thermostat the most usual problem is overcooling, not under. So don't replace anything else until the heater core is fixed.

Tip: Put regular bearing grease on the heater core inlet and outlet pipe where the hose slips on. This not only helps the hose slip on, it preserves a positive seal without corrosion. If you don't grease the pipes, they may corrode under the hose, jeopardizing your seal and leaking in about 6 mos.
This happened to me!!

good luck!!


marko maryniak
vancouver, bc
1971 f250 4x4

marko helix.net




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>From nfinney earthlink.net Wed Feb 26 22:28:08 1997 From: Nick Finney Subject: Re: looking for stuff
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

doggfarm erols.com wrote:
>
> >Hi!!
> >
> >I live in Vancouver, BC and have a stock turquoise 1971 F250 4x4 with a 360
> >and the heavy 3/4 sus.
> >
> >I have put an rv cam in it, but am against headers as they may create heat
> >problems in the engine compartment......
>
> Actually, wouldn't headers decrease the amount of heat since your engine
> would be operating more efficiently?


I think the thin wall tubing that headers use is a less efficient insulator and they radiate more heat into the engine compartment.

--
Nick Finney
nfinney earthlink.net


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>From rmeier connect.net Wed Feb 26 22:49:49 1997 From: rmeier connect.net (Roger Meier)
Subject: 47 and 53 Trucks
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>I am currently talking with someone who has a complete 59 A/B V8 that
>needs to be rebuilt. He believes it may have been made sometime between
>46 and 48. Does that sound correct ? Which should cost less to
>rebuild, a 48 to 53 flathead or the 59 A/B ?
>
Jeff,
The 59A engine was used in both cars and trucks from 46 to 48 inclusive. It has 239 cu in. In 49 Ford went to the 8BA engine, also a 239 cu in, but a little higher compression and a little more power. It also has the distributor on top of the engine, not in front of the thing like the 59A, and that is a lot nicer to work on. It also has thermostats to control the engine temp. The 59A and earlier had no thermostats except for aftermarket (I think) stats that were put in the radiator hose where it attaches to the head. Both are flathead engines. The 8BA engine is stronger, but much more prone to cracked blocks. The 59A engines rarely have cracked blocks unless someone didn't add enough alcohol to the radiator in the winter. If you get an 8BA engine look at the area in between the exhaust valve and the cylinder wall for cracks, that is where they would occur if due to overheating.
As far as cost, there is probably not a lot of difference, there are plenty of parts available for both, however the 59A would be the correct engine for the 47. I would hope you will stay with the original engines, they are quite visibly different, but that is just my opinion and they are your trucks after all.
Have fun with your 47. As you will soon find out, the transmission has NO synchros and you will need to double clutch every shift. They also ride quite rough. Notice the little stob just to the right of the accelerator pedal, you will need it to keep your foot from bouncing all over the cab. If I remember correctly the 53 F6 had a synchroed tranny except for first gear.
Regards,
Roger Meier



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>From yhtlines surfari.net Wed Feb 26 23:37:38 1997 From: yhtlines surfari.net
Subject: Late model stuff
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

I've been using my 95 F150 with a 302 (no five.oh for me!) on weekends to get to my boat, about 120 miles one way. As you might imagine, I drive a little faster going than coming home on Sunday night. Going, I may be doing 75 or so, and needless to say, the gas mileage seems to drop off, probably radically about 68mph. Coming home I keep it to 65 or so, and I get a whole lot bettah mileage. Also above 80, the second air inlet starts opening and starts its moan like the fully opened secondaries on an old Dodge Cop 440.
Any comments on the mileage habits of these rolling boxes?

Also has anyone bought and installed the rear disk brake set-up in the SVo catalog? The price seems right, but I get the feeling there's more to it than I might like. I've already got the monstrous rear drums that come with the factory towing package, along with the rear abs. I'd hate to lose that capability, I wonder, do Lightnings have rear disks and is/are these the same parts?
Dave Lampert

95 F150 302!
86 GT 5.0!



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>From mmiller dryden.net Wed Feb 26 23:53:47 1997 From: "Mitch Miller" Subject: 59A or 8BA - That is the question To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

I am rebuilding a '47 Panel Delivery Truck and staying as original as possible. (Can't find any serial numbers on the frame)

Luckily, I have a choice of engines. The '51 flathead 8BA makes for easy service with the distributor up top. The '47 59A could be difficult to work with as I would need tools (jigs?) to set up the timing, if I knew what to do!

Go original, or take the easy ride (it is a flathead afterall). Anyone?

Mitch Miller
mmiller dryden.net
Dryden, ONTARIO

Running........
'88 Bronco
'46 Pickup


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>From canzus techline.com Thu Feb 27 00:31:40 1997 From: Steve & Rockette Subject: Re: looking for stuff
To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>I have put an rv cam in it, but am against headers as they may create heat
>problems in the engine compartment.


A good set of headers with some header wrap will reduce the amount of heat in the engine compartment. They will also improve the fuel milage slightly, and power level a great deal. Granted, headers are going to change the torque and horsepower peaks, and are louder than cast iron manifolds, but a screaming 390 with a decent exaust system sounds so sweet.....;)
Just dont to go up a couple sizes of jets in the carb, or you really will have a overheating problem, like burnt valves and pistons....:(

Just My Opinion of course...
Steve & Rockette...Lifes a beach
'57 F100 Shorty
'63 F100 Longbox



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>From canzus techline.com Thu Feb 27 00:42:20 1997 From: Steve & Rockette Subject: Re: 59A or 8BA - That is the question To: FORDTRUCKS lofcom.com

>Go original, or take the easy ride (it is a flathead afterall). Anyone?


Hey Mitch;
Take the easy ride, Otherwise you'll be stuck somewhere.
I hate when that happens....
Thats what I did with my 57 F100, a 68 Mustang 289, 15 years, 150,000 miles later, still runs, getting harder to start though.
Ease of maintenance is a wonderful thing...

Just a side comment- I've gotten as much as 19mpg with this truck, but it has an overdrive trans in it. ;)

Steve & Rockette...Lifes a beach
'57 F100 Shorty
'63 F100 Longbox



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>From SubscribeMe TheOffice.Net Thu Feb 27 00:54:47 1997 From: Eddie Torres Subject: Raising My Ranger....


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