perf-list-digest Wednesday, May 5 1999 Volume 02 : Number 106



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Perf - The Country Mechanic and the City Mechanic
FTE Perf - Sick 428
RE: FTE Perf - re: hyd lifter adj.
Re: FTE Perf - The Country Mechanic and the City Mechanic and Restorods

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Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 08:10:15 -0500
From: William S Hart
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - The Country Mechanic and the City Mechanic

>In the city, go to a car club and ask advice. Best for this task is a
>club that favors restorods from the '40/50's. Restorodders tend to run
>pieces put together with parts from a variety of manufacturers. Many
>like their rides for the way they look and, other than basic maintenance
>& making it look good, are not mechanically inclined. A best friend with
>several nice rides is a restorodder on So Calif. To him, anything beyond
>changing oil is a mechanical function best left to the experts. They
>know good shops.
>

Wow, I don't know too many hotrodders/restorodders who don't do their own
work ... 'course most the ones I know build those rods that your friends
buy ... they do know who to talk to, and can usually refer you to someone
who can do good work. If you don't know any of them, start hanging out at
car shows and asking them about their cars and such ... they are a great
source of knowledge.


Just my 2cents

wish

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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 12:33:57 -0400
From: am14 daimlerchrysler.com
Subject: FTE Perf - Sick 428

JSH writes: >>My 428 runs like the timing is retarded (It's not)or the firing
order is
wrong(It's not).Sounds "flat" no power,sick,like it has the flu.
AFB has fresh rebuild,has new plugs,cap,wires,rotor,#150 compression on
all 8,no vacum leaks,dist.does not seem sloppy&has good gear.dist gear
on cam looks fine,advances as it should and timing does not vary.
I'm thinking flat cam,bad timing chain,or possibly bad Unilite unit in
Mallory Dist.From what I understand Unilite either works or not, no 1/2
way with them.
If the chain was bad wouldn't the timing be all over the place?Is there
another way to test chain?Is there any way to test a flat cam,besides a
dial indicator off the cam lobe?

Don't know that this applies, but it just might. I had a very similar problem
with one I built back several years ago. Nearly drove me crazy. I had done a
complete rebuild. Replaced the cam and lifters with a matched set from
Crane(don't remember the #). It was supposed to be a really good torquer from
2000 up to about 4500. Well the short of the story is. I pulled the engine out
- - put the CJ cam back in that had some very visible wear but not excessive and
it cured my problem. The Cam from Crane was anything but a "Torquer". I ran
that visably worn cam for 3 years with absolutely no problems, and had the
torque and horsepower I expected.
Have you changed cams lately???

Azie
Ardmorem, Al


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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 13:36:30 -0400
From: Sleddog
Subject: RE: FTE Perf - re: hyd lifter adj.

What i have been doing for my roller cam in my pull truck, is using a
remote starter button bump the engine as normal. but i took a destributer
cap and drilled large holes inside of each termainal, allowing a view of
the rotor as it points to each cylinder. When it is pointing to each
cylinder i adjust that cylinder's lash. all you need is an old cap, drill
the holes and i also marked the rotor with some yellow paint to make it
easier to see. It is also just as easy if the plugs are out, to turn the
crank with a wrench.

sleddog

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From: Margit Walden[SMTP:Margit goodnet.com]
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 1999 4:52 AM
To: perf-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Perf - re: hyd lifter adj.

i have been adjusting hyd. lifters for years at our shop on all kinds of
vehicles that i dont have specs. for in the following manner. with a
remote starter switch i bump each valve through it's lift with my
finger on the rocker arm. as the valve closes you can feel that the cam
is on the base circle. that is when i preload the lifter. i work in a
busy shop and work on a lot of different vehicles and i haven't had any
comebacks for noisey lifters. it is a lot more easy with the intake
off, as you can watch the lifters drop in their bore. bronco
buster.

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Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 18:38:19 -0700
From: George Miller
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - The Country Mechanic and the City Mechanic and Restorods

William S Hart wrote:
>
> >In the city, go to a car club and ask advice. Best for this task is a
> >club that favors restorods from the '40/50's. Restorodders tend to run
> >pieces put together with parts from a variety of manufacturers. Many
> >like their rides for the way they look and, other than basic maintenance
> >& making it look good, are not mechanically inclined. A best friend with
> >several nice rides is a restorodder on So Calif. To him, anything beyond
> >changing oil is a mechanical function best left to the experts. They
> >know good shops.
> >
>
> Wow, I don't know too many hotrodders/restorodders who don't do their own
> work ... 'course most the ones I know build those rods that your friends
> buy ... they do know who to talk to, and can usually refer you to someone
> who can do good work. If you don't know any of them, start hanging out at
> car shows and asking them about their cars and such ... they are a great
> source of knowledge.
>
> Just my 2cents
>
> wish

Some were purchased already finished or almost finished and a few put
together using paid help. He likes to drive and show them. He buys them
at real deal prices (there are lots of restorods done by owners who have
a new member of their family or other gold requiring events happen at
inconvenient times). My friend always says he's going to resell them at
what would be an easy, substantial profit, but that never happens. There
are now two leased building areas holding his stuff. One piece, The
Pumpkin, is a '56 Small Window with 351C, C6, 9", Mustang II front ($2k
right there), finished interior, wheels/tires, painted Orange. $5,500 in
1997. I asked him to consider selling it to me, it's begging for a 460,
but he needs it for etc., etc.. Insured for under 3,000 miles a year
each (cheap), it gives him some variety for drivers.

Most collectors have moderate aspirations but there are a bunch of them
out there. Demand for Boyd's shop efforts far outstrips the supply. My
lack of interest in the resto scene is that performance, high
performance, is generally secondary to appearance and convenience. Ford
Truck engine bays were meant to contain at least 429 cubic inches of
high maintenance, producing HP at the excitement level.

George Miller
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