perf-list-digest Friday, May 28 1999 Volume 02 : Number 128



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In this issue:

FTE Perf - Connecting Rod Side Clearance
Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6
FTE Perf - Burning Points
Re: FTE Perf - Burning Points
Re: FTE Perf - Burning Points
Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6
Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6

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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 07:01:18 -0700
From: "Danger"
Subject: FTE Perf - Connecting Rod Side Clearance

I've just finished installing the pistons for my new 390 and the
connecting rods for #3 and #7 don't have enough side clearance (less than
.001"). According to Steve Christ's book, the face of the rod must be
resurfaced. Wouldn't the engine need to be rebalanced after removing .012"
off of either #3 or #7, or .006" off of both?

The engine used to be a 360,.. I purchased the crankshaft and the connecting
rods (C7AE B) from the same machinist that did all the work.

What should I do?


Danger
danger csolutions.net



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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 08:41:11 -0500
From: William S Hart
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6

>I know you all might think I am nuts... But I want to keep my 2.9L V6
>for economy reasons, but I'd Still like to see an improvement in power.
>What recommendations can everyone give to boost performance 25% or
>more? What will make the largest improvements? What would be the most
>cost effective?
>
Let me know too, a guy I work with has one of these and would like to hop
it up. I've heard the throttle body from an 85 or 86 is larger and might
help a bit .. also straightening out the intake snorkel will increase
things, but these are all small potatoes ... anything we can do to bring
things up a little quicker ? (no supers or turbos)


Just my 2cents

wish

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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 07:28:17 -0700
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: FTE Perf - Burning Points

Hi all,

A friend of mine has a 70 Ranchero with a 351 Cleveland in it. He's having
trouble with burning up points every 3 to 4 months. I told him maybe
switching to a petronix unit would help.

Any suggestions on what is wrong and a solution.

Thanks in advance.

Dennis
55F100
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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 09:53:19 -0500
From: William S Hart
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Burning Points

>A friend of mine has a 70 Ranchero with a 351 Cleveland in it. He's having
>trouble with burning up points every 3 to 4 months. I told him maybe
>switching to a petronix unit would help.
>
>Any suggestions on what is wrong and a solution.

Maybe check the wiring to be sure that he's running the right voltage
through them. It seems like I've heard rumors of a start voltage of 12 and
a regular run voltage of 6, so if you're runnin 12 all the time you'll end
up burning them out pretty quick ... I think this is the S and I on the
starter solenoid. I'm not for sure though, 3-4 months seems pretty quick
even for that ... are you getting them set right ? Its best to set dwell
rather than gap ... but that takes two people ... also remember to set the
timing after putting in new points. He doesn't have a high powered coil or
anything runnin does he ? Also be sure and replace the condensor every
time too, as that will help keep the voltage from bleeding off and burning
them up ...


Just my 2cents

wish

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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 09:14:31 -0700
From: "Bill Beyer"
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Burning Points

Well it certainly would eliminate the points, however it sounds like the
ballast resistor isn't working correctly which is what's burning up the
points.

"If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, riddle them with bullets"

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From: O'Connell, Dennis M
To: 'perf-list ford-trucks.com'
Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 7:34 AM
Subject: FTE Perf - Burning Points


>Hi all,
>
>A friend of mine has a 70 Ranchero with a 351 Cleveland in it. He's having
>trouble with burning up points every 3 to 4 months. I told him maybe
>switching to a petronix unit would help.
>
>Any suggestions on what is wrong and a solution.



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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 10:20:07 -0700
From: johny
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6

Jame's Duff offers a chip for the 2.9V6. Cost about $295.
I've been unable to get specs from them the last time I contacted them.
(they are usually pretty responsive)

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http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jamesduff.com/newproducts.html

There is finally an easy way to get more power out of your fuel injected 2.3,
2.9, 4.0, 5.0 or 5.8! Our ECM works with ignition
timing and injector pulse width to improve throttle response and power output,
without affecting emissions or fuel economy!
Combine with a K&N Filtercharger for best effect.

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William S Hart wrote:

> >I know you all might think I am nuts... But I want to keep my 2.9L V6
> >for economy reasons, but I'd Still like to see an improvement in power.
> >What recommendations can everyone give to boost performance 25% or
> >more? What will make the largest improvements? What would be the most
> >cost effective?
> >
> Let me know too, a guy I work with has one of these and would like to hop
> it up. I've heard the throttle body from an 85 or 86 is larger and might
> help a bit .. also straightening out the intake snorkel will increase
> things, but these are all small potatoes ... anything we can do to bring
> things up a little quicker ? (no supers or turbos)
>
> Just my 2cents
>
> wish
>
> Links http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.public.iastate.edu/~wish/links.html
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> '96 Mustang GT http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.public.iastate.edu/~wish/mustang.html
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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 19:09:52 EDT
From: Bogginf350 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - 2.9L v6

ok.... i guess im kinda dumb but..... i did do a 2.9 ford build up.....
OK.... i had an excuse... i mud-drag raced a 1987 ranger stx... and i had to
race a supercharger 4.0 ranger....... but anyhow.. this is what i did.....
ok... first off i had to buy two new rods.... and a head..... i hydrolocked
it...(slurped up water)... and the head was cracked.... notorious..... but i
did some basic porting to the heads... mainly bowl work.. along with a 3
angle valve job.. replaced all the valves.. heavy duty springs and locks..
all new exhaust valve seats... and also had the heads milled .020.... ok now
for the block.. re-used old block.. bored .040 with a federal mogul-sealed
power engine kit... had the block deck milled .010. with new freze plugs
etc.... new cam bearings and a rousch hyd. cam? dont ask me..... a friend got
it for me? actually caused a little lope with the 2.9? but back to the
rotating assemebly... with the new rods... i had the engine balanced to match
it back up. crank was polished with std bearings along with new new cam
bearings.. contiued on with the port worn into the upper and lower intake
manifold... (removing casting imperfections) every little bit helps..
remember.... superchared 4.0..... installed new ADS injectors along with a
chip. also purchased a set of JBA nickel plated headers and y-pipe.. pretty
sweet looking.. but also about 500 bucks... and my truck also had the larger
86-87 throttle body.... a accel coil for a stang.. true dual exhaust.. (let
this little terd breathe) but heres the real kicker..... this litte 2.9 had
a 75 horse NOS system.... you would be amazed what 75 horse feels like in a
140 hp motor.... WOW... but as ive already made a short story long..... ill
finish up.... this little motor went on to beat the Big Bad 4.0.... and went
to sandwich illinois for the petersons 4x4 fun fest and took home first place
honors for the 4+6 cyl class.... but as luck would have it... that fall the
truck was rolled... sat in my backyard for a year and then i sold the
motor.... complete with about 3000 miles for 1500 bucks...... you always
loose money on those deals.... but the motor ran very strong.....good enough
to produce plumes of tire smoke with 32X10.5 super swampers and a locked
axle.... even without the nos... it was a considerable improvement over the
stocker.... well, hope i was help....
josh davis

1996 f350 4x4 6"lift
1995 mustang cobra
1979 f250 468ci.. 4x4 (new race truck)
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