perf-list-digest Saturday, May 29 1999 Volume 02 : Number 129

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In this issue:

FTE Perf - Burning points
Re: FTE Perf - Gear lube
FTE Perf - Re: FTE 80-96 - 89 351 surge problem, still, update
FTE Perf - questions from a shade tree mechanic to the pros out there



Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 09:12:37 -0400
From: am14
Subject: FTE Perf - Burning points

Dennis writes: >>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.

Seems like I remember that an inoperative Capacitor (open - missing - too small)
will do this. Also running all the time in the "start" mode (12V on primary)
will do it.

The Electronic Ign would definately stop this, but it can be prevented
otherwise. Something is definately not right with his system.

Ardmore, Al.

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Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 08:33:21 -0500
From: Steve Randa
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Gear lube

Well I got the Tractech C-Locker and the 4.10s in and I love it. It
doesn't make as much noise as I thought. Quieter than the Powertrax
locker I had in it. I ended up using the studs and girdle off the
Mustang too. Might as well, since I'll be unloading it for a 9" soon. Oh
BTW, I just went ahead and used the synthetic lube.

Steve Randa
'84 F150

William S Hart wrote:

> Also let me know what you decide, it feels like the detroit in the rear may
> be comin up soon for my truck as well ...
> Just my 2cents
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Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 13:36:22 -0500
From: Steve Randa
Subject: FTE Perf - Re: FTE 80-96 - 89 351 surge problem, still, update

I've got an AOD in my '84 and need to change the speedo driven gear.
Does anyone know if the tranny has a 7 or an 8 drive gear in it?

Steve Randa
'84 F150
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Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 16:50:48 PDT
From: "Aaron Martin"
Subject: FTE Perf - questions from a shade tree mechanic to the pros out there

Today I spent some time tinkering with the truck(v-10 sc,lb), changing oil,
cleaining up interior, etc. Anyway, as happens when I do that sort of thing,
I start to look at things a wonder how they can be reingeneered for
improvements. First of all, while I know what backpressure is, I only
vaguely remember the explanation of why some is better than none. How will
my hp and torque change as back pressure is reduced, and where will they go
in reference to my rpms. Second, I was looking at the air intake and it
appears as though a well placed hole behind the grill on the upper right
hand side would help create a ram air effect. I'm sure I could expect more
bugs in my air cleaner, but I'm more concerned about driving in a heavy
rain. Could I suck in enough water to damage the engine?

Besides the search for "free" power I am planning to add a K&N air filter,
modify the exhaust, and likely add a chip. I'm tempted to transfer a spare
bottle of N2O from the mustang (runs 11.20's) but realistically that
probably wont happen. I'm open to all suggestions, my main restrictions are
the thing still needs to tow 8,000 lbs around and appear stock (read that as
no dual pipes out the back, or anywhere else). Also, any possible increase
in mileage would be excellent.

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