perf-list-digest Sunday, February 14 1999 Volume 02 : Number 038



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Perf - overheating???
Re: FTE Perf - overheating???
FTE Perf - Formerly overheating, now gauges
Re: FTE Perf - Formerly overheating, now gauges
FTE Perf - Re: Inline six performance

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 18:09:14 -0800
From: George Miller
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - overheating???

I don't remember when ford went to the idiot light gauge (uses
electrical current to move the needle) but they do go bad.

I assume by this you mean electric gauge, not idiot gauge (mine would
always read full then). I have never actually seen factory "engine
turned" gauges other than the thermometer on the radiator of the old
A's. So I think its safe to say that mine are electric. I guess I
don't understand your references to "true" gauge and "idiot light" gauge
... I've heard the new oil pressure gauges referred to as idiot gauges
because their voltage drop between 0 and max is less than 1 volt.

I was being facitious about the complexity of electric guages. I
consider mechanical oil/water gauges a good investment. It's two less
things to worry about.

George Miller

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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 20:02:50 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - overheating???

George Miller wrote:
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> I was being facitious about the complexity of electric guages. I
> consider mechanical oil/water gauges a good investment. It's two less
> things to worry about.

Well.. when the tube to my oil gauge split and ruined brand new dress
boots I kinda swore off (and AT!) mechanical gauges. :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 18:39:06 -0800
From: George
Subject: FTE Perf - Formerly overheating, now gauges

Split hose carriers do happen. Especially at the back of the gauge, where
it's a compression, rather than a true flanged threaded connection. This
was extensively discussed on the Fordnatics List. Using copper lines seems
to be a superior alternative to the plastic lines supplied by the gauge
manufacturers unless you're subjecting the rig to severe off-road or circle
track racing. Then the stress factor of copper lines becomes an issue. Did
yours split where it connects to the gauge? That's the most common failure
with the plastic lines.

George Miller

George Miller

George Miller wrote:
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> I was being facitious about the complexity of electric guages. I
> consider mechanical oil/water gauges a good investment. It's two less
> things to worry about.

Well.. when the tube to my oil gauge split and ruined brand new dress
boots I kinda swore off (and AT!) mechanical gauges. :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic

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Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 00:05:42 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Formerly overheating, now gauges

George wrote:
> Did yours split where it connects to the gauge? That's the most common failure
> with the plastic lines.

Yes. It was a failure of the cheap lines/fittings supplied with the
gauges. As you mentioned I wouldn't want to use copper tubing due to
it's 'work hardening' properties so I'll stick with E- Gauges.

TT
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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 23:59:51 EST
From: IRLobuck AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Perf - Re: Inline six performance

Here is three things you can do without gittin "inside". First, headers and a
full dual 2 1/4" exhaust system. Use long glasspacks rather than turbo's, the
sound is MUCH better and on a 6 they flow just as well. Second, if you want
to loose the injection, go with a DUAL PORT 4v after-market intake with a 350
cfm PROGRESSIVE 2bbl Holley carb (both help keep the fuel/air mix movin well
in the long runs to the outboard cylinders). If you want to keep it put a
performance chip in the ecm. The next thing I would do is, if your stock cam
is OK, change to some 1.76 roller tip rockers, this keeps your duration the
same but increases the lift. Just the ticket for more bottom end. All three
of these are weekend projects that will breathe some fire into your 6.
LOBUCK
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