perf-list-digest Friday, February 26 1999 Volume 02 : Number 050



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Perf - Headers for a '65 Thunderbird Convertible
RE: FTE Perf - Elec. Ignition
FTE Perf - Unilite
RE: FTE Perf - Unilite
Re: FTE Perf - Unilite
RE: FTE Perf - Unilite

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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 08:18:14 -0600
From: William S Hart
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Headers for a '65 Thunderbird Convertible

At 01:44 PM 2/24/99 , you wrote:
>Does anybody out there have a source for headers for my 390-powered 1965
>Thunderbird? A set that will bolt up to my original exhaust system would be
>ideal.
>
Hmmm... these are the shortie headers I've been looking for for my truck,
check with Ford Powertrain Applications, they have some for a galaxie, if
your exhaust manifolds are the same, then they can set you up for sure ....

www.fordpowertrain.com



Just my 2cents

wish

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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 08:18:35 -0800
From: "O'Connell, Dennis M"
Subject: RE: FTE Perf - Elec. Ignition

I wholly agree with Doug about the Unilite. The only time I had my 55 towed
was when the unilite gave up. And when it gives up it just stops, no
warning, just a shut down. I was lucky and was already in the slow lane
when it stopped. I now carry an extra module with me. I'm going to replace
it with an MSD when I stop dumping money everywhere else on the truck.

Dennis
55F100

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> Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Elec. Ignition
>
> You don't have to buy anything special to convert you dist. to the MSD
> box. They include an extra plug with it and you just wire it into the
> dist you have now. It is a simple two wire system and it doesn't use the
> existing ground wire that you have in your dist. That is of course
> assuming that you are using an electronic ignition dist. The magnetic
> pickup in your electronic ford dist. is the same piece that MSD uses in
> their Billet and pro Billet dist's. An MSD 6 box with a blaster 2 or 3
> coil should give you a very hot ingition with all of the reliability you
> can get.
>
> P.S. Stear clear of the Unilite dist. if you are concerned about
> reliability I understand that the electronic eye that is in them has a
> tendancy to burn out and it will leave you sitting when it does.
>
> Doug
>
> ----------
> > Well I cleaned the garage this weekend (everyone cheers), its almost to
> the
> > point that I can put that 390 together in it, need to sweep it out one
> more
> > time though.
> >
> > Anyway the real point is that I looked at the elec. dist. that came with
> > the 390 and low and behold, there was an extra piece of wiring attached.
> > It was the part of the harness that included the C connector for the
> coil,
> > and runs back to a fairly large plug. At any rate I think its the piece
> I
> > thought I was missing...does that make any sense? I've got some printed
> > stuff about where to go from here, but I wanted to be sure I have
> > everything. Here's what I have and need :
> >
> > Have: running FE to test on before installing new motor
> > Elec. dist. from FE (assumed okay since there's not much to go
> wrong,
> > though that sentence spells certain death I'm sure)
> > Wiring harness from dist to coil to box? along with other various
> things
> > (assuming oil pressure and temperature plugs)
> >
> > Need: Coil (cheap one at junk yard for testing work?)
> > Ignition box (figure new one for testing so I know its good, then
> give
> > it
> > to a friend of mine who has a Jeep with the same box in it, is it worth
> > trying with a used box if the box is free ???)
> > Time and decent weather to work on the truck. (this is out of my
> hands)
> >
> > My eventual goal is to move to an MSD 6A ignition box (adapter cable can
> be
> > purchased to wire in to factory wiring) with a high powered coil (MSD
> makes
> > one that plugs into the factory wiring). The idea is to get a good
> > reliable system that I won't have to mess with all the time, and won't
> need
> > to carry a spare box, or can easily swap in the factory box (maybe just
> > keep it mounted but not plugged in) so that I don't need to worry about
> > being stranded somewhere. That's always been my biggest pet peeve with
> the
> > elec. ignition, points you can limp home on, once the elec. box goes
> out,
> > you're done. These are my goals for the next few months to a year.
> >
> > If anyone has any suggestions on components and procedures, I'd love to
> > hear from you guys. Just trying to get all my info together and make
> > things as painless as possible.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > wish
> > 73ish F-1?? 4x4 360-->390
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.public.iastate.edu/~wish/truck.html
> > 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, 25 Feb 1999 13:44:25 -0800
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Perf - Unilite

"P.S. Stear clear of the Unilite dist. if you are concerned about
reliabi=
lity I understand that the electronic eye that is in them has a tendancy
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to burn out and it will leave you sitting when it does."

I have had a Unilite in my F-250 for about 8 trouble free years.
(Now that I said that I'm sure it will quit within the next week)
I have a heard a lot of negative feedback regarding Mallory
products,but I'm happy with mine.BTW any electronic ign. will leave you
stranded when it fails.So you should carry spares with you when
traveling anyway.Mallory Unilite unit is about $70 and 30 mins.to
change.
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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 17:33:31 -0500
From: Sleddog
Subject: RE: FTE Perf - Unilite

me and my friends also have had problems with mallory. but, the module in
a MSD destributer is like less than 20 bucks, and 10 minutes of work.

sleddog

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From: J.S.H.[SMTP:F428 ford-trucks.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 1999 4:44 PM
To: perf
Subject: FTE Perf - Unilite

.BTW any electronic ign. will leave you
stranded when it fails.So you should carry spares with you when
traveling anyway.Mallory Unilite unit is about $70 and 30 mins.to
change.





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Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 22:09:42 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Unilite

Sleddog wrote:
>
> me and my friends also have had problems with mallory. but, the module in
> a MSD destributer is like less than 20 bucks, and 10 minutes of work.
>

In the early 80's when I had the Road Runner I tried a Mallory dual
point distributor... 2 weeks later I trashed it and converted to stock
Mopar electronic ignition. Maybe they've improved since then, but it
left a bad taste in my mouth to this day.

TT
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Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 00:04:59 -0500
From: Sleddog
Subject: RE: FTE Perf - Unilite

sorry, i know it is a ford list, but i have always found the mopar ignitions to be quite good stock.

sleddog

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From: Tim Turner[SMTP:manic1 bellsouth.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 1999 10:09 PM
To: perf-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Unilite



Sleddog wrote:
>
> me and my friends also have had problems with mallory. but, the module in
> a MSD destributer is like less than 20 bucks, and 10 minutes of work.
>

In the early 80's when I had the Road Runner I tried a Mallory dual
point distributor... 2 weeks later I trashed it and converted to stock
Mopar electronic ignition. Maybe they've improved since then, but it
left a bad taste in my mouth to this day.

TT




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