Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 03:50:23 -0600 (MDT)
From: (fordtrucks61-79-digest)
Subject: fordtrucks61-79-digest V1 #242

fordtrucks61-79-digest Friday, September 26 1997 Volume 01 : Number 242

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Re: OK, its my turn to ask..... ["deconblu" ]



Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 01:37:15 -0700
From: "deconblu"
Subject: Re: OK, its my turn to ask.....

>Im new but have answered a few posts. So I just wanted to say HI!
>and ask my Newbie questions..

Hi Mike!

>1) What I would like to do is get rid of the vacuum lines.
> Possibly put an electrical ignition. Get rid of some of the
> smog devices, like the block under the carb w/ 3 outlets 2 of
> which are already plugged.

I thought smog control started in '73! Anyway IMHO -H= I think your best bet
will be figure where they all go. Is the plate an EGR plate or is it just a
spacer. Is this the original engine? An electronic ignition was the best
thing I've done to my truck. I got it at pick a part for $21.00.

>3) I got a ticking noise. (everyone does, dont they?)
> I believe its from the valves. But I have been told that
> they are hydraulic. I have no idea what this means, every head
> I have worked on needed adjusting sooner or later.

Yes and no! My 302 if there is a gap I need to buy a longer pushrod. Maybe
one of your rockers is loose. A Hydraulic lifter is a cylinder with a piston
in it. The cylinder fills with oil allowing a marginal Clarence and
dampening. Every head you worked on was a Chevy I bet! :)

>4) Steering question. Did the F100 come w/ power steering? or assist?
> My girlfriend likes big arms, but this is getting out of hand.
> If not, can I rape a later chassie? Am I going to get in over my
>head w/ this type of project? If not, is this something a novice can
>do over the weekend w/ a Chilton manual?

Anything is possible but never in a weekend!

>5) And last one..
> I there an easier way to replace the wood slats in the bed, other
> then tarring the whole thing apart?

Get a piece of plywood cut to size and use wood screws to attach it to the
old wood! It's going to cost some bucks replacing the wood restoring it to
look original.

>'70 F100 stepside short bed (I do mean short!!..;)

FYI, stepside is Chevy, Flairside is Ford. But you have added weight to my
bet on the heads! :) Good luck.

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