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FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Full Chassis - Roadster Shop » 4/10/2024 3:51 PM

Raymond_B
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I spec'd one of those out with the brakes, suspension, and rear end I would want plus powder coat. Just under 25k!!!

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Drive Shaft Safety Loops » 4/06/2024 8:58 PM

Raymond_B
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I have one in my Lightning, but it's only because I was going to run it at the track with sticky tires every so often. On the street with street tires I really do not think it's necessary.

 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Third Part Extended Warranty Experience? » 4/02/2024 8:20 AM

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I had extended warranty on my wife's Jeep Commander a few years ago, thank goodness we unloaded that POS. Anyway, they are very hard to deal with and will put you through the ringer if you try to file a claim. Her water pump went out and I had to provide documentation that I had regularly services the cooling system, including flushes at the OEM schedule. I think they were surprised that I did So they paid.

Here's my opinion, either buy brand new with a factory warranty so you start with a vehicle that **you** know the maintenance on and then as it gets older and out of warranty you switch over to taking care of it yourself OR buy something really old and easy to work on, because buying something in between where you do not know the maintenance first hand and is not so easy to service is a gamble and could be expensive.

 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Buying a Car Out of State (Texas) » 3/27/2024 3:40 PM

Raymond_B
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I just bought a vehicle from out of state, I have not transfered the title yet, but in addition to what MS said I think they now have a minimum amount to pay tax on. I guess they got tired of people saying they paid $1.00 for everything

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Distributor question » 3/17/2024 10:14 AM

Raymond_B
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TKOPerformance wrote:

Every source I've read said that while a melonized gear is not required on a cast iron cam; you can certainly run one without issue.  They were designed for ductile iron and steel roller cams.  So, if you have a flat tappet cam made from cast iron and an iron distributor gear you don't need to change anything (or a ductile iron or steel cam with a cast gear pressed onto it).  If the cam is ductile iron or steel you need a different gear, and a melonized gear would be a better choice than brass, which you'll be lucky to get 10,000 miles from.  Composite is another option, but are a no-no on an engine with a HV or HP oil pump. 

The cam in my 427w has a billet core, I called CompCams and the guy looked up the part# and recommended melonized which has worked flawlessly. I only say this as I refuse to trust anything (especially internet recommendations, no offense) except what the cam manufacturer recommends after my mishaps. 
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Distributor question » 3/13/2024 7:20 PM

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You'll need to check with the engine builder and/or the cam company. Sadly distributor gears are a giant pain. There's several types of material that both the gears and the cams are made out of. The non-roller = iron and roller = steel is for stock cams and stock gears. Melonized is not "universal", again call your engine builder or cam provider if you know who it is and you have the cam part#. I initially had dist gear problems on my 427w, 1st time was because the dist I bought was setup wrong and second time was due to wrong material. That's when I learned to CALL Comp Cams tech support vs emailing them...

On top of all that there's different diameters as well as needing to check the how it seats and fits. Here's a good .pdf file from Ford Motorsport as as as clearances and depth measurement. https://performanceparts.ford.com/download/pdfs/DistributorGearInstallation.pdf

Another good piece of info https://performanceparts.ford.com/download/instructionsheets/FordInstShtM-12390-ABCDEFGHJKL.pdf

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Retro E-muscle Cars » 2/24/2024 3:20 PM

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TKOPerformance wrote:

Raymond_B wrote:

MS wrote:

The point of a muscle car is to go fast. How is the fact it happens to be electric contrary to that point?

I share this view, I mean hot rodders since the beginning have been innovators. Alternate fuels, bodies, engines, chassis, etc, etc. It's always been about coming up with an edge. While there's plenty of political, practical, environmental reasons electric might not be the future you cannot deny that they can go really fast, maybe not that far, but hell neither does a gasser with a 5 gal tank... I can remember my young stupider (is that a word?) days when street racing and getting caught using NOS. CHEATER is what people yelled
 

Because old cars are supposed to be visceral.  The sound of a cammed out engine, the exhaust that shakes the pavement.  EVs have none of that.  Innovation?  Sure, I'll concede that point, BUT cost was also always a part of it.  That's what led guys to drop a flathead out of a wreck into their jalopy to go fast rather than just buying a new car with a flathead in it.  For less than the cost of the EV conversion I could build a twin turbo small block that would be faster and have longer range.  So if there are three boxes to check it gets 1/3.  Not terribly exciting to me, when its easy to check 3/3. 
 

Everyone has their own definition. Here's an example, I HATE ratrods, I think they are an excuse to do half-arse crappy work under the guise of being creative. But I do not go running around shouting that they have no souls or should be shot.
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Retro E-muscle Cars » 2/24/2024 11:46 AM

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MS wrote:

The point of a muscle car is to go fast. How is the fact it happens to be electric contrary to that point?

I share this view, I mean hot rodders since the beginning have been innovators. Alternate fuels, bodies, engines, chassis, etc, etc. It's always been about coming up with an edge. While there's plenty of political, practical, environmental reasons electric might not be the future you cannot deny that they can go really fast, maybe not that far, but hell neither does a gasser with a 5 gal tank... I can remember my young stupider (is that a word?) days when street racing and getting caught using NOS. CHEATER is what people yelled
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Are Heim joints actually banned? » 1/03/2024 11:40 AM

Raymond_B
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When you look up clickbait in the dictionary that guy's picture is in the definition

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Wiring harness plugs. » 12/24/2023 3:28 PM

Raymond_B
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6sally6 wrote:

Y'all make my head hurt !!
6sally6

Oh man you should see some of the high-end motorsport wiring harnesses with concentric twists and all kinds of expensive shrink boots and Tefzel wire. That kind of stuff will bake your noodle
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Wiring harness plugs. » 12/24/2023 11:06 AM

Raymond_B
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Like anything you can certainly go down a rabbit hole with wiring. When I installed the Megasquirt in my Lightning I built the entire engine harness myself. I started with Weatherpack, but those can get really big for multi-pin connectors. Then I went Metripack, which are good, but I wanted better. Finally I spent the money on a good Deutsch crimper and connectors and have only used those ever since. If it is something mission critical like a crank sensor I go here (https://racespeconline.com/) and get real Deutsch stuff along with their solid pins. For "less important" items I snag the Amazon equivalents and don't look back. Also been using this for sheathing as it is really nice! https://racespeconline.com/collections/loom-supplies-1/products/high-temp-fiberglass-sleeving. Then of course I like to use a quality adhesive lined heat shrink.

Garage Points » Garage Points to MS! » 12/05/2023 11:18 AM

Raymond_B
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Thank you for the Fox body alternator, this will help me a great deal in re-doing my Lightning's accessory drive!

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » need a source of quality fuel injectors or experience with cheap ones » 12/04/2023 9:34 PM

Raymond_B
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I've had great experience with my Injector Dynamics ID1700X's they come with a hefty price tag, but have been rock solid and a dream to tune(on gas and E85) since day 1.

Swap Meet » Wanted Fox Body *Core* Alternator and A/C Compressor » 11/29/2023 7:24 PM

Raymond_B
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MS wrote:

I have an alternator you can have for shipping cost, if still needed.

Yes sir I am! I will PM you my address.
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » MAF placement » 11/22/2023 7:01 PM

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Nos681 wrote:

I appreciate your knowledge about all of this Raymond.
I appreciate it.

Speed density is like “serpentine belts”…many assume serpentine means CCW rotation.

What can factory speed density (sequential or batch) support?
Idle-5500 (6k max) would be my application in NA torm.

You’ll want a good cam grinder to make something specific to your combo, back in the day Cam Motion used to do them for us SD Lightning guys. But the cam is the easy part, you’ll need a way to tune it as I do not think the stock stuff will take you very far with even mild performance upgrades. Do you already have all the Fox body EFI wiring? If so DIYAutotune and Stinger Performance offer Fox body plug and play setups that will plug in to the stock EEC-IV 60 pin plug. You’ll need to wire in a wideband, but other than that you can use the stock harness. You can stay SD, but have a really tunable setup and be able to make pretty much any engine mod you want.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » MAF placement » 11/22/2023 9:31 AM

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Nos681 wrote:

Raymond…my understanding when I look at the wiring diagrams and schematics is the “injectors” fire in a batch not the ignition system. Plugs fire one at a time just like points.

Ford also had two types of speed density.
Sequential and batch.
This controls the injectors and spark is distributed via the distributor as triggered by PIP.

You are 100% correct, the plugs definitely fire per cylinder and yes Ford did make the transition (if you're speaking about Fox Mustangs) to a sequential SD system then MAF. That's why swapping an SD Mustang to MAF is so darn easy. However their trucks remained batch fire until they went MAF and why you have to change an SD truck's injector harness if you're swapping to a MAF or aftermarket setup to be sequential. I am sure I am being pedantic, but it's worth pointing out.

With regards to sequential and fully sequential, I should have been more clear on when I was speaking about aftermarket or modern systems vs the 90's tech Fox stuff The PiP signal is OK for early model sequential, but you really need both a cam and a crank sensor to be truly full sequential. Holley kind of "cheats" with their dual sync distributors, but again you gain real precision with a proper crank and cam sensor.

I feel bad that I've contributed to a big time thread derail, I'll be quiet now!
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Second Skin » 11/21/2023 7:14 PM

Raymond_B
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I've heard nothing but good things about Lizard Skin, when/if I ever do another vehicle it will be with that.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » MAF placement » 11/21/2023 2:41 PM

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RTM wrote:

TKOPerformance wrote:

The BIG issue there is programming.  No idea what they did for the MAF transfer tables, etc.  IMO, if you are going that custom, and are going to need to tune it anyway why not just go SD and not have to worry about the MAF?  This is why almost every aftermarket system is SD. 

One thing I can say for certain is that you must keep the MAF away from turbulence.  I "fixed" a lot of idle problems on Fox bodies by simply shielding an exposed air filter from the air currents created by the fan.  The car would sound like it had a cam that 6sally6 would like before. 
 

 
Forgive my lack of knowledge on this but doesn’t the MAF system have greater tuning abilities than the SD or has things changed over the years? I recall on the ford SD systems you couldn’t run to big of a cam or it would run like crap. More curious than anything.

There's more to it than what TKO shared. Ford Speed Density setups are very unforgiving when it comes to camshaft selection, engine size change, etc. Mainly due to the fact that it does not have the benefit of any sort of variation other than what was programmed in the OEM computer. Ford MAF systems benefitted because the MAF sensor reports back on the mass of air entering the engine rather than relying on some hard coded info. The MAF setups also use a baro sensor vs a MAP sensor so variance from stock on the vacuum signal does not play as much havoc with the programming.

Now all of this goes out the window when you talk about aftermarket EFI setups. Most aftermarket EFI setups are speed density and use MAP sensors. Why is this better than the stock SD system? Because you enter in the *exact* details of your engine, things like displacement, injector size, etc. The aftermarket EFI then makes a calculation for fueling which you then tune. 

Another item that people get hung up on is batch fire vs sequential (most people will relate to Ford MAF vs Ford SD). Sequential (firing one cylin

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » MAF placement » 11/19/2023 6:59 PM

Raymond_B
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What MAF are you going to run? I ASSumed a Fox body MAF, but wouldn't that be awfully tall stacked vertically?

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » MAF placement » 11/19/2023 4:42 PM

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There's two things I've always heard about MAF placement. #1 keep the air intake point away from turbulence (example: don't have it right by a fan). #2 try to give the MAF tubes on either end several inches of straight tube. How close to the TB are you thinking?

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Inspiration please » 11/14/2023 12:04 PM

Raymond_B
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I need one of these *and* a lift, too bad the chair is insanely priced.

https://youtu.be/XSrqn-t0KbQ?feature=shared

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » This is very interesting » 10/19/2023 10:11 AM

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MS wrote:

I agree the whine is terrible. I have gone through five rear ends with only ONE that did not make noise. It was built by Phil at 9” Nodular. Then I sold it to Ramses, and he never drives his car. So, the last one I bought had those new design Stealth gears and it still makes noise. It was built by Strange.
I quit counting how much money I have blown on 9” rear ends. My car sounds like a dump truck as far as gear noise, and I hate it.
I did put a chinese Speedway 3.50 traction lock nodular case in my 69, and it is quiet. Maybe they figured it out. The yoke seal failed in 500 miles, but a new seal fixed it.

To be 100% honest it was your troubles that piqued my interest in this setup. But it sounds awfully pricey. 
 

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Third member storage » 10/17/2023 2:23 PM

Raymond_B
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I like your idea of simply coating the gears, bearings, and carrier with the proper gear oil you're gonna run. Then seal off the bottom and paint the top. The rest of those storage items seem like a heck of a mess.

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