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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-24-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 873
Posted By JohnMc
Be careful doing that. I once made a cam swap in...

Be careful doing that. I once made a cam swap in my 1800E (flat cam lobe) get a lot more involved when I held the cam gear in place and tapped the cam backward to remove the gear (I didn't have a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-23-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 873
Posted By JohnMc
Do you have a rattle gun? Or, short of that, use...

Do you have a rattle gun? Or, short of that, use a dull chisel and a tappy tappy hammer on the nut flats.

Or rotate around to the crank gear, and hold the flywheel in place - more leverage.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-22-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By JohnMc
Everyone seems to mix and match their setup a...

Everyone seems to mix and match their setup a little differently.

I mostly used stock sensors on my first iteration, using a single coil and the LH2.4 distributor with a Saab crab-cap on it. ...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-22-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By JohnMc
PS: The dipstick was another one of those things...

PS: The dipstick was another one of those things that was harder to do than I would have thought. The stock one didn't come close to fitting around the headrs. I initially got the same dipstick...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-22-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By JohnMc
https://i.imgur.com/moUoXy2h.jpg Let me tell...

https://i.imgur.com/moUoXy2h.jpg

Let me tell you how I know this won't work, lol...

(first few drives on my swap featured burnt wires, and I was a lot more careful than this!)
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-21-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By JohnMc
The cam gear goes on in an interference fit - it...

The cam gear goes on in an interference fit - it stretches over the snout of the cam until it's stoped from going further by the spacer.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-21-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By JohnMc
The spacer doesn't directly interact with the...

The spacer doesn't directly interact with the retainer - it spaces the cam gear out from the front end of the cam - so those two things interact with the retainer to produce the small amount of...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-21-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By JohnMc
What's the expected lifetime of a 4L60 behind a...

What's the expected lifetime of a 4L60 behind a turbo LS?

I've seen a Sloppy Mechanics meme or two regarding them...


https://www.google.com/search?&tbm=isch&q=memes+4l60e
Forum: performance & modifications 07-17-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By JohnMc
Certainly getting way out of my realm of limited...

Certainly getting way out of my realm of limited knowledge. Even if they're trying to sell you something, I'm sure they know FAR more about it than I do.

I do have a set of higher ratio roller...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-17-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By JohnMc
The cam might not help, though. Although it...

The cam might not help, though. Although it might if it's some magical modern cam lobe shape that doesn't trade off low-end torque for high-end power. But mostly, cams just move the peak power up...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-17-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, the A motor power was kept down largely by...

Yeah, the A motor power was kept down largely by that carb, along with the cam. Keeping the carb will really limit what the motor does. That said, low in the RPM range, you don't need much carb to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-14-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By JohnMc
Idle valve and temp sensor have the same style...

Idle valve and temp sensor have the same style plugs on them, and they're close enough that it's possible to plug them into the wrong thing IIRC.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-14-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By JohnMc
When I had a 940 e-fan on mine 240, that happened...

When I had a 940 e-fan on mine 240, that happened once. Got another relay from a junkyard, no problem with it. Different inputs, of course.
Forum: events 07-09-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,999
Posted By JohnMc
:oogle:

:oogle:
Forum: performance & modifications 07-09-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,616
Posted By JohnMc
I got their calipers (which looked a bit...

I got their calipers (which looked a bit cruder/rougher than my originals - Chinese knockoffs?) last time. And observed the rotor prices. I didn't need rotors, but at the time thought that $600 was...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-09-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,616
Posted By JohnMc
I know the all-drum master cylinder had a sort of...

I know the all-drum master cylinder had a sort of stopper on the opposite end of the piston return spring that was supposed to keep a modest amount of residual pressure in the system. Like 5 psi, or...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-09-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,616
Posted By JohnMc
Is there less pedal travel with the handbrake...

Is there less pedal travel with the handbrake pulled (i.e. loose adjustment on the rear drums)?

There's not a lot different on the PV, and it has a nice firm bite more or less in the middle of...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-09-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,616
Posted By JohnMc
I vaguely remember something like that. Vented...

I vaguely remember something like that. Vented Ranger discs and 240 calipers? Something like that.

I have stock 122 discs on the front of my PV, and I've noticed that calipers and rotors have...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-09-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By JohnMc
How current are those pics? Also, certainly...

How current are those pics?

Also, certainly no LS expert, but will having a long runner equal length header on one side and a log manifold on the other be an issue? I know flow in a turbo exhaust...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-08-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By JohnMc
Kind of sounds like they really don't know what...

Kind of sounds like they really don't know what they're doing.

I really don't know what I'm doing and it took me less time to get my turbo LS swap up and running.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-08-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,433
Posted By JohnMc
I'd worry if it was milkshake on the dipstick,...

I'd worry if it was milkshake on the dipstick, not so much if it was just on the cap. That's just the coolest part of the engine, where water vapors (possibly from leaking coolant, but also from...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-08-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 841
Views: 425,674
Posted By JohnMc
That's a different topic, but it's some more...

That's a different topic, but it's some more headroom for temp buildup when you get into some boostyness.
Forum: projects & restorations 07-07-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 841
Views: 425,674
Posted By JohnMc
It's one thing if the thermostat is keeping it...

It's one thing if the thermostat is keeping it that toasty, it's another if not enough airflow is doing it. That's not a controlled temp, it's a problem waiting to bite you in the ass.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-07-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By JohnMc
I'm pretty sure that all they did to the...

I'm pretty sure that all they did to the bellhousing was to enlarge the center hole - so the adapter just bolts up to the front of the trans and doesn't touch the stock Ford input bearing retainer -...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-07-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By JohnMc
ANd if you're set on making your own adapter, I...

ANd if you're set on making your own adapter, I went out and measured mine at 1/2 inch thick. It's a VPD adapter from about 2005.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-07-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By JohnMc
I did the same thing, just on accident. I bought...

I did the same thing, just on accident. I bought what was listed as a 93 V8 T5, turns out it was a 94.

It was easy to replace the input shaft and bearing retainer.
Forum: projects & restorations 07-04-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1,489
Views: 500,322
Posted By JohnMc
I reverted back to an old tune, to get rid of all...

I reverted back to an old tune, to get rid of all the weird 'adjustments' that got made while the wiring was bad/going bad/etc. Yep, it's all back to VROOM again. w00t.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By JohnMc
It's not geared to the cam, it's slotted onto the...

It's not geared to the cam, it's slotted onto the oil pump drive, which is geared to the cam. And the cam can't come out with that gear in place. Also, pretty much the head has to come to access...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By JohnMc
Probably less of an issue with a 4 cylinder vs....

Probably less of an issue with a 4 cylinder vs. more cylinders (with a single coil).

The original stock system on my PV was a bit weak, but that could have the ancient coil.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By JohnMc
And a rare 16V dual cam B20 cylinder head.

And a rare 16V dual cam B20 cylinder head.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By JohnMc
AFAIK the pertronix doesn't do any curving at...

AFAIK the pertronix doesn't do any curving at all, it's just got the sensor attached to the plate in the distributor, and all the pertinent vacuum/centrifugal advance/retard comes from the...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2020, 09:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,997
Posted By JohnMc
And the rotors. And if you ever need to replace...

And the rotors. And if you ever need to replace a rotor, you need to redrill it as well.

With FWD offset 5X4.5 wheels, they bolt straight on to the back axle with all stock Ford components, and...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-01-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,325
Posted By JohnMc
Some shuffling around of relay positions happened...

Some shuffling around of relay positions happened as well.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-01-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,325
Posted By JohnMc
Nice of Volvo to be making changes even in the...

Nice of Volvo to be making changes even in the last year of production. Even in the last half of the last (shortened) year of production. AFAIK that positive battery terminal fuse block was used...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-30-2020, 11:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,146
Posted By JohnMc
That is correct. Mallory dual point distributor...

That is correct. Mallory dual point distributor body with a Crane optical sensor and box. I used to use an old style 60's hot rod Mallory coil as well. It always pulled nice and hard up past 7500...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-30-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,489
Views: 500,322
Posted By JohnMc
It's been humid, hot, sweaty, and mosquitoes have...

It's been humid, hot, sweaty, and mosquitoes have been hungry. All of which makes me less inclined to sit around doing finicky electrical work. Still, I did reaplce all the soldered connections in...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-30-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,822
Posted By JohnMc
My PV sat in an open sided carport for about 15...

My PV sat in an open sided carport for about 15 years (based on the dates of various stickers and permits it still had on it - still has a 1983 Kirkwood parking permit sticker on the windshield)...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-29-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 843
Posted By JohnMc
I haven't really ever messed with HIF's as much...

I haven't really ever messed with HIF's as much as the 60's HS carbs. Do they suffer from throttle shaft wear and subsequent idle air leaks?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-29-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 843
Posted By JohnMc
On the plus side, you don't have a choke...

On the plus side, you don't have a choke mechanism to futz with the idle speed via the throttle stops on the HIF.

I'd be looking at the timing? I've had weird things happen with idle speeds in...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-29-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,822
Posted By JohnMc
D-Jet with a Megasquirt ECU replacement. All the...

D-Jet with a Megasquirt ECU replacement. All the benefits of fuel injection and none of the drawbacks of excessively vintage electronics.
Forum: events 06-26-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,999
Posted By JohnMc
Fine, I'll just get stupid drunk and sleep out in...

Fine, I'll just get stupid drunk and sleep out in my *own* yard. Harumph!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-26-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By JohnMc
A mainshaft bearing would be noisy in all 4...

A mainshaft bearing would be noisy in all 4 gears, but a countershaft bearing only noisy (or at least noisier) in 1-2-3, right?

70+ mph whine would seem to indicate he's in 4th when that happens. ...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-25-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,256
Posted By JohnMc
LS swaps in 240's? Bah humbug. Restore it to...

LS swaps in 240's? Bah humbug. Restore it to stock!!!

/le sarcasm
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-25-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By JohnMc
They're generally fairly quiet transmissions, but...

They're generally fairly quiet transmissions, but if it's whining, it will still probably go another 100K miles.

Unless it's whining about being out of oil.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-24-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By JohnMc
Those wheels are: - 100mm pattern, not 108 -...

Those wheels are:
- 100mm pattern, not 108
- RWD offset

Or do you just mean 'wheels that look like that'?
Forum: performance & modifications 06-24-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By JohnMc
That is indeed a very good question. It almost...

That is indeed a very good question. It almost seems like Mike and I have opposite issues (albeit mine are pretty acceptable). Could be due to differences between the pedals.

I'm using a stock...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-24-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By JohnMc
At some point extending the push rod on the...

At some point extending the push rod on the clutch pedal just doesn't make a difference. When the piston is retracted, it uncovers the vent hole leading tot he reservoir. If you go past that - then...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-24-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By JohnMc
I wonder if your slave cylinder is just...

I wonder if your slave cylinder is just retracting too far?
Forum: performance & modifications 06-24-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By JohnMc
The 260 clutch master is 3/4 inches as far as I...

The 260 clutch master is 3/4 inches as far as I know. I'm not using the T56, but it's a stock T56 slave and a HD T56 pressure plate/flywheel, etc. Just a custom disc with a Nissan center.

The...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-23-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By JohnMc
PS: The GM alternators can work with as little as...

PS: The GM alternators can work with as little as 1 big wire gong form the alternator to the battery. But you'd need to add a second smaller one to make the warning light on the dash work (I'd...
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