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Forum: 1964 To 1966 Flairbirds - General Technical Discussion 04-19-2013, 02:17 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 57,019
Posted By gaffney1951
Birds ...

I think I would just wax them every year or so. If the clear chips and or starts to peel it would be a pain to do it over. Plus I think they would look better. Mike
Forum: FE Engines 03-23-2013, 02:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,065
Posted By gaffney1951
Torque ...

A 4.25" stroker kit and a .030 over bore will get you 445",s. That setup with crank, rods, forged pistons/pins & chrome molly rings, with main and rod bearings, balanced will run you around $1700....
Forum: 1961 To 1963 Bulletbirds, Rocketbirds - General Technical Discussion 03-06-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,529
Posted By gaffney1951
I have that A/C system. Can't say I'm thrilled...

I have that A/C system. Can't say I'm thrilled with it. There is a reason the oem's put the evaporator and fan in the engine compartment. The under dash fan is too loud, and the cooling capacity is...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 01-26-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,396
Posted By gaffney1951
Are you sure it's a 390 ...

Could just as easily be a 360 (same block and bore, different stroke). Nothing wrong with that carb, but it is set up for a performance oriented engine. You need to get a jet and rod kit and...
Forum: Our Rides 01-26-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,824
Posted By gaffney1951
I've certainly seen worse ...

Time to sharpen up your metal bending and body work skills, or find someone who has them. Be sure to follow the body rot as far as it goes. Pretty important on a uni-body car. They all start at the...
Forum: Anything Goes! 01-03-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Posted By gaffney1951
Well ...

at least one rear is hooking pretty well.;) It is after all a government motors product.:D Looks like a little suspension work is in his future. Have to wonder how things went when he came back in...
Forum: Anything Goes! 12-31-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,210
Posted By gaffney1951
You can bet ...

Con Agri, and Monsanto, are loving it. As said it is all about the money. Ethanol in my opinion is not a viable energy source and would quickly disappear without subsidies. Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-30-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,671
Posted By gaffney1951
Steering wheel ...

John pretty much has it covered. I would add, mark the steering wheel position in relation to the shaft with tape or a center punch. Mike
Forum: Anything Goes! 12-23-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,687
Posted By gaffney1951
Feliz Navidad ...

from PR and a good new year to all. No snow here but we do have snowmen. :D Mike
Forum: Anything Goes! 12-21-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,504
Posted By gaffney1951
Quarter windows ...

I spent an ungodly amount of time on mine, rebuilding motors and mechanisms, adjusting for ever and never could get them to align correctly. I hated the road noise after spending so much time and...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-21-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,474
Posted By gaffney1951
Steering column ...

Once it's that far apart would be a good time to R&R your shift linkage. They almost always need some attention. There may be a right up on it in the tech section. If not I could e-mail you some...
Forum: Anything Goes! 12-15-2012, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By gaffney1951
Happy Birthday Dave ...

better late than never.:) Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 12-15-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,599
Posted By gaffney1951
Paint ...

I would put the drive line in first and make sure everything is functioning correctly. I'm assuming that you have or would paint the engine compartment before installation. You would also want to...
Forum: Anything Goes! 11-21-2012, 01:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,646
Posted By gaffney1951
53 Merc ...

That was my first car. Mine was green with the original flathead (last year) and merc-o-matic trans. Got it from my great grandfather with 18k original miles on it. Sort of looking for one or maybe a...
Forum: 1964 To 1966 Flairbirds - General Technical Discussion 11-01-2012, 02:31 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 57,019
Posted By gaffney1951
Cam ...

I just bought a roller cam and lifters from Keith also. He had a special offer posted over on the FE forum so I grabbed one for the 445 stroker, going in my 67 4x4. He has a good rep, and builds some...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-22-2012, 01:34 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 26,178
Posted By gaffney1951
That looks really good ...

nice lighting for the pics. Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-21-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By gaffney1951
Oh yes ...

forgot about that one.:) Mike
Forum: FE Engines 10-21-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,301
Posted By gaffney1951
Timing ...

You need to verify TDC on the compression stroke and then mark your damper accordingly. I use a dial indicator with a long extension, but you can also fabricate a piston stop form an old spark plug...
Forum: FE Engines 10-20-2012, 01:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,936
Posted By gaffney1951
Horsepower in 352 vs 390 ...

IIRC the 352 was higher compression (10.2:1) and had a stouter solid lifter cam. The 300/390 probably produced more torque than the 352. I'm sure someone with more info will respond. Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-20-2012, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By gaffney1951
Tube ...

Well first off your 352 is an FE engine not a Y-block. The tube you see is a road draft tube to accommodate crankcase ventilation. It,s a good idea to replace it with a PVC setup. Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-18-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,559
Posted By gaffney1951
Radio ...

There are a lot of wires on the new radios, but not really all that complicated. There should be a schematic with it to tell you where they go, or call the supplier for a copy. There will be two...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-16-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,030
Posted By gaffney1951
Timing ...

I have found that all of my FE's like more initial timing 14-16deg., but you will need to re-curve your dist. for around 38deg. total and all in by 3000 rpm.. I think you will find this will give you...
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-13-2012, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,585
Posted By gaffney1951
A/C vent ...

Another option would be to use stainless stock and tig weld the pieces and then polish them. Could be done pretty reasonably. Mike
Forum: 1958 To 1960 Squarebirds - General Technical Discussion 10-03-2012, 01:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,528
Posted By gaffney1951
Speed ...

I have a favorite stretch of remote highway that I like where mine has seen 120+. If I ever get the new drive-line in it should be able to more than peg the 140 speedo. I'm sure I'll quit before it...
Forum: Anything Goes! 10-03-2012, 01:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,930
Posted By gaffney1951
Here's hoping ...

you make a quick, and total recovery. Welcome home. Mike
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