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Old 07-30-2009, 10:21 AM
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If you can get Blue Streak or Accel points somewhere along the line, they are far better than the Brand X you get from some places for $4.

Settings: about .016" gap or 26-29 degrees dwell.

Plug wires: you get more spark with less resistance. Basic electricity!! Try and hunt down a set of Accel 4038 which are 8 mm and stranded metal core. You may need to change dist caps to accomodate them.

If you get quality points you can at some point consider a beefier output coil (MSD or Accel for example) Between all the ignition fine tuning, you get instant starting and better gas mileage (and you can use all of that you can get!)

good luck!

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Old 07-30-2009, 10:31 AM
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These old cars are very heavy! Concrete blocks will not support that much weight by themselves, thats why the use them together and put mortar in between them!
Nether will a jack by itself. ALWAYS USE JACK STANDS!!!
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Actually mortar has very little strength and its primary purpose is to allow leveling of the masonry wall (and to fill gaps between the blocks). It adds nothing to the strength of the wall/block assembly.

The problem with concrete blocks is there are many different strengths: thin wall, multi-core, thick wall, solid units, heavy duty, light duty, etc.

I have a 12x20 storage building lfull to the rafters with HEAVY items supported at its corners by dry-stacked heavy-duty concrete blocks - no mortar, no rebar, no grout fill. The thing isn't going anyplace.

Concrete is exceptional in compression. It is "eccentric loading" and shear that can cause failure.

all that said - I agree that heavy duty jack stands are the way to go. I use those and supplement them with SOLID masonry units stacked under the rear axle, front frame, etc. if the vehicle will be elevated for any length of time.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:46 AM
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Hey tarps3,
Very true! Also the very bottom block, once laid, has no more weight on it than any other one in the same wall!!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:02 PM
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note the word heavy in heavy duty jack stands. I have jack stands I have used for years under subcompact cars that would fold up like yesterday's newspaper under the TBird.

I have a bunch of 3' long 2x10 wood that I pile up for added insurance.

I live in Massachusetts where one time Detroit Tiger pitcher Mark Fidrych grew up and returned to the family farm. He was working under a truck and the jack assembly slipped and either suffocated or strangled him this spring.

On a more positive note, not only does tarp3 know his way around Ford FEs and TBirds but he really knows concrete!

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On a more positive note, not only does tarp3 know his way around Ford FEs and TBirds but he really knows concrete!

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funny thing - chicks don't seem interested when I try to dazzle them with my concrete knowledge - go figure
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:39 PM
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You got a dog and a pickup truck... you got it made with them!!
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Got the timing advanced so that it runs well at idle, even when in drive! I don't have working brakes yet, still waiting on parts, so all I can do is work on the engine. Under load, it has too much advance now, so I need less advance with the higher RPM's. Also did compression test. I think the engine has possibilities with more work. Comments and suggestion appreciated!

Results below:
1 155
2 152
3 155
4 150
5 157
6 163
7 159
8 159
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Kinda curious how you are testing the idle speed in drive with no brakes... LOL

If you've got the standard 352 ought to be a bit closer to a compression ratio of 10.2:1 ....
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The parking brake is holding it. I don't have the hydraulics working yet, but the back parking brake's aren't bad. You think I should be seeing closer to 180 psi I gather?

Is 10.2 x 14.7 a good number which would be 150 psi? I'm at 25 feet elevation.

Maybe I don't understand your response. Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:57 PM
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The good thing about your compression figures are excellent consistency.

In absolute terms, I would first want to know if the engine had been completely warmed up and if the throttle was wide open when the readings were taken.

Any sense of what kind of mileage the motor has on it?

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