I totally know what you mean Zach but appreciate you reminding me. We've had more than our fair share of lumps over the years on these projects. It just reinforces that you have to really savor and enjoy the good car days to help you get through the bad ones. On the 80 psi, that's cold idle. I think it was down to around 45 at 'hot' idle. Still, great for an FE. To be honest, the new gauge reads a bit higher than the last one. The oiling system was modified when the engine was built. It has a high volume oil pump. It has that Milodon pickup, which has a HUGE feed tube. The main passage in the block where the oil pup attaches was enlarged, as was the passage through the side of the block to the oil filter adapter. The oil filter adapter is for a 427. We went with new rocker shafts and rockers so they aren't hemorrhaging oil pressure. Also, we have a pair of Holley primary jets in the oil passage in each head, right below where the rocker shaft attaches which restricts the oil flow to the top end. Before then, oil was running down the exhaust valve stem and burning up in the exhaust.Stuff like that happens all the time. At least you can walk away from it and come back to it when you are ready. Don't let it get to you. It happens to me all the time. I can already smell the rubber burning! You got 80 psi of oil pressure out of a FE engine? That is unheard of.
Thanks James. I'm really looking forward to and hope that we'll be bringing Christine to some of the car shows this Spring and summer. More importantly I hope the car will get painted this year.Still following along Jared. Keep killing all those bugs Christine keeps throwing at ya. It will be nice to see your Dad at cruise nights this Summer, in HIS car.
Thanks Donovan. I appreciate the tip on the thread sealant and appreciate the encouragement. I've pretty much sworn off Teflon tape at this point. I have a tube of a similar product (thread sealant) that I got to put the transmission back together. The guru recommends sealant on several of the bolts. I think it must be about the same product because it's the same as what you describe.I feel your pain Jared, I sincerely do. I’m just glad to see that you guys are refusing to admit defeat and are persevering through it all.
A quick note on the Teflon tape debacle, whenever I have to use a sealant on something like a pressure gauge where contamination is a concern, I opt to use Loctite 567.
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It has kind of a thin paste like consistency, but a little goes a long way and it works extremely effectively. I’ve used it in both industrial applications at work, as well as at home for many many years now with rarely ever a leak. Best of all, there’s no solids in it to cause a blockage.
Might be worth picking some up to have around the shop.
Keep up the great work, I’m tuned in for sure as always. Good luck on the next maiden voyage attempt!
Believe me, I wish the GP was going to run this year. I never thought it would sit over there for four years and counting when I pulled the 400 out of it. Dad's project is more important to me. I want him to get to enjoy this thing before he is too old to do so. I feel like we are close. I hope Christine isn't listening/reading.Thought we would see the GP this summer But I know all to well when it's not on the priority list.
Glad to see you are still following along. For such a simple car, it is surprisingly hard to work on sometimes. Thankfully, it's pretty easy to pull the transmission out of it, even with the GearVendors unit. Making the GearVendors fit wasn't that easy but now that it does, it's not bad to work on. Would much rather pull the transmission again than do something like pull the HVAC box.I was just wondering about this car a few days ago. Hopefully I didn't jinx you guys. Man, what a bunch of hassle getting all that real world experience. It'll all be worth it in the end.
Thanks Jeff. Us too my friend. Us too.Nice work Jared! Glad to see all of the perseverance on this car. Looking forward to seeing it running.
Dad has an old book on performance Ford engine builds. It covers more than just the FE. I think it covers the small blocks and the big blocks. I did a google search and didn't see it so it may be out of print. When you're ready, we'll be happy to tell you exactly what was done to Dad's engine. One drawback to all that oil pressure is it is hard to keep it in the engine.When I get back to my 390 project I will hit you up on oiling mods to do. When I first put it together and ran it I had like 17 psi cold oil pressure. I got scared and asked the old boys about it. They told me that was about right. I found later my oil pump was not a high pressure pump but actually a stock replacement pump. That engine did not run long. My cam ate my lifters and the metal trashed everything in side. I had all the engine machine work redone and it is waiting for me now. That was seven years ago and I am still not ready to go back to it yet. The hard lesson I learned was, whatch who you buy parts from. If you guys need some oddend parts for that engine? I have some stuff laying around.