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Ford's Turn to Blow Into Town on a Mission of Daze-and-Amaze by Showing off its High-Tech Gadgetry

Ford's Turn to Blow Into Town on a Mission of Daze-and-Amaze by Showing off its High-Tech Gadgetry

Ron Reaume stops the brand new Lincoln on a San Francisco street. He pushes a button. He puts it in reverse.

Tips to Pass Smog

Tips to Pass Smog
  • Back timing down to 8 degrees (any less is not legal)
  • Run hotter T-stat (192)
  • Full tune up w/oil change

Elapsed Time and Horsepower Chart

Elapsed Time and Horsepower Chart - How much horsepower does it take to get the time you want

Horsepower Required

Use the chart below to see how much net horsepower is required to run the elapsed time you want. To obtain the rear wheel horsepower simply multiply the number by 0.85. Example: If your car weight is 3,000 pounds and you want to run a 12 flat, the required net horsepower is 343 or the rear wheel horsepower required is 343 x 0.85 = 292.

ET & SPEED (seconds @ mph)

Tools Guide

Tools Guide - Every Mustanger should have a good set of tools. How else can you work on your stang if you don't? Obviously everyone can't have a top of the line Snap-On tool set that costs $40,000, but you should at least have a decent set of ordinary han

Every Mustanger should have a good set of tools. How else can you work on your stang if you don't? Obviously everyone can't have a top of the line Snap-On tool set that costs $40,000, but you should at least have a decent set of ordinary hand tools, and a few other things such as a timing light.

We've put together a little guide to help you decide which tools you need, or want.

Routine Cooling System Check

Routine Cooling System Check - There are a few things you should check that have to do with the cooling from time to time that will save you alot of grief, time, and money.

There are a few things you should check that have to do with the cooling from time to time that will save you alot of grief, time, and money. Checking these simple things can prevent you having to tow your 'Stang because a cooling system part failed on the road.
Here are a few things that should should check...

Fluid Capacities (5.0L and 4.6L)

Fluid Capacities (5.0L and 4.6L) - All fluids should be checked using the proper dip stick, or procedure. Just because the chart above shows that your tranny uses 13.9 quarts, doesn't necessarily mean that you have to put in that specified amount.

For 5.0L:

Engine oil -

Total capacity - 5 quarts

25 No-cost and Low-cost Power Tips

25 No-cost and Low-cost Power Tips - Everybody wants more power, and a supercharger is a glorious way to achieve it, but it also carries a $3,000 price tag. So what performance steps are there that deliver more bang for your buck? Glad you asked, because

Everybody wants more power, and a supercharger is a glorious way to achieve it, but it also carries a $3,000 price tag. So what performance steps are there that deliver more bang for your buck? Glad you asked, because I offer you a bunch of no-buck and low-buck power and performance tips. Taken alone, you probably won't notice any single improvement. but added together, they form the little details that add up to allowing your car to run a tenth faster or more consistently in the brackets.

Honestly, the low-buck price range goes from free to a couple of hundred bucks.

Some tips require removing parts while others are simple do-it-yourself projects, and I give you leads on where to locate these parts and services. Read and consider the tips that might apply to your specific application. I hold no responsibility for your actions, so don't blame me if you mess up your car.

Slippery Lubrication:

There are two kinds of motor oil: petroleum-based and synthetic. Petroleum-based oil is refined from crude, and synthetics are configured from petrochemical base stocks. The synthetic advantage is that it can be blended to achieve outstanding temperature and lubrication characteristics. This means reduced high- temperature volatility compared to a natural oil, which is something to think about when running a 24-hour showroom stock enduro race or simply commuting to work. Also, a synthetic oil reduces friction, so more power is delivered to the crankshaft. Reputable dyno operators figure synthetic deliver about a 2- to 3-percent gain in horsepower. Besides the oil pan, synthetic lubricants can make manual transmissions and rearends considerably happier when a lot of power is being applied.

Y-Blocks are Back:

Ford's Y-block was introduced in 1954 as a 239ci OHV V-8 and was later offered as a supercharged 312 mill in 1957. Despite it's proud history, lack of serious development denied this engine a true performance status. In the restomod '90s, that may be changing. I know of one builder who is planning a 312ci Y-block for his '57 Fairlane. The car will have a leading-edge custom cam, interesting head work, and Holley's Electronic Pro-Jection fuel injection. I predict that Y-blocks will become fashionable again. So what's the power tip? It's the heads. The ones with the largest valves were cast between 1957 and 1959. These had 1.925-inch diameter intakes and 1.51-inch exhausts. Casting prefixes include ECZ-E, F, G; EDB-D, E. Engines before 1957 had 1.78/1.51 valve combos. Heads cast in 1960-'62 had intakes that were reduced to 1.64-inch diameter.

Caution: High Voltage:

I thought about this while talking to a Power Tour veteran. He commented that carburetor-equipped cars ran rich while driving through high-altitude terrain, but this wasn't a problem if the cars had a good ignition. That's the key, and my tip. It may cost some, but it's an excellent idea to run an aftermarket ignition system that on a bad day puts out 40,000 volts. That kind of punch can keep igniting the fuel mixture even when the air/fuel ratio isn't as ideal as it should be. And if you run a supercharger on your car, then an aftermarket ignition is a must. The voltage delivered to the plug can help the spark from literally being blown out under boost pressures.
On Time Timing:

Ford Motorsports RPM Extender

FRPP RPM Extender

FRPP RPM Extender is a piggy back module that connects to your stock EEC.

Extreme Performance Engine Control - FRPP EPEC

Frpp Epec

If you like the chip, FRPP EPEC is the next step for you. It is a programmable computer which is designed to work with the EEC or as a stand alone unit.

Chip

Chip

Chip is perhaps one of the most talked about tuning in the EEC based Mustangs. And yes I had a chip on my setup and here's what I think of it.



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