Big Block Six
Fall - Winter 2008

This Saturday morning was not all about Adam's jeep. At 4:30 AM Todd Goodness hooked a trailor onto his chevy and headed to Connecticut to pick up this 1989 Ford F150 4X4. They were back before 2:30 PM. It's no cream puff, but for less than the cost of a home fuel delivery, it will do quite nicely.

The Big Block Six Saga begins.

Now this is a straight-line 6 cylinder with fuel injection. From sitting John figured that it was bad gas and a fuel injector problem. He ran the gas out of it the best he could and purchased injector and fuel line cleaner hoping it would snap it out of it. That didn't work. The fuel rail that the injectors plug into points uphill from injector #6 (rear) to injector #1 (front).
With the proper budget all 6 injectors would be replaced. With no budget, injectors #6 and #5 were replaced.
The intake was bolted back on and the Big Block Six fired up and ran smooth. How cool is that?

OK, now that it runs we have to deal with a totally FUBAR transfer case! It is Saturday night and this rig had to roll on Monday morning.

It's good to have friends. Over the summer John had donated a couple of junk vehicles to Marc Belanger from Aaron's Repair Service in Whitefield. After John picked up the F150 Marc told him he had a couple of those in his bone yard waiting to be crushed and he could help himself to anything he wanted off them. John had already retrieved a full bench seat and a radio harness from one of them. When Mark realized that John was in a jam with the transfer case, he said he would put it on a flat-bed and deliver it to the garage on Sunday morning. I rolled in a little after 10:00 AM and Marc and John were pushing a nearly identical F150 into the empty garage bay. It too was a straight-six, 4x4, standard transmission with the right transfer case.

With the seat already removed, the direct root to unbolting the transmission, drive shafts and transfer case was from an access panel (that was slightly enlarged) in the cab floor. The case was dropped down onto some blocking, slid out from under the truck, and prepared for reinstallation. The install went well. All that was left now was to add two quarts of mercon fluid and we were ready to go. John stuck the 3/8" breaker bar into the fill plug and the square hole was totally stripped and rounded. Now we have an stripped aluminum plug stuck in an aluminum transfer case with no fluid in it. That's just SWELL.

With a garage full of tools you have a lot of options. Aluminum is soft. John pounded a large torx head into the plug and VOILA, out it came. The test drive was a success. Dan would be proud.

Two Ford F150's in the garage limits space. However, we'll give up space anytime for parts and a warm place to work!

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