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Ron Tanzi

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  1. Welcome to the forum from Rhode Island! Ron
  2. Correction, I got it wrong on the Cleveland stamped steel valve covers having a gasket retention lip. They are indeed flat like the Boss aluminum covers. I had just done a set of VC gaskets on a 69 Dodge 383 recently (which have a flange with a lip the gasket fits into). My brain is burned out from 2020 I guess. I am going to give the 1682 gaskets a shot. After action report to follow. Just don't know when. Ron
  3. You nailed it on the awful to work on 70s/80s stuff. Smart play on your part for doing the plugs early after a de-carbonization and doing it while the engine was warm. Ron
  4. You got really lucky Chuck, bless you. Snap-on actually sells a kit for about $300+ to remove those spark plugs if they break. I recommend to anyone with the 3 valve per cylinder V-8 to change the plugs much earlier than Ford says to. The carbon build up that causes them to seize won't be as bad at 30 k miles than at 100 k miles. Those spark plugs were not one of Ford's "better ideas". As far as working on newer cars goes there are good and bad aspects. The mid to late 70s and early 80s cars were actually worse to service. Still there are more days since I hit middle age that I just hate it at times. The continuous capital investment required for the evolving software is a major drag. Best, Ron
  5. I am not too concerned about the dreaded project creep on this one. I partially tore it down after the dyno runs and nothing was amiss. I did that due to my OCD issues. Lol. There is always that possibility of any and I mean any project turning into a shit show. Ron
  6. Thank you Chuck for your input. My theory is that with my current cam specs (with the Comp) being similar to a stock Cobra jet cam I might be Ok with it. It does idle well with the current cam. The CS650 is -2* of the CJ cam with an LSA of 115* When I did the first engine overhaul on my engine 25 years ago I went with a stock 2 barrel cam, intake and 2100 carb and I have to admit it was still snappy. I agree that cam changes are a pain. I do work on modern cars for a living and just about every repair operation on those is a major pain. Which makes a cam change on a Cleveland seem not that bad. It creates a happy "good old days" feeling for me. Lykins does remain an option. Cheers, Ron
  7. I was wondering if anyone out there has used a Sealed Power CS650 in their Cleveland build. This cam is listed as a stock 4 barrel replacement (D2ZZ-6250-A) .This is the same cam as the D1ZZ-6250-A but ground 4* retarded. I had bought it a couple of years ago before it became unavailable. I have been running a Comp cam since 2002 with basically the same lift and duration specs difference being the LSA is 110* for the Comp and 115* LSA for the SP650. The LSA of the SP650 is closer to the 117* LSA of the original Ford stock cam. I am pleased with Comp as far as power, my engine made 305 horsepower @4600 and 357 lb ft torque @3600 on the dyno. This was done with stock 2 barrel open chamber heads, Edelbrock performer intake, stock manifolds and 600 cfm vac sec 4150 Holley. I degreed the cam when I installed exactly to the cam card. The main issue I have with the Comp since the beginning has been that it has always sounded like a mechanical cam once the engine warmed up. I improved upon the noise issue early on by shit canning the Comp lifters and putting in a set of Crowers. This was after Comp gave me another free set of their lifters. Their lifters do suck. And yes, the pre-load is right on. Over the years I have spoken to many Comp cam owners that had the same problem. From what I understand is that the opening/closing ramp speed of these cams are aggressive and that causes the noisy operation. I have heard this complaint from Chevy and Mopar guys as well. Which brings me back to my main point of changing said cam. Thanks everyone. Ron
  8. Thank you for that information. From what I know about the aluminum Boss valve covers is that the sealing flange is flat as opposed to the stamped steel covers which has a gasket retention lip. I guess there is no way to know if the 1682 gaskets would fit unless someone out there has tried it. Best, Ron
  9. Are using the Fel Pro 1682 VC gaskets with the stock stamped steel valve covers? Summit states that they may not work with stock covers. I would love to use them on my engine if possible. You are correct they are pricey. Happy new year!! Thanks, Ron
  10. My 72 Cleveland has always made the rain sound in the pan at shut down. I like it as it lets you know the oil is getting up top and everywhere.
  11. Trouble is, a lot of stuff comes from China. Since I'd like to buy a new set, with better quality, I'm trying to find jack stands made in the US and they are in short supply or really expensive. I dont mind paying more since I really dont want the car to fall on me when I'm under it. I have seen some jack stands that have an extra pin that is inserted to keep the ratchet from moviing, so they look safer. I understand it is very difficult to avoid Chinese made anything these days. I personally have many older tools from the days when you could buy American. I would rather buy old American made jack stands from someone than buy some of the dangerous junk that is out there. I am just glad no-one including yourself has gotten hurt or killed. There is a lot of used stuff out there. Best, Ron
  12. I am shocked. No, not really. Harbor freight sucks. I never buy their products. Why: China.
  13. I concur that it is normal albeit strange and sloppy. Ron
  14. Greetings and welcome from Rhode Island! My Dad's 72 is pretty much the same as yours. This forum will assist you greatly in your endeavors. The are a lot of really good and helpful people here to help you. Ron
  15. Thank you for your service. I was also born in 73 but drive a 72. Carbs are not that hard you will become a master at them after this. Ron
  16. I bought Global west sub frame connectors about 15 years ago and welded them in without issue. I am still pleased with them.
  17. If the engine has never been torn down I would be concerned about timing chain wear especially @ the cam sprocket which if factory has nylon coated teeth. The nylon teeth break down with age making the chain very loose. This could be the cause of your surging issue. When I removed the timing cover of my 1972 351C 2V 25 years ago the timing chain was loose to the point that I could remove the chain with gears still in place. This was the original engine and had 103 K miles on it. I know the history for a fact being that my parents bought the car new. You could check for chain slack by rotating the crankshaft forward and backward while watching the distributor rotor and calculating the number of degrees of rotation that are required to move the rotor. The other option is to remove the fuel pump which allows access to one side of the chain. At that point you can assess the chain wear. Best, Ron
  18. Agree the glass filters suck and do a poor filtration job. Ron
  19. Welcome to the forum from RI. It looks like you have scored a pretty solid Mustang. Consider yourself fortunate you live in road salt free Texas. Good luck to you and your wife. I am looking forward to following your progress. Ron
  20. You are 100% correct Geoff. Magnum 500s need to balanced by the lug holes and not the center hole with a cone. I own a Snap on lug adapter plate for the Magnum 500s as well as for all the other wheels that require it. Ron
  21. I have to admit that I am a big fan of the Challenger body style. The ad pointed out all the improvements that weere to go into our cars over the 1970 version (including the ash tray. Nice ash! LOL) I do not dislike the previous Mustangs but I always thought the fuel tank arrangement on the pre 71 cars was terrible. Interesting video thank you for finding and posting it. Ron
  22. Thanks Don. It was bugging me. Now we all know. Ron
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