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"2Beers" 1974 Pinto TC
#71

Greetings and Hello.
A guys heater core came in and it actually was correct too.
Yay for our team.
Nice fancy aluminums one.
A quick reassembly of heater box and some hoses attached went smoothly and then I was able to replace all my new wiring back on it and computer.

Another quick check on start run and I dropped the little car back to the floor.
A little air in a few tires and triple check on fluids and brakes.
We went down the road after a good bring up to temperature and another check for leaks of any sort.
Very pleased with the out come already.
I did feed her the onions on the way back.
Gets them little BFG tires loose in 3 gears ....hehehehehe.
My fathered showed up and we were able to throw a timing light back on it and guess some more.
One thing I need to address is the original timing mark on TC plastic is broke at TC mark, And I used the 1980 original Vbelt pully with stamped in marks and info ,
ATC/TC/BTC its original metal cover has a pointer only.
Plans are to pull it off the old 1980 block and install it on the 87 TC one.

I need to address a small issue for fuel filter (putting it behind fuel pump) relocation and move the pump to the bottom of tank area.
Other then that for todays journeys...... I pretty much need exhaust on the little car.

It's a hoot to drive and I'm very pleased with the basic simple build base line.
I now have a very good idea of what I got to work with.
Thanks for following along and more soon.
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#72

Here's your funny for the day.
Bought some 2 1/2 pipe , a cherry bomb and tip.
Dumped the tip by the rear axle to blow dirt around.
It's still to radical and loud for this guy.
Plus the exhaust does a harmonic on idol that makes the little car vibrate.

ahahahahaaa A guy had to try it you know ...
It does flow good and sound good at high boost while driving but.... It's just not for this guy.
I'll pick up some more pipe and whooopty to go over rear axle, and apply the turbo muffler in stock location in the next few days.

I did have to fix a little oil leak from mechanical oil fittings in block location.
Other then that, It's about ready to license and insure. Then I can stare at all winter in the shop waiting on late spring driving excursions.
Thanks for following along.
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#73

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Yeah........dumping the exhaust downward ahead of the axle almost always causes excessive resonance, noise & vibration. Definitely get a "whooopty" to go over the axle ~ BUT, (if there's room) you might wanna try leaving the Cherry Bomb in place and simply add another muffler at the rear.  <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#74

(09-23-2021, 07:48 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  .
Yeah........dumping the exhaust downward ahead of the axle almost always causes excessive resonance, noise & vibration. Definitely get a "whooopty" to go over the axle ~ BUT, (if there's room) you might wanna try leaving the Cherry Bomb in place and simply add another muffler at the rear.  <shrug>

Thanks Ray
I was toying with the idea of a double cherry bomb and what your thinking.
My father disapproves though ahahaaaaa...and you should always listen to your fathers knowledge . haaaaaa
 It would flow still no doubts.
Wrestling with also taking off the 3 inch set up on my other TC Bobcat., My daughters EX-boyfriend cut the turbo muffler off though behind the axle.
It still needs retrieved along with numerous other parts I sent with the car when given to my daughter.

Well I'm down to buying one more fan belt, And a stock bigger TC fuel filter now.
Another round of checking Bolts ,clamps and etc, Tinker Tinker Tinker , you all know the drill.
Probably be ordering some Stickers too. I like stickers, Adds horse power too haven't you heard, heheheheh. Like chrome.

All in all The little car is a great runner and fun to drive. No fancy.... but theirs going to be plenty of time to upgrade as things come about.
Least it will keep up and then some to the newer rides on the road.
Looking forward to taking it to the car shows this coming year.

It's Hard to look cool in a Pinto.
The struggles are Ford real.

Oh ...... almost forgot.
Timing.
I'm thinking the stock 1980 pully and timing cover may be off between the years.
I set at 10 degrees first, car actuated like it wanted a bit more.
Living in a high altitude ..I brought her up to 12 degrees advanced.
Thinking it still could use some more though.

Anybody know if the timing marks are different from the older covers to the TC 87's ????
I'm suspicious they are.
Thanks in advance.
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#75

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Not all engines are created equal with regard to ign-timing requirements, Ron. As a GENERAL rule (not etched in stone)......the most power is had when the ignition timing is advanced as far as possible w/o pinging/preignition/detonation. 

Marty Buth, who holds several NHRA records with his stock-class 2.3T Mustang (and formerly, TC), usually runs 23° to 24° LOCKED timing (no computer or mechanical advance) ~ BUT........he also runs race gas. His last "best" that I recall was in the 11.70's, but he may have run quicker since then.

If you wanna verify/validate your timing marks, I suggest you do it by "locating" TDC  =  LINK.  <thumbup>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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