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Ford Mustang, Coupe, Convertible
Jan 13, 2002 (10:55 am)
A long time ago either I or my father had a water injection setup. The adjustment was pretty crude as I recall. Maybe there wasn't one, just a bottle, a hose and an orifice.
Edelbrock made an adjustable water injection that I used in the mid '80s. It had two adjusting screws (can't remember for what now) and it worked.
#166 of 184 Hardened valve seats
Jan 24, 2002 (8:05 pm)
I know we've covered this ground before, but in post #58, I never really did get an answer to my questions - which were as follows: Is hardening the valve seats an expensive process and how does one know if its needed in their particular car?
To expand on this, is there an easy, sure-fire way to tell if the seats have been hardened? I'm thinking a seller could say he's had this done when he actually did not. How can you tell?
And, how much should one expect to pay for this hardening process?
Jan 24, 2002 (8:44 pm)
Would a '68 Mustang coupe be any good with just the 200 six and 3-speed manual? I'm just curious because this model was my father's first car and he really would like another one for nostalgic reasons.
#168 of 184 Mustang 200 6
Jan 25, 2002 (1:35 am)
My Dad had one of these. It was a 69, 200 6 with 3speed all synchro. I found it for him in 1970, with 15,000 miles, for 1500 bucks cash. The car was in like new condition. I drove this car many times, and found it to be quite satisfactory. The 200 six had seven main bearings, and so, while no ball of fire in acceleration, was quite adequate, smooth, and comfortable at highway speeds, and capable of keeping of with traffic. Heck, at the time, I was driving a 67 VW Bug, so this 200 Mustang was like luxury to me then. My Dad drove this car for nearly ten years, and sold it for 1,000 more than he paid. I've seen negative comments here about the 200 6 Mustangs, but really, compared to other cars at the time, they weren't that bad. And, as I remember, my Dad got 27-28 mpg on the road. So, overall, I'd say, if you find a good 200 6 Mustang in good dhape at a decent price, go for it. Unless you want a HP 289, or GT 350. But, that's another story...
Jan 25, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Parm, I'd call a machine shop about prices. Never believe anything a seller says unless he's got receipts. Then it might be possible. You can't tell unless you pull the heads. Worn valve seats would cause a low compression reading. If you squirt some oil in the cylinder (through the spark plug hole) and the compression is still low then the problem is a valve not seating, either because it's worn or because the seat is worn.
Considering how cheap and fun a 289 Mustang is, I don't understand why anyone would buy a six-cylinder Mustang. They're not bad cars, but a little extra money for a 289 gets you a faster, smoother, quieter car with more appreciation potential.
#170 of 184 Headers on a 289
Feb 11, 2002 (10:49 pm)
I purchased a pair of headers 20+ years ago and had to customize the flanges to get my spark plugs on. I just finished rebuilding my engine and before I set it back in my 66 pony I am considering on buying a new set of headers. My 66 pony has the 289 with a 3 speed manual. Does anyone know if there is a header on todays market that I can purchase without going through the same problems of having to cut the flanges? Any advise would greatly be appreciated.
#171 of 184 re; rebuilt 289
Feb 11, 2002 (10:55 pm)
Thanks to everyone who advised me of the hardened valve seats. The old seats were quite worn so I replaced them during the rebuild with hardened ones. Can't wait to drive it. Thanks again for everyone's input.
Feb 12, 2002 (11:19 am)
I used Headman headers on a 66 fastback with a 302. I didn't have too much trouble with plugs. The back plug on the passenger side was a pain, but do-able. The header bolts themselves were the worst part but also not too bad.
Feb 12, 2002 (1:20 pm)
I'd just use a set of the hipo cast iron headers. I think they reproduce them. That way you don't get that tinny sound (although some people probably like it), they last longer and you don't have any access problems.
The only headers I ever had were some museum pieces I found in a wrecking yard around 1971 and bolted onto a '61 Impala 348, so I'm not a leading authority on them, but I can tell you that they made a big difference open and absolutely no difference after I had the exhaust system hooked up.
#174 of 184 http://www.fordpowertrain.com/
Feb 13, 2002 (4:17 am)
Makes some nice headers. I have a set on my galaxie and they fit and look great.