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christang
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From: Colliers, WV, USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 03-06-2004 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for christang   Click Here to Email christang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Need some recommendations guys....

I got a feeling this summer I'm going to be running my next door neighbors big, stock '69 383, 4-speed, 3:25 rear Roadrunner this summer with our Falcon at the local strip.
Somewhat of a mismatch, but I think if I do the Falcon up a little more I may give him a good run for the money. He made the comment to me that a 289 is just "some garage engine!" (he obviously doesn't know much about 289's!)

'65 Falcon (wife Chris posted pictures of it) has 289 A code with Crane Cam...I don't know the specs as it was in it when I bought it...but comes on real strong at around 1500 rpm's, Edelbrock Performer manifold, Edelbrock 600 cfm carb, and dual exhausts...I will be putting a set of Hooker's on it, and right now it has 3:25's in it with a 9", and a built C4... no stall converter.

It's a DOG off the line and needs gears bad...I have a traction lock 3rd member with a set of 3:70's in it laying around...Think that's steep enough or would you go to 3:90's or 4:11's? I DO want to drive it to local cruises...maybe no more than 25 miles away.

It's been a while since I raced back in the early '70's, I ran a 289 HiPo '67 Fastback...2-4's Carter Comp Series 500 cfm each sitting on a Cobra manifold, AC Cobra LeMans cam, etc. 4:57's...BUT had a 4-speed. Whined real good on the street...but the Falcon is a little different with the
C4, and I never raced an auto. I used to crush 340 Dusters and 383 MOPARS with the 'Stang.

What do you think gear wise, and how do you think it will do against the Roadrunner, since he's got the weight but big engine, and I have less weight and small engine?...Thanks, Gunrocker (Chris's husband)

Might post this on Ford Racing forum too!

[This message has been edited by christang (edited 03-06-2004).]

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cpmaverick
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From: Santa Clarita, CA
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posted 03-07-2004 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ran 3.70s in my Maverick with my 4-speed. They are nice because you can still cruise the interstate if you want. I had 4.11s and they were a little much.

Your tire is probably smaller than mine though, I have a 27.1" tire. An inch makes a pretty big difference in effective gear ratio.

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christang
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posted 03-07-2004 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for christang   Click Here to Email christang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Charlie...I was thinking the same thing about the gears and highway driving...especially with the C4 and the smaller tires. The 4:11's are probably a little too steep for it! ...Gunrocker

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N266fords
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posted 03-12-2004 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if it was me I would get a stall converter of at least 2500 or 3000 rpms and use the 370 track lock rear. headers will be a big improvement.the performer intake will lay down at about 5000 rpms. the perf rpm manifold would be better.Good luck. Bruce

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gunrocker
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posted 03-13-2004 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gunrocker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
N266fords...Sound advice!

How will those stall converters respond on the street? I'm so used to sticks that Im not all that familiar how auto's react with the converters.

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N266fords
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posted 03-14-2004 03:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
it will be just fine on the street.
some people think the stall means it wont engage untill that speed thats not so. do a google search on stall speeds to find out more info for yourself. bruce

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gunrocker
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From: Colliers, WV,USA
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posted 03-14-2004 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gunrocker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by N266fords:
it will be just fine on the street.

Bruce...I was looking through my Summit and PAW catalogs...I can't find any converters listed at all for my tranny.
It's out of a '65 Mustang and is the 289 A code with the C4 (don't know what spline either)...they all list them for '66 and up!
I checked B&M, TCI, Summits brand...they all either had them for the wrong year C4 or for C6's!!! Does no one make them for my year, or can you recommend someone?

Thanks, gunrocker

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