Noob in SoCal with '64 Ranchero

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  1. colnago

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    All,

    I finally took the plunge this weekend, and picked up a 1964-1/2 Falcon Ranchero. The registration lists it as a '64, but there are definite features that are '65 (289 engine, 5-lug hubs, front grill). The PO did a great job on the body/interior, but it's having some mechanical issues that any normal 50-year-old vehicle has. This weekend will be a rebuild on the Autolite 2100 carb (major stumble on acceleration; any gotcha's to look out for on the rebuild?), and checking the timing (she's missing the timing pointer, so I've ordered a replacement from the 'bay). I have a piston stop, so I'll also be confirming the pointer/balancer marks.

    Questions to come as I stumble along. My previous ride was a '67 Ford F250, so at least I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.

    Joseph
     
  2. Jeff B

    Jeff B In Maximum Overdrive BRONZE MEMBER

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    Welcome Joseph. Lot's of knowledge and good peeps around here. Post up some pics when you can.
     
  3. beerbelly

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    Welcome Joseph, and let me know if you need any info or photos of a '65. I'm retired, and have nothing better to do :)
     
  4. DJ Clinton

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    From another 64 1/2 owner, welcome!
     
  5. Mike1969

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    My accelerator pump nozzles were plugged with varnish on my 2100, which made a mean stumble. Cleaned them out with a needle.
     
  6. colnago

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    I checked my accelerator nozzles, and they were clear as could be. I got a very steady stream when I blipped the throttle. I think I had the opposite problem. The arm linkage was on the top hole, so I moved it down two holes. It did great in the driveway, but the real-world test will be the morning commute tomorrow.

    I also think the timing is way off, because I get a vibration when driving. I won't be able to check that until the weekend, though.

    Joseph
     
  7. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    A vibration? DO make sure you physically check the TDC position of #1, and then, does it still have points? If so, make sure you set dwell (24-30*) before you try to set timing, but make sure the balancing ring on the damper has not slipped. If it does, it'll make the engine run with a big vibration, and trying to 'dial in' the timing will make it way too retarded...cause your exhaust manifolds to glow!
     
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    Welcome Joseph... you will find plenty of help here, sarcasm too, inquiring minds want to see what it looks like!!!
     
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    Hmmm ... I'll have to see how to decrease the size of my photo. What's the max size on this forum?

    Joseph
     
  10. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    I want to say that the max size is 640X480.
     
  11. PonyExpressRider

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    anything less then 1MB... I use publisher, but any photo editor should work.
     
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  13. DJ Clinton

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    Someday I hope my ride looks that good.
     
  14. colnago

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    Thanks. She's pretty to look at, and the interior is outstanding, but she runs pretty rough. I'm hoping that on Friday I can find TDC and start checking the timing. By the way, she has a 289 with an Autolite 2100. Is there any good sources of manifold vacuum on the intake? Do I just have to be inventive to find a source?

    Joseph
     
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    Mine is a 289 with a Holly 4 barrel. Mine is in Utah and I'm in Nevada right now, but from what I can remember, vacuum to the distributor is off the base under the carb. There is also a vacuum manifold at the back of the intake manifold.
     
  17. handy_andy_cv64

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    The port for dizzy vacuum is in the base on the passenger side, under the front of the choke assembly. I think I have a pic, and will post it if I find it.
     
  18. handy_andy_cv64

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    BTW, I always liked the mid-60's Fords with the Torq-Thrust D's. Made for Corvettes, but best on Fords.
     
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    The Holleys and Eddys have a port for manifold vacuum. Unfortunately, the Autolite doesn't. I haven't had ten minutes to look at the intake, though, so there might already be something back there. If not, I'll figure something out (like a 4BBL intake and a Holley/Edelbrock carb, or a 2BBL Holley; much more fun than a $5 brass fitting from AutoZone).

    On a positive note, my timer pointer came in today, so Priority 1 tomorrow is to install it and set initial timing.

    Joseph
     
  20. colnago

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    Haha! Just saw the post on the location for ported vacuum. Found that on Day 1. The PO had the dizzy tube going to the passenger-side idle screw! So there was no vacuum advance, and I started out with a vacuum leak! Grrrrr! Fixed that right away.

    Currently, there is a gap between the accel pump plunger and the arm. It's probably 1/8". So, when I accelerate, nothing happens ... other than the engine dieing. Hopefully, I can fix that tomorrow, too, although I may have to chuck the existing carb, and start from scratch.

    Joseph
     

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