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Old 04-20-2012, 10:41 PM
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got my first Ford, a 69 F250 w/ 390 and 4-speed.
On the 4 hour drive home went through a lot of oil and I think there's a big leak where the oil-filter adapter bolts to the block at least that's what it looks like. Doesn't seem to hard to fix if I can buy that gasket...

Engine would 'clatter' from the lifters when the oil level would start to drop. When it would do that I'd check the dipstick and it was only at the low mark not below. Plus the oil-pressure gauge (at pretty good rpm !) runs about 1/8" above the 'L', is this normal oil-pressure on an FE ? I've had chevies do the 'lifter-clatter' before but at 2-quarts low not 1...

No knocking of any kind from the bottom-end not even on startup. Just kind of wondering if this motor can withstand a cam-swap (RV) and 4-bbl upgrade or is it too whipped. Seems like the oil-pressure might be a tad low...Truck shows ~ 27,000 miles (127,000)...

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:33 AM
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First fix the oil leak (spin off the filter and make sure the rubber seal from the last filter did not detach and is stuck to the filter housing, something to check ) and install a mechanical oil pressure gauge. That way you'll know what your pressure really is. Then you can make a judgement as what you might want to do with your truck. Right now everything about your truck is unknown.
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That sounds to me more like 227,000 miles and it is getting tired..just change oil and tighten up the leaks and run it till it dies then do something with a truck of that nature..Fe engines are readily available so finding a buildable block and crank and doing that while still running the one you have is an easily doable thing..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Had unit with wrong dip stick once. Good idea to change oil. Add correct amount then check dipstick calibration. It would be terrible to find out it was 2 1/2 qts low when it showed to be one. I cooked a John Deere with a wrong dip stick. Not fun.

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