So test n tune the other night, blew a rad. hose. Looked like the fan flexed and hit a new radiator braket, then sliced the hose. I taped up the hose and limped 25 miles home. But Oh no not that simple. Driverside welds, mount to frame, ripped off. Found it this morning, was starting to remove bits and dodads. Said hell with it. Took it for a grama style cruise to Fife. One bit of good news, got cought in the third hot weather traffic jam, the new Merlin radiator works as advertized. 2 rows of 1 1/4" tubes. So now the wounded warrior is about to go up on blocks, good thing I have all the stuff I need to fix it. No waiting on parts. Now I'm waiting on ambition, hope to make test n tune next fri and a nastailga race two days later. For sure Good guys the end of the month.
Went to the Ford charging system w/ external reg.
It's field sensor is run through a on/off toggle.
Don't notice any power gain when switched off, but I doubt the engineers intended
these things to run at 6,000 rpm in charging mode.
One thing about this project, I'll never pay to have an alternator rebuilt. 6bucks for the bearings, 8 bucks for the regulator, what ever for brushes.
My new found engineer buddy may have a good plan. but you can't buy the parts from the old days-I guess. The test was a sucess as the battery cut off killed the engine, as NHRA mandates.
But the charge wasn't happening. So I'm going to the old Ford 1979 alt. with external regularor. I know that works, I've used it before. He tells me it's ineffecient , but with that e303 cam- what kind of gas mileage can I expect?
I'll try to post some small pics-- looks like something has been hacked though.