Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 22:35:36 -0300
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: Smokin' exhaust - the plot thickens.....


Salutations: LauraK wrote: > > > Willing to bet my hat that your cooling pwobs (leaks and cracked > >rads aside) mostly related to ignition timing being a little hot - but that > >gave them a serious fun factor so everyone set them that way.. > > > > The water pump wasn't the best and for the rest of it, Ford admitted that the > cooling system was badly designed. There was a company in Oregon that > specialized in performance and replacement parts for the Fiesta. And I saw one > on the street not too long ago. > It had a double barrel carb and 70% of its weight over the drive wheels. > Incredible in snow. Shorter than a VW Bug but roomier inside. I was living in > Washington, D.C. at the time and had to park on the street. It's shortness was > a primary reason for buying it. > Hell to work on. The engine compartment was sort of layered and everything had > to come off to do anything, which is why I did the work myself. Labor charges > were astronomical. I didn't like to work under it when it was on jack stands so > when I needed that type of work done I'd take it to a garage up the street from > me. The owner used to start cussing me out in Japanese as soon as he saw me > pull in. > > lauraknopsamousergraphics.com > http://www.madmousergraphics.com > web design, print design, photography Like I said - fun car to rent and I'll bet it'd make a wicked little ice racer/clubman rally ride.. My other toy is a long body '77 GMC 260 motorhome with a big old 403 Bird motor and an RV cam in it.. Previous owner dropped on a holley (which is OK - but I'm not sure it's better than the OEM Rochester) and I put an open pipe on her last year - goes like the wind, and it now sounds exactly like a 6.6 FireBird.. It's a hoot to rev her up at stop lights and spin the tires on take off - I sometimes win the light just because whoever is beside is having trouble absorbing it all in realtime.. :) .. Front wheel drive on a 425 tranny to boot!.. I mention it because there are a pile of 260 owners who have a Ford Festiva toad strapped on and they say about the same thing regarding the Festiva engine bay.. However their comment is that if you have it finally working and running a little rich, you don't have to play with it all that much after than.. It's a Ford - if you can get it running and it'll drag you down the road all day usually.. :) .. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Martin Lee - You Was http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/098.RAM

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