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#563685 - May 21st 2012 10:56 am Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Coming along Chris...way to stay at it!
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#563700 - May 21st 2012 11:37 am Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Install an aftermarket oil pressure gauge that tells you exactly what the oil pressure is. The stock Ford gauge is very slow to react and reads lower than you think. In my 89 Ford I run both the stock gauge and an AutoMeter oil pressure gauge. The motor in my van has about 25 PSI of oil pressure at idle once it is warmed up but the stock Ford gauge reads close to the bottom of the scale. As soon as the motor comes off idle the oil pressure goes up to 50 PSI. It takes a while, but the factory gauge eventually puts the needle about in the middle of the gauge when the Autometer gauge reads 50 PSI.

Try running 5W-30 oil and use a Purolator, Wix, or Napa Gold oil filter. Do not use Fram. I have had motors gain 5-10 PSI of oil pressure just by putting in 5w-30 oil and changing the oil filter.

Remember, you only need 10 PSI of oil pressure per 1000 RPM. If your oil pressure is below this, then you should inspect the oil pump and the bearings. It might be something as simple as trash blocking the oil pump pickup or a pressure relief valve that needs to be serviced.
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#563747 - May 21st 2012 1:38 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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I was thinking that Reed, i rarely trust factory guages. Was funny to me because it wasnt knocking or makng any noise. Its also 2 quarts low, fixed that and as soon as i replace the vacuum lines my buddy ran out to get, ill fire it up and see what i got. Hate chasing gremlins. Oh and the exhaust bolts are a no-go. Takin that s%^t to the exhaust shop...
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#563763 - May 21st 2012 2:50 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
Reed Offline
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I hear you about the exhaust bolts. Good luck! I highly recommend Remflex exhaust gaskets, but I am pretty sure your 300 doesn't use pipe to manifold exhaust gaskets.
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#563781 - May 21st 2012 3:50 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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nope, uses donuts. I have no intention of screwing with it myself. Too old for that crap.
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#563785 - May 21st 2012 4:02 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Originally Posted By: draggnastro
nope, uses donuts. I have no intention of screwing with it myself. Too old for that crap.


Old?? your not but 30 right??
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#563806 - May 21st 2012 5:10 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Just turned 30 in April... Too old as in old enough to know better that to attempt foolish things that i know will only result in injury or further breakage of parts. Got a torch DB?
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#563809 - May 21st 2012 5:18 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Originally Posted By: draggnastro
Just turned 30 in April... Too old as in old enough to know better that to attempt foolish things that i know will only result in injury or further breakage of parts. Got a torch DB?


No but it's on my list of must have tools...
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#563815 - May 21st 2012 5:40 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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mine too, along with a welder.
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#563831 - May 21st 2012 7:22 pm Re: Newest Addition to the Family [Re: draggnastro]
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Registered: August 27th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Fircrest, WA
Awww, come one! Get a wild hair and spray those things down with some PB Blaster, let it soak overnight, and then go heave on the bolts with a ratchet and a cheater bar!

But get yourself some Remflex gaskets HERE first.


Edited by Reed (May 21st 2012 7:22 pm)
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