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Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:51:05 PM »
My Truck has 6 volt positive ground and the 6 volt battery is old.  I think it is time to upgrade to 12 volt negative ground.  Here are some links that I have researched in an attempt to start a plan...

http://www.oldengine.org/unfaq/six12.htm
http://reviews.ebay.com/6-to-12-Volt-Conversion-1955-Ford_W0QQugidZ10000000001571127
http://www.ytmag.com/articles/artint131.htm
http://www.classictruckshop.com/12volt.php

Humm...   :astronomer:
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 04:33:58 PM »
YOU BETTER HAVE THAT RUNNING BY NEXT MONTH OR YOUR BUZZARD BAIT :pilot:
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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 07:18:06 PM »
I dunno I am having a bad week and with cars and trucks.  The terror so far this month is:

1.  The 90 Superpoop is still in NJ.  The other week :freddie: found the proportional flow control valves fro my front brake booster conversion and I sent them off.  Now one of them is coming back to me so that I can find some weird metric brake line connector.  If it was not a 35th Anniversary it would have been junked a while back.  But I will bring it back from sure death because it is a Classic!   :flex:

2.  The 97 Cougar fuel pressure regulator went bad and the car smelled like it was at the pump.  I got an Aeromotive FPR and a Summit gauge.  Went to put it in and the gauge did not fit.  I had to order a 304 stainless steel elbow.  The elbow came in and was ugly so I polished it.  Then I put it on the FPR and looked at the gauge O&M and ^&#[email protected] Summit sold me a gauge that was not for regular service.  WTF!  So I put it on the car yesterday.  Started it up and the &%#$ Aeromotive FPR was set at 60 PSI.  I back it off to 45 PSI and behold my car threw a excess fuel code.  Lucky I have a CarCode scanner and was able to reset the code.   Finally I had to remove it again to remove the elbow and gauge.  Errr...   :wacko:

3.  Then I had the wife take the 97 Escort out to get an oil change.  She called me at work and says it is making a loud noise.  I ask her to check the oil and she calls me back and says it has not oil.  I call the Halderman Ford in Allentown where it was serviced and said that it may not have oil put back in.  The receptionist says that She did not remember seeing my car there and started to say that my car was never there.  :zipp:  Now I am getting a little teed off.   :hide:  So I ask for the Service Manager,  I tell them the situation and they put me on hold for what seems to be five minutes and finally She says oh I remember your voice you are the one with the Cool Cougar.  Yes I am...    :-[  But the Wife says the car has no oil, what I am to do.  She says have it towed here and we will look at it.  I ask if it did not have oil the engine could be bad, what will you do?  She goes oh, these cars have safeguards that prevent them form operating with no oil, it is impossible that it could have went that far.  I say what safeguard, all it has is a oil pressure switch, it will keep on going and besides those engines are strong.  So I ask again "if it was not filled with oil what will you do?  She says again we will have to look at it besides if it did not go that far I doubt much went wrong.  I get frustrated and tell her I will go home and check it out!   :joys:

I then call Jeff who is the best ASE certified mechanic I have ever met.  "He told me that you will be surprised on how far the car will go without oil.  But if it did the cylinders will be scorn and the engine toast.  It sounds like they may be trying to get out of it.  This is what you do:  take it to an ASE certified mechanic and have them look at it and have them check and  condemn the engine if it was ran without oil.  Then take it back to the dealer and make them fix it.  That way they will not be able to weasel out..."  With this excellent advise I start to head home...

I get home and look at the did stick and realize the wife needs glasses.  There is oil in the engine.  Good.  I also notice that it threw a code.  I pull out my Laptop and reach for the OBDII adaptor and it is not there.  Darn Ed ^$$## borrowed it the other week and never gave me the cable back.  So I call up Ed and he says he is eating dinner and will not be able to return the cable for several hours.  Ahhhhh!!! :doh:

So I go out and finally get a hair cut (yes Doc I rushed home and they were closed).  He comes just before dusk and the code is a misfire in cylinder # 1.  I start the engine again and run it through the tests and notice a knock.  A rod knock.  I think maybe it is the valve seat getting ready to fall out.  So I turn her off and tell the wife to call AAA and get it towed the next day.

Of course She gets a tow truck, not a flat bed.  :shute: Oh, I hop it was not damaged!  To make a long story short after all that the mechanic told me the problem looks like some one had the heads off and let it sit in the rain for a while and did not clean out the cylinders so now they are in bad shape.  To make matters worse the cylinders were bored out before so there is not more room.  I need a short block!!!!!!    :boom:

4. :freddie: came over last weekend and we worked on the 55 as you know above.  Now I need a new battery and need to upgrade it to 12V negative ground.   :poop:

I think I am going to stay in bed until Sunday!   :surr:
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM

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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2008, 07:59:21 AM »
So you are working on the truck you must have a short honey do list. I still can't get done with the one my wife has constructed for me this year.  But when I get it done I won't have stuff to do next year and I am planning road trips. I have been working on the Mustang with Tom when I can Cougar has a vaccum leak going to work on that thia week just hope it stops raining long enough to do some work
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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2008, 08:03:16 AM »
Keep your eyes out for a 1953 to 1956 F100 I don't no if I told you. I am looking I think it was my buddy Rick in Walnutport I told.
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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008, 09:00:16 AM »
Sure thing...   :afto2:
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
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Re: Upgrading my 1955 Ford F-250 from 6 to 12volt
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008, 07:08:19 PM »
Here is a place where you can buy an old 1950's Ford truck!
http://www.classictruckcentral.com/



The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
Bondfreak13 07/28/09 09:05 PM