I used to be a somewhat active member on here, and I've been lurking around in the Anything else section for quite awhile. After we had our second child, I pretty much parked the truck due to transmission problems, and concentrated on my GTP.
Anyways, zip ahead 3 years, and there it sets. My grandpa passed last year, so it's getting fixed and back on the road. Like I said, it's been sitting for 3 years, so here's what I remember being the problems.
1.) Engine. It's a 302 with 84k, with an HO roller cam advanced 4*, GT40P, Mustang headers, MAF conversion, PCV reroute, rubber vacuum lines, and Explorer injectors. It always ran a bit rough, and if I didn't roll into the throttle, it'd fall on it's face. I never quite figured it out because the transmission problems were way worse. It also leaked from the rear of the engine somewhere, which I believe to be the oil pan. I know I chased my tail multiple times thinking my RMS was leaking, even sleeved the crank at one point to try and plug the leak. THEN I put some dye in and saw it come from the oil pan. I changed the gasket (again) and it still leaked. Again, never won this battle. Transmission lost the war.
2.) Transmission. F*ck the TV cable. No seriously. What started out as a normal Trangso shift kit install on the AOD started the problems that would eventually park this truck. I have very vivid and horrid memories of pulling over to adjust that thing one tooth this way or that. I tried setting it with a pressure gauge, both with driving and with the spacer, I lubed the cable, I did everything I could think of. Oh, and naturally along the way I installed a drain plug into the pan, and that leaks, too.
Onto the repairs and what not. I'm going to buy a Silverfox AOD Constant Pressure VB
, and do away with that stupid TV cable. I've heard plenty of good things about Silverfox, if anyone has any input on the subject, please chime in. I'm going to buy a oil pan, and a new transmission pan, again any input, please speak up. I don't want to spend too much on pans, but I want something of good quality. As far as the engine is concerned, I'm going to replace the (stock) valve springs with some from Alex (https://www.alexsparts.com/sb-ford-g...ller-580-lift/
), and I'll probably put some Mustang 3.8l rockers in place of the stock rockers. I've read they are 1.73:1 vs the stock 1.6:1. Oh, and I have some Headman long tube headers that I'm going to try and fit.
As far as what's happened from sitting so long. 2 new batteries (I have a dual battery setup), all new fluids, check\grease suspension, and pull spark plugs to put a cap of MMO in each hole. Then disconnect the fuel line at the filter and hardwire the fuel pump to pump itself mostly dry (I don't even remember how much gas is in it), and maybe put some new gas in towards the end so I don't burn up the pump? Then replace fuel filter, of course.
I'll get pics as soon as I begin the project, and depending on work, should be this weekend.