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    Oh man, that was good. Thanks, Gadget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monterey1962 View Post
    Well, something happened.
    I see a lot of the dentside trucks running around like this around. Whatcha got planned for it?
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    I've had a year and a half to stare at this truck in the back yard and try to figure it out. I think I'm just going to chip away at it and see what comes of it. It really depends on money and ambition. If I have enough of those two things, it might actually become something worth keeping.

    I might pressure wash the engine bay just to make disassembly a little easier. Getting the bed off of the frame would be nice, but I don't really have the space to set that anywhere, right now.
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    Cleaning is good. I did the engine in the Towncar the first time without cleaning it, I had grease up to my armpits and it took a week to finally get rid of it completely.

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    Soaked it with Simple Green, then hit it with the pressure washer. Not a great outcome, but it's that much less mess to deal with. I did lay plastic under the truck before starting since it is parked on my newer concrete pad.
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    Looks like it's time to use oven cleaner, AKA "Fuck it" mode.
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    I think it is clean just surface rust which looks like dirt. I never thought of using simple green on engines but hey it is a great idea.
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    Some is rust, some is baked on mess. Simple Green is all the store had on hand. I may give it a second soaking and see if I can get more off.
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    I use simple green when I clean my engines. Couple it was a brush and some slight agitation the end result comes out very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    I use simple green when I clean my engines. Couple it was a brush and some slight agitation the end result comes out very nice.
    Does simple green hurt aluminum parts like, say, a 4.6 timing cover? I know some of the more aggressive stuff can etch aluminum, especially cast aluminum, but I've never used simple green on an engine, or really anything other than household cleaning.
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    I think its a caustic, so it will eat aluminum if you leave it long enough. Spray Nine does not eat alumimum, and that stuff works really well.

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    Yes simple green is known to cause issues with aluminum if you let it dry on it. There are plenty of other products that will do the same job without the potential of damaging something.
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    I soaked the engine again, and did a little scrubbing. I'm surprised at how much Ford Blue paint is on this thing. Motor actually looks pretty nice. However, the current plan it to tear most of it apart to see what I have. Preferably, I'd like to pull the engine so I can pull the heads and oil pan. My thinking is that if there is something that needs attention in the motor, it gets taken care of before I continue with the rest of the truck. This is an "unknown history" used 400. I think he said it was out of a '76 LTD. Clutch is "newer", so I'd want to see that, too. I know the transfer case locked in a certain gear, so there are problems there. I guess I'll be going through everything on this truck, at some point, unless I give up and say to hell with it.

    As for the Simple Green, I rinsed the motor off the best that I could with the garden hose and nozzle.

    Looks like I'm going to be forced into buying an engine hoist. It's a one-man-show here, so I need some way to lift the big stuff (bed, cab, engine, transfer case, etc.).
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    Engine cranes are useful. I've never actually used the one I have here to remove an engine, but I've used it to swap an oil tank and general other "pick up this bulky heavy thing" type work. A few slings and shackles gets a lot done. The oil tank swap was some redneck BS. I had the crane chained down to a small flatbed trailer behind my truck. I backed that up to the tank and used the crane to lift the old tank off the stacks of blocks and place the new one. I had to flip the legs up to get the boom back far enough to do what i needed, hence the chains holding it down to the trailer.
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    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    ID tag on the carb reads: D4AE GA. C 4A 17.

    Quick search shows it's a 2100. Will see what's out there for rebuild kits.
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    Does this have a 203 or 205 transfer case?
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    Not sure. I'll take a look later this week and let you know.
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    If it has locking front hubs, it is probably a 205.

    A 205 will also have a round 3 bolt cover on the rear of the case, in the center.

    The 205 is considered a part time case, whereas the 203 was "full time". 205 is gear driven, and it a very robust unit.

    They are also fairly simply to rebuild (I did the one in my '75), and parts are not too bad at all.

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    It does have the factory manual hubs. Thanks for the info.
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    1978 F-150 Custom
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    1995 F-150 XLT
    1998 Crown Victoria LX
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