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by Larry Velk
Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Merkur XR4Ti heavier then Sierra XR4i
Replies: 17
Views: 7047

Re: Merkur XR4Ti heavier then Sierra XR4i

It's quite odd, but finding comparable weights for various engines is very hard to do. Only guys who ship them have any real information. Some guys post weights with clutches, some with alternators, etc. If you internet search this topic you can barely get a correct weight on a 350 Chevy, much less ...
by Larry Velk
Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Turbo Boast up?
Replies: 11
Views: 3956

Re: Turbo Boast up?

That's our old car... I MAY have put a gutted butt splice connector in a line to the boost controller (we had the car over 20+ years and I forgot half the stuff I did). If so, the boost valve control is still much better. Also, I always ran manual trans ignition advance, so check to see if whoever p...
by Larry Velk
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: 89 merkur xr4ti auto?
Replies: 9
Views: 2160

Re: 89 merkur xr4ti auto?

Your XR, if I recall correctly, has the timing set up to stick specs - this is one difference between the 175 and 145 hp cars. yours also has a 3 inch mandrel bent downpipe, no cat and a 2,5 inch mandrel exhaust with a straight through muffler. If you run a system which gives manual trans boost (fro...
by Larry Velk
Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: Ford Show - Milwaukee Area
Replies: 0
Views: 1072

Ford Show - Milwaukee Area

Ford show near Milwaukee this Sunday. Unfortunately don't have a link, so I'd suggest a search (sorry). Went to this show many times, it is very nice. Often a real Cobra or two, old T-Birds, '65 Comets, etc. In a nice area and easy to get to. There is often a complimentary show down the street with ...
by Larry Velk
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Merkur's.. 2.3l turbo with auto trans..
Replies: 16
Views: 2832

Re: Merkur's.. 2.3l turbo with auto trans..

Check your messages. I'm the previous owner and have a spoiler and license bracket for you.
by Larry Velk
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Head gasket question - not enough holes?
Replies: 16
Views: 4024

Re: Head gasket question - not enough holes?

I told this gasket story on another forum (maybe)...... Pulled the head from my son's XR due to a MAJOR oil leak that started at around 70k. The car didn't leak prior to that. It turned out that the "fire ring" was MISSING from the triangle like hole where the oil goes to the head! By fire...
by Larry Velk
Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: how hard is it to drive a 5 speed xr in the winter
Replies: 37
Views: 6777

Re: how hard is it to drive a 5 speed xr in the winter

Four snows, make sure toe and camber reasonable. Stick or auto not a significant factor - except for "bench racing" talk. We have both. Me, wife and kids switch off depending on which of 3 is easiest to use that day. The condition of the snows is what conditions the experience - 2 with Bli...
by Larry Velk
Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: TH 200 4R Transmission swap
Replies: 5
Views: 2122

Re: TH 200 4R Transmission swap

A guy from Burlington, WI had this kit in his white XR which he bought new. I rode in the car. He was a certified tech and the XR had ALL the rapido stuff. He told me the trans wasn't correct and he needed to do modifications to make it right. The kid was a genius and very competent, so the mods may...
by Larry Velk
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: A4LD in Xr
Replies: 12
Views: 3485

After maybe 20 years in XR's, I always dreamed of a 4-speed auto with OD. Read all the posts, talked at some length with LArry Davis, ended up doing an overhaul on the old C3. It is just an overdrive thing. The A4LD offers little else. The OD thing is a real big deal, though. L, Davis advised a 6 pi...
by Larry Velk
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: XR4Ti vs. P-51
Replies: 18
Views: 5343

True on the Hartman story. Rudel, a Stuka pilot and many other Germans (Gallad, Marselle (sp?), Konkel, etc.) all showed skill and persistant effort. Many were also shot down numerous times. In any case it is more politically correct to just talk about the equipment, so as not to get into "that...
by Larry Velk
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: XR4Ti vs. P-51
Replies: 18
Views: 5343

Len Deighton, a respected fiction and history writer/researcher (and RAF veteran) has pointed out that a very, very large portion of Allied fighter pilots were Canadian. The English blew this off in WWI as some feature of "frontier living", giving no credit to training or initiative. He re...
by Larry Velk
Fri May 22, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Difference between 85-88 and 89 cars?
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Some wiring harness changes - color codes, esp. neutral switch and no cruise on '85's. We use the '85 manual and haven't owned an '85 for 17 years. I think the '85 manual may have a bad torque value for the wheels (reported elsewhere, I never noticed). The '85 manual also says you need to remove the...
by Larry Velk
Fri May 22, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: ATF Leak, Slushbox 87 XR
Replies: 42
Views: 6725

A leak of ATF under the turbo is likely the steel line rubbed and corroded through at the bracket that holds the lines. There is no O-ring where the LOWER trans dipstick tube goes into the trans. The O-ring is between the lower and upper tube and rarely gives trouble unless the trans is way overfill...
by Larry Velk
Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: bad vibration on freeway
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

2 piece shaft

If you check hot rodder and truck sites (one has swap experience, the other 2-piece experience) you'll see they like 0.5 to 1.0 degree on that front section (no guibo!) so the u-joint "works" and doesn't flat spot a roller. The rear section is then treated like a one piece using most of th...
by Larry Velk
Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Finally fixed my car!!!!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 3241

"Pinto" TDC mark

I just compared the 'new' one to the original and remarked it. I converted all our XR's to crank drive but only had one pulley that was different - I pulled that one myself from an AC equiped Pinto in a yard. The reason I checked it is just that I'm careful about stuff. On our 1st XR I even got the ...