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Freaky Fun With Math
« on: May 12, 2019, 12:08:59 pm »
For this post, you will need either a #2 pencil and piece of paper, or a calculator.

Your back, so let's get started! I just got a new truck a little while ago, it's an old 1970 F100. Due to it's age, it has some wear, and lots of time for ambitious folks with questionable mechanical skills/sense. One issue, is the fuel gauge only works part-time. After running out of gas a few times, I now keep a full can of gas, and check the mileage whenever I park.

This is where the math comes in-

I filled the tank at 37,581 miles. Yes, it would be fair to assume it isn't the first time it has seen 37k. I go to Wally world, and the fuel guage is working this trip. When I park, the mileage is 37,641, and the guage reads half full... Or half empty, depending on your own beliefs and outlook. But this is math, not philosophy.

Anyways, the tank holds 18 gallons. So, for the slower, or drunker, out there we have 37,641 minus 37,581, divided by 9 gallons.

I don't know which I should worry most about  :o

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 12:45:37 pm »
The first question I have is, why only 18 gal tank?
What size engine is in it?
Is there a gas leak?

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 12:53:15 pm »
Don't sweat it....

historically gas tanks  1/2 full or half empty would not be 9 gallons on 18 gallon tank
the Gas guage floats are calibrated in a ratio to allow for about 2 Gallons reserve.

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 01:00:12 pm »
Slim...

1970 F100  still had the suicide tanks in the cab behind the seat = Hence 18 Gals.

Engines were  240-250-300 inline 6 , a 302 V8 or maybe the 360 or 390 V8..


gas leak ? ...you can make bet it does !
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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2019, 01:16:27 pm »
I think a lot of folks are missing the sum of the equation. 37,641-37,581=60?9=6.66

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2019, 02:54:02 pm »
No....  hence the " you are blessed comment "   ;D
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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2019, 04:29:55 pm »
Slim...

1970 F100  still had the suicide tanks in the cab behind the seat = Hence 18 Gals.

Engines were  240-250-300 inline 6 , a 302 V8 or maybe the 360 or 390 V8..


gas leak ? ...you can make bet it does !
I forgot about the tank behind the seat. I had a 1970 cornbinder that had one.

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2019, 08:59:27 pm »
I forgot about the tank behind the seat. I had a 1970 cornbinder that had one.

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My Dad had the "Stoney Bourke" model  ....1966 with a 240 motor....later aussie versions got the 300 then later could get a 351 cleveland (2 barrel carb) motor.
14 to 16 mpg for the '66 but our gallon a lot bigger than yours. 
 

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2019, 09:35:35 pm »
I wasn't a Ford guy way back when(Still not really, although I did trash out 3 Taurusus(Tauri?) delivering mail.) My truck back then was a '65 Chevy, half ton, short bed, 292-6 with three on the tree. 18MPG, for daily driving. School was 18 miles away, gas was $.50 a gallon, so for 5 bucks a week I escaped from riding the bus.


I think the gas went farther then, too, because it was all gas, no alcohol.

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2019, 10:44:39 pm »
The truck in question, had a big 400 stuffed in it, and a big 4 barrel Holley carb. Somebody decided to make a race truck out of a respectable farm truck. You know, big motor, loud pipes, mag wheels, and then rig stuff and twist what wires you don't just hack off.

I'm in the process of tuning the carb in, but had to replace the fuel pump. Twice. It's hard to tune carbs, if it won't idle. There is a long list, it is a work in progress.

My main point, for those who didn't get the math, 37,641-37,581=60?9=6.66 .

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2019, 11:16:46 pm »
The truck in question, had a big 400 stuffed in it, and a big 4 barrel Holley carb. Somebody decided to make a race truck out of a respectable farm truck. You know, big motor, loud pipes, mag wheels, and then rig stuff and twist what wires you don't just hack off.

I'm in the process of tuning the carb in, but had to replace the fuel pump. Twice. It's hard to tune carbs, if it won't idle. There is a long list, it is a work in progress.

My main point, for those who didn't get the math, 37,641-37,581=60?9=6.66 .

Yeah I got that -- Devils number hey!
Did ya know that almost every barcode on items originating from western democracy countries has the 666 number incorporated in them - the start and end code and the switch code in the middle are all barcode 6 .....check it out .....werent no coincidence either I bet.!!!!!

The 400 motor explains things - diff ratio on those early F100's was made for revheads too - ours was a 4:1 diff not hardly conducive to economy

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2019, 06:00:16 am »
Not economical, and it sounds like a big diesel boat I used to clam off of. I really wish it still had the original 302, even if it meant dealing with the three on the tree shifter.

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2019, 07:33:59 am »
I had a 66 with the 200 CDI  3 on the tree....  I think they call it Windsor white ....bone base stock short bed , not even a AM radio....
Bought it used in about 1970 drove the wheels off it ... aside from gas & oil changes , I put front brake shoes on at maybe 90,000
a pair of tires twice @ some point....
I recall I was towing my race car to Texas for an SCCA National and in Quincy Florida the rear end chunk barrings started to howl.... seems it was out of lube.
We stopped at a wreaking yard, pulled a complete chunk out of a 68 F150 , new gasket and 90 weight, and were on our way in about 1 hour.
I sold the old truck with over 200,000 for $1100. I had paid $800 for it with 73,000 on the clock ... gas, oil and $50 chunk in the Florida panhandle... it owed me nothing, in fact may be the best deal automotive I ever had.
Restored these bring $25,000 to 35,000  :o
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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2019, 09:08:58 pm »
I had a 66 with the 200 CDI  3 on the tree....  I think they call it Windsor white ....bone base stock short bed , not even a AM radio....
Bought it used in about 1970 drove the wheels off it ... aside from gas & oil changes , I put front brake shoes on at maybe 90,000
a pair of tires twice @ some point....
I recall I was towing my race car to Texas for an SCCA National and in Quincy Florida the rear end chunk barrings started to howl.... seems it was out of lube.
We stopped at a wreaking yard, pulled a complete chunk out of a 68 F150 , new gasket and 90 weight, and were on our way in about 1 hour.
I sold the old truck with over 200,000 for $1100. I had paid $800 for it with 73,000 on the clock ... gas, oil and $50 chunk in the Florida panhandle... it owed me nothing, in fact may be the best deal automotive I ever had.
Restored these bring $25,000 to 35,000  :o

Our 66 F100 had the 240 (that family ..240 and 300 was a truck motor down under) but it had a fourspeed truck box - same as would come in say a F500
I had a 67 Falcon ute with that 200xsix in it - they called it the super pursuit motor here - it was a car motor - followed by the 250 CID six - iron head then alloy head then eventually morphed into the 4 litre barracuda motor built in Australia probably close to the best 6 cylinder motor ever in production autos - we have one in a BA ford falcon wagon right now -its a brilliant tow car.   

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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2019, 06:07:57 am »
So is this truck processed?

My question is why is Wally World so far away?
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Re: Freaky Fun With Math
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2019, 07:02:37 am »
I don't understand what you mean by processed, but Wally world is about 15-20 miles from home. Why so far? By choice.