Every manufacturer recommends replacing the brake fluid periodically because it absorbs moisture through the porous rubber hoses, but that's one of those things we rarely do. That promotes corrosion and it seriously lowers the boiling point from well over 400 degrees to 212 degrees. That can lead to one type of brake fade.
Ford had a problem with wear on the contact points between the push rods and rocker arms but I don't know if that went back to the '70s and '80s. It caused a clicking noise. You can run the engine with a valve cover removed and a piece of cardboard to catch the oil that gets thrown off, then hold pressure on the rocker arms to find the one causing the noise. Look for an adjusting nut that is backed off too far.
The Ford service manuals are your best bet for learning how to check some items and how to replace parts, but they don't cover theory of operation. The Chrysler manuals have sections on theory but only for the specific parts on specific engines. A text book will cover the theory in general and not for specific engines or vehicles. Both should be considered because Ford has always done a lot of stuff much differently than everyone else. If you're familiar with GM products, for example, you will find Chryslers the same only a lot easier to work on and understand. That knowledge won't help you when you get to a Ford.
You might also look up an Automotive instructor in his office, outside of class time, and ask if he has any old text books to give away. My office was overflowing with stuff like that that I refused to throw out but would gladly give to anyone who appreciated it. I always assigned chapters to read outside of class. I knew who read the book because later they always had questions in class. The readings do not replace "class discussions". They just get the topic started, then there are a lot of demonstrations and more-detailed explanations to follow. You can also come back here with questions. There's eight specialty areas. I can answer most questions related to all of them but I taught and specialized in Engine Repair, Suspension and Alignment, Brakes, and Electrical. If you want to see some of the Electrical resources I put together for my kids, do a search for Randys Repair Shop dot net. I didn't include the pages of basic electrical theory because that isn't the intent of my web site.
Carburetors are not that complicated but you have to watch closely where parts come from so you know where to put them back. The adjustments are spelled out in the instructions that come with rebuilding kits, and they're in the service manual.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 AT 2:41 PM