Ask Mike -- Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if I have a Mexican block?
Answer: Mexican blocks have the ID "HECHO EN MEXICO" cast stamped in the lifter valley. These blocks are known to have a higher nickel content as well as having thicker main bearing caps. The new Ford Racing Sportsman block has similar caps, although these blocks do have thicker web supports at the main bearing saddles. -- Mike
Question: Bruce Springsteen once sang "I got a 69 chevy with a 396, fuely heads and a Hurst on the floor". What's wrong with those words?
Answer: The 396 was a big block engine. But fuely heads were only on small block engines.
Question: I have a 1985 Plymouth Reliant, and one day when the car had about 95,000 miles on it, I was making a turn and the front-left wheel fell off. I was told it was the inner tie rod end. Is there any way to prevent this from happening again?
Answer: Don't buy another Plymouth Reliant.
Question: I've been driving around in an '85 Pontiac Bonneville for several years now and no woman ever wants to climb on my hood. What am I doing wrong?
Answer: Perhaps you should change your brand of car, and buy her some Leopard Skin boots..
Question: What is X?
Answer: X ... is X..
Question: Often when working on my car, I get very dirty. What do you recommend for this situation?
Answer: Mike's Mustangs recommends a friendly helper.