Off and On Fuel Problems
I have an '84 Ford F-150 with the 351-cid V-8. I've been having sporadic fuel-delivery problems. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the fuel pump, but the fact that the problem comes and goes has me puzzled. I'm thinking the fuel pump probably works, so could it be something in between the fuel pump and the engine?

Can you suggest some things to check before I bite the bullet and take the truck to an expensive repair shop? Thanks for your help.
Dan Gorton
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The intermittent nature of your problem leads us to think there may be a poor electrical connection somewhere along the line. If the fuel-pump relay doesn't get uninterrupted power, that can cause the sporadic problem you describe. The relay receives power via a fusible link that's attached to the starter relay. The link and wiring are covered by insulation, so it's possible to have a wire that looks fine but actually has an internal fault. Depending on how the wire moves, it can vary between connected and not connected. Years of use, heat, vibration, battery-acid vapors, and corrosion are things that can deteriorate wiring. Check the condition of the contacts first, and if they're OK try a new link.

Pace Truck
I recently bought a '79 Mustang Pace Car Edition, and now I'd like to find the matching truck. I just started looking so I'm not too sure about the details. I saw one in a brochure, so I know it has the same paint scheme as my Mustang. I'm wondering if you could give me some tips on finding a real Indy pace truck?

Also, did they make Indy pace car versions of any other Fords? I appreciate your help.
Derrick Justice
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The maker of the annual Indy 500 Pace Car often supplies various support vehicles such as pickups, tow trucks, and vans. This is what Ford did in 1979. All of the vehicles were painted the same pewter (silver metallic) color with decal graphics. For the actual race, Ford supplied about 60 support trucks, including F-series trucks, tow trucks, Broncos, Econoline vans, and Econoline Club Wagons. The public was able to buy many of these vehicles after the race, but the odds of finding one almost 30 years later are slim.

We've only seen a few '79 Ford Official Indy 500 trucks, but they are around if you look hard enough. The package was only offered on long-wheelbase F-100 and F-150 Styleside trucks. They have to be the same pewter as your Mustang. Other original features include: 10-hole wheels, low-gloss black bumpers, black grille and headlight bezels, black door panels with silver and red trim, a black headliner, special seat trim (in black, silver, and red), black glovebox appliqu, deleted side moldings (because of the decals), and special commemorative Indy 500 decals. The tailgate should have an orange appliqu with black Ford letters.

A note regarding brochures as reference materials for restorations: These promotional products were usually made well in advance of vehicle production. That means there can be features on the brochure vehicles that didn't make it to production or were changed substantially. Features were also added after the brochures were printed. You should cross-reference features in as many sources as possible.