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dirtpoor racing
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posted October 30, 2003 03:37 PM
Does anyone run, or know anybody that runs a ford FE engine.


wizzard
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posted October 30, 2003 06:36 PM
agreed, stay away from them for racing. they're heavy and with the heads available nowdays, you can get more power from a properly built 351w.


dirtpoor racing
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posted October 31, 2003 12:25 PM
quote:
Originally posted by outlawstock17:
agreed, stay away from them for racing. they're heavy and with the heads available nowdays, you can get more power from a properly built 351w.

I agree with the weight issue,but the class i'm in is a stock class with no performance upgrades though.I thought an old 352ci police intercepter would be nice. Also it prabaly would surprise some of the other guys running brand x stuff.

Raz_900
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posted October 31, 2003 03:39 PM
With the FE's, they're all the same dimension (external) and weigh within a few pounds of each other. So a 352 would get it's a$$ handed to it by a 428. A 428 (4.13" x 3.98") is the best 'all round' motor with the longest stock stroke and decent bore. The 427 (4.23" x 3.78")had the biggest bore and middle stroke and the 390 (4.05" x 3.78") was probably the most common using the 427 stroke with a smaller bore.

The Cobra Jet and Police motors from the late 60's had some decent heads but are hard to come by.

And yes, you can get more power out of a properly built 351 when compared to a stock 352. But a 390 (say .080" for 406 CID, you can usually go .100" over without issue on the older blocks which was a stock Ford motor for a couple years and made 406HP in 3x2 config, ) or a 428 with CJ heads will absolutely kill a 351. Now weight will be a hard thing, but the low end torque of the big motor should make up for it, if you have the time, $$ and patience to set it up right.

dirtpoor racing
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posted October 31, 2003 04:01 PM
I would love to run a 428ci, but 362 ci is max for the class we're in.(STOCK HEADS,CAST IRON INTAKE,STOCK CAM.)


ssr1st
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posted October 31, 2003 05:22 PM
I know i guy thats running a windsor with cleveland rods. The motor was put together from a notible engine builder/driver.Is this a speed secret? And cant see the point of going to a shorter rod


dirtpoor racing
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posted November 01, 2003 11:04 AM
have't heard of running clevland rods, but have seen cleveland heads with clevland pistons on 302's.Call it a claimer I belive. Dont really know what kind of performance it has though.I think it's old tech.


wizzard
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posted November 01, 2003 08:58 PM
if you're going to run a ford engine that's that heavy, a 429 wins hands down. use a set D0VE casting heads or CJ heads with flat tops and a nice solid cam and it will twist up there with any small block. 429's have a 3.59" stroke and a 4.36" bore with a 6.605" rod. all the right stuff from the factory to smoke practically any other stock engine.


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