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FE Technical Forum / Re: 390 new points now backfiring
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:17:10 AM »
Helping a buddy get his early Bronco running, we've replaced a condensor and two sets of points in it....and it's moved maybe 2 miles.  Amazing. 

I'd heard the horror stories, now deciding if it's worth the trouble to go Pertronix or just file the old points and do what I can to stockpile a set or two of NOS Autolites. 

FE Technical Forum / Re: Carb Hesitation
« on: July 22, 2021, 07:15:53 AM »
Did you touch anything else at all?  I'd start simple with something I see all the time, is the accel pump arm(s) adjusted correctly? 

Private Classifieds / Re: Comp Hydraulic Roller
« on: July 17, 2021, 05:22:34 PM »
I have a ~235* cam from Brent going in my 462, I have no vacuum requirements but I think it would be borderline.  224/232 in my 390 pulls 13”

Private Classifieds / Re: Comp Hydraulic Roller
« on: July 17, 2021, 04:49:43 PM »
Maybe in a 650ci engine  :)

I’d think more in the 7-8” range

Private Classifieds / Comp Hydraulic Roller
« on: July 17, 2021, 10:24:36 AM »
New in box Comp hydraulic roller, billet core roller I bought from Brent.  Nice size for healthy 400ci+ deal.  251/253* @ .050”, .643/.624 110lsa.  $400 shipped

Some kids came through and did that recently, I never lock my '96 GMC because the truck is worth maybe $500, but still runs/drives great.  Anyway, kids were idiots as they just took change but left a pair of RayBans in the visor, and some pretty decent micrometers that were sitting on the seat.  I know, dumb by me, but I'd never had an issue and got careless. 

Private Classifieds / Re: Rare 427 MR. C5AE-6090-F Big F head
« on: July 07, 2021, 10:50:03 AM »
Curious. This is for ONE head. What would happen if this head were paired with an "ordinary" MR head on the same engine?

That’s an old NASCAR trick, they’d put the Big F on the right engine bank and the extra power would naturally make the car turn left…

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: AFR acquired by equity group
« on: July 02, 2021, 12:27:29 PM »
Now this was rolled out last year, but you have to wonder if Taglich already had influence, but AFR already introduced a line of import castings.  Just hate to continue seeing it across the industry, as a "niche" market it's one of the last to see the manufacturing head offshore, but it's becoming more commonplace as profits are chased.  I imagine this "offshoring" debate is beating a dead horse, been discussed many times already here.   Main issue is I hate to see a top level supplier like AFR lose its way.  If you follow what they did with the 385 series head, following the excellent SBF heads that have been around for years, I was sort of hoping they'd somehow step into the FE ranks at some time.  Doubtful now. 

Non-FE Discussion Forum / AFR acquired by equity group
« on: July 02, 2021, 09:30:04 AM »
I've seen this announced in a few places, sucks to see it happen as I always thought AFR made a quality product (even though none for FE).  Sometimes these PE firms leave well enough alone, but majority of the time they start looking at the margins, and the only way a quality head like AFR can go is down.  Cheaper valves/locks/springs, larger stepover spec on the CNC'ing...they'll start chipping away at the quality IMO.  Seems like much of the aftermarket is going this way as the old brands are bought up.   

"Air Flow Research is excited to announce that Taglich Private Equity, LLC (TPE) has acquired AFR. TPE is a lower middle-market PE firm that specializes in recapitalizations, management buyouts, and majority equity investments, targeting manufacturing, business services and consumer products companies. Taglich looks to partner with management teams that can take advantage of their expertise and background in order to optimize their company's growth potential and create long-term value.

AFR’s management team and employees will continue to operate out of its Valencia, CA facility, continuing to provide high quality, performance cylinder heads, service, parts, and machining associated with the AFR brand. Nothing will change; it will be business as usual. As President, Board Member and significant investor, Rick will continue to be involved with the organization, ensuring the foundation that his family and employees have built over the past 50 years will flourish under TPE’s guidance.

Taglich and AFR are excited about the growth prospects both organically and through future acquisitions of other aftermarket performance companies."

FE Technical Forum / Re: 3/8 Ball/Cup Pushrods
« on: June 22, 2021, 07:00:21 AM »
I think I could probably use 9.200 length pushrods if I can find any.

It's not a big deal to have a set made to whatever length you need. For the manufacturer, it's just a matter of cutting to length and pressing in the tip. Try Smith Bros. (no relation).

Ditto, I used Smith Bros and they were easy to deal with, if you want through the trouble to check and optimize pushrod length, just order exactly what you need.  I ended up with .025" difference on intake and exhaust on my setup, no big deal when ordering. 

Found a pic.



Hmm, could be my memory is fuzzy, I recall them being about the same height as a LR port, just located like a HR with less floor.  But, could be wrong.   I think it was already discussed that flow numbers aren't published because they can be misleading, but would like to see if someone has used a set and start to understand how they did and where they fit in best (OK for hydraulic roller street motors or do they need a more serious combo to really shine). 

I saw these last year at the FE Reunion but haven't seen/heard of anyone running a set yet?  The OEM high risers seem to run great, anxious to see what an updated port with a filled floor will do.   I know Blue Thunder made some sets with filled floors but they haven't been available for years, and if I recall they required bespoke rockers? 

FE Technical Forum / Re: AVS 2 800 401 FE Build
« on: June 18, 2021, 05:24:53 AM »
Really depends how good the heads/intake are, even a sub 240* 390 could make ~500hp if it has a really good topend, which could use all the flow that carb would give. 

Any decent 390 seems to be able to use a 750cfm Holley just fine, doubt that 800 Edelbrock is too big.  I run a plain old 4779 750dp in my Merc, it runs fine on top of my 390 with a 224* cam, and handles lugging 1800rpm in Overdrive just fine.  The Edelbrocks have great throttle response from what I've seen, had a few of them on mild combos over the years. 

Vendor Classifieds / Re: I have TFS heads in stock.....5 pair.
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:21:16 AM »
I'm in, shoot me a text and we'll figure out details. 

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