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FE Technical Forum / Re: Is a 3.375 too big of a bore for 428's ?
« on: July 07, 2019, 04:54:45 PM »
427hss....what FE block has a 3.125 bore?  I'm confused.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Deeper pilot bushing source?
« on: July 06, 2019, 08:59:17 AM »
Jack, it's been about 12 years, but I bought the pilot bushing you are looking for at O'Reilly Auto Supply.  I also used a truck bell and the deep bushing did the trick.  But I could never get the air gap adjusted properly with the clutch until I bought a truck throwout bearing that is used with the truck bell.

FE Technical Forum / Re: MSD Ready to Run Help
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:55:24 AM »
"YellowTruck"....I'm with you on MSD quality.  I had used their products for years and I bought a new MSD billet distributor and 6ALDigital box about three years ago.  Unfortunately for me I didn't install them for two years or more because of difficulty completing the car / engine build.  The box failed less than 1,000 miles of use.  And being out of warranty I had to take the loss, but I'll NEVER use anything MSD again on my four vehicles.  I replaced the MSD distributor with a factory from Faron and no problems since.  I'm even using points.....but at my age (75) and the limited driving I do I'll never have to adjust them.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Clutch Alignment Tools ?
« on: June 18, 2019, 09:09:06 AM »
Decades ago when I first attempted to use the plastic alignment tool it was too loose in the pilot bushing.  I simply wrapped a few turns of masking tape on the portion that fits into the pilot bushing until it fit snug.  Solved the problem, everything lined up correctly.  Still works today.

I've bought two sets of the shorty headers in the last 4-10 years.  Paid $800 plus shipping for one set and $500 for the second. Both in excellent shape.

FE Technical Forum / Re: machine shop cant align bore block
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:40:15 AM »
Greg I'll give a BIG +1 for Charles Eller in Arlington, Texas.  I've known him for more than 30 years and he's done excellent work on several of my FE's over the years.  It might be a long drive for you, but I guarantee you it will be worth it.

Private Classifieds / '61 Starliner
« on: June 02, 2019, 01:43:47 PM »
For sale: 1961 Galaxie Starliner
BODY: Original rust free floors, Crites fiberglass radiator support, inner fenders, outer fenders, hood, front and rear bumpers and bumper brackets.  Chassis Engineering eight point roll bar with swing out driver door bar.

ENGINE: 428 CJ + .030, rotating assembly balanced, BBM heads blueprinted by Blue Oval Performance (spec sheet included), Edelbrock Performer RPM, Quick Fuel 750 carb, Hooker race headers 6205-1HKR, Sealed Power L2303NF forged pistons, Spec brand aluminum flywheel, disc and pressure plate.  Comp Cams 282S.  Crites aluminum air box with 6" ducts.

TRANSMISSION: Keisler SS700 five speed with .32 overdrive, 700 lb. ft. torque capable, Hurst shifter.

DRIVELINE: Precision Shaft Technologies 3 3/4" carbon fiber driveshaft, 1350 U joints, complete drum to drum Currie narrowed 9", Eaton "Grip Pro" with Strange 4.56 gears, 35 spline axles and 5/8" studs.

WHEELS: Centerline Nitrous billet center aluminum.  15" X 4.5" and 15" X 15".

TIRES: M/T S/R 28" X 6.00R15LT front and M/T S/R 28" X 18:00R15LT

BRAKES: Disc on front and 11" drums rear.

MISC: Cal-Trac bars, springs and shocks.  JAZ 16 gal. fuel cell.  3 1/2" exhaust with DynoMax Race Bullet mufflers.  AutoMeter guages and tach.  Rebuilt front suspension and steering 1,000 miles ago.  Engine, transmission and tires have 1,002 miles on them as of this writing. Engine is pump gas friendly with 93 octane.  I've owned this car more than 20 years. It was a dedicated drag car (race weight 3275 lbs) until I quit and built this engine and made it street legal with horns, turn signals, head/tail lights, brake lights and wipers.  Maintenance log, all build receipts and a DVD showing first build (race) and second build (street) included.

$43,900.....all serious offers considered.  Text or phone Marc at 214-463-0011 or email

+1 for Autometer.  Last year my Autometer Monster with shift light, playback, etc quit working.  I bought it back in 2007.  Obviously WAY out of warranty. I sent it back to Autometer just to see if it could be repaired.  They emailed me back that it couldn't be fixed, but offered to sell me the identical model tach for $85 plus shipping.  A deal I couldn't refuse.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Carter Mechanical Fuel Pump Question
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:14:13 AM »

X2 RustyCrankShaft!

FE Technical Forum / Re: Starter recommendations?
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:48:17 AM »
I have two RobbMC starters ….one on each of my Starliners.  Absolutely no problems in ten years use with each of them.

Private Classifieds / 428 Starliner----new pictures
« on: November 10, 2018, 10:50:58 AM »
1960 Starliner. 428 dressed as a 406 6V. I built the engine in Sept. 09. It and the entire drivetrain have approximately 4,840 miles on them.
Tremec TKO 600
Narrowed 9" 4.11 gears.
M/T tires with approx. 2,000 miles.
Clear title.  $48,000  All serious offers considered. Buyer will receive a detailed maintenance log.
Always garaged, never driven in the rain during my ownership.
A more complete description is located below the last picture in a PDF file. Contact Marc for more info.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Show us your garage/shop.
« on: October 12, 2018, 06:21:12 PM »
thanks everyone for the kind words. 

BruceS the office is 16' X 14'

FE Technical Forum / Re: Show us your garage/shop.
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:48:53 AM »
Twenty years ago I moved to the country to have space to construct a decent size shop.  Mine was nothing fancy....40' X 50' , no heat or A/C but it served me well while I was racing.  In 2011 I decided to modify it into a faux Texaco station.  Probably to relive my 20's when all the drag racers/ hot rodders hung out at Dewey's Shell on Main in Grand Prairie, Tx.  I began with the help of my former son-in-law and his 18 year old son.  That lasted two days.  After the three of us put up the main I beams.....they deserted me. No more help.  But with some ingenuity and my John Deere I was able to finish all the metal construction by myself.  I did pay someone to pour the concrete for the gas pump island but other than was only me.  I was 67 when I started and 70 when I finished.  Three years....but hey....I'm retired, it was an enjoyable project.  Originally I had intended to only do the outside/ canopy and pumps, but my two sons insisted I construct an office to make the station more realistic.  I agreed if they would help with the inside framing.  So both of them, plus one of my grandsons did the framing / ceiling, but since they live two plus hours away guess who had to finish the office by himself?  I did all the wiring, which included relocating the electrical panel, putting in the insulation, wallboard/ painting, hang the interior door / interior window etc.  My oldest son did return to help me install the tin ceiling....that was the hardest part of the entire project.  I was glad my sons talked me into doing the makes the project complete and give my car buddies a place to come and hang out.  I was striving for a late 40's - 50's look and I'm pleased with how it all turned out. Altogether it took 2-3 years to finish.  Cost?  I've kept all receipts, but haven't had the courage to add them up.

Member Projects / Re: 66 LTD questions
« on: September 10, 2018, 08:54:12 AM »
Stuart if I remember correctly the plugs in the ball joints are threaded, not just a push in plug.  Back in the '66 time period I heard different theories from Ford line mechanics for the factory using threaded plugs.  One was Ford reasoned that more dirt / contamination could be kept out of the ball joint if you removed the zerk fitting after lubrication and reinstalled the plug.  Second theory (probably most correct) is Ford saved money by not having to buy zerk fittings.

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