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FE Technical Forum / Cracks in intake valve seats at sparkplug boss?
« on: October 03, 2020, 10:00:47 PM »
Finally getting around to another project engine I bought several years ago from a supposed reputable builder that has name recognition and a huge business dealing with FE's.  I bought a numbers matching '69 428 CJ that was bored +.015", and supposed to be ready to dyno test.  Since I had some time on my hands, I decided to break down the heads and check to see if there was any work done in the bowl area, and guides, etc., thinking that I may go ahead and port the heads and intake manifold for this project vehicle.  What I found are three cracks in the intake valve seats in one head, no valve job on some of the exhaust seats, and no guide work, umbrella seals, and one port was so rotten from water damage that I am afraid the rust has eaten all the way through to the water passages.  This engine was supposedly ready to put oil in, and start up.  My question is can the intake seats be salvaged where the cracks are located, or will I need to have intake seats installed?  The exhaust seats are hardened, but no valve job.  I am reluctant to install both intake and exhaust valve seats in the same head with all the seats replaced.  Has anyone had good results with fixing this kind of a problem, and if so, what was the fix?  Joe-JDC

FE Technical Forum / Any news from the Chicken Coop Dyno?
« on: August 14, 2020, 10:19:27 PM »
Was 104* on my back porch today, just wondering if all the heat was from Jay's dyno session with the new heads making lots of heat?  8) ;)  Joe-JDC

Stock 9d block, 9c heads and 9c iron intake.
Old +.030 with quick hone and new rings
Stock rods, crankshaft, new bearings
No porting on heads and intake, stock
Fresh valve job but re-used everything, springs, valves, retainers, etc. but new seals.
HFT stock replacement camshaft with stock pushrods, non-adjustable rocker arms.
60 psi oil pressure, stock pan with windage tray.

Dyno headers, 750 VS dyno carb, stock ford points distributor.

Ran the engine at 2000 rpm to seat the rings, put 200 lb/ft torque on engine for several minutes and varied to 3000 rpm to make sure everything was seating in properly, set timing at 37* and made a short pull.  Everything looked good, so it was let cool down and heat soak.

Made another pull from 3000-6000, and checked it over, no leaks, no smoke, and it sounded just like a stockish 428 CJ should.

Set timing to 38* and made a second pull, and power came up, and torque was up a couple, so it was deemed ready for customer.

PS, got the dyno sheets reversed.  Sorry.  Joe-JDC

Just got my letter from JE Pistons telling me that the MOM competition has been postponed due to the complications associated with Covid 19 and the issues of safety for everyone involved.  That takes a little pressure off me and others that are struggling with parts and machine work schedules where the shops are undermanned and overworked.  Joe-JDC

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Hardblock fill question
« on: March 26, 2020, 12:39:52 PM »
I am in the process of cleaning two blocks for doing a half-fill or to the bottom of the water pump holes, and just wondering if you use a water additive, or just plain water to mix the grout.  Also, for those of you who have done this in the past, does the grout actually keep water from seeping around the cylinders and rusting them?  I am planning to use Moroso Hardblock.  They say that you can actually do a fill without having to re-hone the cylinders, too.  True or false?  Joe-JDC

I am in need of a couple of sets of '68 302 cylinder heads if anyone has them for sale.  Bare heads preferable.  Would consider a complete '68 302 engine as a rebuilder.  Joe-JDC

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Unusual Winter?
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:16:30 PM »
It was 80* here in San Antonio, yesterday, and tonight it is snowing.  My grass is yard needs going over with the lawn mower, and cherry trees are already in bloom, and it is snowing in south Texas!  Joe-JDC

Non-FE Discussion Forum / What EFI would you buy for a single 4V, or 8V?
« on: December 29, 2019, 10:30:42 PM »
I have four Y Block intakes that are 8V configuration, and several FE 8V intakes.  Three of the Y Block intakes require Edelbrock style carburetor sizes to work, and one takes regular 4160 style Holleys.  I have the carbs, but would like to use EFI units to keep the retro look, yet be able to start up the engine and idle smoothly after sitting a week or even two.  On my Shelby, I will most likely keep the single 4V intake for the hood closure and ram air seal.  What EFI units would you recommend for 8V Edelbrock size, and 4V for Shelby?  8V max effort FE?   Joe-JDC

Non-FE Discussion Forum / EMC not picked up by Motor Trend Group for 2020.
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:01:04 AM »
It appears that Engine Masters Challenge is not going to be picked up by Motor Trend Group next year.   Hate to see that, but the last couple of years have had some issues with rules and communication.  Race Engine Challenge may pick up some participants if they are a go for the next year.  Joe-JDC

Member Projects / My 2019 EMC engine Horsepower guess?
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:35:52 PM »
This year's entry will be another 292 Y Block Ford that is a true Y Block with Ford block, iron heads, crankshaft, oil pan, water pump driven by fan belt.  It will be +.062 over bore at 3.812", and the stroke is 3.310" with 10.45:1 compression rounded up to 303 CI.  Camshaft is solid lifter with 233/240 @ .050, 105* CL, .591" zero lash, and single four aluminum intake with BG 930 DP, FPA headers, MSD ignition.

I will be in partnership with Ted Eaton this year for the challenge.  We are supposed to be 6th up on Monday.

What is your guess on torque and horsepower?  Originally this engine was rated from Ford at 202 HP.


Non-FE Discussion Forum / Old FE Forum issues ?
« on: July 12, 2019, 04:03:20 PM »
Went to the old FE Forum today to check up on what has happened the last week since I have been on vacation, and the site locked up my computer requesting my identity, e-mail, and password.  I had to do a hard shut down to get out of the lockup.  What gives?   Anyone else had that issue.  I haven't renewed my login, or posted there in months because of the new format, and I hate not knowing why or how they can lock onto your system and freeze it.  Just another reason to stay away from their new forum.  Joe-JDC

It seems that everything I have been trying to pull together these last couple of weeks has been a conspiracy against me.  LOL  Here are a few pictures of what I mean.  You experienced anything like this lately?  I bought a cast iron intake for a Y block that I wanted to port and compare on a dyno test, this is what $100.00 buys you.  Next, I sent a pair of Y block heads for valve job, and this how they came back.  Finally, I ordered two sets of Comp Cams valve springs, and this is what was in the shipment.  The springs are supposed to be picked up today and exchanged.  Hopefully they will make it right.  Joe-JDC

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Valve keepers part number question
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:04:39 PM »
Some of you have access to parts catalogues that I do not have access to any more.  I am porting my personal cylinder heads for a 292 Y Block, and I have Ferrea 5/16" valves with conventional 7* lock grooves, and I have been trying to find a titanium retainer for use with beehive springs.  The beehive spring I used in my EMC engine last year worked perfectly with 11/32" stems and beehive springs (CC 29618-16).  Comp Cams 788-16 retainer, but it does not work with 5/16" stems, and Comp Cams suggests part number 762-16, but they don't furnish keepers or make them for 5/16" valves.  Do any of you have experience with the beehive/5/16" valves?  If so what part number do you use for locks and retainers.  I will buy 10*/7*/7* super locks if they will work.  Titanium would be better.  I also need a part number for 5/16" radial lock for a titanium retainer for same beehive spring for another set of heads.  Any ideas?  Thanks, Joe-JDC

FE Technical Forum / OT:Camshaft correlation between cubic inches ?
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:38:46 PM »
We all know that if you put a camshaft in a 352 FE with 230* @ .050", it will be fairly lumpy, but in a 390, not so much, and in a 428 CJ, even less.  So my question to all you math geniuses and those with engine programs, have you ever seen a correlation with the same cam in different cubic inch engines?  The reason I ask is this, If I have a 302W cubic inch engine and a 383W(351 with 3.75" crank) cubic inch engine of same family, and the 383W makes 540 hp with a 248/252* @ 050", @6500 rpm, what will be the affect if I install that same camshaft with comparable heads, intake, headers, etc.?  Where will the hp and tq band move to?  Ideas?   Joe-JDC

Trying to find an inexpensive long rod for a build.  I have googled that but found nothing.  Anyone?  Joe-JDC

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