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FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: Today at 01:01:43 PM »
Everyone is right about the supply chain being in limbo.  The added frustration of finding good help just compounds the problem.  Everywhere you see signs wanting employees even with great sign on bonuses.  The shop owners can't do all the work themselves even if they had the parts or the time.  It is very sad that long time engine builders are forced out of business and Lance is a good example.  If this continues used parts will go out of sight because new castings and such are unobtainable even in the distant future.  The average person couldn't afford to build their dream FE.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Initial Advance - How Much Is Too Much?
« on: August 07, 2022, 11:35:37 AM »
I am running the Unilite non vacuum advance with Accel spark box.  Playing with the initial advance I don't hear any detonation running the engine to 4K sitting in the garage no matter how much is dialed in.  Does get to the point that there is not a miss as such but running rough if it goes too far.  After many years of operating noisy machinery my hearing is challenged to say the least and I may not hear spark knock over the exhaust and other engine noises.  Right now it is set at 16* initial and 38* total but still seems a little rough.  I want the full potential of the engine without doing any damage.  This is a street warrior only so test and tune at a track won't happen.  If anyone has close to the same combination (side oiler, aluminum heads & 2 X 4 intake) in a Mustang and figured out the ideal settings I would appreciate the figures.

FE Technical Forum / Initial Advance - How Much Is Too Much?
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:53:49 AM »
I know that the FE likes more initial advance than Ford recommended.  At the 6* factory setting you can tell that it is held back.  With modern day equipment ( side oiler block, aluminum heads and roller cams etc, is there a rule of thumb as to how much to dial in on a 3600 lb vehicle?  In the old days you would advance it 2* until spark knock was heard then back it down until it quits.  But in some cases you can't hear spark knock because of exhaust noise and/or solid cam noise.  Want to get all the power potential without damaging the engine.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Help with vague return to idle
« on: July 22, 2022, 09:20:56 AM »
Also try to lift the gas pedal from underneath with your foot.  If it returns to set idle something is in a bind from pedal to carb.  Another test would be to quickly stab at the pedal and release seeing if it returns to your setting.  Good luck.

Private Classifieds / Re: 428 block and crank
« on: July 15, 2022, 10:31:09 AM »
Brent posted that he was looking for a 428 block - might get in contact with him.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Why question continued
« on: July 06, 2022, 10:38:54 AM »
My guess on the blocks would be cost.  I heard that the 427 blocks after casting were fed down a long cooling tunnel to minimize stress.  Others might chime in on this.  Remember time = money.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Repair or Replace?
« on: May 28, 2022, 10:56:32 AM »
There appears to be not much "beef" in the area that broke.  Contact Doug at Precision Oil Pumps about a set of his roller rockers.  Looks like your spacers etc are fine.  With 16 new rockers and your existing hardware, it would really be a small price to pay for peace of mind.  He is a vendor here and a stand up guy.

FE Technical Forum / Bottom End Capabilities
« on: April 22, 2022, 09:52:10 AM »
Watching the Robert Pond interview he stated that he normally shifted at 9000+.  That is the stratosphere for the most of us.  It would be nice to know what the bottom end of our FE's might handle - just the rotating assembly.  There are too many valvetrain possibilities out there so let's just figure crank, rods and pistons.  Say stock 390, 427 and 428.  Then add in some common stroker combinations.  Mine is a 427 side oiler block 4.250 bore and 4.125 stroke with 6.700 H beam rods.
If we can get a ballpark figure for the bottom end then there would be no need to spend extra money on the valvetrain to go beyond the limitations of the rest of the engine.

FE Technical Forum / Re: 428 cj balance
« on: April 06, 2022, 10:21:26 AM »
Are you sure that you are using the correct flywheel?  The 428 is external balance and needs the specific flywheel/flexplate.  I bought '69 "Q" code Mach 1 that the previous owner trashed the clutch and replaced the flywheel with a 390 flywheel.  The engine definitely had a vibration but not as bad as you would think.  Replaced the flywheel with the correct weighted 428 and cured the problem.

FE Technical Forum / Re: removing a sleeve or 2
« on: March 24, 2022, 12:22:23 PM »
Welding will "draw" metal and the others chiming in are right.  Be careful of your heat setting on the welder so you don't burn through.  After laying two beads opposite each other, you may be able to use a punch from the bottom on the welds to coax it out of the bore.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Head gasket question.
« on: March 08, 2022, 11:58:00 AM »
I wouldn't think that the .025 difference in diameter would affect anything.  If you are planning on keeping the engine forever then go with the larger.  Cometic claims that they are reuseable so they would work with a future clean up boring.  They also have a head gasket kit that has intake gaskets etc.  Really not much more than the head gaskets themselves plus the other gaskets needed.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Installing tranny, won't go in all the way
« on: February 22, 2022, 11:44:32 AM »
Had this happen years ago myself.  Went to the hardware store and bought (4) 7/16-14 bolts about 4" long.  Screwed them in the bell holes with about 1" of threads exposed.  This ensures that the tranny is close to where it needs to go to slip in.  It will also show how much gap there is between the tranny and bell on all four corners and is holding the weight.  Grab the tailshaft and wiggle while pushing forward and it should slip right on in.  Another time I got frustrated and called it a day.  Next morning crawled under the car, grabbed the tailshaft and it slid right in - go figure.  A two or three beer break would probably work also.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Are there any aluminum heads available?
« on: December 31, 2021, 11:41:17 AM »
For those who may be interested, I just posted a pair of Stage 2 Edelbrocks in the for sale section.

Private Classifieds / FS Keith Craft Stage 2 Edelbrocks
« on: December 31, 2021, 11:38:43 AM »
Pair of Stage 2 Edelbrocks set up for Solid Roller cam.  Originally set up for Hydraulic Roller from Keith Craft Racing.  Correct Comp Cams springs for the solid cam.  Heads will need to be surfaced due to detonation guessing .010 - .015.  Located in Kernersville, NC (North Central between Winston-Salem and Greensboro).  I have close to 4K in the pair.  Asking $2,000 for them plus shipping.  I would prefer that any potential buyer or their representative come in person to inspect them if possible.  I have the capacity to disassemble the springs etc to view inside.  Can be reached at 336-723- Twenty four thirty eight.
 Happy FE New Year.  By the way these are 427 castings.  My apologies to anyone calling about these heads.  Due to the daily number of calls trying to sell me something, I don't answer any calls with an unknown number.. Please leave message with name and number and I will get back to you.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Bell Housing ID
« on: December 28, 2021, 11:08:14 AM »
The truck bell should have a (T) in the numbers on the bell like C6TE.

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