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Rifle brushes for the holes. Teflon pin buttons!

I'd do what they (obviously) did. Ball hone it and have a go!

Bet they tore that sucker down numerous times, bored and honed only where needed, slapped it back together and ran it, hence the uneven bore sizes.

Clearly Jahns forged pistons (and I don't think they ever sold cast ones) with a skirt design that is really old school, just like the grooved mains that were popular way back then.

Cool engine!
Jahns did indeed sell cast pistons. My 60 Starliner had Jahns cast domed pistons in the hi-po 360hp/352 the car came with. I never did a compression ratio calculation with the domed pistons with the hi-po 59cc heads that were on it but it must have been a lot. The pistons were scrapped as 5 of the 8 had at least 2 cracks in the pin boss area and a couple had 4 cracks. Considering what I put that engine thru it kinda scared me now knowing the condition those pistons were in.

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 1963 406 To 427 Transition?
« on: May 28, 2020, 03:16:59 PM »
It is my recollection that the 427 was available to the public in mid Dec, 1962 in order for the 427 to be eligible for NASCAR and NHRA as, IIRC both bodies required a 45 day production lead time before they could be uses in competition. NHRA's Winternationals was always the 1st week of Feb. I once made the mistake of "assuming" the fast back only had the 427 [not the 406] until a friend dropped by to show me his new to him purchase, a 63 G code [406-6V] fast back...Never assume that Ford did or did not....[fill in the blank] as someone will come along and prove you wrong.
Yes, that could be but, "the public" might well have been the "factory, racing public" and not the general public, as in the '64 Thunder Bolt cars.

As with you, the 63 1/2, Fast back, is usually associated with the 427.
They were available to the general public. My neighbor bought a new 63 R code Galaxie, ordered from a local dealer in Dec of 62 with about a 4 to 5 week delivery date, Raven black with red interior, 427 8V B/W 4 speed. Stock wheels with dog dish hubcaps and that glorious sound of the solid lifter 427.

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Radiator Cleaning-Tips wanted
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:15:06 PM »
Try CLR. The stuff that is available at most grocery stores, Lowes, Home Depot, ect. Fill the rad. with full strength CLR and let it sit until the foaming stops. Empty and flush with clear water. Don't discard the used CLR as it is still useable for other less critical needs.

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FE Technical Forum / Re: 1963 406 To 427 Transition?
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:05:54 PM »
It is my recollection that the 427 was available to the public in mid Dec, 1962 in order for the 427 to be eligible for NASCAR and NHRA as, IIRC both bodies required a 45 day production lead time before they could be uses in competition. NHRA's Winternationals was always the 1st week of Feb. I once made the mistake of "assuming" the fast back only had the 427 [not the 406] until a friend dropped by to show me his new to him purchase, a 63 G code [406-6V] fast back...Never assume that Ford did or did not....[fill in the blank] as someone will come along and prove you wrong.

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Private Classifieds / Re: 390 "S" intake
« on: May 27, 2020, 04:46:48 PM »
In my area they fetch about $.20 a pound.

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I've have 2 Fairlanes, a 66 and a 67 and I used the Dearborn Classic/Mac's seat kits. Material quality is pretty decent and IMO good value for the $$$.  I did not do the instillation, had both professionally done so I can't comment on ease of installation.   As for SMS a good friend has been waiting for 18 months for his door panel pieces to arrive...he gets the run-around when he calls and yes, he has pre-paid in full for the kit.

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: My friend's 1957 Fairlane gasser
« on: April 24, 2020, 01:52:37 PM »
         Nice ride Alan.Sad that people install 385 series engines in these. ::)
Would you prefer it had an LS engine in it? May not be a FE but least it has a Ford in it.

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: "Ford Performance".....
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:30:02 PM »
Marc, Great write-up. This is especially near and dear to my heart as I have 2 Starliners, a 60 and a 61, both  Monte Carlo red. I've owned the 60 since 1967 and the 61 came along in 1982. BTW thanks for making me aware of the Ford website. I have  book marked it and look forward to more stories such as yours. Regards, Bob

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FE Technical Forum / Re: EMC report
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:05:17 AM »
Thanks very much to all of you for the kind words.  It was good to go back to the contest after 10+ years of watching it from a distance.  It is a great experience with a bunch of good people.  As with all of this, the relationships last longer than the few minutes in the spotlight.  Happy to win it, but long term friendships and mutual respect for the other guys will stay around for the long haul, and that is what matters in the end.  I appreciate the support of this forum. The FE ruled this time!!!
...and the next...and forever!  Congrats x10 on a job well done.

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FE Technical Forum / Re: Dyno time...what to expect
« on: August 27, 2019, 12:35:58 PM »
BOutlaw, You have a P/M

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I tried restricting rocker oiling to .043"...Burnt up the #1 exhaust rocker adjuster and push rod.  I now use .062" drilled/threaded plugs.

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FE Technical Forum / Re: An old Nascar Starliner...
« on: July 30, 2019, 12:22:44 PM »
So freaking cool. And I thought Poteet's starliner at bonneville was my favorite...this could put that in contention...
Nahhhh...Poteet's Starliner is still the king of kool...And it is Ford powered.

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Ready to run 8595 different builder
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:03:12 PM »
Interesting thought. I’ve run Pertronics before.
What do you worry about with Duraspark?
I’ve had a module go bad before but the system seems pretty simple to me. Could have a spare module just as easy. The dizzy seems pretty bulletproof.
I have no worries about the Duraspark as I've never ran one. Actually I have a couple of 'em in stock but never had a chance to play with one. The 2 D/S units I have are for 460s and I only have one car powered by a 460 and it too uses a Pertronix.  Ironically that Pertronix was found in a wrecking yard back in the early 90s so I have no idea how old it is or how many miles are on it. It still works perfectly. I like the Pertronix as you can use a  distributor with worn bushing that would normally create timing & dwell problems with a point type ignition, with the Pertronix it doesn't matter. With the D/S you would need to carry a spare module if one goes bad on the road. Points will get you home and are a lot cheaper.

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Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Ready to run 8595 different builder
« on: July 16, 2019, 12:49:28 PM »
Marc, If road trips are in your future I would recommend a simple Pertronix. In the rare event one fails it is a 10 minute job to swap in a set of points/condenser into your stock distributor. I've run Pertronix for the last 25+ years and only had 2 failures of the 5 cars I own, all have Pertronix. One failure was my fault as I ran a reduced voltage to one. They require a full 12 volts. And yes I do carry a set of points and condenser with a ballast resistor installed and wired to easily switch over just in case.

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