Ford 390 FE Engine Overhaul


Penelope (Bill Knighton) from North Western Australia, has kindly asked me to build a 'special' 390 to replace his '59 Thunderbird's 352 FE.

This site deals with General Engine overview.  Subsets will address the top, bottom, front, and rear portions of this teardown.  That will make future reference for finding specific tasks much easier.
Disassembly Assembly
Find a Good Core
Engine Identification  (this page)
Machining:  Mike, owner of D&S Engine Specialists will boil, bake, align bore crank journals, deck block for 9:1 compression ratio
Teardown Intake & Heads
Teardown Lower End 1
  Freeze Plug, Oil Pump, Motor Mount, Dipstick Removal
Teardown Lower End 2   ID: Main Journal caps, Rods & Caps
Teardown Lower End 3   Piston, Crankshaft, & Pipe Plugs Removal, measurements
Remove Water Pump & Timing Set
Remove Transmission
Randy Carron at RC Trans & Gear - Overhaul and Retrofit C-6 Transmission to include 1st & 2nd gears from a Ford E4OD trans.

Time to take a closer look at this engine.  It's DIRTY (which is exactly what I need to see).  I can tell much more about the history and potential abuse from an old raw engine just as it came out of the vehicle, before it is cleaned up.  First, a few pics to show how things were mounted...  Right away I see an electric choke on the 2-bbl carb.  I cannot see the inside and experience tells me to rely on what is evident.


This comes from a Ford F-100.  390   1973.
Year of the engine is 197(2 J)=October, engine code number - MO 307 A = 8cyl., 2bbl, H-data plate code.


It is definitely a Light Truck Engine, still a 390 FE.


That little wire on the bottom is the GROUND wire for the body (and it probably didn't work very well).
Ok, time to take it apart. 

Disassembly may begin with the (top) Intake Manifold & Heads, (front) Water Pump and timing Set, or (rear) Transmission Separation.  The bottom must be done last if the Crankshaft will be removed. 

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