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  • #16
    Zak, let's not get too carried away. Your engine is only 10,000 miles old since it was overhauled. There should be no reason to pull it. I am interested to know why this needs to be done. Only change gaskets that leak. Save the remaining gasket set for sometime down the road, like in case you blow a head gasket.

    At the factory, the engine and transmission were dropped into your car as one unit, complete with exhaust manifolds and 'final dress'. Final Dress means your starter, generator, A/C and all the pulleys and belts were already there. They simply dropped the radiator in later. As John said, this is VERY heavy and it requires quality equipment your life can depend on (because it does). They also used two men, one running the hoist and the other in a pit to guide the trans tail shaft and align the motor mounts. These two guys work every day with each other and they work together like a sports team. Two unfamiliar guys can be very dangerous to each other.

    Engine and trans separation is easy but assembly is much harder. It's easier when done outside the car. There is less chance of breaking parts as the engine needs to be rotated by hand during assembly.

    I wouldn't attempt pulling/dropping with an engine hoist rated less than 2-ton (4,000 lb or 1,800 kg). Once the boom outstretches, the rating quickly goes down.

    If you can leave the engine in the car, do it. Take lots of before and after pictures as you go. They will show the order in which parts go together. Carefully bag all your bolts and parts because you WILL lose track of where they go.

    The FE has a definite disassembly order, unlike Chevy engines. Part of the intake manifold is under the valve covers and the pushrods go through it. So, pull the valve covers, pull the rocker shafts (paying close attention to which bolts came from what hole) and pull the pushrods out and keep them in order. Then, you can pull the intake manifold. Any other disassembly order will not work. - Dave
    My latest project:
    CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

    "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
    --Lee Iacocca

    From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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    • #17
      Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
      The FE has a definite disassembly order, unlike Chevy engines. Part of the intake manifold is under the valve covers and the pushrods go through it. So, pull the valve covers, pull the rocker shafts (paying close attention to which bolts came from what hole) and pull the pushrods out and keep them in order. Then, you can pull the intake manifold. Any other disassembly order will not work. - Dave
      Ah, I knew I forgot something. It's a lot easier doing it than remembering how.

      John
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      • #18
        I will be pulling the engine to replace head gaskets, ( got wrong ones) and to change all the freeze plugs; and to get I checked for cracks; just got some recent news from the old owner saying the weather was past freezing and told us to check the block; I also want to clean and paint The car and engin bay, I am Semi fimiliar about how the top half of the ford differed to the Chevy, have taken the heads off for that one! Also, accidentally dropped a wrench and took out some metal along where the headlights go, just behind them; can you get a replacement panel for that? I appreciate you guys trying to caution me away from this but I have a mechanic friend helping some days(ASE certified) and all he works on now is classic! Unless there is a way to fully scrub the engine down and clean it and paint the engine bay?

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        • #19
          There's not much room in those engine compartments. If you want to clean and paint it the engine needs to come out. If there's any question at all about the health of the block you are better off tearing it apart and making sure. You don't want to be throwing money at something that's got serious problems. There are plenty of 390's out there if yours is too far gone. If it turns out to be good then you'll get a good education in rebuilding FE motors. If you search through past threads you'll find some that deal with improving the oiling system. I'm sure Dave has some tips that you can do to improve on the design.

          John
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