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  • #16
    You will need a;
    good bench grinder,
    valve spring compressor,
    air compressor,
    feeler gauges,
    a decent torque wrench,
    degree wheel (get a paper one from the internet and paste it onto cardboard or metal,
    piston stop (you can make one from an old spark plug that fits your new heads. Gut the spark plug and weld a 1/2" X 1-1/4"piece of round stock.)
    mechanical oil pressure gauge,
    1/4"-20 tap set and
    a die grinder with a burr.

    In order to weight-match your pistons and rods you will need a good scale (up to three pounds). The best scale is a 'balance beam' with graduations in grams. Pistons are supposed to be matched to two grams (but they rarely are). I bring my parts to within 1/2gm. Con rods need to be weight-matched on each end separately because the crank pin end runs circular and the piston end runs in a linear motion.

    Call Edelbrock and ask them what distributor gear will work with their cam.

    You can start by cleaning and inspecting parts, like your rocker arm assemblies. Take plenty of pictures before dis-assembly, during cleaning, and after assembly. - Dave
    Last edited by simplyconnected; September 13th, 2015, 03:39 AM.
    My latest project:
    CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

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    • #17
      Well, I havenít been on the forum much in quite a while and havenít been doing much in the shop for quite a while, but I did get the 390 back from the shop (quite a while ago).

      I ended up having Chuck Willard at Willard Auto Machine do the whole thing and ended up very happy with his work.

      https://photos.app.goo.gl/BSDj1U22hn1wRZJx9

      Early New Yearís resolution is to spend more time in the garage in 2019.
      Todd Gilroy
      1960 Tbird Convertible
      Thunderbird Registry #54651

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      • #18
        Todd looks great.

        I still think that the person who gave the final approval for the Ditzler Yellow valve covers had too many cocktails That's why I chromed mine on my 60
        Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
        Thunderbird Registry
        58HT #33317
        60 HT (Sold )

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        • #19
          Valve covers

          Originally posted by Dan Leavens View Post
          Todd looks great.

          I still think that the person who gave the final approval for the Ditzler Yellow valve covers had too many cocktails That's why I chromed mine on my 60
          I wonder if YellowRose changed out his blue ones for yellow?!!!
          59HT TBird Registry: RN#76495
          Sweet Home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue.

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          • #20
            Rebuild my 352 or grab a local 390?

            Nope, I swapped my blues one for chromed ones with the Thunderbird name on them.. Most everything in the engine bay except the engine has been chromed...

            Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
            '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
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