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  • 390 water pump on 352?

    So I am back in the realm of being able to possibly spend a bit of time on the car again. I am still having water pump issues, so I was wonder what does it take to put a 390 water pump on a 352... anyone know if the pulleys will line up? what water pump pulley would be needed if not?

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    If you use the later style short shaft water pump you can probably use the '61-'65 Thunderbird pulley. Most full size Fords used the same pulley also. The deep Squarebird pulley won't work. This is assuming that you don't have A/C.

    John
    Last edited by jopizz; December 24th, 2017, 11:44 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jopizz View Post
      If you use the later style short shaft water pump you can probably use the '61-'65 Thunderbird pulley. Most full size Fords used the same pulley also. The deep Squarebird pulley won't work. This is assuming that you don't have A/C.

      John
      I do have AC.

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      • #4
        Hopefully someone else has done it and can tell you the correct pulley to get. Two groove 390 pulleys are available but they are not cheap and I don't want to suggest you buy something that may not work.

        John
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        • #5
          not sure which year 352 you have but it seems the early ones used a long snout water pump later switched to the short. i just got through doing this but on a 390..bought a short aluminum pump. orignial crank pully i couldn`t use as it had 3 sheves outer being a really large one (for smog pump) ended up getting one from a torino 390 or so the guy said. went through every pump pully i had finally settled on one that matched the crank pully..then the fun began.. i had to order a bunch of 1/8 and 1/16 fan spacers and added shims to bring the pump pully sheves to alighn with the crank sheves (whew)..best thing to do if your`s don`t line up is junk yard and look for a FE motor that has a matched set. I have power steering,alt and air there for i needed a 3 sheve top and bottom.

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