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I noticed the exhaust manifolds looked like truck types. Will they work in the TBird or will he have to use his 352 manifolds?
Penelope will have his 352 exhaust manifolds milled flat, then bolt them directly on his new Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum heads.
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kind of a shame to use those heads and the roller cam and then stick it with those exhaust manifolds. They are going to kill power big time. A set of shorty headers would be a big improvement. Mike
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Mike, that's true but I look at it the other way; Penelope never had headers, so he never realized the 10-15% boost. Having said that, at low to mid rpm, there isn't much difference and cast exhaust manifolds are quieter.

I do like the reduction in weight with headers. I like the fact that headers don't warp like iron but they are louder. This engine should be nearly as quiet as 'stock' but more powerful on regular gas.
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The good stuff... Edelbrock FE Performer RPM Intake Manifold




FelPro gasket Master set


Federal Mogul Main and Rod bearing sets.




Melling High Volume oil pump and a new Drive Shaft.
The block is nearly complete. It was baked, magnafluxed, shot peened, bored, honed, align bored, squared, decked, and the oil modifications are being done now. Soon, I will start on the crankshaft. The mains and pins will be ground .010" to make sure they are round and straight. I'm balancing the rods, pistons, rings, and pin bearings. As soon as I'm done, I will have the right numbers for the bob weights to balance the crankshaft. - Dave
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Pretty is not enough. I am sitting here, drawling over everything, and dont know if I dare to ask Dave what the engine & tranny will land on....
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Anders, they will land on Australian shores in crates labled, "Bill Knighton, Perth".

Penelope will pull his 352/COM from one of his Squarebirds, and replace same with a freshly overhauled and special built 390 & C-6 combination I call SWEETIE-PIE.

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Anders, they will land on Australian shores in crates labled, "Bill Knighton, Perth".
Ah , I was more trying to figure out what the total budget is for this exercise. I got the feeling that you are the one doing the whole overhaulin, or just part of it?
A collegue of me, a real Ford freak, hade someone in USA building him a a 429 cobra engine to his 59 Ranchero. He already have a Torino Cobra with the same engine, and seems to like that His wife have a 55 bird...
Im at home, ill this week, but I can get details from him about who build it and so on next week when Im back.
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Anders, the idea of this build is so it may be a direct replacement for but more modern version of the stock 352. I'm not going for lots of cubic inches, but the 390 parts are much more available and cheaper than 352 parts.

This is a custom build which always means 'more money'. The final product will be an engine that uses regular octane gasohol or gasoline, can be run in any Australian desert all day long, and uses regular name-brand dinosaur oil commonly found in stores. It should also outlast any OEM Thunderbird engine; like any modern engine, it should stretch 250.000 miles before her next overhaul.

The only improvement that could really benefit this engine is Electronic Fuel Injection, and I would add that in a minute if the FE was easier and cheaper to do (like a SBF because so many came with EFI). My 351W is EFI, going into my '55 Ford.

This is a very conservative engine but with really great parts:
Hypereutectic alloy pistons 9.2:1 compression ratio,
Moly rings.
Aluminum heads and intake manifold,
High Volume oil pump (25% higher) with new driveshaft
Federal Mogul bearings throughout
Hydraulic Roller Cam (270 duration !/2" height) with hyd roller lifters (for good vacuum and great low-medium speed torque),
True Roller timing chain set,
High-flow Thermostat,
FelPro gaskets and seals.

The real money is in machining costs. I don't have a machine shop, but I have friends that do. D&S Engine Specialists is owned by one of my friends, Mike. He has a crew of over a dozen working on engine machining every day. Their work is exceptional and well-represented at all Detroit shows. Mike machined my Y-Block last year.

The trans shop is another buddy of mine for decades, Randy Carron of RC Trans & Gear. These are old racing guys from Royal Oak that started their own businesses because they love racing and their products and techniques prove it. Randy's transmissions are guaranteed for as long as you own your car. Mike's standard guarantee on his engines is two years or 24,000 miles.

We all take full responsibility for and really enjoy high quality work. That's what racing is all about. - Dave
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Very interesting project Dave, will follow it closely, maybe someday I will do the same.

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I see the oil filter on this 390 comes out horizontal and the Tbird is vertical - is that a simple filter adapter swap?
Eric
Which adapter will you be going to use? horizontal or vertical?
I put on the original vertical one but I have both in my possession which one has your preference?
further is it a bit quiet here on my side, it is still winter and unable to do anything whit this cold here untill about May or June.

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