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Old 03-19-2015, 11:18 AM
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Default Did he perhaps not prime the oil pump before

Starting it? My understanding is that foul lead to that issue as well as damaging the crank. Not sure if all engines do that or not, since I am really only starting to learn these FE beasts....guy I bought my 390 from had built over 100 of them, mostly for truck applications. Very knowledgable though.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:23 PM
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Once upon a time, I put a remanufactured 390 with a C6 into a59 Ranchero. All kinds of power, extremely reliable, and a blast to drive. Should never have let it go. (Woulda, coulda, shoulda ....)
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:55 PM
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Yeah... I have to agree. There's a lot of truth in the old saying, "There's no replacement for displacement."

The 390 can be tuned down or up. All the things you can do to boost a small engine can also be done with a large engine.

I don't mean to bust on any engine but I have my favorites:
  • 351W - because it is a modern EFI engine, popularized by Mustang Cobras and F-150 SVT Lightning trucks which also means a huge stash of parts are out there and all the vendors support it. The 351W shares the same pistons with Mustang 5.0HO engines.

  • 390 FE because it is an 'old school' straight forward, nuts and bolts build, and it's big. Ford put this engine in everything so there is a good supply of them out there. An overhaul with +.030" pistons brings it to ~400 cubic inches. Several companies make EFI setups for this engine. EFI pays for itself in gas savings and it adds about 20% more HP. I like the "FAST" EFI system. It replaces your 4100 carb.
My latest project:
CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

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