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Old 07-25-2009, 10:41 PM
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If you hook up with a modern garage, they can put something flourescent in the coolant, have you drive the car for awhile and then shine a special light on the motor which then reveals the presence of coolant on the block or shows nothing (we hope!). Takes alot of the guesswork out of it.

Since you are possibly looking at a $1-$3000 problem, depending on what you hypothetically put in the car for a motor, this might be time and money well spent.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:58 PM
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Hi all,

As this thread seems to contain the most info and be the most viewed and given that I've already replied to Chris's post in the "Anything Goes" part of this forum, I though it best not to re-post everything here but instead to link to that:

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Old 10-31-2011, 05:50 PM
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Red face 352 out, 390 in.

I took my '59 to a local shop 5-1/2 years ago; the guys have "real" day jobs and come to the machine shop afterwards to do what they love. I told them I had a '59 with a 352 that needed rebuilding. He affirmed that a rebuilt 352 essentially ended up as a 390. He could do that BUT, he had dropped a brand new 390 into a truck a few months prior and the guy disappeared leaving his truck behind. He dropped the new 390 in, added a Pertronix ignition, and a Demon Jr. carb, and gave me back the tired 352. All for $2,317.58
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:45 PM
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Go to Jim's auto repair in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Jim Bren owns it, I used to work for him. No bull****, no lies.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:16 PM
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If I remember correctly, the thud when you put it in reverse could also be due to worn U joints. I would guess that a broke engine mount might make it thud as well.
I just bought a 67 LTD for the 390 motor. Hopefully I will be selling my 352 soon. It is in REAL bad shape and needs a rebuild though so I'm sure I'll end up selling it cheap to somebody that wants to make it a 390.
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