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  • HighwayThunder
    Experienced
    • Nov 19 2013
    • 139

    Cast Vs Forged Crankshafts

    Were 60's era Fords made with cast or forged crankshafts?

    I saw an early Ford factory video in which camshafts were cast, then machined to tolerance. My guess would be they used the same process for crankshafts.

    Is casting less expensive than forging from billet?

    Does a forged crankshaft have material, mechanical, or balance advantages?

    Cheers,
    Richard, '66 Thunderbird Hardtop, 390FE, Edelbrock Al heads, Comp cam, Street Demon 650 carb. Visit my restoration blog at hwythunder.com.
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    #2
    cast vs forged

    Never had problem with cast cranks forged great for high hp bullet if push more than 700hp otherwise to much$ $$ for street duty cast would be fine in my opinion. Jeff

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    • simplyconnected
      Administrator
      • May 26 2009
      • 8811

      #3
      Have you ever heard of anyone breaking their FE crankshaft?
      Me either.
      Member, Sons of the American Revolution

      CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

      "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
      --Lee Iacocca

      From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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      • Guest

        #4
        cast vs forged cramkshaft

        The only broken crank I've ever pulled was the result of eather used on a deisel engine

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