61-79-list-digest Thursday, May 14 1998 Volume 02 : Number 272



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Re: FTE 61-79 - 78 Ford Bronco - Sell or Replace Engine?
Re: FTE 61-79 - steve
Re: FTE 61-79 - engine buying ??'s
FTE 61-79 - Balanced and Blueprinted

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 00:03:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Jason K. Schechner"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - 78 Ford Bronco - Sell or Replace Engine?

Yank the engine and replace it with a 460, as someone else on the
list said. I'm going that with one of my 79 Broncos. The tranny will
bolt right up to the 460, though you'll need things like motor mounts (L&L
has' em with a lifetime warranty for $100), headers, rear-sump oil pan
(which may come with the engine if you get it out of a truck). There are
quite a few people on the Bronco list who have done this. E-mail me if
you want more info.

- -Jason
79 Bronco (460 in progress! C6, 33" BFG AT's) GRN GYNT - offroad monster
79 Bronco (400M, C6, 31" Wranglers) blue - BGHOSS
95 Mustang GT - LTLHOS - Eibachs, 3.55's, K&N, 13deg timing
84 Kawasaki GPz550 - TNYHOS - to make up for the Broncos' appetite

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Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 21:44:25 -0700
From: sdelanty sonic.net
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - steve

>>On Topic - What can you tell us about the 390 ya built for your truck?

>I bet he says he bought a book and read it, asked questions Yada, yada,
>yada. :)
>
>Deacon

Nope, I *borrowed* the book, asked questions, yada, yada... (-:


Steve

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Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 22:35:15 -0700
From: "Deacon"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - engine buying ??'s

From: CLARE WATERMAN
>I am not a total goof, do all my own maintenance and repair, am a
>good mechanical thinker and have read alot about engine design and
>building in the past year.

Well Doc, thank God I'm a total goof or I'd feel like you were moving in
on my turf. :)

>I have been itching to try my hands at a first time attempt at home
engine
>rebuild.

You have all the qualifications to be a wrench. If the reason is "want"
you have all you need.

>I found a guy that has two 390's for sale-- one for $50 that he
>pulled out of a truck because he got a newer 460 and another that he
>pulled out because oilpan gasket and rear seal were shot (for $200).
in
>the mean time he got his hands on a second 460. he
>pulled the heads off the $50 one to begin to rebuild it and never got
back
>to it. he replaced the oil pan gasket and rod and main bearings on the
>$200 one.

Here's how I see the options. $50 engine is OK because you want to
do a rebuild. I would buy that he started the rebuild and getting a 460
put it on the side lines. The $200 engine is still in a price range for
an FE390. $250 you have both. You could disassemble both engines and
send both blocks and cranks to the machine shop and have the work done
to the best one. Same with the heads. You can have one engine for a
practice build then the real deal on the money motor. In the end you can
sell the 360 and the low buck 390 to get some money back from this deal.
If you only want one I would go for the $50 engine. As far as what
to look for, lives a gamble Doc. If it is a 390 and the crank and rods
are good, you can put them in your 360 and make it a 390. It's hard to
go wrong with a $200 engine and damn near impossible to go wrong with a
$50 engine.
As far as a budget goes, between your 360 and what ever you buy, you
could spend a couple hundred for paint and gaskets, a couple thousand to
go the route or anything in between, it's up to you. What ever way you
decide to go, let us now how we can help.

I've read your post and I can tell you Doc, you know what your
doing. It's a first but your not going into this deaf, dumb and blind.
If anything is wrong with the engine, it would have happened to any one
of us. The work you do now will be enough knowledge to see anything
obviously wrong. I hope this is the answer to your question. We couldn't
tell you anything at this point that you don't already know. So roll
them dice and lets get this ball rolling!

Later!

Deacon
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 01:31:58 -0500 (CDT)
From: "P.J. Warren"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Balanced and Blueprinted

Hey Everybody,
I'm just curious, I read Steve's post about wanting to have an
engine "balanced and blueprinted." What exactly do you mean by this? My
experience as a shadetree mechanic has been well, I got to watch Dad and
get tools or a beer for him.

P.J. Warren

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