perf-list-digest Tuesday, March 23 1999 Volume 02 : Number 064

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FTE Perf - Re: 390
Re: FTE Perf - Important head question!!!!



Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 07:25:27 EST
Subject: FTE Perf - Re: 390


fe 's will fit into all big fords 58 up as they came in those cars, they came
in 66-70 failanes and torinos, also mustangs and cougars 67-70.
these engines breath poorly in the tbird. get a set of heads with larger
valves(mostly exhaust). 2x4 low rise intakes run about 300-400. but don't buy
original hollet carbs as this will drive up the cost alot. headers for all
body styles are available some are a little hard to find. the automatic trans
in the 65 isn't a c-6(i don't think) you should get a c-6.( be sure t9o get
one for an fe as ford made them with 3 different bolt patterns. don't by a nos
ford cam as any cam maker today will have alot of choices
and why spend alot of money on a nos cam that isn't as good as what you can
get today. i think your first priority should be body style.
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Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 19:41:58 -0600
From: "James Lowry"
Subject: Re: FTE Perf - Important head question!!!!

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From: Ezekial
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Date: Sunday, March 21, 1999 11:30 PM
Subject: FTE Perf - Important head question!!!!

Greetings Derrick,
As far as your concerns regarding the head configuration on your W motor,
you are correct in thinking that the stock '69 castings are superior, I do
not believe by mere flow alone but by the fact that they are what is called
a 'quench/closed chamber design which yields a smaller combustion chamber
therfore, more compression. In my experience with the older W heads, I do
remember that there is an extra bolt hole either in the middle of the head
by the heat riser passage or on the extreme ends by the water passages. I do
believe it is on the end by the water passage, it has been a while since I
dealt with these older type heads. I dont believe this should cause any
concern as far as bolting on the '4V heads and slapping on a good performer
or stealth intake, whichever your choice may be. It should hold water fine
even with the 1 less bolt, provided you follow the intake mfgrs.reccomended
torque sequence/spec. and use Felpro gaskets. I must commend you if you have
found a set for 300$. I would jump on that asap, I have never seen a set
outside of a book thus far and I have a couple of parts guru buddies that
have had some very rare parts pass through their hands over the years.
As far as bolting it all togather accessory wise, I do not forsee any
problems there either as the casting bosses should be the same as the late
model ones.
Good luck and good Chevy hunting,

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