I ended up with a 390 a couple weeks ago. I replaced the turd badger pistons with flat top silvolites. Now there riiiiight near 0 deck. Heads are d2 with stock valves. New valves and springs etc etc. No port matching. Flowtech headers. 1961 ford aluminum 4 barrel. Elgin 966 cam. Heads have been surfaced. Compression is 9.something. But with flat tops, d2 heads, and right at 0 deck I'd say 9.4-9.5 should be a safe assumption. Anyway. I have two carbs. 1406 and a 1407. Engine is going in a 73 f250. 4 speed trans. 3.73 rear. Never really driven hard. Will pull a small boat and haul firewood and whatever else needs to be done. Which carb would be better suited for this truck? I'm seeing opinions for both. I could try both and see which works best, and eventually I'm sure I will, but my biggest concern for now is which carb will work best during break in period. Might not even really be that big of a deal but I just thought I'd ask.
On another note...reallt think my cr will be in the low 10s?
Definitely. You've built what amounts to a GT390 with those pistons and heads, along with the hotter cam. I upgraded the high compression 390 2V in the 68 Merc I had a few years back with a Crane 272* Energizer, keeping the factory flat tops and C8AE-H heads (same heads as your D2's) topped with a 428PI intake and a 750 Holley. It wouldn't digest 87 octane fuel but was fine with 89. Also ran a 67 GT390 in a 70 F100 with a similar cam, it too was fine on 89.
my truck likes the 3310 750 , just need to change the primary jets down a size .
I had a 600,650dp on there for a little runs much better with the 750.
oh I did put an adjustable vacuum secondary diaphragm on
Lunati 62001 cam kit
home ported heads/Flotech headers
Edelbrock performer intake /Holley 750
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Thanks for the info guys. I'm gonna try the 1405 I ended up with. It was in a 1406 box. The guy let me have a jet kit since I didn't argue with his price so I should be able to get it where it runs right. Hopefully the engine swap will happen this weekend
Big port manifold to small port head... You might get better throttle response from a later intake and 600 cfm carb.
Something like that. I'll run this intake for the time being. I was curious to see how it runs with the mismatched ports myself. Since I'm not building an engine for all out performance I probably won't be too upset. If it were something I'd race and spend time at high rpms I'd not even consider the intake/head combo. But we'll see.
Large port manifold to small port head might cause gas to drop out of the mixture as it hits the "wall" surrounding the small port. Causing all sorts of weird issues that'll have you thinking the carb needs more tuning.
I could be wrong of course
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