i have a 70 391 .it has 18.104.22.1680 heads will fit .i was told that in order to use a 390 intake.you have to change the oil pump .pump shaft.so you can use a 390 dist.thats only if you want to get away from the governed carb and dist.i personaly like the governed stuff less chance of blowing it up.my 391 has a big flywheel that has a 13 inch clutch .id like to be able to figure out how to use the big flywheel and clutch on my 78 300/6 .or at least the 13 inch clutch.
hope this helps
lrd56 a happy dinosaur
The BEST single source of information about all of the FE and FT engines is the HP Book (part number 708) "How to Rebuild Your Big-Block Ford" by Steve Christ. It gives, of course, rebuild procedures for all of the engines but it also includes casting numbers, part numbers, interchangablility, parts dimensions, compression ratios, HP ratings, torque ratings, and some high performance parts sources for each of the engines. I do believe it is available from www.motorhaven.com.
I know, but there is so little information about FT engines in the FE forum, I figured I'd get more help here.
360 pistons have a differnt pin height, wouldnt they hit the head?
No. Your pistons now have a humongus dish in 'em. They have a 1.757" compression height. 360 pistons only have valve reliefs, no dish, and have 1.776" compression height. This will give you .016" deck clearance. This is as perfect as you can get in this motor. This should yield 9:1 compression. I'd also change the cam out to a Crane 343901. This should wake up that 391 a good bit. Keep in mind that the heads have small ports and valves, and dont flow very well. So it wont perform as well as with 390 heads. But for low end torque these mods will help a lot.
You could put regular 360 or 390 heads on it. They will flow MUCH better than the heads you have now. Problem is, you have to replace the intake too, since the FT intake wont match up to the FE heads. Also, you'll need to use an FE distributor and get a bushing for the block, since the FE distributor is smaller than the FT one. You can get one at DSC and they call it the "Ford Truck Block Distributor Bushing." It's about 3/4 of the way down the page.
You dont want 390 pistons. Most of them are the truck variety and have a 1.680" compression height. This will lower compression back down, and make a gutless wonder. FWIW, some 390 car pistons have the correct 1.776" compression height, and are the same part as 360 pistons. Just tell 'em you want 360 pistons and you cant go wrong.
Cam gear might be a problem. The FT has a bigger crank snout than the FE, so that prevents you from using the aftermarket pieces available. What I would do, is get a replacement FT timing set and use the aftermarket cam with it. Should work good.
If you decide to do a head swap and use FE heads, your compression will go up since you will have less combustion chamber space. In this case, use the Crane 343941 cam. Then you'll have a real runner. The difference will be night and day.
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