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Old 05-04-2009, 03:42 PM
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Any Western Slopers????

Just curious if theres anyone from the western slope on here? Or if anyone knows of a good machine or ford speed shop on this side of the state??? tryin to find someone to help me along with my 79 f150 400m c6 2wd lwb build...
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If you're willing to bring your engine to the Denver area, I know of a really good Ford engine
builder here, Rob McQuari at Blue Oval Performance. He did my M block last summer and
other guys out here have also got good things to say about him.

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awesome, yeah a good builder is well worth the cpl hours drive over for sure... any idea how long his waiting list is?
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...any idea how long his waiting list is?
I'm gonna GUESS about one month but give him a call... 303.762.8298
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so what kind of build did you do on your 400?? im lookin for around 4-500 hp without losing reliability or longevity of the motor. it seems kinda wild how extreme opinions are about this motor...some say its a great motor to build and others think its a useless endeavor...
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so what kind of build did you do on your 400?? im lookin for around 4-500 hp without losing reliability or longevity of the motor.
All told:

Edelbrock Performer 400
Holley 670cfm Truck Avenger
Long-tube, narrow-diameter headers, dual exhaust
TMI pistons
RV cam
Straight-up double-roller timing chain
Balanced (and maybe blueprinted, don't remember for certain; Rob McQ might remember)
Re-curved distributor
Smog stuff disabled/removed

I think that's about it, at least performance-wise. I don't really care about HP so much,
I was interested in torque as I use my truck to haul trailers full of dead trees (firewood)
more than anything and one of my primary motivators for doing this was to be able to
get up the mountain passes while hauling such a trailer with more ease. I did, however,
want it to run on pump gas, and it would be nice if it could pass the smog test. I still
need to fine-tune it so I'm not really sure of its exhaust emissions just yet but it'll be
interesting to see.

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it seems kinda wild how extreme opinions are about this motor...some say its a great motor to build and others think its a useless endeavor...
Yeah, you'll find that. I spent about a year learning about the engine I have, what was
wrong with it to have the reputation it has, what can be done about it, and what the
alternatives are for replacing it. I think everyone who has this engine and is considering
doing something with it goes through this; you'll have to go through it, too, and make
your own decision, and that's prolly why you've gotten such a low response in the 335
forum.

Here's some more stuff to read if you haven't come across this yet; two articles, the
first contains a link to the other:

FORDMUSCLE.com webmagazine - 351C 351M 400 What's the difference?

FORDMUSCLE.com webmagazine - 351C 351M 400 What's the difference?

There are some guys in the 335 forum who are really dang knowledgeable about
engines in general and this engine in particular, you can maybe learn a lot from the
archives. In the end, finding Rob McQ really helped cuz building Ford performance
engines is what he does for a living, and he does it well.

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Old 05-14-2009, 08:23 AM
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i really appreciate your help ct....i do think ill keep the motor..to be a bit different if nothing else.
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No prob, glad I could help.

Another place I'll suggest you look is a Yahoo! Groups board/site called
"351ClevelandsRock302C351C351Boss351HO400":

351ClevelandsRock302C351C351Boss351HO400 : 351 Clevelands Rock!!! Ford's "BIG" smal

I think you'll need a Yahoo! ID and will need moderator approval to join the site (this is to
keep the spammers out) but there's quite a lot of information in their Links & Files sections.
The e-mail list associated with it is pretty low-volume and you won't find much if any useful
information in the messages (at least that's my opinion after having been on it for 2-3
years now).

-chris
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