Ford D0VE 460 Block and Heads are a Great Late-Winter Project

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D0VE Ford 460 V8 on a Crate

Classic Ford pickup would run like a muscle car with a worked D0VE 460 big block V8 under the hood.

Ford’s 429- and 460-cubic inch big block V8 engines form the 1968 through 1971 model years were identified internally by a variety of different casting codes, one of which began with D0VE. That is D, the number zero, V and E, but many people believe that it says the word “dove”, leading to these engines being called “dove engines”.

Forum member “Justin Braun” recently posted a listing in the FTE Marketplace for an assortment of D0VE cylinder heads that will work for 429 or 460 engines, along with a few D0VE 460-cubic inch blocks. These parts could be the perfect basis for anyone looking to build a big block for their Ford truck leading up to spring, especially if you live in Illinois, allowing you to pick the parts up rather than paying to have them shipped.

Ford D0VE 460 Engine Block

The Introduction

When the OP posted his Ford big block engine parts for sale, he provided the following information.

I have multiple sets of DOVE heads for 429 460 engines I am looking to sell. I need to clear some things out. I also have a few DOVE Blocks sitting around to match the heads. Let me know if you are interested. I will ship at buyers expense.

He also included the pictures of an engine block from a few different angles and the cylinder heads from a few angles, along with shots of the casting numbers with D0VE on display.

The D0VE Advantages

There technically isn’t anything special about these engines in their standard form. Some people believe that “dove engines” offer more standard power or something like that, but they do not. However, the heads and block each have an advantage over other OEM parts from the era.

Ford D0VE Cylinder Head

The D0VE-A and D0VE-C cylinder heads are mechanically the same and they both have a small combustion chamber, measuring 75.8 CCs. Compared to a stock head with a larger combustion chamber, these heads will yield a slightly higher compression ratio, but anyone building an engine from a bare block should make sure to order pistons that work with the heads for the ideal compression ratio range.

Ford D0VE Engine Block

As for the D0VE engine block, the units for sale here are two-bolt main cap blocks, but these engines are ideal for someone looking to transform a two-bolt block to a four-bolt. With some simple machining, these blocks can be switched to a four-bolt design, allowing for much greater power potential.

Best of all, the OP said that he has several of each items, so if you are looking for a 460 block with D0VE heads, this listing could be the spark needed to fire up your spring project.

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