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« on: January 19, 2015, 01:34:50 pm »

I am building a FE390 for my wifes 1966 F350 truck. I have the standard bore block, stock 2U crank, stock fordged rods, Edelbrock FE AL heads 72cc. I am looking for 400HP to go into the 4sd NP435 trans c/w dana 70 411 rear.
I have never built an engine (thanks woody) and need advice on a mild build. Truck is just for fun and will never haul any big loads or pull heavy trailer. I just want a fun truck that has good power.
I am looking for cam, piston,rocker,lifter.push rod or any other recomendations to get me to a buget build. My plan is to have the block machined for new pistons, sevice the crank, and perform oiling mods.

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 06:40:31 pm »

There are some nice stroker kits out there. I think a 431 and 445 kits are pretty common now that Scat has some cast cranks available.

Doing more with less, or something like that.

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You might need some Titanium rods and a flow bench!  LMAO on floor

I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 06:45:54 pm »

I have a hyd camshaft I think it is a lunati 230/240 @ .050 with matched lifters, someplace, have to search for it. did not have much run time on it. It was a cam I bought for my 428 that I sold long ago.


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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2015, 04:23:18 pm »

My dad loved FE's,  so i always got to hear the preaching on how great they were lol Here is a great read concerning the oil system mods http://www.fordfe.info/Forum/Oil.html

Like Juiced said, if you're going to be working on the rotating assembly, you might consider one of the stroker kits that are around now. But 400hp shouldn't be too hard to obtain with the 390, and you are off to a good start with the Edelbrock heads. You might look into using Edelbrocks cam that match the heads and run it with a Performer RPM intake.

FE's have rail type rockers,  but if you look around you can find some aftermarket replacements.



Here is a good read on a 390 stroker


Great looking truck by the way!

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 03:06:09 pm »

When I had my '53 F-250, I had gotten a 390FE out of a '73 F-350 to swap into it.  I was looking at getting a 428 crank, Blue Thunder heads from Survival, and an Erson solid roller cam.  Unfortunately I had other things take priority and didn't look into it any further than that. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 09:41:48 am »

Give http://www.survivalmotorsports.com a call.  Barry is THE man when it comes to the FE.  He knows all the tiny details that derail things, and accounts for them in the parts/kits he sells.  All of the engine kits come fully complete, and ALREADY BALANCED.  He knows what parts work together, and what parts to use.  In the long run, you're time and money ahead to go with him.  He has also competed in most of the Engine Masters competitions, and done well...  with an FE.  Very nice guy to do business with.

Call him, and talk with him on the phone.  He has everything you need, and has the knowledge to give you exactly what you want.

Good Luck!

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