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Post  385Admirer on Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:33 pm

I have a friend that has 3 429 engines and he is considering selling them for scrap. I have contemplated building a stroked out Ford (500+cid) and am wondering what block number would be preferable to use or are the factory blocks close to being the same? I don't have room for all 3 blocks but was curious to find out if there was something specific that I needed to look for. I all new to this, so, forgive me for my lack of knowledge. The engine will be for drag racing only. Thank you for your input.

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Post  maverick on Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:42 pm

If he's thinking of scrapping them, you need to get them all, pick the best one, and let someone else make use of the others.  I'm sure someone on this board will be happy to have them.  Don't let them go to scrap.  There are no bad 385 series blocks...depending on your build specifics, some are just better than others.

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Post  385Admirer on Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:51 pm

I'll see if I can get them all. I'm limited on space right now. I would love to build a race engine and put it in a 59 F100 or a 55-56 Mainline to "whup up" on some bowtie boys. I hate to see my buddy get rid of all those blocks when they have so much potential. I thought if I was limited to only pick one, would one block be more desirable over another? I'll either try to build a stroker on NOS or I've got a spare 8-71 Bowers supercharger sitting on a shelf that needs to be put on something. Either way, it'll be fun.

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Post  cool40 on Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:11 pm

D0ve blocks are the thicker but a very few D1ve are also. You should get all of them and sell what you don't need.
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Post  bbf-falcon on Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:13 pm

the block ID #'s are just above the starter.get the #'s from the blocks and we can help you decide. Like Kim said,get all 3 if possible. Very Happy

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Post  D. Sea on Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:20 pm

I have room for the blocks you don't need.
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Post  SandHillsHillbilly on Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:53 pm

No need to scrap those blocks. Most anyone here would be willing to take him off his hands or take what you don't want.

Where are you at so we can decide who calls dibs? Laughing
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Post  Curt on Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:03 pm

Scrap is only $100/ton today. You should at least offer him that much if he's willing to deliver them.
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Post  385Admirer on Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:23 pm

I live in northern Texas and he lives in Oklahoma. He's my best friend, so, he won't get rid of them if I ask nicely. I won't be going his direction for another few weeks, but I'll try to get them, or have him hold on to them until I can retrieve them. I'll get the numbers at that time and relay them to you guys. Thanks for your info so far.

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