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Post  gmsmkr on May 14th 2015, 7:28 pm

Big block build you have done with all stock ford parts other than a cam and valve springs

I'll start........my cheapest build was a d1 block with efi pistons and truck rods with dove heads and comp sft cam and a dual plane intake and a 950 hp carb..... sent a convertible fox to 12.20 in the 1/4 with a 3.73 gear and c4 with 2800 stall and a 28x9 slick.

Share your cheapest build it always seems those are the most fun cause it was low budget and no worries.

Edit: there was a total of 438$ in this build
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Post  gmsmkr on May 15th 2015, 8:52 am

Nobody wants to share scratch
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Post  cool40 on May 15th 2015, 9:20 am

I traded a newly built windsor i bought to a friend for the stock d0ve headed 460 he had in a 70 cougar. I told him i would change the intake and cam then out run the windsor he planned to put in a fox body and i did! Cool
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Post  rmcomprandy on May 15th 2015, 10:10 am

The last cheap engine I built was a slant six in the 60's for my 50 dollar Valiant.

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Post  69F100 on May 15th 2015, 10:21 am

I would have to say a 351w in my 69 mustang had around $500 in it ran the crap out of it. We went to the track every Thursday night with it that was back in the mid 90s.
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Post  gmsmkr on May 15th 2015, 10:30 am

Randy, that's alot of work just to drive it to scrap yard for 50$ Razz j/k

Lee, those are the funnest deals or they was for us at least

Jim, we beat on this ol big block for 2 summers and I think the guy sold the motor to a man in GA for a ford deluxe or something and still running it was just parts around the shop we need out and just couldn't scrap them
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Post  rmcomprandy on May 15th 2015, 5:28 pm

gmsmkr wrote:Randy, that's alot of work just to drive it to scrap yard for 50$ Razz  j/k

I paid 50 bucks for it.  It had a blown head gasket and a rod knock.  Rebuilt that engine and drove it around, for the next 4 years; (not to the scrap yard).
Turned it into a street/strip car after its solely transportation stint ... high compression 318 with a dual-quad tunnel ram, 4 speed, 5.13/1 rear and 4 mufflers in parallel, (talked about on here). Went 11.90 in full street trim; (except 9" cheater slicks), through the exhaust system in 1972.  Drove it to work and back, all year, as my only vehicle.
Doing THAT part of it was NOT cheap.

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Post  dfree383 on May 15th 2015, 6:08 pm

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Post  gmsmkr on May 15th 2015, 7:18 pm

Randy, I ment no disrespect on that post. I know you use good stuff and it's all well built




Dave, what you gona put that thing in now that you sold the chassis.
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Post  FalconEh on May 15th 2015, 9:13 pm

Stock Cleveland cars... headers/exh, bigger carb, cam/liftters/p-rods, timing gears (Nylon be gone!), and better distributor...clutch or gears and converter too if on the shelf, Magnum 500's / rubber.
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Post  rmcomprandy on May 15th 2015, 11:08 pm

gmsmkr wrote:Randy, I ment no disrespect on that post. I know you use good stuff and it's all well built


None taken ... just a more complete explanation.

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Post  cool40 on May 15th 2015, 11:45 pm

I also built a 400m out of left over Cleveland parts a friend tore up. Small solid cam,trw pistons,4v closed chamber heads with port plates on exhaust and good intake with 850 holley. It ran damn good in bracket race trim @ 6.80 in a 2700# car. It really liked a 400 shot that took it to 5.70's !! Laughing stock crank and rods! lol!
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Post  bbf-falcon on May 16th 2015, 9:01 pm

A few yrs.back I helped my new son in law rebuild a stock D0ve headed 460.We had to bore it .030 ,new cast flat tops and bearings. Did a new(oem) valve job on the heads and a new Ford racing hyd cam and springs. Can't remember specs,somewhere close to 550 lift. Junky stealth intake w/780 Holley,MSD dizzy w/light springs,and 6al box. 1 3/4" headers,C6 w/3000 conv. and a 4.30 gear and 9" slicks. We stuck it in a 68 F100 short box and didn't cut any weight. Took it to Kilkare Dragway in Zenia and on the first pass we shucked the stock u joints. Took it back the next week and w/some tuning we got it down to 12.20's. I traded him out of the truck and sold the engine to my brother. He put it in a 89 Fox body and it ran 11.70's w/same drive train as was in the truck.We probably had less than $700 in that engine back in 96.


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Post  gmsmkr on May 16th 2015, 9:56 pm

cool40 wrote:I also built a 400m out of left over Cleveland parts a friend tore up. Small solid cam,trw pistons,4v closed chamber heads with port plates on exhaust and good intake with 850 holley. It ran damn good in bracket race trim @ 6.80 in a 2700# car. It really liked a 400 shot that took it to 5.70's !! Laughing  stock crank and rods! lol!
Now that sounds like a fun little build "it's just a little 400m truck motor" Razz
bbf-falcon wrote:A few yrs.back I helped my new son in law rebuild a stock D0ve headed 460.We had to bore it .030 ,new cast flat tops and bearings. Did a new(oem) valve job on the heads and a new Ford racing hyd cam and springs. Can't remember specs,somewhere close to 550 lift. Junky stealth intake w/780 Holley,MSD dizzy w/light springs,and 6al box. 1 3/4" headers,C6 w/3000 conv. and a 4.30 gear and 9" slicks. We stuck it in a 68 F100 short box and didn't cut any weight. Took it to Kilkare Dragway in Zenia and on the first pass we shucked the stock u joints. Took it back the next week and w/some tuning we got it down to 12.20's.  I traded him out of the truck and sold the engine to my brother. He put it in a 89 Fox body and it ran 11.70's w/same drive train as was in the truck.We probably had less than $700 in that engine back in 96.


That's rocking in a truck for such a mild build. how much do those trucks weigh?
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Post  bbf-falcon on May 16th 2015, 11:11 pm

Didn't weigh it,probably close to 3800#.Maybe not?



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Post  85bigblockfox on May 18th 2015, 1:49 pm

In 2012 we bought a black fox coupe with 302 eddy heads with a 5 speed for $400. Pulled the engine sold the roller with trans for $1000. Pulled the eddy heads off and it was a stock shortblock. Put a set of stock gt40 heads with springs and stock rockers on with a comp xe270 cam with a vic jr and a 750 holley carb. Slid that into my 85gt with a stock c4 and stock converter. Sprayed a drilled 102 jet through a cheater plate to it for a full season before trans let go. Ran 10.90s at 3200lbs. It was a free racing season with what we made off the roller.

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