Strength of 385 series Ford Block

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Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  DanE on May 10th 2017, 2:12 pm

Does Jon Kaase have mule engine that has a 2 bolt main block and makes around 900 HP that he has used for a few years?

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Re: Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  dfree383 on May 10th 2017, 2:41 pm

From my understanding yep.
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Re: Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  supervel45 on May 10th 2017, 4:02 pm

Don't worry, you will never convince the Chevy knuckle heads at YB that stock BBF parts are better than stock BBC stuff. Shocked

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Re: Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  maverick on May 10th 2017, 6:39 pm

Been flogging this ol' 514 since 2002. Runs low 5.80's,, D9 block, no fill, std. 4.36 bore, 4.30 crank, factory Boss 429 "S" rods.
Has torn up lotsa 'glides and rearends...but NEVER an engine part....not so much as a lifter or a pushrod. I felt guilty and opened it up 5 years ago. The bearings and bores looked nice so I lapped the valves and screwed it back together.

Use care when you put it together, pay attention to your tuneup, give it regular maintenance checkups and you can run one 'til you're sick of it. Wink

...so when you tell me Jon runs a 900 hp. stock block mule...I believe it.
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Re: Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  Mark Miller on May 10th 2017, 10:38 pm

DanE wrote:Does Jon Kaase have mule engine that has a 2 bolt main block and makes around 900 HP that he has used for a few years?

IIRC,yes and he's used it for more then a few years!!!! Smile Smile

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Post  hbstang on May 11th 2017, 12:10 am

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/hemi-vs-wedge-shootout-jon-kaase-settles-one-of-the-most-fiercely-debated-topics-all-time-with-ultimate-dyno-test/
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Re: Strength of 385 series Ford Block

Post  BigDave65 on May 13th 2017, 5:38 pm

I built a 514 in a stock SCJ block in 1992. I raced it for 8 or 9 years sold it to a buddy who raced it for about 15 years and it's now in a pulling truck. It's made about 750-800 hp the entire time. Been through about 5 freshen ups. They'll last if they are well maintained!
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