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Which Ford Motor?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by classicdreamer, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. classicdreamer
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 590

    from nyc
    1. A-D Truckers

    About to start building a shoebox. Cant decide on what motor to put in. Only know it HAS to be ford. What would be your choice? Buying the project with no motor or trans. Being that I like everything fast and a bunch of torque, my only requirements.
  2. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    put a 460 in her and call it a day. plenty of power and torque.
  3. 351 Clevland if you want fast and stout.

    FE if you want loads of low end grunt.

    430 MEL is also a good choice.

    If you want true traditional and scoot down the road as well I would be after an early cad V-8. But it is not Ford just traditional. ya gotta love a Fordillac.
  4. '54Caddy
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 929


    When I bought my '50 shoebox project, it had a Caddy 365 from back in the day. That motor will be rebuilt and put back in when I build that car.

    If you're dead set on a ford, I would go y-block(preferably 312) or a flathead.

  5. id run either a flathead or a 289,302,351w if you want a cruiser and alittle less problems getting them to fit

    if thats not a concern id run an FE
  6. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069


    DOHC 4.6 out of you know what.

    Aftermarket is huge for go fast parts.
  7. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    A 429 ThunderJet from any late 60's early 70's Tbird will get you 365 stock hp and 450 feet pounding torque, heads from 69-73 are preffered with 70 D0VE and 71 D1VE being best of the best)
    And I do believe you can still find a Ford auto overdrive from a late model 460 powered truck to bolt onto your ThunderJet.

    Throw ~$1600 dollars at it in the form of a 500+ cubic inch stroker crank/rods/pistons/kit and you will be pulling the front wheels off the ground.

    -For the price of a rebuild plus the SCAT Crank kit you'll be in the torque stratosphere.

  8. xxzzy999
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 143


    Good article about Ford stroker motors in latest issue (April) of Hot Rod mag. They cover the latest small block 363 stroker which would be a good choice.

    I'd go with a stroked small block to take advantage of the gain in torque which will help get that ~3500 pound beast moving down the road or track.

  9. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    Y-block baby! They're pretty and sound great.
  10. terryble
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 541

    from canada

    I know what NYC weather can be like so you will need a heater, if you are using the stock 49-51 heater (they work awsome by the way) you will need heater motor clearance if you want to avoid a lot of changes. I used a 351W motor and had to find a shorter heater motor for it to work. From my experience I would recommend a 302W (do I dare to suggest EFI and AOD tranmission here).
  11. In my opinion a low compression 460 will do the job. Today's gas is bad and getting worse.:( A 9.5 to 1 compression big block will still give you some good torque numbers and still run on 89 octane.
    Shameless plug warning::eek:
    We are a full service engine shop with a motor like that in stock!
    1969 block, Genuine CJ rods with Milodon bolts,
    Speed-Pro / TRW forged pistons, Motorsports RV camshaft,
    Weiand Stealth intake, Quick-Fuel 750 Vacuum, Billet Electronic distributor.
    Dynoed in house and delivered to your door: $5200
    Thanks: Matt
  12. magneto57
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 125


    1958 ford 410............!!

  13. I had a '46 Coupe that had one of everything in it while I owned it. The first engine it had in it was a 331 cad. it was also the last engine it had in it while I owned it. it was just correct.

    But it did have a built to the hilt 351 clevland in it at one time as well. i was a lot faster with the Clevland than the cad, but the cad was just a better mill for the car. it is something that cannot be explained you just would have had to be there.
  14. Y Block for my vote, they are a damn good motor and look great dressed up as well.
  15. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,382


    What do you want out of the engine? Torque? Horsepower? Mileage? Would be easier to make a recommendation if you shared your goals.
  16. turdytoo
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,560


    Takes lots of dollars and you have to build the car around the motor.
  17. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,718

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    427 Ford FE side oiler 2 4brl's and a six speed trans.What the hell go for it.
  18. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,870

    Buddy Palumbo

    A 289/302/351W will fit right in with little effort . Mount kits are available , and loads of go-fast stuff everywhere . I've got a 302 in mine , and I'm building another with a friend who's running a 351W .
  19. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,385

    Marty Strode

    A tri-power Y-block, it was good enough for Lucas Doolin.

  20. I had a 3 duece Y block in my '55, loved it.
  21. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    How about a LINCOLN Y-Block?????

  22. 55delray
    Joined: Dec 9, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Florida

    classic, porknbeaner has it right. although the BBFs have a lot of following, if you plan to put a/c and other accessories so the car is truly drivable, then the 302 with an AOD is the smart choice.
  23. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    I am a 351W fan, HP and TQ are more than adequate, go fast parts are very readily available. It will certainly bring life to that shoebox!
  24. Henry Floored
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,370

    Henry Floored

    I've said it before, I'll say it again the 385 series big block Ford (429-460) is the best bang for the buck you can get bar none.

    sidenote: Matt we have to talk I am a former Rochesterian and we may share a common interest in Ford stuff. I used to work at Fred Walker Ford way back when. Planning a visit last week of March, maybe I'll swing by your shop and "bend your ear" for a minute. Your FED looks very cool!
  25. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,052

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Are you a DRIVER?---OR a drive in guy?
    If you are a driver, then face up to todays gas prices & enjoy a sbf 289 stocker.
    If you are a "Rump-Rump" artist, run the BIG 460!
  26. classicdreamer
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 590

    from nyc
    1. A-D Truckers

    I am and will always be someone who will try to put the pedal an additional 3 inches below the floor. My avatar has a fully built 327 that may on a great day get 8mpg. Looking for something reliable, fast and period correct-ish.
  27. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069


    Might as well build another 327.
  28. Don Martin
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 157

    Don Martin
    from West Tenn

    312 3 2's thunderbird valve covers
  29. Reliable and period correct for a shoebox - Flathead, just not that fast.

    Reliable, period correct, and mildly fast - Y-Block

    Reliable, period correct, and fairly fast - Lincoln Y-Block

    Reliable and Fast - FE or MEL, just slightly period correct (both introduced in '58)

    Good Luck.
  30. BACAGrizz
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 201


    289 with a c-4.

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