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Projects Worst Engine Ever. *update on why I dislike Fords*

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ramblingman, Dec 15, 2021.

  1. Ramblingman
    Joined: Dec 5, 2016
    Posts: 3


    Hello and greetings,

    10+ year lurker here. Own a couple AMC Ramblers recently picked up this gem of a 52 ford customline. As you can read by the title, this is by far the worst engine I have ever seen in over 16 years of working on cars.

    Does anyone know if a ford 300 I6 will swap 'easily' into the old car?

  2. The image you posted does,nt show up. Maybe to big . I take it your cusso is a straight 6 then and not a V8.
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,967


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  4. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 2,018


    302 V8 is a bolt in.

  5. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,337

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Since the image didn't it a 6cyl, or V8?
    If you are referring to the Flathead V8, I'm sure some would say "worst engine ever"..just as I'm sure many would say it's the "best engine ever".
    Isn't traditional Hot Rodding great?
    Like everything else in this world we all have our own opinions, which of course is as it should be.
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  6. Ramblingman
    Joined: Dec 5, 2016
    Posts: 3


    I have changed the permissions on the image, I hope it shows up now. It is the old 215 inline 6, by worst engine ever I mean to say its rusty. Owner said it was running 25 years ago and parked in a barn.
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    Blow the rust off, a couple cans of PB Blaster and some ATF and Diesel fuel, soak 'er down and bust 'er off! Should run like a top! (equivalent to "that'll buff out!)
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,967


    is it stuck? or does it turn?

    (yeah, silly question...but.....)
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  9. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 2,137


    Looks like brand new carb on it. Hmmmm, putting the cart before the horse on this one.
  10. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,954


    I'd run it.

    The 302, that is.
  11. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,092

    from Alabama

    Not quite. There's just a little more to it.
    A 223 would be a direct bolt in. Sometimes you can find a good 223 almost free. Then again, the cheap running 223s are like cops. You only see one when you don't need one.
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  12. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,092

    from Alabama

    Looks can be deceiving. The rocker assembly may be toast but it could be a viable engine that needs less than you think. It's worth pulling and going through, or at least pulling the head and trying to turn it.
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  13. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,316

    from Ioway

    Yeah, a little Bardahl's will fix that right up. Tell 'em Ed Justice sent ya!
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  14. Looks more like he parked it in a boat house...
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  15. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,954



    I would vacuum that out, and tear it down. It won't take that long.

    It might be better than it looks.
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  16. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 3,092

    from Alabama

    You can have a lot of fun with the first generation Ford OHV Six.

  17. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,035

    jimmy six

    Love um or hate um… middle ground.
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  18. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    289 or 302 would be my first choice but a y block would look great in that compartment.
  19. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,938


    Don't know about worst, but it sure is ugly.
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  20. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 985


    Under the boat house
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  21. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 750


    I'll take the carb! Seriously!
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  22. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,967


    or it could be worse than it this DeSoto a friend picked up 20 years ago. Looked great on the outside.

  23. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 2,503

    from Brooks Ky

    What do you plan for the car to look like when its done? What do you plan to do with it when its done?
  24. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 717


    Engine patina. New carb, but someone had some difficulty with the fuel line?
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  25. Check the oil before you crank it over.
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  26. Glenn Thoreson
    Joined: Aug 13, 2010
    Posts: 501

    Glenn Thoreson
    from SW Wyoming

    Yes, sir that is one ugly engine, however it's not a 215. It's a 223 which may have been an option or probably a replacement part. The 215 had half the valves in the block and half in the head. It was only used in '52 and as a "service replacement" for a few years if memory serves. They weren't much good. My neighbor has a '52 F-1 with one of the 215 engines. It will run but it's no good.
    You should make up a display and take it to shows. You would surely win a prize of some kind. Or be kicked out. :eek:
  27. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,122

    from PNW

    that motor is perfect for a 'patina' build. Do what they do... just cover it with oil and display it proudly. Remember, it's only original once. Any other option won't be considered HAMB friendly.
  28. Say WHAT????????? I own a '52 215 and it does not have anything like that. Are you thinking of an F head Jeep engine? Please post pics of said engine....
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  29. Zax
    Joined: May 21, 2017
    Posts: 338

    1. 1952-59 Ford Social Group

    Man, that's pretty rough. How does the rest of the car look? Like has been said a 289 or 302 is a good swap or sometimes you can find a good 215 or 223 someone is pulling out.

    Either way you should be able to part some of that engine out. The carb looks like a newer replacement. The intake and exhaust manifold if not cracked will probably sell.
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  30. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,080


    At least someone has gone to the trouble of numbering the plug leads so that will make getting it going a lot easier LOL.
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