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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bloodyknucklehill, May 9, 2009.

  1. hey hambers.. i'm new to the board and i'm starting my first hot rod project and needed some help/info/advice.. I picked up a 47 ford truck cab and hood so that's squared away then i found the engine/tranny steal of the year.. a totally complete 272 Y-block and 4-speed for $20.. my question is what can anyone tell me about this particular engine, what to watch out for, what kind of power adders it responds well to, etc.? Any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. thanks i'll check it out.. not sure if i'm a fan of the motor yet but a running engine and working tranny for 20 bones was too good to let go
  3. kustomkat
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 554


    I'm a big fan of the Y block, so I think you did well. They have there own set of little problems and get a little pricey when it comes to speed stuff but it's a good motor and you can't beat the price.. So you have a cab and hood. Will there be more sheet metal or is that it??? Good luck on your truck, don't let the anti-y-block guys get to you...

  4. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,000

    Smokin' Joe
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  5. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    Y's look great and sound better! Some issues with top oiling, but nothing hard to fix. A 272 truck engine could use some help from later car engine parts, like a distributor and four barrel carb from a '57-up engine to get rid of the lousy early dist. with no mechanical advance. You might want to get a car 3-speed, too, the farmer 4 isn't a great choice for a rod. (I'm assuming the engine and trans are an original unit, trucks were the only 272 that had 4 speeds.)
  6. Tim Cowan
    Joined: Jan 3, 2009
    Posts: 41

    Tim Cowan

    In 1965 I got my first pick-up, a 56 Ford Custom Cab with a worn out 312 engine. I was in Jax.FL and had a friend in Savanah that either gave me a 55 car 272 complete engine or I paid $10 for it. I went to a junkyard and got a set of good used 292 pistons and bored the 272 by an 1/8" to fit the 292. Linked it up to a two barrel and the "Z" 312 heads and I had a great performer. This truck also had the truck 4 speed and it was fun to make noise with the straight pipes and idled thru parking lots with ease...Best remember for the rear of the car draging low with the engine in the trunk on the return from Georgia.....TIM
  7. Villlage Idiot
    Joined: Dec 30, 2005
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    Villlage Idiot

  8. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,132

    RAY With

    Ran the Y block for many years and found there a really durable engine. I had one particular Y that I ran 4 years on dirt circle track and never had a single internal problem with it. I am in the process of building another one for one of my street rods. I don't think you can go wrong with one.
  9. yeah there'll be more sheet metal.. i'm gonna make a custom bed for it after i finish the modifications to the frame.. i'm doing things kinda backwards though cause i'm cutting the IFS/torsion bar front suspension out of a late model small pickup frame and putting an i beam suspension..

    and thank you all for the advice.. I really appreciate it... and keep it coming if theres more
  10. My first car was a Y-block 56 Ford.Small block Chevies beat me and it got terrible mileage,but you cannot break one.The engine reminds me of a tractor engine.I ran out of oil on the highway once,it seized up and quit.I filled it back up with oil (always kept a case in the trunk)and to my surprise it fired right back up and kept running 2 more years until I sold it.Very reliable engine.
  11. fridaynitedrags
    Joined: Apr 17, 2009
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  12. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    I have a 58 ford with a y-block in it drve it al over the east coast last 20 yrs best car i ever had and best engine nevr been apart
  13. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    my 57 ranch Wagon has the 312 4bbl. Bird cage. I've let er sit too long after a rebuild and she's prolly siezed. I gotta get that car otr or otd. It did sound great through the 60s glass packs though. divorce and relocation to Tucson has preemted action. I've had the car for waaay too long for the innaction. (time or money scene)
  14. 55FORDWGN
    Joined: Feb 16, 2009
    Posts: 210


    I have a 272 in my 55 Wagon, great motor. I am upgrading the distributor right now, don't know the results yet as I just put the motor back in and have not fired it yet.
  15. thanks all.. i went and looked at the motor and tranny today and it's in great shape.. Coolest thing was the guy selling it was an old school rodder from way back.. he is originally from southern cali and is moving up here with his wife for retirement.. it was awesome to talk to him.. he said i should ditch the 4 speed too..
  16. carbuilder
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 982


    I am putting a 312 Y block whit a BW T10 4 speed in my 36 Ford Roadster great nostalgia motor Danny.
  17. does it bolt right up or do you need an adapter?
  18. craigzephyr65
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 4


    The Y blocks make a great traditional rod engine, not actually that slow either, I've got a 292 and fordomatic in my 58 sedan and it leaves behind a few cars when you kickdown the auto. They are very reliable and a good looking engine if you paint them up and put the Thunderbird stickers on the rocker covers ( or spend $ and go for the finned covers ). Thats a good choice, even for $200
  19. the guy sold it to me for twenty dollars :)
  20. vertible59
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,058


    Yeah, those T-Bird finned valve covers are works of art. It sure is great to see the Y-Block making a comeback, and if you check into it, all of them weren't slugs. And you are correct about the reliability of those old powerplants. Wish I could find a 20 buck deal on one.:)
  21. T-10 will bolt right up to a three speed bell but not the four speed "granny tranny" bell. The bell housing for the three speed is easy to find, the T-10 might be a little harder and cost more, you can also go with a T-5 with a little modifacation to the three speed bell.
  22. thanks mctim... and everyone else.. can't wait to get the thing back to the shop and tear into it.. i've already noticed, though, that go fast goodies are hard to find for it.. but if my memory serves me correct wasn't there a factory supercharged t-bird with the y block? hmmm..... now the what if gears are turnin
  23. Do you know what year it came out of? If it's a '57 some 272 truck motors came with the very much sought after ECZ-G heads, take a look under the water out-let passage on each head.

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