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1966 ford country square wagon engine hp

Well the engine is 390 the intake has z on it if that helps just want to know what the real hp of the engine . Ford say like 315 to 335 hp for year . Any help

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Do your research. Find out what part numbers the 315 motors had. If yours has those parts, then it's a 315.
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I understand what you're saying, I'm just asking are these fords hp from 1966s, are they the real hp or were fords just trying to make the engines sound better than it was? Sorry to confuse you... Would like a dyno sheet or some sort saying otherwise. Thanks
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Dose any won know if ford b.s hp or is it the real hp. Of 390. Any help would be cool
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first off in 1966 they did not have a dyno. so fast forward to today. go and run it at dyno shop today ,then you will have a sheet on your motor. sounds like a plan . They did not BS the horsepower until late 69 into the 70 models!! and then it was about 100 hp plus or more then sold as! on some models.
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Go back to what Tech posted in his reply. In 1966 Ford had several advertised horsepower ratings on 390 cid engines. What part number heads, intake/carb and distributor does that engine have? If it's the original engine in the car, the data plate will also give you a code for engine information. Anything else will be guessing if you don't at least give the very knowledgible folks here at least some rudimentary information. A Z on an intake is NOT useful information but a set of 6 to 8 numbers in a row is.
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are you saying that Ford didn't start lying about the horsepower til late 60s and 70s+?
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all car makers did in 1969 ! Called insurance companies !! what is your angle here fordss?? you seem to want to argue WHY ?
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I'm not arguing, All l want is a simple answer. Are they faking the horsepower or is the horsepower not even close? Not trying to get anyone mad. Thanks for the help. You guys said the answer already.
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in 1966 it is dam close to what they say. most likely 5 to 10 more. also in the big picture they were all under rated!!
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Until the early 70's, engines were horsepower rated without any of the power-robbing accessories that were bolted on afterward. (water pump, fan, power steering pump, AC compressor, etc.), so the hp numbers were inflated and not of much use in the real world. In 1973/74, we experienced the Arab Oil Embargo and lots of things changed. We could only buy one grade of fuel and had to wait in long lines to get it. Car manufacturers changed the way they rated their engines, taking power readings with all the engine-driven accessories in place. Motors made in 1971 and earlier (back to 1955 anyway) were all high-compression motors, requiring premium pump fuel. Beginning in
1972, static compression ratios went into the tank in order to support running on cat-piss unleaded fuel, the only thing available. As the auto makers began to understand and implement electronic engine controls, about 1986 or so, static compression ratios began to rise again and we began to see some good power numbers again. They will never be as high as they were '55-'71 because of rating the motors with accessories. Hope this makes sense to you......
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