Originally Posted by Mel Smith
Hi Guys, I just bought a rebuilt 390 Ford FE engine and the last and the front two bolts do not align with the head. This manifold was used on other blocks and there was no problem mounting it so I'm looking for answers. I'm questioning wheather their or other thinner gaskets that it under the front and the back of the manifold to allow it to set down farther on the heads so I could bolt it up or could the heads have been shaved to the extent that the manifold does not go down far enough to align the bolts?? Any and all input into curing this problem will be appreciated. Mel
is the manifold cast iron,if yes us the center bolts to pull it into place,be sure manifold is centered. some older fes had a dowel at front of block and a slot in intake,i think the dowel was to hold cork gasket(be sure the manifold has the slot,or remov dowel if its ther. if manifold is alum posibly warped. good luck.
if manifold cast lower it on with a crane to be sure gaskets ar in place,glew with a good cement to the heads and grease the surface wher manifold mates