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Old 08-24-2005, 08:59 AM
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Build a '79 ford 400 engine

Is it feasable to have a 400 rebuild by a engine builder, that is shipped out and have it built to my specs and shipped back as a crate engine? can't seem to find local shops with good reps.
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the 400 ford is not known to be a dependable engine. im thinking this is probably in a 4wd. the trans bolt pattern is the same as a 429\460 which is a much better engine. i would try to find this engine and replace the 400.
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I would think there are several good builders for Fords in the FL area..you may have to load that thing up and take it over to the next town or something..

The 400m is a good engine when built right..there are several around here built as 9-1 street motors that work just fine..No real need to change it out unless you want/need to..

Maybe someone in the FL area can reccommend someone to you..
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the 400 ford is not known to be a dependable engine.
Really?? Define "reliable", The ones I have owned have done
me just fine, I haven't built on to be a barn stormer, but I have
built them as torque monsters. I've just sold one in a '73 LTD
I rebuilt 10 or so years ago, and put 90Kmi on, it still runs just
fine.

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im thinking this is probably in a 4wd. the trans bolt pattern is the same as a 429\460 which is a much better engine. i would try to find this engine and replace the 400.
Again, define "better", the 429/460 weighs over 100# more
than the 400. The 400 has more stroke than both, Plus you
could pop for the big buck Cleveland 4V heads, which flow
close to what the stock 429/460 heads flow...
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400 engine

I rebuilt a 351M 8 years ago, and it still runs great today. Its a matter of opinion in my eyes. I built mine up a bit, and there is now aftermarket heads that I can purchase for it also. I know it has a bad rep, but what mid-late 70's engine doesn't. Well besides a 350, there is a reason there are a million of them out there. But seriously, my 351M is a destroked 400, same everything as yours minus crank and rods I beleive. I have heard of a bottom end oil pressure problem, but I have never had that be an issue. BTW, mine is in a Thunderbird and I get 15.6 in the quarter. Not the greatest, but not terrible.
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Originally Posted by Canzus
Really?? Define "reliable", The ones I have owned have done
me just fine, I haven't built on to be a barn stormer, but I have
built them as torque monsters. I've just sold one in a '73 LTD
I rebuilt 10 or so years ago, and put 90Kmi on, it still runs just
fine.



Again, define "better", the 429/460 weighs over 100# more
than the 400. The 400 has more stroke than both, Plus you
could pop for the big buck Cleveland 4V heads, which flow
close to what the stock 429/460 heads flow...
dude? do we have to get you a dictionary? maybe then you'd stop asking us to "define" stuff for ya


Sal, where at in FL are you located? i have alot shops around here in titusville, merrit island, palm bay, and melbourne

the guy i go too is in merrit island. he does a real good job, but he's short handed right now so it takes "forever" to get it done

but like i said there are alot here in brevard

J
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define reliable = for the 351M and the 400 ford oh lets say JUNK. if you have ever had any exposure to this engine you know the problems associated with this JUNK.
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Ford 400M

The Ford 400M motor is great for lb-ft, not much hp.
It's more for a truck or a van
But that does not mean it could be used as a car engine with hp!
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Lincoln 400 rebuild

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dude? do we have to get you a dictionary? maybe then you'd stop asking us to "define" stuff for ya


Sal, where at in FL are you located? i have alot shops around here in titusville, merrit island, palm bay, and melbourne

the guy i go too is in merrit island. he does a real good job, but he's short handed right now so it takes "forever" to get it done

but like i said there are alot here in brevard

J
I am in West Palm Beach area.
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I am in West Palm Beach area.
dude, you gotta have a machine shop or 10 over there.

i was just down there a month ago we set 2 double wides (in 4 days) right off blue hering blvd right off of 95 right were there having all that road construction

west palm is pretty big and you don't have a machine shop w/a good rep?

J
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define reliable = for the 351M and the 400 ford oh lets say JUNK. if you have ever had any exposure to this engine you know the problems associated with this JUNK.
400's are known to be completely gutless, but I've never known them to be junk... in fact, most of them I've heard of are original engines in beat-to-hell 20+ year old farm trucks that are still being used...

And all it takes to wake them up is decent compression, intake system, and a cam that isn't 8 degrees retarded, or however many the factory one was for emissions reasons.
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dude? do we have to get you a dictionary? maybe then you'd stop asking us to "define" stuff for ya
You obviously can't define "reliable", or you wouldn't have
made that statement, right?? Reliable = go out every
morning for ten or so years, stick the key in, twist, engine
starts... That is what I call reliable...

But then again, Does you ride run yet??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Canzus
Really?? Define "reliable", The ones I have owned have done
me just fine, I haven't built on to be a barn stormer, but I have
built them as torque monsters. I've just sold one in a '73 LTD
I rebuilt 10 or so years ago, and put 90Kmi on, it still runs just
fine.



Again, define "better", the 429/460 weighs over 100# more
than the 400. The 400 has more stroke than both, Plus you
could pop for the big buck Cleveland 4V heads, which flow
close to what the stock 429/460 heads flow...
I'M WITH YOU THEY CAN BE NICE. I'M DOIN ONE NOW
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Its Ok That Your Wrong

[QUOTE=jesse01]dude? do we have to get you a dictionary? maybe then you'd stop asking us to "define" stuff for ya

HEY YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A DICK, ITS OK TO BE WRONG
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define reliable = for the 351M and the 400 ford oh lets say JUNK. if you have ever had any exposure to this engine you know the problems associated with this JUNK.
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