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Old 07-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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Cam For 64 Tbird

Gday from Downunder,
Have read many threads and as a novice getting more confused.
Recent purchase 64 Tbird coupe.
We have the 390 out, have got Edelbrock intake and looking at Holley. (I know itis not a sprinter, have Mustang Cobra for that )
Thinking of Ed. heads---would like to put a mild cam to get the old girl off the mark a tad quicker and mid range accel. for overtaking as it will be driven on secondary country roads.
Is there such a thing? , if not overtaking more important.
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Johann.
Sydney

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390s make good power but the exhaust side of the heads do not flow enough.If the heads are off,get a little exhaust work done.You dont need much cam,contact your favourite grinder and give him the parts list and flow rate of your heads if the porter has a flow bench
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Thanks We are looking Edelbrock Heads do not have a "Grinder" was hoping to get an off the shelf. if not We can get one made up one of the Aus Cam Co's.
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the FE heads can be ported a lot.Edelbrock heads come with a decent flow rate if you can justify the cost. The weight savings on a 390 intake is worth it.The rocker ratio is great so low 400 HP engines are easy to make.
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Thanks- with my big gut I need all the weight loss!!! Will also have custom mandrell bent headers.
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P.S. Whats rocker ratio pls ? (Greenhorn)
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Johann,

The link below is from when I went through the same exercise with my '63 T'Bird 390. May be of some help.

332-428 Ford FE Engine Forum: '63 390 4V (300 HP) Stock Camshaft Specifications??

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have printed off info and will take to my guy on mon.,
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I am ALWAYS glad to help out a fellow T'Bird'er!!!!

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Many Thanks for a very comprehensive reply. I do know we have Crane here in Aus. so i will start wih them.
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