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Old 08-06-2010, 07:30 AM
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I finally made it back from downrange, and I'm ready to play with my Ford. I kicked alot of ideas around and I finally took TechInspector1 advice and bought me a 460. I guys sold me one out of a '76 Lincoln, complete with starter, alt, distributor, everything. The only problem is the carb is a motorcraft and the float is stuck, so I will have to do something with that. But he put another carb on it to start it up on the engine stand for me, and it started right up and ran pretty good. As you can see from the pictures, it needs a good cleaning, which brings me to my questions:

1) What's the best way to get it all cleaned up without taking everything off, if that's even possible? There's alot of grime and a little rust on it.

2) As for performance. I know that the 460 is a naturally powerful motor. And as I said before, I'm only using it as a little weekend toy in a '77 F100. Should I try going with an aftermarket intake, carb, cam, heads, and other parts, or will the stock motor be more than enough power. I figured while the motor is out, I should go ahead and have everything done to it, that I plan on doing, before dropping it in the truck and then having to pull it out later.

3) Last question. I've been told and read different things as to replacing the 302. I have read that there are several things that will need to be changed out, for example the driveshift, springs, motor mounts, etc. But after talking to some older heads who have way more experience than I do say that the most of these things can still be used. Can anyone tell me exactly what needs to be replaced. I want to have everything I need readily available before I start the swap

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I read that OEM timing sets between '73 and '87 were retarded 8, so that would be one thing to do.

There's no reason you can't clean the engine using Gunk or whatever flavor degreaser you prefer- just cover the distributor and carb, and plugging/covering any places where you don't want water getting in.
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