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Old 08-29-2004, 01:01 AM
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need a *lil* moe clearance

ok, for those following the sagga of putting a 390 in a car built before the 390 was even thought up(59 galaxie) another question, put a performer 390 edelbrock instake manifold and a holly carb ontop of that, got her in today minus a few final parts to bolt on(water pump alternator and radiator back in) but i put a stock ford air cleaner from a 72 351 2v ontop of there today since i planned on just using that but im ganna need at minimum another 1/4 inch of clearance under the hood, so are there anyway to make the air cleaner shorter any cheap good low profile air cleaner or something else that i havent thought of?

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Old 08-29-2004, 01:14 AM
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What size breather filter are you trying to use? You may be able to cut down on the size of that if it will help without restricting to much of your airflow.
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clearance between the hood and air cleaner, not between the cleaner and the breather, if i get your post correctly, the air cleaner fits on the engine fine, the air cleaner and the hood are in disagreement
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Old 08-29-2004, 09:31 AM
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Tho there was no 390FE in 59, there was a 352FE offered, If you could find a complete vehicle in the bone yard, you would be able to solve the provlem with factory parts
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speed shops do have air cleaners that drop down for more clearance.check jegs
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im good, i put a shorter stud on the carb over the air cleaner and it solved my problem, the other was extremly larger than it needed to be, but when i went to check clearance i forgot about that and since the hood shuts corvette style you cant see in there when you go to shut it, but with a much shorter stud ive got a good inch or more around the air cleaner from the hood thanks for replies though
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I was having the same issue with my 65 Merc...I found a filter online that was 1 1/4". Not really much clearance but it works. If you still are looking PM me and Ill try to find the link for you
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