Originally Posted by Red Lehr
Hello all ! I have a 64 Galaxie 500 2 dr fast back that I want to put a 427 FE Ford in. The block needs some boring maybe .30 over...I have a 390 in the car now with 428 CJ heads,RPM Performer intake match ported and a 750 Holley DP on top.I'm not wanting originality ,just a nice engine with a healthy growl.
I was thinking of possibly stroking it with a 428 crank or 4.25 scat crank.I could save money by using the CJ heads or should I find some low riser heads, aluminum heads ?? I have a Richmond Super t-10 tranny with a 9 inch 380 rear end .
My budget is moderate,I've been saving for this one.
I am a newbie at turning wrenches,but I'm learning....I have a friend close by who is an engine builder and has a machine shop.
Thanks for any feedback in advance ! It's great to be in this forum !!
If your budget is up to it Blue Thunder or Edlebrock aluminum heads (in that order) are well worth the power output improvement and weight reduction for the FE.
The factory heads have pretty poor combustion characteristics and not much tolerance for contemporary un-leaded fuels. These aftermarket heads bring the Ricardo heart shaped combustion chamber (as much as the FE will allow at least) which really pumps up the action and improves all around performance by getting the level of efficiency well up for this engine. The closest head to these from the factory is that used only on the 1960, 360 horse 352. After that for some reason Ford abandoned combustion efficiency for more breathing. Not that more breathing isn't good; but you also need good combustion. Ford, like most everybody else, hung their hat on covering poor use of the fuel and air that got into the engine with super high compression ratios and lots of 100 plus octane fuel. That worked OK when that high octane leaded gas was thirty cents a gallon, it's not much of a solution today.