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Old 09-23-2010, 07:40 PM
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Just acquired a car with a 260 in it. I have 2 302 blocks in garage I could use to build another motor, but I am really curious as to what type of power the little 260 V8 has. I have had enough cars restomoded and really thinking about leaving this one original for a lot of different reasons. Anyone have experience on the 260 V8's from Ford. The car is a 64 Comet convertible and just pushing it around it seems rather heavy?

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Old 09-23-2010, 07:47 PM
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Fords Windsor V8 started life as a 221, then increased to 260, then 289 and finally 302. Nothing spectacular about the 260, won't make the power a 289 or 302 will, the 260 is pretty small. Small cubes, small heads, don't expect a lot out of it. @ barrel version 165 hp, 4 barrel about 180hp. There was a 260 Sprint (4 barrel)version in Falcon and Comets.
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This is what I thought. Nothing to brag about but how well does it move the car around for what it is. Like I said, I know this is hotrodders.com, but I am thinking about leaving this one original.
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Would porting the heads work. I know this typically this wouldn't be done, but if left original wouldn't this still help.
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I raced against a '64 260 Sprint Falcon that a local guy had a bunch of years back, it had headers and dual exhaust, Holley carb and aluminum intake, otherwise stock as far as i know. It went 17.20 at 81 mph in the 1/4 mile. It is what it is, a small economy V8. I would imagine some clean-up on the heads would help but they have really small valves so don't expect a lot.

As a cruiser it probably moves the car just fine, just don't expect it to squeal the tires without a little help(water).

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A group of us were talking about previous rides the other day and I remembered a Comet I had in the 60's with the 260/auto. It was a really pretty car, red paint and a red leather interior. I remember it as being just about the sweetest, quietest, best-driving car I ever owned.

In my opinion, a '64 Comet convertible is a baby-doll anyway and particularly with the 260 in it. It will be easy to drive and get good mileage. It is a well-balanced combination. My vote would be leave it alone.
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Chevy person here............but, I had a 63 Ford Falcon Ranchero once with a 260 and 2 speed automatic in it. Car had dual exhaust, and a "bigger" Holley 2 barrel carb; don't know what the rear end gears were, but it was very responsive, and actually fairly quick. The car was a typical Falcon, the only thing holding it together was the rust. I sold the engine/trans to a Ford Falcon restorer group in the Bellevue/Seattle area, and the guy was excited as heck to get them. I had thought about using a Bronco oil pan, and putting the engine/trans in my college car, a Chevette Scooter.
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That 260 and auto drug around a 4 dr fairlane just fine and I have riden in several 2 drs and verts. that had no problems. I think that 4 dr finally died around 200,000 miles dad drove and drove that thing. For a nice enjoyable cruiser I'd freshen it if needed and enjoy it.

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Be aware that a 302 is not a bolt-in replacement for a 260. The bellhousing bolt patterns are different.
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Thanks for the comments here guys. I was interested in how the 260 would move it and it sounds like everything would be ok. The car is white with a white top and red interior. I am thinking about leaving this all alone as well. This would be the first cam I did not tamper with. My dad has the same car and I guess you could say I learned from him what not to do. He's been restoring his car for years and he's still got pieces all over the place. I just look at the car and say man, I'm not doing my car like this Everything came off the car and he still struggling trying to figure out where everything goes. Least he can look at my car now (which he has) to help him figure it out.

Someone mentioned freshening everything up/giving it what it needs. The clock only has 89k on it and I do believe it's original because it's in really good shape. Would a basic ring/bearing job work well and would there be any benefits at all in cleaning up the heads. I don't think larger heads would work due to the small bores. This was my plan but if I did decide down the line to use a 302, the only thing I would have to change is my bellhousing correct.

I'll tell you though, it's so hard leaving this thing original. Really hard, but I think it's the right thing to do. The guy I bought it from said the same thing about leaving it stock for the gas mileage etc. It will just be a nice cruiser.
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Now if you are like me and just can't bear to leave it stock but still want good mileage and more low end and midrange power,this is what I would suggest, change cam to a Crower 15208 Dur @ .050" intake 194 exh 198 lift .422" intake .437" exhaust this kind of fools it into thinking it has better heads as it improves the exhaust flow and since your 260 has adjustable rockers you won't need any extras,for a Carb I would use a Holley 0-1848-1 465 CFM with the small primaries and vacuum secondaries it will be better than a 2 bbl in the mileage department,for an intake I would go "Ol Skool" (see pic) and hunt for one of these,an Edelbrock Streetmaster with its' smaller runners it will pair well with your heads.The Mustang Tri-Y headers(pic#2) will work in your car also and compliment the rest of this combo.
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If I cannot find the streetmaster, what is a comparable manifold to use today.
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I used a Streetmaster once on a 302 Ford build with mild Isky cam and roller rockers. UNBELIEVABLE throttle response. Made excellent low end torque, but petered out early.
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Like I said in my earlier post, "I'm a Chevy person", but when I had the Ranchero with the 260, a Ford guy told me the combustion chambers were smaller than 289/302 engines, and they could be used for a C.R. boost on 289/302's. If that's the case, and you could go with larger valves, it would seem to be the way to go for a cheaper build up.
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