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Old 10-23-2013, 11:26 AM
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What engine to uses ?

want to replace the engine in a 1956 Ford 292 or 312 ci displacement with something that I CAN USE 56 VALVE COVER SO IT'LL LOOK ORIG. ANY HELP ?

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a 312 if you can find 1.292 would work ,i replaced the 272 in my 56 a few years back,bored the 292 to 312bore used a 57cam(regrind) eczg heads 4v manifold dual ex,looked stalk went very well,use 57 or later ignand 57 intake ,600holley. surprise a few chevy boys
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sounds like you'll need to rebuild what you have. Probably best approach for an engine that old anyway, you can update the internals and have it perform better than it did off the showroom floor. It won't be cheap though!
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I'm no Ford guru, but aren't the 352's interchangeable with the 292's and 312's?
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I'm no Ford guru, but aren't the 352's interchangeable with the 292's and 312's?
The FE and the Y block are two different designs..They will fit in the same spot though..Like changing a SBC for a BBC..

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Ford Y-block V8...1954-1964
Cu. In....239, 256, 272, 292, 312

Ford FE V8...1958-1976
Cu. In. .... 352, 353, 260, 390, 427, 428

In 1959, my older sister bought a 1957 Ford 312 CI, Custom, 2-door sedan, solid lifters, 4-barrel, 3-speed O.D. with rubber floor mats. It had a "Interceptor" emblem on the glove box door. I was never beaten in North Houston Saturday Night Drags in my sister's pea-green Ford.

Those engines had problems with a weak block design around the main bearings. It was a Y-block design in an attempt to strenghten the block around the crankshaft. The block could be strengthened by drilling and tapping the main cap bolt holes deeper and using longer main cap bolts. I found out about strengthening the block after my associate scattered his 312 CI Y-block Ford engine all over the highway and even broke the camshaft in half.

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they make stroker kits and aluminum heads for those engines. If they have weak blocks a stroker may not be a good move though. With some good heads, intake, headers, and cam there shouldn't be any reason you can't get 325+hp out of a reliable 292 (more common than a 312) though.

They're just like any other engine and will respond as such, just need to be mindful of their weaknesses.
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Here's an article outlining how to adapt Y-Block covers to a 351 head.....
Vintage Looks, Modern Guts - Custom Classic Trucks Magazine
Here's the website for Coast. Take a look at the stroker kits for 351's....
Ford Engine Kit - Ford 351 Stroker Kit, 351 Windsor, 383, 393, 408, 418, 427, 454, Stroker
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