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post #21 of 165 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure what the end use of that engine will be. 5 years ago I'd be all for the swap. Now is rather have a 351m that I can drive every day. 428 just seems a little much for what I'm trying to do
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Turning into a nice project real quick. A couple of hints on the glass. Don't tighten down the bolts just snug them down. Use some sort of soft washer within the mounts to ease the strain on the glass.

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Yeah I had plastic washers between the glass. Doesnt matter since the glass had some pretty good scratchs in it
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Yeah I had plastic washers between the glass. Doesnt matter since the glass had some pretty good scratchs in it
do you have the correct lower shoulder bolt too?


on the engine, you never have enough engine,youcan always let off the gas,but you cant always push the pedal and further

I have been running a warmed up 351 for 20 yrs ,and I am building a warmed 460 in my replacement 78

depends on what the engine is from,it might be worth a good chuck of change to the correct person
might be better to sell it off
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I like the Cal Custom valve covers on your new mystery FE. I've got similar ones on the 427 in my Vette. Nice score!
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I wondered what btand those covers were.

I'm gonna keep it but only cause I have no reason to sell it. I don't need the money.

Onto bronco things. Got my new tank installed. I'm ok with how it fits but it's obviously no factory steel tank. Looks kind of neat from the back though



And a bronco pic just cause I am still in love with this thing

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I honestly feel bad for the girl I was dating when I bought this. She knew as soon as she saw it on the trailer that her time was up. She took it like a champ though
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Use the 428 in the Bronco and send that 390 down the road!
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Cool build buddy. Will be watching. Yeah do the 428!! You can drive it carefully to save on gas .

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I wouldn't send the 390 down the road. Those are respectable engines in their own right and would probably do everything I want it to. The extra half a litre engine size is basically just for bragging rights.

That being said I have a 4 day weekend so the goal is running and driving by Tuesday. This means brake lines, more importantly tuning up the 390. I've heard it run but the wiring was a mess and it had no exhaust so I didn't run it long
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Looks great man. I just picked one up almost identical.

Where did you get the poly tank and straps? Mine is rotted to hell as well.

Will be following for sure. Keep up the good progress.
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Bronco graveyard. Pretty decent stuff. Get a new filler neck. Mine cracked when I got it off the old tank and now it leaks.

Got the motor finally bolted down and running. Still have a fuel issue due to the previous owners fuel pump setup. It's a cheap electric pump that can't keep up so it starves itself pretty quick. The mechanical pump is bad. I need to buy a new one and get away from the electric setup. Other than that it's strong at idle and has a nice rumble to it. I'm sure a cleaned up carb/plugs/wires would help out. Gonna get off my wallet here shortly and order some fun parts for it

To set the story right I am going to run the 390 for now. It's already in the truck and just needs tuned up. That 428 will get gone over and done right rather than slapped in
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No replacement for displacement. Go big or go home. Killer build so far...Rust on the rears looks frustrating but definitely fixable.

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I honestly feel bad for the girl I was dating when I bought this. She knew as soon as she saw it on the trailer that her time was up. She took it like a champ though



Good to see another one being saved instead of trashed.

My other car has doors.
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The rust isn't that bad. I've saved a lot worse before so this will be a breeze.

Got her running right today. First issue being my sending unit is off a 25 gallon tank so I can't pull fuel unless it's almost half a tank. Oddly enough I removed a 33 gallon tank from it. So add that to the list of parts to get. Secondly my factory fuel line seemed to not flow. So I replaced it with a brand new line. Lastly I put s cheapo lawn mower filter before the carb. Somehow it air locked and wasn't allowing fuel past. So gone with that filter and the 390 sits there and purrs. Tried to drive it but I must be right at the line where the draw tube stops pulling fuel cause as soon as I pulled out of the front of the garage it died

Anyways here is a pic of where it's sitting now



Next objective is brakes and lights. Although all the lights worked when I was looking it over before I bought it.

Need some opinions guys. Would you just 4 inch lift it and 33s with some fancy pre runner bumpers or just a 2 inch with 33s and that clean factory look? I'm torn between the two
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Need some opinions guys. Would you just 4 inch lift it and 33s with some fancy pre runner bumpers or just a 2 inch with 33s and that clean factory look? I'm torn between the two
My personal preference is 4 inch and 35s or 2 inch and 33s. 33s look too small to me with a 4 inch lift.

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I like the flexy look it gives it. Plus 33s are still cheap
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I would go with the 4 inch and 35s. But i love the look of them jacked up. 2 inch just seems like a waste of time to me... either way, excited to watch. I want to see how that 428 ends up.
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4" AND 35's, look below and thats the result.


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