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Nothing major to the 300, I had delusions of grandeur and thought I’d build a Clifford Performance monster then I added it all up and figured there is no way. Got a lead on a finished block bored .020 and decked, my head is getting done at a local head shop that used to build Yenko engines.

I am looking for reliability and decent power. Plus my very first Bronco was a 300 with the 4 speed as well!



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Clifford ain't what it used to be. Quality has supposedly gone down hill.

If anything, a good manifold, 2bbl autolite carb, and efi exhaust manifolds will wake one up pretty good.

What's being done to the head?
 

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The engine I am using sat for a while and was low on compression in #3, when I say low I mean like 10 PSI form the other cylinders. I am having the head gone through, new hardened seats new guides, valves and springs. My guy builds 300 heads for the gas and oil industry, he has a customer that runs their natural gas compressors with 300's. The compressors run 24/7 on the gas they are compressing. Those heads have special guides, seats and valves, there is no lubrication in the gas and he said it beats the seats clear out of the heads. I plan to use a split header and am looking for a decent intake, if I cannot find one I have the 1986 intake that was on the truck and plan to throw the feedback carburetor as far as I can what carb do you suggest? I am looking for an HEI conversion distributor and have been thinking about the Saginaw pump conversion as well. BOV1 is going to be my sons first truck so I want reliable and somewhat capable but not big block power for it....
 

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Definitely do the Saginaw swap. It's easy and well worth it.

For intake manifolds, you have 3 easily available options. The dual port offenhauser is good for carbs under 500 cfm. The Clifford and the Offy 'C' are open plenum and work well with 450+ cfm carbs. I have a Clifford with a 450 quickfuel 4160 4bbl on it. For a 2bbl, the autolite (motorcraft) 2100 series is almost indestructible and runs nearly upside down.

If you ditch the feedback system, you have to go HEI or retrofit a Duraspark2 ignition in. Or a points ignition. The HEI from DUI is great. It starts almost instantly.

If you are doing any slow crawling, I recommend staying away from headers. Mine heat up real fast, and will overheat the engine. Normal street driving, they are not a problem.
 

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Engine is in the chassis!



Got the rad support painted up last night, POR15 for the first coat going to top coat with satin black!





My new rad came in damaged should have the replacement today!



My son picked up a new project as well, a 78 F150. We’ve already replaced the grill shell, he prefers the older grille!



It’s gonna need some work...




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Looking great! Except that CII Ford PS pump! Haha

Is that a 78 F150 Ranger? I've got one myself that's in significantly worse shape than that.

How's that air cleaner decal coming along? Lol
 

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I decided to keep the Ford pump for now, I already had it bought!

My sons truck is titled a 78, has a 77 cab on it, has the Ranger hood emblem, has a car 390 in it and from what I can tell was someones attempt at assembling something from nothing. As you can see he wants the early grille on it, we are picking up a 4 speed and all the fixins this weekend for it (currently a C6) He already has a set of doors, a hood and a tailgate for it. It had not run in 17 years and in about an hour we had it running, it has a mean lifter tick in it but I am hoping after running it a while that will go away. I am going to have to replace the floors on the cab and the interior piece just over the rear window, seems everyone of this trucks I look at that piece is rotten on, oh well, I have a year to get it done but I also have a buddies 86 square body Chevy in the mix as well. We are going to busy in the garage over the next year or more! Before any of that happens though we are going to finish BOV1!

As far as the decal I should be cutting mine soon, I will cut a second one for you when I do mine. Thanks for following!
 

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I too love the 73 style grille. Mines a 351m with np435 and np205 and two rusted solid axles. It last ran 15 years and one tree falling on it ago. Some day..
 

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My son picked up a new project as well, a 78 F150. We’ve already replaced the grill shell, he prefers the older grille!
As do I! I prefer the 73-75 grill. If I ever stumble across a very nice one for cheap I'll probably put it on my 77. My Bronco was lucky it came with round headlights and the big mouth grill has grown on me, so I gave it a stay of execution as far as giving it a grill swap. I'm not a fan of the rectangular lights at all and I would have swapped things had it came with them. Weird how preferences work, isn't it?
 

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What an awesome build thread! Thanks for the inspiration.
 

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Worked on the exhaust system last night! About 70% there on it! I used EFI exhaust manifolds then 2.25 pipe into 3” Flowmaster. True duals all the way back. I can’t wait to see what it sounds like....
















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Dude, huge congrats on the lifestyle change! You're gonna love the new you! :)
 
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