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Learn to make incredible horsepower from Ford’s most powerful big-block engine design.

For years, Ford relied on the venerable FE big-block engine design to power its passenger cars, trucks, and even muscle cars—and why not? The design was rugged, reliable, amortized, and a proven race winner at Le Mans and drag strips across the country. However, as is always the case with technology, time marches on, and Ford had a new design with many improvements in mind. Enter the 385 family of engines (also known as the “Lima” big-block). Produced from 1968–1998, the 385-series engines were used in multiple applications from industrial trucks to muscle cars and luxury cruisers.

In Ford 429/460 Engines: How to Build Max-Performance, which was written by Ford expert Jim Smart, all aspects of performance building are covered, including engine history and design, induction systems, cylinder heads, the valvetrain, camshaft selection, the engine block, and rotating assemblies. The best options, optimal parts matching, aftermarket versus factory parts, budget levels, and build levels are also examined. The 429/460 engines are a good platform for stroking, so that is covered here as well.

Whether you want to build a torque-monster engine for your off-road F-150, a better-preforming version of a 1970s-era smog motor for your luxury Lincoln, or an all-out high-horsepower mill for your muscle car, this book is a welcome addition to your performance library.

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Learn to make incredible horsepower from Ford’s most powerful big-block engine design.

For years, Ford relied on the venerable FE big-block engine design to power its passenger cars, trucks, and even muscle cars—and why not? The design was rugged, reliable, amortized, and a proven race winner at Le Mans and drag strips across the country. However, as is always the case with technology, time marches on, and Ford had a new design with many improvements in mind. Enter the 385 family of engines (also known as the “Lima” big-block). Produced from 1968–1998, the 385-series engines were used in multiple applications from industrial trucks to muscle cars and luxury cruisers.

In Ford 429/460 Engines: How to Build Max-Performance, which was written by Ford expert Jim Smart, all aspects of performance building are covered, including engine history and design, induction systems, cylinder heads, the valvetrain, camshaft selection, the engine block, and rotating assemblies. The best options, optimal parts matching, aftermarket versus factory parts, budget levels, and build levels are also examined. The 429/460 engines are a good platform for stroking, so that is covered here as well.

Whether you want to build a torque-monster engine for your off-road F-150, a better-preforming version of a 1970s-era smog motor for your luxury Lincoln, or an all-out high-horsepower mill for your muscle car, this book is a welcome addition to your performance library.

Pages : 160
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 355 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613256046
Product Code : SA507

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: Building Basics 

Organization 

Parts Selection 

Compression Ratio 

The Physics of Power 

Wasted Power 

Building a 429/460 Stroker Engine 

Stroker Power Pointers 

Assembly Techniques 

Mock-Up Phase 

Ford Part/Casting Numbers 

Basic Part Numbers

Date and Foundry Codes 

Ford Muscle Parts 

Good, Better, Best 

Controller Kit 

Dominator Kit 

 

Chapter 2: The Block 

Aftermarket Blocks 

Budget Blocks 

Boss 429 Block 

Block Identification 

Block Preparation 

Fasteners, Clean Threads, and  Torque

 

Chapter 3: Rotating Assembly 

Crankshaft Selection 

Forged Steel Crankshafts 

Crankshaft Differences 

Connecting Rods 

Rod Ratio 

Piston Selection 

Stroker Kits 

Building a Stroker 

Strength in Stud Girdles 

Harmonic Dampers and Flywheels 

Dynamic Balancing 


Chapter 4: Lubrication 

Pump Blueprint Recipe 

Improved Oil Control 

Oil Pan 

 

Chapter 5: Cylinder HeadsBoss 429 

Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 

Aftermarket 429/460 Wedge Cylinder Heads

Head Work 

Valve Spring Pressures 

Spring Height 

Airflow 

 

Chapter 6: Camshaft and Valvetrain 

Camshaft Technical Talk

Street Camshafts 

Dual-Pattern Camshafts 

Racing Camshafts 

Why Degree a Camshaft? 

Timing Components 

Lifters 

Rocker Arms and Pushrods 

Valvetrain Geometry 

Rocker-Arm Adjustment 

 

Chapter 7: Induction 

Carburetor Selection 

Carburetor Size 

Holley Carburetors 

Edelbrock Carburetors 

Carter Carburetors 

Demon Carburetors 

Quick Fuel Technology 

Weber Carburetors 

Bolt-on EFI 

Intake Manifold 

Quick Power

Supercharging and Turbocharging


Chapter 8: Ignition

Spark Knock 

Breaker Point Ignition 

Dwell Time 

Electronic Ignition 

Ignition Coils 

Distributor Types 

MSD Ignition 

Mallory Ignition 

Performance Distributors

Ignition Wires 

Spark Plugs 

Charging System 

Starters 

Senders

 

Chapter 9: Exhaust 

System Sizing 

Secondary Tubes and Collectors

Equal-Length, Step, and Tri-Y Headers

Exhaust System Selection

Stainless or Aluminized?

 

Chapter 10: Break-In and Tuning

Break-In

After Break-In 

 

Chapter 11: Power Builds

429 Super Cobra Jet 

460 Street/Strip Build 

MCE 598-ci T-Rex Build

Defining Blueprint 

MCE T-Rex 598 on the Dyno

 

Appendix: Engine Math

 

Source Guide 

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