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Learn what you need to rebuild a Ford FE Engine for reliability and durability from FE master, owner of Survival Motorsports, and veteran author Barry Rabotnick.

In Ford FE Engines: How to Rebuild, Barry shows you how to rebuild one of these legendary engines. CarTech's unique Workbench series format takes you step-by-step through the entire rebuilding process. Covered are engine identification and selection, disassembly, cleaning, parts analysis and assessment, machine shop processes, replacement parts selection, reassembly and start-up/break-in techniques. Along the way are helpful tips on performance upgrades, trouble spots to look for, special tools required, and professional builder's tips.

Ford FE engines, which were manufactured from the late 1950s all the way through the mid-1970s, were designated as the large-displacement engines in the Ford lineup. FE means Ford Edsel and reflects an era when Ford sought to promote the Edsel name. The design of these engines was implemented to increase displacement over its predecessor, the Y-Block engines of the previous decade. Early models were fairly modest in displacement, as were most big-blocks of the era, but they grew quickly to fill the needs of rapidly changing chassis requirements and consumer demand for larger vehicles. As it grew, the FE engine performed admirably as a heavy passenger car and light truck engine. It also became quite accomplished in performance circles, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as powering Ford’s muscle car and drag racing programs in the mid-to-late 1960s.

Whether you are simply rebuilding an old truck for reliable service use, restoring a 100-point show car, or building the foundation for a high-performance street and strip machine, this book will be an irreplaceable resource for all your future FE engine projects.rn

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Learn what you need to rebuild a Ford FE Engine for reliability and durability from FE master, owner of Survival Motorsports, and veteran author Barry Rabotnick.

In Ford FE Engines: How to Rebuild, Barry shows you how to rebuild one of these legendary engines. CarTech's unique Workbench series format takes you step-by-step through the entire rebuilding process. Covered are engine identification and selection, disassembly, cleaning, parts analysis and assessment, machine shop processes, replacement parts selection, reassembly and start-up/break-in techniques. Along the way are helpful tips on performance upgrades, trouble spots to look for, special tools required, and professional builder's tips.

Ford FE engines, which were manufactured from the late 1950s all the way through the mid-1970s, were designated as the large-displacement engines in the Ford lineup. FE means Ford Edsel and reflects an era when Ford sought to promote the Edsel name. The design of these engines was implemented to increase displacement over its predecessor, the Y-Block engines of the previous decade. Early models were fairly modest in displacement, as were most big-blocks of the era, but they grew quickly to fill the needs of rapidly changing chassis requirements and consumer demand for larger vehicles. As it grew, the FE engine performed admirably as a heavy passenger car and light truck engine. It also became quite accomplished in performance circles, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as powering Ford’s muscle car and drag racing programs in the mid-to-late 1960s.

Whether you are simply rebuilding an old truck for reliable service use, restoring a 100-point show car, or building the foundation for a high-performance street and strip machine, this book will be an irreplaceable resource for all your future FE engine projects.rn

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 388 color photos and charts
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613252444
Product Code : SA352

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Planning the Engine Build

Budgeting Process 

Performance Goals 

Formulas for Engine Design 

Ford FE Specific Design Choices 

Build Process

Choosing and Qualification of Your Core 

Teardown and Inspection 

 

Chapter 2: The Engine Block 

Engine Block Inspection 

Sonic Checking Charts 

Pre-Machining Block Preparation 

Oiling System Modifications 

Casting Preparation 

Machine Work: The Big Stuff 

Block Detailing 

Camshaft Bearing Installation 

Block Final Work: Paint and Plugs 

 

Chapter 3: Crankshafts 

Identification 

Measurement and Inspection 

Grinding and Polishing 

Balancing 

Bearings and Assembly 

 

Chapter 4: Connecting Rods, Pistons, and Rings 

Aftermarket Connecting Rods 

Pistons and Piston Rings 

Installation and Fitting of Piston Rings 

Installation of Piston Assemblies onto the Connecting Rods 

Piston, Connecting Rod, and Ring Assembly Installation 

 

Chapter 5: Camshafts, Lifters, and Timing 

FE Camshaft Design Specifics 

Camshaft Bearings 

Lifter Selection Criteria 

Cam Specs: Lift, Duration, and Lobe Separation Angle

So How Do I Pick a Cam? 

Cam Thrust Plate and End Play 

Timing Sets 

Timing Covers 

Dampers 

 

Chapter 6: Oiling System 

Oil Pans and Oil Pump Pickups 

 

Chapter 7: Cylinder Heads and Valves 

Basic 360 and 390 Heads 

Aftermarket Head Designs 

Cylinder Head Reconditioning 

Castings: Cleaning, Inspection, and Qualification 

Component Selection 

Valves 

Valve Springs, Locators, Retainers, and Keepers 

Setting and Inspecting Stem Tip Height 

Valve Stem Seals

Cylinder Head Assembly 

Mounting the Cylinder Heads 

Head Fasteners

 

Chapter 8: Valvetrain Assembly 

Pushrod Length Measurement 

Assembling the Valvetrain

 

Chapter 9: Intake Manifold Selection 

Fitting the Intake Manifold 

Installing the Intake Manifold 

 

Chapter 10: Carburetors 

Carburetor Tuning 

 

Chapter 11: Ignition and Distributor 

Installing the Distributor 

 

Chapter 12: Pre-Oiling and Final Assembly 

Oil Selection 

Pre-Oiling the Engine 

Valve Covers 

Finishing Up: Sensors, Thermostat, PCV, Pulleys, and Belts 

 

Chapter 13: Exhaust 

Chapter 14: Initial Start Up and Break-In 

 

Source Guide 

Appendix 

Ford FE Engines: How to Rebuild

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