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matt.bray
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I have just started a project - S code 67 Fastback. I do not no anything about FE390's. The engine appears to be only started since a freshen up. It has a Hydraulic cam/lifter setup. The push rods in the engine are solid - is this correct?, or should they be a hydraulic style pushrod aswell.


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Mat I had a look around after we spoke , I'm pretty sure it comes through a gallery which is drilled off the cam bearings,then into the head and into the rocker staff pedestals one per side, via the a slot near one of the pedestal bolt. The shafts are pressurised. Sounds like a couple of the bolts are reduced to allow the oil flow and you have to put them in the correct spot. They don't oil via the push rods like a Small block.

Sure Mert will chime in with an answer.


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Thanks Shaun, Thats the same info i am finding and hearing.


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Given what you are doing to the car -

1) Sell the engine you have to someone wanting to build a factory car.

2) Find a 351W put a decent stroker cam in with good heads

It is be easier and cheaper and have better performance (both weight and performance). Only down side, it will not so impressive in the engine bar - well atleast to those who do not know better..

I know I know - "I want to keep the big block" .. I do understand just had to say it.


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boofhead wrote
Given what you are doing to the car -

1) Sell the engine you have to someone wanting to build a factory car.

2) Find a 351W put a decent stroker cam in with good heads

It is be easier and cheaper and have better performance (both weight and performance). Only down side, it will not so impressive in the engine bar - well atleast to those who do not know better..

I know I know - "I want to keep the big block" .. I do understand just had to say it.


I already suggested that, Boof, put it in the corner, and build a 393, 408 or 427 Windsor stroker with a big roller cam & good heads, and get another 100+hp


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But big blocks are cool!!!


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PM me with a phone number, I am on the south side of brisbane and have tons of FE info/parts... one in pieces you can even come look at if you want (if yours isn't).

The pushrods vary for fixed or adjustabe rockers. Post pics...

If you are selling I am looking for some parts for a current project and may be interested.

Also see my post in the main forum on a FE book I am buying and offering to others at cost.


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I checked the stroke and bore, and it is a 390(66 block with 68 heads).I think i will stay with the big block 390 for now, just put a better rhythm stick in it. Plan to put a 428 with front mount Paxton blower in it as some of the Shelbys did. I await the onslaught of comments following me saying that i am making it a GT500E. Yeah i know mustang enthusiasts dont like them, but you got to admit, they are a sick looking car.


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My view it is your car so enjoy - do what you will. Enjoy the car and the hobby so no issues from me.

BTW: 429 with a blower - cool. You have a plan so stick with it.


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Cheers


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Its your ride so make it what you want. Are you the owner of the 67 that Kerry bought in?


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Thanks and You would be correct, word gets around. It turned out to be an almost perfect canvas. In some ways i would have liked to restore it, as it was 1 of only 4 ever painted its colour(silver 67 GT 390), but i had my build mostly thought out before i even saw the car.
Im making her to look just like the Movie Car, so the colour wont be totally different. Engine and chassis setup will be really the only differences.


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For what it is worth, Australia is not that familiar with tweaking FE's. If the originality of the car is not really an issue for you, I would go stroked small block. Most people would not know the diff between one block and the other.

For example, a 'fully sick WRX owner' (no offence Lee) was looking at the grey car the other week. After he noted it was 'making a lot of smoke' (I explained it was minus 1 and cars do this when you first start them when it is that cold), he asked me where the V was on the motor.
"What V" I asked, thinking I miss heard him
"It is a V8 isn't it, so where is the V"
"You don't really do much with cars do you " I asked
"No" he admitted

I'm with boof on this one; go stroked small block.


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Cool, I am pretty familiar with that car. It sat for quite a while with my name on it. In the end I couldnt justify getting it while my other one was still not finished. In my opinion an E car should have an FE in it. The movie car was based on an FE powered car. I am one of the few with that opinion though. If that is what you want then go for it. I did.


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If you plan a 428 you'll need a new block. 390 and 428 are different bores. 390 with a 428 crank is a 410, IIRC. 390 stroker kits are similar in price to small blocks.

You can build a monster of a engine with tons of low end torque with the 390 block for about the same price as a small block stroker.. stick with the FE IMHO...


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