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Ford USA Vans - V8 FE and 385 Big-Block repair manuals

A repair manual for the engine of your Ford? Here are repair and overhaul manuals for Ford V-8 FE (1958-1976) and Series 385 (1968-1998) Big Block engines. They provide detailed instructions for troubleshooting and to repair or replace parts.

Ford FE Engines - How to Rebuild: Complete Step-by-Step Instruction for 330- to 428-ci Engines

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.

This book 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.

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Author:Barry Rabotnick
Specs:144 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:388 colour photographs
Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2016)
Series:S-A Design Workbench (SA352)
EAN:9781613252444
Book: Ford FE Engines - How to Rebuild: Complete Step-by-Step Instruction for 330- to 428-ci Engines

Ford FE Engines - How to Rebuild: Complete Step-by-Step Instruction for 330- to 428-ci Engines

Language: English

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How to Build Max Performance Ford FE Engines

The Ford FE (Ford Edsel) engine is one of the most popular engines Ford ever produced, and it powered most Ford and Mercury cars and trucks from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s. For many of the later years, FE engines were used primarily in truck applications.

However, the FE engine is experiencing a renaissance; it is now popular in high-performance street, strip, muscle cars, and even high-performance trucks. While high-performance build-up principles and techniques are discussed for all engines, author Barry Rabotnick focuses on the max-performance build-up for the most popular engines: the 390 and 428.
With the high-performance revival for FE engines, a variety of builds are being performed from stock blocks with mild head and cam work to complete aftermarket engines with aluminum blocks, high-flow heads, and aggressive roller cams.

This book shows you how to select the ideal pistons, connecting rods, and crankshafts to achieve horsepower requirements for all applications. The chapter on blocks discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each particular block considered.
The book also examines head, valvetrain, and cam options that are best suited for individual performance goals. Also covered are the best-flowing heads, rocker-arm options, lifters, and pushrods. In addition, this volume covers port sizing, cam lift, and the best rocker-arm geometry.

Covers 332, 352, 361, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428 cu in FE engines.

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Author:Barry Robotnick
Specs:144 pages, 27.5 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:400 colour photographs
Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2010)
Series:S-A Design (SA183)
EAN:9781934709153
Book: How to Build Max Performance Ford FE Engines

How to Build Max Performance Ford FE Engines

Language: English

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Ford V8 Engine Overhaul Manual (1961-1993) - Chilton Repair Manual

Chilton Repair Manual for maintenance, repair and overhaul of American Ford V8 gasoline engines: 90° V Small Block, 335 Series Small Block, FE Series Big Block and 385 Series Big Block.

Covered types:

Small Block: 255 (4.2 litre, 1979-1982), 260 (4.3 litre, 1962-1964), 289 (4.7 litre, 1963-1968), 302 (4.9 litre, since 1968), 302 Boss (4.9 litre, 1969-1970), 351W (5.7 litre, since 1969), 351C (5.7 litre, 1970-1974), 351 Boss (5.7 litre, 1970-1974), 351M (5.7 litre, 1975-1985) and 400 (6.5 litre, 1971-1981).

Big Block: 352 (5.7 litre, 1960-1966), 390 (6.4 litre, 1961-1971), 406 (6.6 litre, 1962-1963), 410 (6.7 litre, 1966-1967), 427 (7.0 litre, 1963-1968), 428 (7.0 litre, 1966-1970), 429 STD (7.0 litre, 1968-1973), 429 CJ (7.0 litre, 1969-1970), 429 SCJ (7.0 litre, 1969-1970), 429 Boss (S) (7.0 litre, 1969), 429 Boss (T) (7.0 litre, 1969-1970) and 460 (7.5 litre, since 1969).

This Chilton workshop manual for North American Ford V8 gasoline engines covers maintenance, repair and overhaul of the complete engine (distribution, camshaft, inlet and outlet valves, cylinder head, crankshaft, lubricating system and gaskets).
It also addresses the cooling and the fuel system.

  • Step-by-step instructions for removing and mounting the engine and the overhaul of the cylinder head and the engine block.

    • Covers U.S. and Canadian models.
    • Includes technical specifications, adjustment data and torque wrench settings.

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    Specs:272 pages, 27.5 x 20.5 x 2.2 cm / 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.87 in, paperback
    Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
    Publisher:Chilton Automotive Books (USA, 2001)
    Series:Chilton Auto Repair Manual (8793)
    EAN:9780801987939
  • Book: Ford V8 Engine Overhaul Manual (1961-1993) - Chilton Repair Manual

    Ford V8 Engine Overhaul Manual (1961-1993)

    Language: English

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    How to Rebuild Big-Block Ford Engines - FE and FT Series

    From racing to heavy-duty hauling, the big-block Ford engine has been used successfully in Ford Motor Co. vehicles ranging from full-size trucks and passenger cars to the LeMans-winning GT40. This book details how you can rebuild your FE or FT engine to perfect running condition using factory stock components.
    All rebuilding steps are covered with easy-to-understand text, illustrated with over 500 photos, charts, drawings and diagrams.

    You'll find tips on engine removal, disassembly, parts reconditioning, assembly and installation. You'll be able to do either a complete overhaul or a simple parts swap. As an added bonus, a complete section on parts identification and swapping is also included, along with the most complete and correct listing of specifications and casting numbers available on big-block Ford engines.
    Don't put off your project any longer. Rebuild your big-block Ford engine today!

    Covers all years and models of FE and FT engines used in Ford and Mercury passenger cars and Ford trucks:
    - 332, 352, 352 HP, 360, 361, 390, 390HP, 410, 427, 428, 428 CJ, 428 SCJ
    - 330 HD, 330 MD, 359, 361, 389, 391 cid.

    Author:Steve Christ
    Specs:160 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
    Illustrations:500+ photographs and drawings
    Publisher:HP Books (USA, 1983)
    EAN:9780895860705
    Book: How to Rebuild Big-Block Ford Engines - FE and FT Series

    How to Rebuild Big-Block Ford Engines - FE and FT Series

    Language: English

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    Ford 429 / 460 Engines - How to Rebuild (Revised Edition)

    Ford was unique in that it had two very different big-block engine designs during the height of the muscle car era. The original FE engine design was pioneered in the late 1950s, primarily as a more powerful replacement for the dated Y-block design. What began as a torquey engine meant to move heavyweight sedans morphed into screaming high-performance mill that won Le Mans and drag racing championships throughout the 1960s.

    By the late 1960s, the FE design was dated, so Ford replaced it with the 385 series in displacements of 429 and 460 cu in, which was similar to the canted-valve Cleveland design being pioneered at the same time.
    It didn't share the FE pedigree of racing success, mostly due to timing, but the new design was better in almost every way; it exists via Ford Motorsports' offerings to this day.

    Beginning in 1971, the 429 found its way between the fenders of Mustangs and Torinos in high-compression 4-barrel versions called the Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet, and it was one of the most powerful passenger car engines that Ford had ever built. If the muscle car era had not died out shortly after the release of these powerful engines, without a doubt, the 429 performance variants would be ranked with the legendary big-blocks of all time.

    In this revised edition of "How to Rebuild Big-Block Ford Engines", now titled "Ford 429/460 Engines: How to Rebuild", Ford expert Charles Morris covers all the procedures, processes, and techniques required to rebuild your powerplant.
    Step-by-step text provides details for determining whether your engine actually needs a rebuild, preparation and removal, disassembly, inspection, cleaning, machining and parts selection, reassembly, start-up, and tuning.

    Also included is a chapter on building the special Boss 429 engines, as well as a bonus chapter on the Ford 351 Cleveland, Ford's little brother to the big-block.
    If you are planning to rebuild a Ford 429 or 460 engine, are in the process of a rebuild, or just want to learn more about Ford's storied engines, this book is a must-have item for your shelf.

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    Author:Charles Morris
    Specs:144 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 in, paperback
    Illustrations:599 colour photographs
    Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2019)
    Series:S-A Design Workbench (SA162P)
    EAN:9781613254929
    Book: Ford 429 / 460 Engines - How to Rebuild (Revised Edition)

    Ford 429 / 460 Engines - How to Rebuild (Revised Edition)

    Language: English

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    Ford Big-Block Parts Interchange - Covers all FE, MEL & 385 Series Engines

    The FE engine was a design pioneered in the late 1950s, primarily as a more powerful replacement for the dated Y-block design because cars were becoming bigger and heavier, and therefore, necessitated more power to move.
    What started as torquey engines meant to move heavyweight sedans morphed into screaming high-performance mills that won Le Mans and drag racing championships through the 1960s.

    By the late 1960s, the design was dated, so Ford replaced the FE design with the "385" series, also known as the "Lima" design, which was more similar to the canted-valve Cleveland design being pioneered at the same time.
    It didn't share the 1960s pedigree of racing success, but the new design was better in almost every way; it exists via Ford motorsports offerings to this day.

    In this book Ford expert and historian George Reid covers these engines completely. Interchange and availability for all engine components are covered including cranks, rods, pistons, camshafts, engine blocks, intake and exhaust manifolds, carburetors, distributors, and more.

    Expanding from the previous edition of High-Performance Ford Parts Interchange that covered both small- and big-block engines in one volume, this book cuts out the small-block information and devotes every page to the MEL, FE and 385 series big-blocks from Ford, which allows for more complete and extensive coverage.

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    Author:George Reid
    Specs:144 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 in, paperback
    Illustrations:400 colour photographs
    Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2018)
    Series:S-A Design (SA397)
    EAN:9781613253441
    Book: Ford Big-Block Parts Interchange - Covers all FE, MEL & 385 Series Engines

    Ford Big-Block Parts Interchange - Covers all FE, MEL & 385 Series Engines

    Language: English

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    Ford Big Block (Musclecar & Hi Po Engines)

    Brooklands Portfolio book about the Ford 352, 385, 390, 406, 427, 428, 429 and 460 Big Block V8 engines.

    The articles, published at the time in the American magazine 'Hot Rod Magazine', provide a lot of information about blueprinting, tuning, changing cylinder heads, overhaul and restoration.

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    Specs:100 pages, 27 x 20.5 x 0.7 cm / 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.28 in, paperback
    Illustrations:200 photographs and drawings
    Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 1992)
    Series:Musclecar & Hi Po
    EAN:9781855201064
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