Re: Head upgrade for a 460... Thoughts?
"Big Al" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Cory Dunkle" <cdnews(no).(spam)@comcast.net> wrote in message
> > "Big Al" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > news:O0b0f.17$Nu5.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> >> "Cory Dunkle" <cdnews(no).(spam)@comcast.net> wrote in message
> >> news:1128264181.5fbe972bba74cb6bddb4fe595da3f171@teranews...
> >> > I'm thinking I'd like to get some decent heads for my 460. It's a '74
> >> > motor
> >> > which I believe is from a Lincoln. It's bone stock now and has been
> >> > freshened up. Currently it has D3VE-A2A heads. I could port them and
> > they
> >> > would be as good as D0VE heads only with lower compression, but since
> >> > have
> >> > some money I'd rather just buy something I can pretty much bolt on.
> >> > What
> >> > are
> >> > good heads? I'd rather not spend a fortune but any aftermarket head
> > a
> >> > 460 is gonna be expensive from what I've seen so maybe it's worth a
> > little
> >> > extra to go 'all-out'. I don't know, you tell me.
> >> >
> >> > What's out there? I think the Edelbrock RPM heads are a safe choice.
> > They
> >> > seem to be good from what I've heard. There's also the Jon Kaase
> > aluminum
> >> > SCJ heads which I hear are good. Not sure if they will work with my
> > stock
> >> > pistons though, anyone know? I hear good things about the A heads,
> >> > I
> >> > don't want to deal with those header/exhaust issues. It's hard enough
> >> > as
> >> > it
> >> > is to find headers for a 460 into a '68 Galaxie.Well, every 385
> >> > head
> >> > I've heard good things about, so people seem to be happy with their
> >> > choices,
> >> > but what's the difference in performance and such? Of course there's
> > also
> >> > the option of saving money and buying a pair of D0VE heads or
> >> > that's been ported. Let's hear some input... I'd like to know what
> >> > guys
> >> > would recommend.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> Blue Thunder also makes decent heads for your engine. The Jon Kaase
> >> have the valves relocated, the eyelash is in a different location, but
> >> the
> >> cam and cam timing will change the piston to valve issue. Pistons are
> >> less
> >> expensive than heads, PI heads from the early 70's and D0VE heads with
> >> valves work well. The pistons will determine the compression ratio.
> >> What are you going to use the car for? And, what year is the short
> > The car is a '68 Galaxie and will be pretty much a daily driver in the
> > summer months, with the occasional evening at the strip. It will
> > eventually
> > get a T56 as I plan on driving it a lot in the summer and I'd like
> > something
> > resembling decent mileage. At the moment I have a C6 that'll be going in
> > the
> > Galaxie behind the 460. I'm not opposed to buying a higher stall
> > if need be as the T56 probably won't be for another 2 years or so unless
> > find one for a steal.
> > The short block is a '74 I believe. D1VE block, C9AE rods, and I'm not
> > sure
> > about the pistons. I don't want to get heads that will give me issues
> > piston to valve clearance as I'd rather not have to get new pistons or
> > new valve reliefs. I don't want to go too crazy on the cam since the car
> > will be used about every other day when the weather is nice, so
> > P/V clearance will not be a problem.
> > Cory
> About how deep is the dish in the piston? D1VE is a 71 block, if it has 71
> pistons you can use early heads and have about 10.5 to 1 compression.
> like a decent set of stock 68 to 70 heads would be fine, or you can have
> valves put in them.
I was considering some ported D0VE heads, and someone local has as-cast C8
heads which I understand are pretty much identical to D0VE castings. I could
get ported D0VEs ready to run for under $1000. I think I'm gonna go the
extra bit and get the Edelbrock RPM heads and pair that with the RPM cam and
a Weiand Stealth intake. Edelbrock claims the RPM package will produce ~500
HP, which should be plenty for my purposes. It also can't hurt to get a
hefty chunk of weight off the front end. I figure I'll be happy with the RPM
heads and shouldnt' be wanting for more from the '68 after that's all in
there. After the 460 is in the only thing I want to do to the car is a
manual overdrive trans, everything else is just minor stuff.
Is there any reason I shouldn't go with the Edelbrock heads and cam, being
as how I have the funds to do so? I'm looking at ordering this stuff in the
next week or two. Hopefully by then I'll be up to doing some real work on
the 460 and the Galaxie.