So Bill, here's a related question then, just to satisfy my curiosity and
ignorance, without browsing through some dedicated 385 series forums. What
kind of HP can be made with a stock head 460, for a drivable street car? My
hypothetical parameters would be single 4V carb, ported stock heads, larger
valves if needed, cam with under .600" lift and 240 duration, 9.5:1 CR or
lower, prepped stock rods with good bolts, prepped stock crank.
I realize that some of the factory heads are real dogs. For this fantasy
build, assume that I could get my hands on a set of D0VE heads, or whichever
are decent for a buildup. Are we talking 450 (ish) horsepower? Or does it
just make more sense to pop for the aftermarket heads like the CJs or
Edelbrocks? Will a 460 as described above survive a 125 or 150 shot of
nitrous, assuming forged pistons, and a proper tune for the nitrous?
Some day I'd like to do a 460 buildup, but I'm not sure what sort of vehicle
I'd like to have it in. LOL
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"Bill Beyer" <email@example.comXoYmZ> wrote in message
> I moderate a couple of webside boards one of which is devoted to Ford 385
> series engines. On a regular basis there are posts which follow the same
> basic outline:
> "Hey I've got a clapped out 429/460 that I want to get <insert obscene
> amount of horsepower> out of that will be mostly a weekend play toy but I
> want to drive it on the street. It needs to run on pump gas. How do I do
> These posts are inevitably followed by several morons who claim to have
> block vehicles with ridiculous amounts of RWHP that they drive on the
> These boobs clearly have no clue what kind of power they actually have or
> what it takes to build an engine that will live long enough to get out of
> the driveway while pumping out insane horsepower.
> The most recent request was some poor deluded soul who wanted 600 RWHP out
> of a stock block 460 with D3VE heads while keeping his build price to a
> minimum and driving it on the street. While I applaud his desire for
> power as well as his choice of powerplant I had to dial my BBA way back in
> order to keep from flaming his sorry ass.
> Does this guy really think he can build an engine that will be somewhere
> the 700 HP range on a miniscule budget? C'mon, how many people are out
> that can squeeze that kind of horsepower out of those heads and build a
> bottom end that will live long enough to even break in the cam? Oh yeah
> do it on a budget that would make Ebeneezer Scrooge seem generous.
> Has he ever driven a vehicle with that kind of power on the street? Not
> people have and lived long enough to tell.
> Lord these fools do try my patience!