|This small block Ford engine is being built with lots of new parts. On completion it will be for sale here at Street Rods Forever.|
|The block was magnafluxed to check for cracks or flaws and got primered and painted in Old Ford Blue.|
|All the mains were line honed.|
|A Ford Lightning Grind hydraulic cam was installed to give it a little thump.|
|Measurements for the crankshaft end play came in at more than 0.004 but less than 0.006.|
|Close tolerances on the rotating assembly should provide smooth performance.|
|Before installing the pistons, all the ring gaps were set the same, 0.018 to 0.019 for the top rings and 0.020 to 0.022 for the bottom.|
|The Cloyes double roller timing set was installed heads up because this will be an E.F.I. engine.|
|Clear markings on the new harmonic balancer are a big plus.|
|The water pump is painted a contrasting silver and installed with blue bolts.|
|A new front sump oil pump is installed.|
|Because the block did not have a dipstick tube location, the front timing cover had to be drilled and the new, chrome, Ford Performance Products dip-stick and tube was installed..|
|The chrome oil pan also is a "Ford Performance Products" (also referred to as FPP). The Oil Pump is a Melling, the timing-set was a Cloyes, more as the photos come along..|
|Once the engine was spun back with the heads in the up position, they were torqued to factory specifications in 3 separate torque steps..|
|Once the heads were torqued down, it was time to install the new Crane lifters, using lots of the cam-lube supplied with the new Crane "Lightening" grind cam. The push-rods were checked for straightness - only one had to be replaced. Rocker arms were then installed and all factory clearances maintained.|
|Wanting to 'button-up' the engine to keep out any debris/dust particles, the intake manifold was installed using stainless-steel fasteners, again triple torquing the bolts to factory specifications. Front and rear cork gaskets were double siliconed.|
|This photos shows the first 'mock-up' on the upper plenum chamber with the wiring harness installed. Checking fitment on these items now makes for a better installation after all the parts are assembled.|
|With the distributor installed and the FPP valve covers mocked-up, the fuel rails are mounted on the lower intake manifold and properly secured. The 2-Bbl throttle-body is also intalled. (Note the raw cast aluminum finish on the upper plenum chamber).|
|This is the right side of the engine after the upper plenum chamber received 3 coats of Ford-Blue paint, the High-performance 8.5mm silicone spark-plug wires were installed and the throttle-body installed.|
|This view shows the finished assembly, complete with sealing up the throttle-body bores, the thermostat housing, and the sealing of the water pump, as well as the water-pump by-pass hose installed. There was also a new 180 degree thermostat installed.|
|Here's the left view of the completed engine, with the breather installed, the PCV installed on the right/rear, the air-injection tubes installed at the rear of the heads, and computer wiring harn-ess plugged in.|
|The back view of the engine showing the air-pump tubes installed as well as the PCV hooked up to the rear of the right-side rocker-arm cover to the rear of the plenum chamber. A flex-plate will also be included, ready for a Ford AOD transmission. This would make a great combination, what with the smaller port heads and the beefier cam, it will offer gobs of low-end torque and power.|
|Here's the completed engine, ready to be installed. This will be a very strong and powerful engine, with the added convenience of being fuel-injected, so that with a turn of the ignition switch, it'll start right up. The original computer that came with this engine will be a part of this engine package.|
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