Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
It looks like at the very least I need to pull the crank and pistons to resurface them and install new bearing. If I pull the engine apart that much it seems wise to tear it apart completely since there may be something hiding somewhere else.
Tedious, but wise.
This would give me a better idea of the condition of the engine overall. If I’m lucky I might only need minor machine shop work. I feel comfortable removing the engine and the tear down
I did my first engine R&R alone when I was 17. Seems I swiped my Dad's Corvette, and popped an oil plug on the back…
but I’ve seen so many failed assemblies that I really want a pro to do that. I don’t want to learn on this engine.
If not this, when? Follow the Ford Shop Manual. Incredible detail, written so that any novice who could read could do the procedures.
BTW, this is the numbers matching hipo engine so originality is real important.
I suspected as much, from the photos. Be sure you install the rod bearing shells with the oiler hole lined up correctly in the top. When I had mine apart, they were not available, do I drilled standard shells.
I think port matching make a lot of sense while the engine is apart. Any other minor upgrades that are recommended but will not change the original character of the engine?
If the valve seats are worn, replace them. I needed 5, so had 16 done. Hardened inserts have the classic 3-angle face. The port-matching made my engine run smoother from idle to 6000, power felt like a cam upgrade, and the shift lever is rock steady on the road.
The builder that I talked to wanted to do a roller cam, roller rockers, and switch to hydraulic lifters. That all seems a little to drastic of a change for me.
He's an idiot. Find someone else. The K code engine is more than the sum of it's parts, it's a gestalt of things working in prefect harmony. Rarely has an engine come together so well. He's proposing to start over from scratch, just like you would with a C code 289 2V.
Once you have done the teardown and reassembly, you'll have pride in your accomplishment that no checkbook could provide.
Amateur restorer. Well, sometimes I have been paid for it. But not right now.
Last edited by 22GT; 08-07-2019 at 10:07 AM.