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Posted: 08/09/19 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crawford wrote:

I was comparing when the V10 came out the 460 went away how you come out with chevy and compress gas is way off subject.


Let me see, re-writing history with statement "ford 460 truck engine it was the biggest gas gushier ford made", I saw no limit comparison to the 10.
I brought up the GMC, as a comparison, to show that for most it might be history, but I was there. I owned, operated, and made money with gas engines in class 8 trucks.

And up the thread somebody was comparing the cost of operation the new gasoline engine to a diesel. Fact is it is not real hard to convert a gasoline engine to run on propane or natural gas. That conversion could cut fuel cost enough to get by with less power.


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The 460 was a gas eater because of the way Ford had to set it up to pass emissions. With the correct timing chain set, so the cam is straight up, and some other corrections, it was a powerhouse and didn't do bad on MPGs either. Unless you are talking about the poly head 427, GMs real powerhouse was the 454 hands down, and wasn't a nightmare to work on.


I had a few 460s. I pulled one out of a early '80s F350 to transplant into my '76 F500. After about a month of feeding it, and trying to put it on a diet, I rebuilt the 360 and put it back in.
I never saw a 454 in a class 8. I do know the 427 used in the 70 series twin screws where not the same as light trucks.

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Posted: 08/09/19 01:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JR, you would have been better off putting a 390 in it instead of the 360. The 360 really had a bad rep in the ford pickups as being gutless and a gas eater. Quite a few people put a car 390 in place of the 360 and were very happy with the increase power and mileage.


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wildmanbaker wrote:

JR, you would have been better off putting a 390 in it instead of the 360. The 360 really had a bad rep in the ford pickups as being gutless and a gas eater. Quite a few people put a car 390 in place of the 360 and were very happy with the increase power and mileage.


For what I did with that truck a 300 inch I6 would of been the best, but I was working with what I had.

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I agree on that. I believe that is a vastly under estimated power plant.

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