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Old 11-25-2006, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just recently took in a 65 ford f350 flatbed truck in trade and I am getting started with making it a driver. I have allready started replacing some of the floor and threw away the flat bed. My plans for the truck are quite different than what most people would like and thats is what I strive for, to be different. Here goes..... I want to channel the body/floor to fit down over the frame 4 inches, I then want to lower the front I-Beam 2-3 inches so the cab and front end will be sitting 6-7 inches lower than stock but keep in mind that the 1-Tons had 31 inch tires, so they would be sitting an inch up inside the wheel opening. The rear suspension will remain stock but the flat bed is history and in its place I want to build a stepside bed and use '80s chevy stepside fenders to cover the massive dually rear wheels. Thats my plan but it could change. My question is what are some performance mods for the ford 352. I am hoping to get the truck down to 4000 pounds and want about 300+hp out of this motor.
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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352 is base motor for 390, 427, 428. same block, like 289 to 302. most speed parts will fit, except big valve heads may not fit smaller bore. cams, intakes, heads, bellhousing pattern all interchange, if memory is right.

why not dig up a 390-428 in the boneyard? freshen it up, intake, carb, cam, headers? 300 no problem.
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I ran a 352 in a 66 pickup and it was a pretty decent motor.I put a set of headers and a stock 4V manifold on it and it pulled very strong..I bought the motor as a 390 and I never knew the difference until I tore it down to freshen it up...I think the basic cam,headers,intake will easily get you 300+ hp...
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The truck only has 24,000 miles on it and I would rather stick with the 352 because I have it and its in great shape. Although the info I have so far indicates this motor to have 8.4:1 compression and its a 2V. My plans were for an edelbrock performer intake, 600 V/C Holley, upgrade the cam for something in the 220 deg @ .050" and around .500", Headers, flowmaster 40s, and possibly a little head work. Im not looking for a drag car just something with descent power, torque.
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that should work just fine.
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good plan, headers are the most important.

I'd also keep that cam as early as you can with that low compression.

Dont go over 220 duration and try to keep intake centerline around 105-106, it'll make plenty of torque. Late intake timing kills torque on the smaller FEs
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I had a really nice reply to you but it's GONE!

Anyway, a cam, hedders, 4V intake & carb and a little port smoothing and widening will give you way over 300 HP to play with from the very torquie 352.


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James, Hedders, intake, milled heads and a little port clean up will make enough over 300 HP to spin your head adn twist off the tires.

352's are torquie, real HP is only a few dollars away!

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Old 11-27-2006, 07:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I should mention that the truck is a dually and it has a 4-speed trans. Rear gears are unknown but I will find out soon enough. Considering the motor only has 24K miles on it, I would like to get away with just freshening it up with new gaskets, main, rod, cam bearings, rings and deck the block to 0" and mill the heads. I am assuming that this could get me to 9.0-9.5:1 compression with the stock pistons. As far as porting goes, it is my most favorite mod to any engine considering its free, I will need to do some research on the subject. As for a cam I am leading towards a Comp 270H 224/224 @ .050" .519"/.519" 110 LSA and I am ussuming the intake centerline is 106. Would the 280H be a better cam for the combo? With all this in mind is 5000rpm a safe limit for this engine? What Kind of real world HP and Torque could be abtained from this mill, and does this build sound reliable enough for this truck? Sorry for so many questions but I am very overwhelmed with my lack of knowledge on FE engines.
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Does anyone know if it is from a F-350 would it have came with hardened valve seats or would they be needed?
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Thats good opt the option of the headers most smashing one and up-to-mark. Suggestion form my side up to you.











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