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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ford 427 Builder Recommendations Needed

I am looking for a highly recommended FE engine builder who can professionally machine and assemble my 1964 Q Code 427 engine. I've acquired all of the pieces separately, so each has the correct date codes for my car. All I need is an OEM build, the way the engine would have been built in 1964. I don't need performance mods, or anything that will increase the factory 410HP. The car won't be raced, but just showed, enjoyed, and driven sparingly. Therefore, these big-time drag racing FE builders are probably out of my price range. I had my 390 rebuilt for around $2000, so my budget starts there and goes up a reasonable amount. Previous 427 experience is mandatory.

I'm in Iowa, so the midwest is preferred, but I am interested in more distant options as well. I have two shops locally (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) but one won't return my calls, and the other is being forced out of business because they lost the contract on their building. I really enjoy being able to drop in on the build to see progress and create a relationship with the builder, so that would be a nice addition as well.

I will install the bolt-ons myself (carb, starter, accelerator linkages, alternator, etc).

Thanks in advance for any leads!


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Re: Ford 427 Builder Recommendations Needed

My choices in order:
Lykins Motorsports (Kentucky)
Blue Oval Performance (Colorado)
Survival Motorsports (Michigan)

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My choices in order:
Lykins Motorsports (Kentucky)
Blue Oval Performance (Colorado)
Survival Motorsports (Michigan)
+1 Lykins first by a mile.

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Re: Ford 427 Builder Recommendations Needed

Took a tour of Survival Motorsports around Christmas time when I was back there. Very impressed. Place was a FE candy store. Had separate rooms for engine builds and had a SOHC 427 in the dyno room he was doing for a guy in Australia. Owner Barry Rabotnick and the other guys working there were very down to earth and let me hang around as long as I wanted.
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+1 Lykins first by a mile.
Yes, I appreciate the unhurried manner in which things progressed. He understands that many of us need to work on a project engine over the course of 6-8 months and never rushed me in my build.
Yet, when it comes to me having a question and emailing him, I always get a response in hours.
I understand that parts often trickle in and suppliers can drag their feet, this was explained to me in real time.... no annoying waiting for weeks with no response.

I can't speak for the others I listed as I have talked with them but never done business.
Either way, good luck to the original poster.

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Yes, I appreciate the unhurried manner in which things progressed. He understands that many of us need to work on a project engine over the course of 6-8 months and never rushed me in my build.
Yet, when it comes to me having a question and emailing him, I always get a response in hours.
I understand that parts often trickle in and suppliers can drag their feet, this was explained to me in real time.... no annoying waiting for weeks with no response.

I can't speak for the others I listed as I have talked with them but never done business.
Either way, good luck to the original poster.

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Drew as a supplier I can say we don't drag our feet . Shipping parts is obviously key to making money and staying in business. The sooner they ship after being ordered , the sooner we get paid for them. LOL Certain times of the year are ( like now) busier than others ( fall) and manufacturing time does take longer. We do our best to produce "correct" high quality parts in the customer's time frame at an affordable price. I can't ( obviously) speak for all manufacturers.
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I'm not certain you understood what I was saying... again.

Good luck.

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There is a guy in ankeny that did a shortblock for me, does really good work. Just a little shop behind his house. He knows his stuff, he'll work on whatever you bring him but a huge FE guy. He was assembling a 427 for someone when I picked up my motor. He also races a mustang in vintage classes.
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Do you have any contact info for the guy in Ankeny?


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I am the first guy to follow a budget for a customer and the names you have heard so far are very good ones. Brent Lykins is a long time close friend and Barry Robotnik is an equally long-time internet friend, both are likely within a day's travel. Either of those guys can build a hell of an engine whether it is a racer or a stocker.

I was considering offering up a trip to Omaha, as I do a few a year for customers and almost exclusively FEs. However, I am concerned with your budget. A 2000 dollar 427 build is real tough to get anything good. Consider my last block prep for a 445, 850.00 alone in a torque plate hone, square deck and internal balance and I did all the reciprocating parts, they just spun the bobweight. Of course your balance doesn't need any Mallory metal because you already have an internally balanced FE, but even if you knock 200.00 off it, by the time you build a set of heads, a fresh set of good pistons, gaskets, etc, you aren't leaving yourself much room.

The last 390 I did was a sweet little 350-ish HP zero deck truck build and although he did it in pieces, he had about 3000 in it when done.

I am certainly not trying to push you into more money, but do not be surprised if the build cost climbs, unfortunately you sort of get what you pay for in building and blueprinting. Although a 427 is really nothing complicated for the FE guys that know a few of the oddball quirks, mostly to seal them up, but a few other things too, it is an engine that should be done very carefully due to its value.


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X2 on the budget. Everyone I've done has gone over. Plus FE stands for "f*cking expensive" like Harley's HD stands for "hundred dollars".
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Jeff at Houston Engine and Balancing has a 427 himself. jeff@houstonengine.com

A couple of years ago I brought him my D4TE 390 to get some new 030 pistons put in because he had already looked at it for a possible 428 boring (pic). I liked that he diagrammed each cylinder and then said no instead of doing the work just to get the money.

He only took a couple of days to fit the 030 pistons and told me the one bore just barely made it, labeled the #1 piston and the cost was low, like $200 +/-? He also planed down a head that was not matching the exhaust manifold for $50. He is not all money grubbing shady dealing, Jeff is a straight up guy, a good Ford machinist in a Chevy world and the shop has been there for a loong time. I would trust him 100%.
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Jeff at Houston Engine and Balancing has a 427 himself. jeff@houstonengine.com

A couple of years ago I brought him my D4TE 390 to get some new 030 pistons put in because he had already looked at it for a possible 428 boring (pic). I liked that he diagrammed each cylinder and then said no instead of doing the work just to get the money.

He only took a couple of days to fit the 030 pistons and told me the one bore just barely made it, labeled the #1 piston and the cost was low, like $200 +/-? He also planed down a head that was not matching the exhaust manifold for $50. He is not all money grubbing shady dealing, Jeff is a straight up guy, a good Ford machinist in a Chevy world and the shop has been there for a loong time. I would trust him 100%.
+1 Jeff is a good guy ( Ford lover) and HONEST businessman. He's been a friend for many years. Yes that block would have failed at 4.130.
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Tom Lucas, Fe Specialties, Auburn Ca. The man knows what to do with an Fe.
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