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I have an ’86 FORD 460 in a e350 van, with 68,000 miles. It hasn’t been running right so we decided to check it out. Carb is off, pulled all the plugs, stripped all the pollution junk! Ran a compression check on all the cylinders, here is the results:
Dry Wet
Cyl 1 130 NA
Cyl 2 129 NA
Cyl 3 120 140
Cyl 4 138 140
Cyl 5 135 NA
Cyl 6 135 NA
Cyl 7 135 142
Cyl 8 130 142
Are these numbers OK???
I’m assuming that part of the reason for the low numbers is the fact it has an 86 cam and cam gear set, retarded timing I think. Not planning on hopping it up, just would like it to run good….
All the plugs looked OK. Pulled a valve cover and there is not any buildup on the rockers, motor is pretty clean for being 25 years old….
What is the pipe that’s runs together from the back of each head, can it just be plugged???
Might pull the cam gear off and put a ’69 on it…
Thinking I will be able to pull about 5K(flat bed with a race car) with this if it starts running right.
Any other suggestions???
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460 compression
I have an ’86 FORD 460 in a e350 van, with 68,000 miles. It hasn’t been running right so we decided to check it out. Carb is off, pulled all the plugs, stripped all the pollution junk! Ran a compression check on all the cylinders, here is the results:
Dry Wet
Cyl 1 130 NA
Cyl 2 129 NA
Cyl 3 120 140
Cyl 4 138 140
Cyl 5 135 NA
Cyl 6 135 NA
Cyl 7 135 142
Cyl 8 130 142
Are these numbers OK???
I’m assuming that part of the reason for the low numbers is the fact it has an 86 cam and cam gear set, retarded timing I think. Not planning on hopping it up, just would like it to run good….
All the plugs looked OK. Pulled a valve cover and there is not any buildup on the rockers, motor is pretty clean for being 25 years old….
What is the pipe that’s runs together from the back of each head, can it just be plugged???
Might pull the cam gear off and put a ’69 on it…
Thinking I will be able to pull about 5K(flat bed with a race car) with this if it starts running right.
Any other suggestions???
Those numbers are not atypical.

Early timing set should pick up cranking compression to about 145.
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Leave egr spacer. That additional height helps transition the af column into the plenum.
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The above will significantly improve driveability and economy. If you need more pulling power add a 750 holley vac sec carb. The factory 580 is choking the engine.

Stock static c/r is a miserable 7.6 to 1 so do not expect miracles.



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thanks for the answer back

put the motor back together, runs and starts lots better. still need to change the cam gear and chain. still using the standard holley 600cfm 4 bbl, but if i change it out will go with a 750...
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