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I'am just about to build a big block for my 82 F-150 2wd. I have two engines that I can use. One is a 1968-1969 429 thunder jet, with 4bbl heads, from a thunderbird. The other is a 1977 460 4bbl from a 2wd F-150. Both will need a total rebuild. I need a good street engine, that needs to run on pump gas. Don't have lots of cash, any ideas would sure help.

P.S. Does anyone know of someone in Northern Alberta, Canada that has parts, can do the rebuild,or give me a good dvd to help me do the rebuild
Thanks.Robert
 

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Geez Rob, your waayy up there... You should be able to get your hands on one of those rebuild books called "rebuilding the big block Ford". If there's a Canadian Tire near you, they usually carry something like that. The TJ engine has 10.5 to 1 compression ratio, and the truck engine would be at 8 to 1 or less. The TJ will run on pump gas as long as it's premium or you run a long duration camshaft to kill cylinder pressure down low, or it might run on regular if you back the timing off a bit. I had one years ago, and ran it on 87 farm gas, but it had a wee bit of a cam in it. It depends on what you're looking for in the power department. Us Ford guys finally have a great street intake - the Weiand Stealth. It's a 2 plane piece that will put a mild motor into the 10's if you ask it to. While you've got the heads on the bench, grind the exhausts out and get some free horsepower. If you don't know what you're doing, spend a measly 25 bucks and subscribe to Scott Johnson's website, and check out the pictures and info he has there. Any other questions can probably be found through a search of this site - if all the info has been transferred over from the old site.
 

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I mail order sometimes from a place in Prince George,B.C. called Canadian Hi-performance Discount http://www.hi-performance.com/CHP/index.htm In their last catalog they had the book "How to Rebuild Your Ford V-8 351c-351m-400-429-460" by Tom Monroe which is pretty good.Canadian Hi-performance has fairly good pricing on rebuild kits and free shipping as well.
 

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If its going to require a complete rebuild, ie overbore, hone, main bearing align hone, etc, then you could use your piston cup size to determine your compression ratio after cc'ing your cylinder heads. If the truck is going to be used to tow, I'd keep it 9:1 or lower.
 
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