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indyphil
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From: Lafayette, IN, USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 12-02-2002 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A buddy of mine at work thinks he may be able to get me a 428 engine for a reasonable price. Currently my 68 coupe is a 289 C4 C code car with a 2.79 open rear end. I know the 428 is a lot heavier and a lot more work would need doing to handle the torque but do these things fit well?
Can you get to the spark plugs? can you find headers for them? I think it would be too much hassle for me, im thinking a stroked windsor would be easier for making power and would handle better. just asking you guys opinion on how 428's fit (including comments about transmissions that handle the power)

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mustangboy
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From: Ont, Canada
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-02-2002 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well they fit because they were factory installed.They are a very tight fit however and plug access is a bit of a pain.Headers and stuff are readily available but most are a real pain to put on as well.The Fe's aren't as heavy as the 429-460s and are only about a 100 lbs more than a 351.If you use an aluminium intake that will almost make them even.One thing about the 428 is its externally balanced so you'll need to get the proper flywheel or flexplate for the engine.A bigblock toploader or a c-6 will work fine.You'll need to change the frame mounts and you'll need the 2 peice mounts for the motor.One of the biggest problems with these motors and FEs in general is they are $$ expensive.They also have some oiling issues that need addressed but in my opinion they have a big "cool" factor when you pop the hood.The windsor stroker would probably be an easier swap because you can use a lot of your existing smallblock parts,but if you can get the 428 cheap enough I'd consider it.

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Moneymaker
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posted 12-02-2002 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get ready to spend a LOT of money on the transplant. Although the parts are readily available they are pricey.
The end may justify the means if straight line low RPM un-Godly torque is what you are after.

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