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dark7068
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From: BC, Canada
Registered: May 2002

posted 06-28-2002 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dark7068   Click Here to Email dark7068     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey guys, hows it going. Since my head change, Ive ran into alot of problems. The intake (an old Edelbrock 289 Streetmaster) was cracked and warped, so I had to put on another intake on it. I found a cheap 2 barrel intake so I hucked that on with an old 2 barrel. I didnt have a spacer so I mounted it right on the intake. well, it ran like crap, and was running overly rich and burned 2 plugs, doh. Bought an adapter so I could put my 625 Carter on the 2 barrel intake, and it runs just OK. I also have no oil pressure at idle. When I cruize, I have 75psi (mechanical gauge), then when I stop, it goes to 0psi. I did an oil change, blew out the guage, got new line, and still happening. Now it smokes on start up and when I punch it. The reason I changed head gaskets was cuz one blew and was overheating lots (around 240*). Who'd a thunk changing head gaskets would do this,lol. Well it just might be time to stop messing around with the tired old 289 and find another motor. My wife is saying 390, while my pocket book is saying 4 cylinder,lol. If things go the way Im hoping, I will bolt in a 390 in the next few weeks, or a rebuilt 302 that has a warranty and 10.-1 comp. and runs badass. I'll keep you all informed of my motor of choise, and how it goes.

Rick

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 06-29-2002 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
302 is certainly easier... a 1987-92 5.0L is cheap and usually in good enough shape not to need a rebuild at 100,000 miles (160,000km) and can be swapped in needing only a different distributor(with steel gear), carb and intake, 50oz/C4 flexplate and pulleys

Of course the big block is much cooler.

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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
Registered: May 99

posted 06-29-2002 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bum luck,Rick. Sorry to hear it. A 5.0 would be cheaper and easier to put in for the short term.

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dark7068
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From: BC, Canada
Registered: May 2002

posted 06-29-2002 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dark7068   Click Here to Email dark7068     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I had a 5.0L here, and what a PITA I thought. Change this, that, and everything else. Im old school anyways, so I sold the motor to someone with a Mustang,lol. No offence, but they belong in a Mustang, not my Fairlane.
I have a 72 302 block I might do up, it's standard bore and crank, so maybe just a stock rebuild with good heads, for now.

Rick

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine Toys: '70 Mustang Mach 1 - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150
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posted 06-30-2002 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You think a 5.0 swap is complicated but you considered a 390?

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dark7068
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posted 06-30-2002 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dark7068   Click Here to Email dark7068     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, doesnt make sense does it.

Rick

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 06-30-2002 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to hot rodding!

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DidgeyTrucker
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From: Nashville, TN USA
Registered: Oct 99

posted 07-21-2002 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Replacing a small block with a big block is NOT complicated - it's rewarding!

Tracy

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