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Old 09/18/2005, 08:50 AM   #1
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Anybody have a good set of big block, correct, 68 valve covers for sale Chuck
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Old 09/18/2005, 05:31 PM   #2
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I have an old set of Mickey Thompson aluminium finned valve covers I took off my old 429 Torino. They are in need of a good polishing, but no cracks or damage. $175.00 plus shipping. Let me know if you are interested. Nicholas
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Old 09/18/2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Nick, I am looking for the correct powered by ford covers Chuck
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Old 09/18/2005, 06:50 PM   #4
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There are some chrome ones on eBay. I'm surprised there aren't any blue ones for auction.

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Old 09/18/2005, 07:16 PM   #5
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[quote author=twoclassics link=board=3;threadid=2150;start=0#msg14568 date=1127093879]
Thanks Nick, I am looking for the correct powered by ford covers Chuck
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did you get my email with the pics? I have a set of originals
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Old 09/20/2005, 07:50 AM   #6
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Moses, The ebay link you posted above is a set of valve covers for a FE engine, not for a big block engine. :P
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Old 09/20/2005, 07:55 AM   #7
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a FE engine IS a big block. your 390 X code is a 390 FE
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Old 09/20/2005, 10:23 AM   #8
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Chuck, I have a pair of original Ford, big block, 429 valve covers. They are finned covers and still have the original Ford emission sticker. I believe they are for a later engine than a '68, though. If you are interested, let me know.

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Old 09/20/2005, 11:26 AM   #9
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Ok you big block guys here is the question of the week. I've been told that the 390-428 block is not the same architecture as the 429-460 block, that basically nothing interchanges. Is that true? Also, is the 390 block in the same family as the old 352?
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Old 09/20/2005, 11:33 AM   #10
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[quote author=Mosesatm link=board=3;threadid=2150;start=0#msg14593 date=1127240797]
Ok you big block guys here is the question of the week. I've been told that the 390-428 block is not the same architecture as the 429-460 block, that basically nothing interchanges. Is that true? Also, is the 390 block in the same family as the old 352?
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Never mind. I found the answer....I think.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~stanchfi/specs.html
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Old 09/20/2005, 10:09 PM   #11
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As the son and nephew of 2 Ford engineers, it was beat into my head at an early age exactly what the Ford engine families consisted of.
My father and uncle put 32 years in at Fords EEE engine design center in Dearborn and always preached the following to me.......
" The Cleveland and FE engine families are NOT big blocks and should not be termed as such. They are what they are, Clevelands and FE's.
The term "Big block" is reserved for the 429,430,460 engine family".
This is what I have always been taught.
When you asked for big block valve covers, my 429 set came to mind as we own SCJ Torino's here.
Please feel free to call your engines whatever you want. I am not trying to preach, just pass on the info I was taught. You just can't do it around this politically correct family.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 09/21/2005, 04:42 AM   #12
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[quote author=quicknick link=board=3;threadid=2150;start=0#msg14602 date=1127279396]
As the son and nephew of 2 Ford engineers, it was beat into my head at an early age exactly what the Ford engine families consisted of.
My father and uncle put 32 years in at Fords EEE engine design center in Dearborn and always preached the following to me.......
" The Cleveland and FE engine families are NOT big blocks and should not be termed as such. They are what they are, Clevelands and FE's.
The term "Big block" is reserved for the 429,430,460 engine family".
This is what I have always been taught.
When you asked for big block valve covers, my 429 set came to mind as we own SCJ Torino's here.
Please feel free to call your engines whatever you want. I am not trying to preach, just pass on the info I was taught. You just can't do it around this politically correct family.
Just my 2 cents.
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sooooooo you are saying all the 428's are not big blocks? ???
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Old 09/21/2005, 06:32 AM   #13
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If we all agree that a 289 is a small block then what is an FE?
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Old 09/21/2005, 08:48 AM   #14
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Fully Enlarged! ;D

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Old 09/21/2005, 08:49 AM   #15
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I just had an interesting chat with my Dad once again on this topic.
He stuck his finger in my face and emphatically told me that ALL FE engines (including all 428's Jason) are not big blocks. They are FE's and that is the correct term. "If you can put 428 cj heads on a 460, then you can call it a big block"(his quote)
Ford had 5 different engine families, not 2 like Chevy.
He calls 390 and 428's "mid blocks" for lack of a better slang term.
But as time passed, these engines took on slang terms of thier own.
As I stated before, Im not preaching or trying to convince anyone to change thier mindset. Call them what you want. Nuff said on this tired topic.
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