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    Posted: 15-April-2013 at 1:21PM


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 75GranMan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-April-2013 at 3:12PM

Now that what I'm talking about.tell us more about it.My next project car will be the similar Fairlane.Thumbs Up

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It is in Indiana, need to ship it here. Currently has a '73 351 Cleveland in it, but is an original 390 car, seller is sending a 390 that needs to be rebuilt along with the car. 4 speed, no power anything. Has all the original parts with the exception of the part that says "Cyclone" that runs between the rear lights.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote unlovedford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-April-2013 at 2:15AM
That is a great looking car. When they were new, you could get a chrome wheelcover that simulated a chrome wheel. Liked those ok, but the wide white wheels just look killer! Nice stance, and will make a rare jewell.

I just wish my '66 Falcon looked 1/2 this cool.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote foote500 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-April-2013 at 3:21AM
I spent a lot of time looking for something like a Galaxie or Fairlane, but when the 7 litre Galaxie showed up here, I couldn't do that anymore, because I could never top it. So then I thought about a Mercury.Pretty low production numbers, so rarity is good. Hot rod, so minimal options. Just a good looking basic hot rod.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SininenIII Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-April-2013 at 1:51AM
That´s a beauty!! And rare indeed. I believe I saw your car in ebay.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote foote500 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-April-2013 at 2:37AM
I think it was advertised just about everywhere. I have been eyeballing this car for months, was a little surprised it was still there when I was able to pull the trigger.
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Finally got some rubber that was road worthy and limped her home with little brakes.



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Good Score . Hope to more pics of it as you progess.Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote antlerfiend Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-June-2013 at 4:59AM
Looks great. I have a buddy who is rebuilding one now.
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Nice!

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More Mercs!


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We call it the Dalmation.
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That makes perfect sense.
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That pic was when he first got it. I havent seen it in two years, since disassembly.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mcford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-June-2013 at 6:22AM
very cool!  that's one that's on my automotive must have bucket list.
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Finally found the 4spd shifter plate-made out of Unobtainium.


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So the engine that I was looking at online-well, I do not know what happened, but it had a high bid of 202$, now it is re-listed, usually that happens when a seller thinks the item is going to sell for to little-especially since he had a buy it now price of 1100$. This engine was out of a 1963 Mercury Monterry. Supposedly 10.5:1 CR, should be a 300-320 hp engine.

I went to a local junk yard and found a 1968 F 150, I am pretty sure the engine in that is a 390, a 2 bbl, probably 255 hp and 300 some odd flbs tq.

So-my dilemma:

Local engine available-no ship, probably very cheap.

Both engines not the correct year for my car.

Although the 63 engine is a better engine spec wise, would still need to be rebuilt form top down, same with the one in the junk yard, so a wash either way.

The 63 has a 4 bbl intake, the one local does not-but intakes do not cost that much.

Since they both need to be rebuilt, would there be an advantage to the heads on the 63? Or would off the shelf heads complete make the point moot?

Compression ratio is determined by the pistons-since they both need rebuilt, no advantage there either way.

Any thoughts?



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Don't forget that you'll need to locate the correct exhaust manifolds and heads, in order to fit in your engine bay.  The normal car and truck 390s have different heads and exhaust manifolds.  From what I remember, they won't fit without modification. 
 
66-67 Fairlanes and Comet/Cyclones are my favorite.  I've had several, including a Red on Red '67 Fairlane 500XL with factory 390.  It had a 302 when I got it.  I got lucky when I bought the 390 for it from a Reman shop.  The guy had a set of the correct heads sitting on his shelf, and wasn't sure what they were for.  The bolt pattern for the exhaust manifolds is different.  He was happy to rebuild them and throw them on my block.
 
One other thing.  Fairlane & Cyclone 390 heads and exhaust manifolds are the same as the Mustang 390.
 
EDIT:  Awesome Cyclone you have there.  Looking forward to seeing its progress.


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I have built a bunch of Bumpside ('67-'72) trucks and have found that a lot of supposed FE 390 truck engines are actually 352's. 360's were extremely common then as well for replacement engines. The combinations of FE displacements can range from a 332 to a 428. There are several overlaps that use the same bore and different strokes to acheive the desired displacement. On top of that, certain early 390 engines had the 352 ID on the block for some unknown reason.

If you wanted to look for a better engine that would be stronger, look for an FT version. FE stood for Ford-Edsel, FT stood for Ford Truck. Dimensions are identical, but the FT engines used steel cranks (v/s nodular iron), larger crank snouts, better mix of iron in the block/heads, heavier duty distributors, etc. Since you are rebuilding one anyhow, I would search for the FT block & crank, use the correct Cyclone heads/upper components and have a stronger bottom end.

Just my $0.02

Edited by unlovedford - 12-September-2013 at 2:44AM
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