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Engine Rebuild: 1977 Ford 460 Part II
Posted On: 1/17/2012 9:57AM

This weekend, I finished up the light rebuild of the 460 Ford big block in my 1977 F250 Camper Special. In the first blog, I pulled the engine out and stripped it down to replace the rear main seal and found out it also needed bearings. Here is what it looked like before. Hit the jump for the complete rebuild!

After the teardown I found this:

So part two of the story starts here. I checked the crank and found it was within spec so I ordered up stock diameter bearings. Here is the crank reinstalled and the last rod cap going on.

After the bottom end was buttoned up, I changed out the original stretched timing chain for a Coyles double roller and also advanced the cam up 2 degrees. In 1973, Ford retarded the cam timing in the 460 for emissions, but lost some bottom end grunt in the process. Since I do a lot of hauling and towing I wanted to advance the cam back up to pick some of the lower torque back up. I also installed a new oil pump while I was at it.

 The disassembly, broken bolts, and eventual cracking of the front timing cover required that purchase of this new one. I also replaced the water pump with a new unit as the original was original and starting to leak out the weep hole.

After the intake and pan were bolted back on I added three coats of Old Ford Blue engine paint to the make everything shine.


 Then I reinstalled the distributor, new fuel pump, and new fuel line.

 Next were the exhaust manifolds and new bolts and the engine was ready to drop into place. I did have to order new motor mounts as the originals were whipped. Advance Auto had a pair, Made in the USA for $8.99 each. What a deal!

Here it goes being set back into its resting place. I took the chance to rattle-can the frame, brake booster, and core support with some new paint to freshen up the engine bay too.

 The finished product.  I can't wait to fire it up this weekend after I get my radiator back from the rad shop.

Comments (6)
Avatar By: StreetsideStig
1/17/2012 10:28 AM

Nice work!

Avatar By: SuzyBruisy
1/17/2012 11:09 AM

Beautiful. But... a FRAM?? On this nice fresh engine? Dear God, that's gonna make break-in a nailbiter...

Avatar By: MrAMC1
1/17/2012 1:05 PM

I have used Frams on all my engines for combined mileages close to 200K and never had any trouble. Plus the 460 doesn't see more than 2000 miles a year and I change the oil every fall so it should be fine. I'd drive it more often, but 9-10 mpg gets a little expensive at $3.55/gal!

Avatar By: NickHolla
1/17/2012 1:10 PM

Make sure to post when you get it running!

Avatar By: Eric_Deezy
1/17/2012 6:04 PM

Is there really a big difference when it comes to oil filters?

Avatar By: boatdude13
1/18/2012 7:32 PM

you should see if you can find the video where powerblock from spike went to the royal purple factory where they test and make their filters. I would use fram filters after an engine build and just replace it after a few miles


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