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fullsizebronco
02-22-2011, 10:27 PM
i have to do head gaskets in my ford im not 100% what year the motor is though it was swapped into my 87 ford f-150 its a fuel injected 460 whats the best way to get a year off this motor?

now when i blew the head gasket it looks like it all went at once i had a huge cloud behind me and it dont think i was using any coolant before that. would it be safe to just throw new gaskets in without getting the heads decked? or bad idea ?

ARP hardware i have heard can help prevent the next head gasket failure is it worth the money

any head gaskets that you would recommend?

i really dont want to have to do this again as its alot of work and the last time i did a head gasket it was on my prelude lol

thanks alot

FU Toolbag
02-22-2011, 11:12 PM
the arp's would only be needed if your raising the compression and making more power. For a stock motor, just get yourself a good set and clean up good, you'll be fine. It'll be steel heads, and unless you've cooked the shit outa them, you'll be fine.

4skin
02-22-2011, 11:21 PM
cast iron heads arent as likely to warp as aluminum
use a good head gasket i used fellpro in my big block chevy
i used arp head studs but its 10.5 to 1 comp and gets a 350 shot of nitrous
check to see if your head bolts are tork to yeald
if they are replace them with a arp bolt
youre replacing them any way

fullsizebronco
02-22-2011, 11:33 PM
awesome thanks guys and i hope i did not warp anything driving it home i got it hot enough to have to shut the truck down about twice and had the overflow spew once and i think i drove it once more after that

78bronco
02-22-2011, 11:33 PM
if you look on the theromostat side of the intake manifold directly under the fuel rail cross over tube there will be a casting number for example RF-E8TE--9K461-DA.. Now that part that E8 means its a 1988 F means 90's if you cant figure out post up that casting number and that casting number is on the number 1 intake runner

fullsizebronco
02-22-2011, 11:39 PM
thanks awesome ill take a look tomorrow and if there is some reason i cant figure it out ill post up some pics

78bronco
02-22-2011, 11:58 PM
ok it is hard to read stupid ford LOL that number i posted was off my efi 460 intake

fullsizebronco
02-23-2011, 08:36 PM
any gaskets anyone would recommend?

85chevy
02-23-2011, 08:59 PM
http://www.federalmogul.com/en/AftermarketSolutions/NorthAmerica/SealingSolutions/Brands/Fel-Pro/

fullsizebronco
02-23-2011, 10:06 PM
awesome thanks i know lordco carries Fel pro at least

is there any gasket brand names that have been known to fail prematurely

4skin
02-23-2011, 11:51 PM
go with the felpros ive actualy reused them on our mud racer
not recomended but it made 4 races
just sayin

fullsizebronco
02-23-2011, 11:58 PM
i once re used a prelude head gasket with no failures so i see what your saying but then again it was a honda and this is a big block...

78bronco
02-24-2011, 07:13 PM
factory ford gaskets is what i have had the best luck with bu then again i have 12.59.1 compression

fullsizebronco
02-24-2011, 10:17 PM
i have no idea what my compression is i never bothered to even look up the stock compression

fullsizebronco
02-28-2011, 10:40 PM
if you look on the theromostat side of the intake manifold directly under the fuel rail cross over tube there will be a casting number for example RF-E8TE--9K461-DA.. Now that part that E8 means its a 1988 F means 90's if you cant figure out post up that casting number and that casting number is on the number 1 intake runner


rf-e7te-9425-bb upper intake manifold e7te-9k461-b6g lower intake manifold

so i have a 1987 460?

78bronco
02-28-2011, 11:43 PM
yes its a 87 but the fuel injection came out in 88 acording to all the parts stores for was not to good at keeping the proper dates on there parts .. to my knolwage the head gaskets havent changed since 1978

fullsizebronco
03-01-2011, 12:00 AM
oh ok it does not surprise me that its a 87 the truck is a 87 as well and you could not tell the motor was swapped in i dont see any spliced wires etc its a clean install i looked around at different head gasket kits and i found kits on e bay that are about 60$ that include all the top gaskets but im not sure if i trust the quality...

78bronco
03-01-2011, 12:17 AM
yea i would be un certian with the ebay sets also when i use to work at a engine shop we mostly used victor hinze i think thats how you spell it or felpro . Alot of that efi parts where cast in 1987 but where considered 88 .. And thats cool that you cant tell it was swaped in the neat part is the 5.0/5.8L speed density comp will run a 460 also :D

fullsizebronco
03-03-2011, 10:40 PM
so in total what gaskets am i going to need to do my head gaskets i dont want to be running back to the parts store in between doing this lol

Tinker
03-03-2011, 10:58 PM
so in total what gaskets am i going to need to do my head gaskets i dont want to be running back to the parts store in between doing this lol

Plan a few trips you never remember everything!

fullsizebronco
03-03-2011, 11:17 PM
lol kinda why i hoped on getting a list together before hand