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Old 09-22-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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460 on a foxbody

Well I found this 460 engine on my grandpas 1977 ford ranger, it is original and in working order, wondering If it would be worth it to swap it in my 90 gt get more power out of that than my 306 h/c/I ? Would it be worth it or just wasting time and look into a 351w
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...Would it be worth it or just wasting time and look into a 351w
Had a friend do this to a '92 but he also changed pistons, cam and carb before the swap. It was stupid fast and sounded killer. Turned low 11s.
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I love 460's.
One has been carrying my *** around for the past, almost , quarter of a century.
What a reliable and torquey engine.

If you want to make good horsepower numbers for, relatively, little money, the big block will be your best choice.
It's pretty easy to get 500 hp with a perfectly streetable set-up.

Two problems with the engine:
It's heavy. It was always the heaviest of the "modern" big block V8s. But it's strong.

They don't "breathe" very well. More of a low RPM engine. But 500+ ft lbs of torque is fun when it hits at about 2500 RPM.

Both of these problems can be helped with the addition of a set of aftermarket aluminum heads. That starts to get pricey though.

I've never driven a 460 Fox, but I'll bet they're nose heavy.

I think, if I wanted to build a car to go fast in a straight line for cheap, the 460 would be a viable option.
If I want to go around corners fast, I'd stick with the small blocks.
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I'd go with a Windsor and use ur heads 460 weighs to much and is dangerous in a street fox but on the track it would be a monster
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How do y'all feel about a 460 with a stroker kit? In a fox body
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How do y'all feel about a 460 with a stroker kit? In a fox body
Sounds like 600 hp of FUN!
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Everyone says 460s are ”too heavy”, however after a tubular k member, battery locate, ac delete, manual steering rack, eliminating wire harness and sensors, and etc. The 460 adds maybe a 100 lbs up front. Most of the mods above will have to be done for the installation of the 460 anyway. I will say a 460 set up would be much more suitable for the strip rather than autocross due to some of the reasons already listed in this thread.
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I'd say keep your car the way it is, and pick up a cheap roller and drop the 460 in that. You'll get the best of both worlds.
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A mild 408 stroker will do 500/500 no problem with the right setup and weigh a lot less. However, a 460 is not THAT much heavier and is a total monster. They do have breathing issues though unless you do aftermarket stuff and at that point your "budget" goes out the window.
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