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Update of late 70's Ford I-6 300


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04-16-03, 06:57 PM   #1  
Update of late 70's Ford I-6 300

Was wondering if it is feasible to take a late 70's Ford I-6 300 short block and put all the goodies (fuel injection and stuff) from a 1990 model engine on, with out major hairpulling.

 
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04-16-03, 07:19 PM   #2  
Since you're pondering upgrading from original just chuck the 6 and go V8.

 
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04-17-03, 03:39 AM   #3  
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Is it possible? Sure. It is feasible? No.

You're going to complicate a simple simon 70's pleasure to work on engine with complex goblygook.

Leave it stock. If anything, upgrade the point type distributor (if so equipped) to electronic and just drive it .

 
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04-17-03, 09:12 AM   #4  
Mattison, the thought of abandoning what is probably one of the most dependable and bullet proof of all engines is almost, well, sacrilegious I just don't think I could bring my self to do it.

Joe, lol thanks for the re-assurance

 
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The motor isn't bad, everything connected to it is crap . Seriously, Ford's carburetion back then was bottom barrel, and not even designed by them .

I would say leave it simple. No need to complicate what runs fine and is easy to work on.

 
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04-17-03, 10:28 AM   #6  
Nothing against the reliability it is a good engine, I used to work in a machine shop as the prep guy and we had an account with a local bread company and all their trucks had these 300's in them. I've torn down probly 200+ of these, hot tanked them bead blasted them, and magnafluxed them. I used to see them in my sleep.

But ya know there was seldom any that got trashed because of cracks.

I'm just a V8 kinda guy too.

 
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04-18-03, 09:58 AM   #7  
If you really wanted to convert it, you could go with a holly kit. But I think you would be happier in the long run if you were to put an injected 351 in it.

 
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