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Ford 390 V8 Engine

The 390 V8 engine was first introduced in 1961 and was Fordís chance to jump ahead of the all new Chevrolet 409 that was introduced later the same year. The Ford 390 produced a lot more horsepower than the 409 with its top end performance engine putting out a respectable 401 horsepower in its first year of production (41 more horsepower than the high end Chevy 409). The 390 was used by Ford and Mercury in a large amount of their production cars as well as several trucks. Unfortunately most car enthusiasts were more excited about Chevroletís 409 simply because of its larger size which diminished a lot of publicity for the Ford 390. Even today the Chevy Impalas with a 409 sell for twice and even three times the amount than a Ford Galaxie with a 390. Plus the Beach Boys never wrote any songs about the 390 V8:-)

Today the 390 is still a very popular motor due to the fact that it is very easy to get parts for these engines that can easily push the horsepower into the 500+ horsepower range if the motor is built for racing.

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390 will not start after highway run
My 390 has a hard time starting after running the e-way. Any sosolutions?
#16 - Byron Wright - 06/05/2013 - 10:08
What to do ...
I have a very clean 1971 f-100 that has a \"slug \" of a 360 engine linked to a c/6 transmission . I am torn between a 390 or 351-w swap . I have in the past run a 351-w in an early bronco and loved it and think it might be the best selection for this truck . I am however concerned with the complexity of what it would take to pull this off , bracket\'s , bell housing\'s , engine mount\'s etc\' ....

My understanding is , The 390 is a straight forward bolt up change out ..y/n?

Perhaps this engine on a diet of aluminum heads and intake ....may be the way...

Like every other idiot , I want it to run for ever , be well powered and not kick \"ALL\" the crap out of me at the pump . This truck I mean to hand (finished) to my now six year son when he is done with high school

Anyone been here before ...?
#15 - Tony - 09/23/2012 - 02:57
390 FE FOR SALE
I HAVE A 390 WITH 40K MILES FOR SALE EXCELLENT RUNNER.
585-284-0676 RAY
#14 - ISI RAY - 08/11/2012 - 12:58
discussion #3
i have a 1969 ford galxie 390 2 barral back fires out carb any ideas
#13 - lee adams - 08/02/2012 - 15:14
390 valvs
I have a 390 some one gave me that has just been built.On two cylinders the valvs arent closing . how do i adjust the valvs ? thanks
#12 - cole - 07/24/2012 - 23:12
390
Would a 390 fit in a 1948 fleetline (with minor modifications of course)
#11 - Kenny - 05/31/2012 - 15:58
Which 390
I have a 390 with 4 barrel out of '62 t-bird and I was wondering how I can tell if it's the high horsepower or low horsepower model.
#10 - Greg - 04/24/2012 - 22:25
I have a 1975 f250 custom pu with 390 v8, Holley carb, idles rough and stalls after warm-up or when accelerating up. backfires too. Maybe fuel mixture to lean or rich???
#9 - robert - 04/04/2012 - 13:58
I have a390 in my galaxie it runs but the 3rd and 7th cylinders are not firing please help.
#8 - jonathan freeman - 03/26/2012 - 21:00
390 engine
i have a 1985 ford f150 with a 300 straight six would a 390 fit in my truck for an overhaul without needing to redrill the engine mounts?
#7 - Derek Norris - 03/13/2012 - 09:17
390s are ford based as recouperation for the chevy 409. altho smaller bore put out more HP 41hp on average but advertisment and bigger number won out in the end vs chevy. as far as carb theres a 2v and a 4v version. you can put whatever carb u want on as long as it fits( adapter)
#6 - torsaber - 02/25/2012 - 19:08
390 ?
bought dodge dakota someone put a v8 in it the man said it was 390 i didnt ask 390 what it was just fast so i bought quick now trying to find out wat it really is
#5 - joe - 02/21/2012 - 20:26
64 ford 390
need to know what carb to ask for as a replacement.
#4 - George Ivey - 12/23/2011 - 13:01
FE 390
@Jonny Richor, its 6.4L
#3 - Jarel Montez - 11/15/2011 - 15:46
C6transmission
When did the c6come out I'm trying to get info about my 1977ford f250with the 390 4 barrow carb
#2 - Justin Lee Hogsett - 01/17/2011 - 11:55
carb relacement
Holley 4160 is what usually came on them or the autolite 4 barrel, then there's always the Edlbrock/AFB, all need to be set up with ford linkage. Max cfm 600-650.
#1 - William Lamothe - 01/13/2011 - 10:11
truck
I have a 1976 f 150 with a 390 v8 4 barrel what's a good replacement for max horsepower carb?
#0 - zach walker - 01/12/2011 - 21:26
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Engine Specifications

1961 - 1965 with 4 Barrel Carb
(Lower Horsepower Model)

Max Brake Horsepower - 300 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 9.6
(1964 and 1965 compression increased to 10.1)
Firing Order - 15426378

1961, 1963, 1965 with 4 Barrel Carb
(Higher Horsepower Model)

Max Brake Horsepower - 330 @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 3200 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 9.6 (1961) - 10.5 (1963) - 10.1 (1965)
Firing Order - 15426378

1961 - 1962 with 4 Barrel Carb
Max Brake Horsepower - 375 @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 2600 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression -11.1
Firing Order - 15426378

1961 - 1962 with 3 x 2 Barrel Carbs
Max Brake Horsepower - 401 @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque - 430 @ 3500 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 11.1
Firing Order - 15426378

1966 - 1969 with 2 Barrel Carb
Max Brake Horsepower - 265 @ 4400 rpm (Standard Transmission)
270 - 275 @ 4400 rpm (Automatic Transmission)
Max Torque - 401 @ 2600 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 9.5
Firing Order - 15426378

1966 - 1968 with 4 Barrel Carb
Max Brake Horsepower - 315 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 10.5
Firing Order - 15426378

1967 - 1968 with 4 Barrel Carb
Max Brake Horsepower - 320 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 3200 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 10.5
Firing Order - 15426378

1966 - 1968 with 4 Barrel Carb
"GT Model"

Max Brake Horsepower - 335 @ 4800 rpm
320 - 325 @ 4800 rpm in 1968
Max Torque - 427 @ 3200 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 10.5
Firing Order - 15426378

1969 with 4 Barrel Carb
Max Brake Horsepower - 320 @ 4800 rpm
Max Torque - 427 @ 3200 rpm
Stroke - 3.781
Bore - 4.0468
Compression - 10.5
Firing Order - 15426378