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Big Block Cooling System
Ford big-blocks didn’t struggle as much with cooling problems as their small-block brethren,
because these larger engines were fitted with more adequate cooling systems, often in larger
vehicles, with better airflow through the grille. Their mission was understood right from the start by
Ford engineers. Good cooling comes from capacity, a large enough radiator to handle the thermal
load, a sizable fan, and a water pump designed to move large sums of coolant through the engine
block and heads.
Radiators
When shopping for a radiator, capacity and fit are the most important considerations. Some
radiators are not equipped with an automatic transmission fluid cooler, for example. If you have a
Cruise-O-Matic, it is important that your radiator have a built-in cooler. Even if your project vehicle
isn’t going to have air conditioning, we recommend the highest capacity radiator possible. It is
better to have too much radiator than too little.


Radiator height is another important issue. Mustangs and Cougars through 1970 used a shorter
radiator by one-inch. A Galaxie or Fairlane radiator will not fit a 1967-70 Mustang or Cougar, due to
hood clearance problems. Otherwise, you will find great interchangeability between full-size and
intermediate-size Fords and Mercurys. Mustangs and Cougars from 1971-73 enjoy improved
interchangeability with the rest of the Ford line-up.
Water Pumps
Big-block Fords enjoy greater simplicity when it comes to water pumps. The 352/360/390/406/427
and 428 use two basic water pump types - standard and high-flow. That’s it. The standard water
pump is a D0AZ-8501-D piece, and it fits every type of “FE” big-block known. Because you’re into
high performance, you’re going to want the C5AZ-8501-S high-flow water pump originally conceived
for all 390, 406, 427 and 428 high performance big-blocks. It is our belief that all “FE” water pumps
sold today are the high-flow type.
Ford FE High Flow Water Pump
The high-flow water pump for
the "FE" series engines. This
casting number is
C9AE-9505-A, which is the
water pump casting number,
not the assembly part number.
Don’t be alarmed if your replacement water pump has a C9AE-8505-A casting number. This is the
casting number for the water pump housing, not the water pump assembly, which is “8501.” There
are also aftermarket castings void of Ford casting numbers which will add to this confusion.

It’s a similar story for 385-series big-blocks. You can expect a C9VZ-8501-A for 1968-69 429 water
pumps, then D1VY-8501-B until 1972. The part number changed to D2VY-8501-A for 1972, then
D4VY-8501-A late in 1974. The bottom line here is, specify a high-flow water pump for your
429/460 engine.
Ford 429 460 Water Pump
The 429/460 water
pumps are
interchangeable across
the board. This is one
example on a 460.
The aftermarket offers a wealth of high-quality water pumps for high performance use. Edelbrock,
Weiand and Ford Motorsport SVO are all players in this market. Each offer high-flow water pumps
for the 429/460.
Weiand 429 460 Water Pump Ford SVO 429 460 Water Pump
The aftermarket yields plenty of water pumps for the 429/460. Here are two examples from Weiand
and Ford Motorsport SVO.
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High Performance Ford Engine Parts Interchange High Performance Ford Engine
Parts Interchange
by George Reid
First-ever book about Ford parts interchange
Covers
the entire range of Ford engines from
221-CID to 460-CID
This is one of the best books ever written about Ford engines.
Covering both big- and small-block Ford V-8 engines, this
first-ever book on the subject provides indispensable information
to the Ford enthusiast. Included are high performance factory
parts, interchangeability between Ford Windsor and Cleveland
engines, extensive coverage of the 302 and 351 series as well as
the
352, 390, 406, 427, 428, 429, and 460 big block engines,
factory casting numbers, etc. Read the sample pages from each
chapter to learn more!
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pages from each chapter
"If you are trying to mix and match cranks and rods, this book
will tell you if it can be done. If you are trying to find the correct
casting number for a Boss 429 distributor, this book will have it
listed. What we really find appealing about the book is that, not
only is it a perfect resource for those interested in factory
correct restorations, but it is equally as useful for the
performance oriented engine builder. Each chapter points out
building tips, such as how to improve a Cleveland's oiling
system, or what heads will yield the best horsepower gains. As
with all SA Design books, this one is filled with pages of detailed
photographs and diagrams. This book will prove to be a
priceless resource, as many of the original Ford V-8 parts
become harder and harder to come by."
-- FORDMUSCLE
webmagazine, February, 2000

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Small Block Fords
Chap. 1 - Small Block Ford
Chap. 2 - Cylinder Block
Chap. 3 - Crankshaft & Rods
Chap. 4 - Oiling System
Chap. 5 - Cylinder  Heads
Chap. 6 - Intake System
Chap. 7 - Ignition System
Chap. 8 - Exhaust Manifolds
Chap. 9 - Cooling System
Big Block Fords
Chap. 10 - Big Blocks
Chap. 11- Cylinder Block
Chap. 12 - Crankshaft & Rods
Chap. 13 - Oiling System
Chap. 14 - Cylinder Head
Chap. 15 - Intake System
Chap. 16 - Ignition System
Chap. 17 - Exhaust Manifolds
Chap. 18 - Cooling System
All Ford Engines
Chap. 19 - Gaskets  
Chap. 20 -
Engine Math  
Softbound
8-3/8 X 10-7/8
160 Pages
417 Color Photos
Item # SA56
Price: $22.95
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