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Small Block Oiling System
221/260/289/302/351W/Boss 302
The small-block Ford’s oiling system is fairly conventional across the two engine families, with the
oil pump being driven via the distributor gear and a shaft. A weak spot for these engines is the oil
pump shaft itself. Even if you are building a stock engine, it is  recommended that you use a heavy
duty, aftermarket shaft as an affordable “insurance policy” against failure. Stock shafts have a
history of failure, especially in high performance applications.
289 302 351 Oil Pick Up
This is the
oil pump and pick-up.
The Boss 302 has a
different type of oil
The best step you can take in your small-block build-up is the installation of a high-volume oil pump
and a heavy-duty shaft. There are many pumps and manufacturers vary. Federal-Mogul or Melling
high-volume pumps are recommended for your Ford small-block building effort.

With a healthy oil pump and shaft in place, you are ready to tackle the rest of the oiling system. The
221/260/289/ 302/Boss 302/351W family of engines were blessed with a healthy oiling system to
begin with. All you have to do is improve flow by radiusing the oil holes in the crankshaft and block.
This improves oil flow and reduces the risk of cracking. You also want to improve drainback by
radiusing the return holes as well. Other oiling system mods hinge directly on how the engine will be
used. Racing mandates an oil sump that will keep a constant supply of oil available to the oil pump
at all times. Drag racing mandates the use of a deep-sump pan. Road racing calls for a baffled oil
pan that keeps the oil contained around the pump pick-up. In both cases, a windage tray is
recommended to keep oil from getting around the crankshaft.
A 1978-95 FOX-bodied Ford or Mercury calls for a double-sump pan due to the design of the front
chassis crossmember. The front sump (which really isn’t a sump at all) clears the oil pump while the
rear sump serves as the pick-up point. Bear this in mind when you’re building a small-block Ford.

Another important oiling system revision is the installation of screw-in oil gallery plugs as a
substitute for the pressed-in factory plugs. This affords added safety and reliability in the oiling
system. Three retaining screws at the rear camshaft plug add reliability there.
289 302 351 Oil Pan Boss 302 Oil Pan with Baffle
The 221/260/289/302/351W oil pan is basically
the same across the board. Some vehicles,
such as the Bronco, have a unique pan and
The Boss 302 oil pan is baffled to keep oil
where it belongs at high revs. This baffling
mandates the use of a special pick-up which
will fit through the opening.
Ford Boss 302 Oil Pump and Pick Up Tube Ford Boss 302 Engine Oil Cooler
The Boss 302 oil pump and pick-up. Note the
smaller, round pick-up for use with the baffled
oil pan.
The factory oil cooler available for the Boss
302 is easily adapted to all Ford small-block
engines. This adapter screws into the block
where the oil filter normally goes, with
high-pressure lines routed to the oil cooler
mounted at the radiator support.
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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
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
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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"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."
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  
8-3/8 X 10-7/8
160 Pages
417 Color Photos
Item # SA56
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