Ford 460 Engine Build On A Budget Part 1 - Horsepower Season 13, Episode 4

On this episode of Horsepower, the team sets out to build a classic Ford 460 Big Block on a rock bottom budget. The Ford 460 engine build starts out with a junkyard 385 series engine, which was Ford's final big block V8 engine design. Because these engines were sold from model year 1968 to 1996/7, these engines are plentiful and fairly cheap. The Horsepower team picked up theirs for only $200.
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    Ragil Zulfikar AfandiRagil Zulfikar AfandiPřed 9 hodinami
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    BL BlpsBL BlpsPřed 10 hodinami
  • 489 scared Chevy owners gave a thumbs down. lol

    BudBudPřed 10 hodinami
  • Good job i really like your work very clean and very nice

    Abdelhadi HamedAbdelhadi HamedPřed 15 hodinami
  • I have this same motor in a 65 Ford F-100

    Andrew JelinekAndrew JelinekPřed 18 hodinami
  • Back to the good ole days. Miss the original crew from all the shows

    Brandon JohnsBrandon JohnsPřed 22 hodinami
  • Wouldn't be better to put the Rod and Pistons in place first then Crankshaft? The way you're doing it Rod can hit the crankshaft and scratch it. Just asking.

    Manoochehr SohrabiManoochehr SohrabiPřed dnem
  • Why a 383 c'mon keep it Ford since it's a classic mustang

    The Coronet ShopThe Coronet ShopPřed 2 dny
  • Nothing like putting Chinese freeze plugs in my American engine.

    respect my privacyrespect my privacyPřed 2 dny
  • Always thought 460's were the forgotten big blocks. I believe Hot Rod did a build years ago where they milled the heads to bump compression, mild porting on the heads, timing swap to get rid of the built-in advance put on the truck engines, aftermarket intake and headers and made 500 hp.

    ghunt81ghunt81Před 3 dny
  • I don't know much about engines what purpose of the freeze plug

    Rob1972 AkinsRob1972 AkinsPřed 3 dny
    • That and they are there for the initial casting to be cleaned out once the machining is completed on them.

      Gene EverhartGene EverhartPřed 2 dny
    • Following, but I think it is for if the engine actually freezes, the plugs blow out before the block cracks. More of a safety measure to ensure that your block isn't destroyed. I think??

      Dave VanDenHoekDave VanDenHoekPřed 2 dny
  • Being an FE guru I’ll tell you all rt now that comment of 454 Cu in Max is a lie! The huge FE 427 can be stroked to 482 the 390 csnn go to 445cu inches! So this Hotrod tv isn’t as smart as they think

    thomas frobergthomas frobergPřed 3 dny
  • Complete non-mechanic here... now that you have me all excited (I want that pretty engine!!!) about this rebuild on the 460 (I have one in my 1996 F250), where in the world could I find someone (you maybe? I am serious, I have $$$) to do the job (and maybe even totally restore my old truck, I love it, it's sitting at 180k miles now.)? But let's get serious. The engine is a dog in terms of torque, it's embarrassing when everyone passes me going up a grade (think Colorado) pulling my horse trailer and the mileage is the shits at 10 mph with a load and only 15 mph without a load (even driving like I have an egg under the accelerator). Which gets me to the key question... is the 460 really only for race cars or should us average users get excited about your video. In other words, why did you even undertake this video?

    Guy in Colorado, Greetings!Guy in Colorado, Greetings!Před 3 dny
  • Man I miss this show

    mr7wimr7wiPřed 4 dny
  • You should never touch the bearings with your bare hands the oil from your skin doesn’t mesh well with engine oil

    Ken HeisnerKen HeisnerPřed 4 dny

    Red Banks ClassicsRed Banks ClassicsPřed 5 dny
  • Good for only six thousand RPM when the rev limiters are usually around 7,500 or eight grand

    Wayne MillerWayne MillerPřed 5 dny
    • Unless you spend more money than they have allready spent that most guys that do this just can't let go. 1500 hundred,they are jokin right? Silver spoon lil boys.

      Kenneth HeddenKenneth HeddenPřed 5 dny
  • That front and rear engine plate is stupid

    Wayne MillerWayne MillerPřed 5 dny
  • You guys must be amateurs that's not a motor that's an engine if you don't understand the difference look it up I suggest you do

    Wayne MillerWayne MillerPřed 5 dny
  • Got a 2011 mustang gt 5.0, can a fit a 460 in it

    Blake NormanBlake NormanPřed 5 dny
  • I love these videos!

    Top Gear & Grand TourTop Gear & Grand TourPřed 5 dny
  • Cool I remember you guys👍 I remember changing a 460 out of my uncle's truck 😀 heavy mofo ..

    bghank Hernandezbghank HernandezPřed 6 dny
  • Now get some alum heads that flow and see what it'll really do..

    dieselyetidieselyetiPřed 6 dny
  • Learned my lesson on freeze plugs. Go with brass. First thing I noticed on those plugs was "China". 🤣

    Django AppleDjango ApplePřed 6 dny
  • After 79 with points? I call bullshit. Just another sponcer

    Cana boxCana boxPřed 6 dny
  • I gotta show this to my Brother Daniel ...!!!

    Ruben CortezRuben CortezPřed 7 dny
  • ITS an Engine, not a MOTOR!!

    Bradley DunaganBradley DunaganPřed 8 dny
  • hey its those guys...

    Zippy TheChickenZippy TheChickenPřed 9 dny
  • Best show on TV and love watching it on CH-visions From Melbourne AUSTRALIA 👍👍👍👍🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

    PK075 BROCKPK075 BROCKPřed 9 dny
  • orielly auto parts made in china😨😏 not good. carb intake and heddars could have bought used. always uze brass freeze plugs. no exceptions.

    Steve HicksSteve HicksPřed 10 dny

    Paint WizardPaint WizardPřed 10 dny
  • شغل نظيييف clean work

    هشام الحارثي Hesham Alharthiهشام الحارثي Hesham AlharthiPřed 10 dny
  • most of us also don't have the amount of tool you have :D

    Kanti123Kanti123Před 10 dny
  • I'm just wondering I have a 2002 Ford Mustang 4.6 single overhead cam it has a performance tune two and a half inch exhaust what's loadmaster 40s 78 in throttle body and I also has a upper pulley gear system on the crank... I was thinking about adding a set of stage 2 cams to it ...or would it be better better to find out o for. 04 Cobra engine and restore that engine and put it in a 2002 Mustang and by the way the transmission has been rebuilt with all steel gears in it and a new clutch... just like to say thanks for your time and your video was very nice I really liked it I hope you continue to make more videos like this one..mike.

    Ez5 MunYANEz5 MunYANPřed 10 dny
    • Subframe connectors, better lower control arms and some improvements in suspension are a better investment on those cars, and cost less overall then redoing the engine. As it is My '04 GT felt as it it was steering from the rear as much as front until i did a few of the things i described. Power is more fun with better control.

      Oldbmwr100rsOldbmwr100rsPřed 7 dny
  • Re-using is good, and also for our environment. Keep the earth green, keep re-using and repairing.

    radiofun232radiofun232Před 10 dny
  • oil specs for a 460

    andres vazquezandres vazquezPřed 11 dny
  • What rocket arm do you use For this motor ,

    Andres VazquezAndres VazquezPřed 12 dny
  • can you put a 460 into a 2005 crown vic

    Gerald nulisch jrGerald nulisch jrPřed 12 dny
  • , buddy of mine has a 1970s Ford motorhome with a low mileage 460. runs like NEW !!!!!!! He only wants $2,000 bucks for it. mmm pull out drive train, buy something lightweight, like say, mustang lx, transplant I'm thinking. !!!! with numbers like these guys got, car that lightweight, pretty fast car. definitely a tourqe monster for sure. boy I'd like a set of kossi P-38 heads !!!!!!!

    Tim SchutteTim SchuttePřed 12 dny
  • You guys are expert master mechanics and know exactly what you are doing, and you have all the tools. For the average Joe, this same build would have costed $7,500+ because they would be paying someone labor to do this.

    Rob MRob MPřed 12 dny
  • Should’ve put 850 CFM carburetor on it !

    John DarozaJohn DarozaPřed 12 dny
  • I have a 460 out of a camper i want to build it for something but not sure if its worth it

    D saintD saintPřed 12 dny
    • I know they are getting hard to get your hands on one

      D saintD saintPřed 9 dny
    • Yes. It is definitely worth it!

      William Henry PrattWilliam Henry PrattPřed 9 dny
  • OH Man you are using Chinese parts? FAIL!!!!

    William ProperWilliam ProperPřed 13 dny
  • WTF 79 with points?? & I thought you were building a B A big block the distributors on the wrong end??🤔 must be Fer a boat!!! LOL

    Tommy DamronTommy DamronPřed 13 dny
  • Really nice build. Spending a few bucks on a better oil pump probably wouldn’t of hurt.

    tyler hurdtyler hurdPřed 14 dny
  • 11:22 Why would a '79 or newer have points, unless some Gomer didn't like the stock Duraspark setup and "retrofitted" it with something several years older?

    Michael BarryMichael BarryPřed 14 dny
  • OMG! You could literally see the air forcing its way through the metal fittings on the intake! Wow

    Casey GatesCasey GatesPřed 14 dny
  • Had Ford put out the Lima series earlier so it could have had more SCJ heads floating around, it could have competed with the Rat in the 1970's for the affordable answer to the Hemi. It can go way over 500 cid with a stroker kit, and it has the canted valves thanks to much of GM's engineers running to Ford back in the day. But its hilarious how many compare it to an LS "with a turbo". Put a turbo from a 7.3 or whatever, and let's compare. Then there's longevity--if you're constantly running to the junkyard to pull out old LS with questionable mileage, you're kidding yourself its cheap. Do it once, do it right.

    Albert GasparAlbert GasparPřed 15 dny
  • No rod bolt boots... 😖

    The young BassheadThe young BassheadPřed 15 dny
  • $30 for complete factory duraspark 2 ignition setup from an early 80's f250.... delivers more power than any hei I've ever used

    John RamboJohn RamboPřed 15 dny
  • "AB" means 14th revision of casting, -A thru -Z then -AA then -AB

    Q TigQ TigPřed 15 dny
  • Dumba$$ pulls 460 head by putting crowbar into a cooling passage (wrong) and then drops it on floor. Nice way to crack it, bend a stem, Sheesh. You'd think they would have edited that part out.

    Q TigQ TigPřed 15 dny
  • Back in the day I built a 429 and loved this motor for the street.

    Ron's Easy FixRon's Easy FixPřed 15 dny
  • Oh oh O’Riely autoparts

    Mark FMark FPřed 15 dny
  • I have a 460 in my 78's for sale

    Jroc PierceJroc PiercePřed 15 dny
  • Wasnt this guy on horse power TV years ago?

    T AT APřed 16 dny
  • 👍👍👍🇫🇷🇫🇷👏👏

    Brico dépannageBrico dépannagePřed 16 dny
  • i can't even find a V8 engine in my country :(

    Janith DasunpriyaJanith DasunpriyaPřed 16 dny
  • Still wasnt over 500hp

    John FitzgeraldJohn FitzgeraldPřed 16 dny
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    Xe CưngXe CưngPřed 16 dny
  • I had a 1972 Lincoln with a 460 in it for 30 years nice car still is needs a little work but the motor has only 67,000 miles always took good care of it the car is still in the family same miles on it yet car in a building been there for years .

    Muscle Man62Muscle Man62Před 16 dny
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    easy Fixeasy FixPřed 17 dny
  • Interesting

    Dhanushka SandaruwanDhanushka SandaruwanPřed 17 dny
  • $2300 buck rebuild...thats cheap as. Couldnt do that here in Australia. :(

    vigilante351vigilante351Před 17 dny
    • hard to understand why... all the parts com from china... well idk maybe not all heh

      Zippy TheChickenZippy TheChickenPřed 9 dny
    • I’ve got a 460 in my truck. It’s a good motor, reliable.

      RichRichPřed 9 dny
    • Not here in U.K. either, but an interesting build none the less, and I have one sitting in the back of my shop waiting, been there years, I think it just moved up the list.

      harry potterharry potterPřed 14 dny
  • These are only low budget builds if you have all the tools and knowledge, otherwise it's not cheap at all.

    Turd FergTurd FergPřed 17 dny
  • Nothing says “quality” like Chinese freeze plugs.

    James PoteatJames PoteatPřed 17 dny
  • Those heads are extremely heavy I know from experience, a pair of them weigh about as much as a glacier... if at all possible i'd try to get a nice pair of aluminum ones

    Jensen InterceptorJensen InterceptorPřed 18 dny
  • When your done with it, can i please have it for my Lincoln 😂

    Stefan BentsenStefan BentsenPřed 18 dny
    • Absolutely can

      Jensen InterceptorJensen InterceptorPřed 18 dny
  • Super interesting stuff. I wonder if it would be possible to install a hot rodded 460 into an early-90s LX notchback.

    Amadeus von BeaverhausenAmadeus von BeaverhausenPřed 18 dny
Ford 460 Engine Build On A Budget Part 1 - Horsepower Season 13, Episode 4