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Where's the Fun? (WTF?) - December 2013

The Blown-Up Edition

Maybe there’s something in the water, but the vast majority of email we’ve received in the last two months has been about blown-up parts. So for this month’s WTF, we present you a blowout of the blown-up stuff.


Utter Destruction

I’m writing in for my friend, Kevin. Just saw this catastrophic failure of his Ford FE block. After 350 passes, the crankshaft finally broke in several places, blowing out the side of the cement-filled block and bending the aluminum rods. Time for a new motor!

—Tim, via email


Toothless

I’ve been beating on my ’69 AMX (390, four-speed) since I bought it in 1978. Finally, the stock Model 20 rearend got noisy and sounded like bad pinion bearings. I pulled the cover, and metal teeth fell out.

—Jeff Sackley; Golden, CO


Piston Nugget

Here’s what a Straight-8 Buick piston ($1,400 a set) looks like after 20 pounds of boost and a coolant flow problem (read detonation). The engine powers the Salt Cat II Streamliner at Bonneville and has gone 242 mph.

—Doug Grieve, Morris/Grieve Racing


Tranny Ghosts

I’m sending a few pics of my little transmission explosion that occurred last year at the OC cruise in Maryland. During a particular high-speed run down the highway, the tranny decided to give up the ghost, not only destroying the transmission but also shearing off the driveshaft and destroying the exhaust system, too. I got the car back on the road after a solid month of trashing!

—Nick Varnalis, via email


Went to Lunch!

I lost this rod and bent a couple more when the Godzilla boost bypass valve stayed closed on my ’06 SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Paxton Novi 1500. At about 7 pounds of boost, 525 hp feels great in an all-wheel-drive SUV. I was merging onto the highway, and it went to lunch as the shift to Third hit.


Scattered

This is what happens at 7,000 rpm in a 4,000-pound Buick!

—Anonymous email


Non-Blown Up Part of the Month

After all the blown-up parts, how about a nice, intact car? Check out Gary Hartzell’s ’55 Chevy. He almost bought one like this in 1969, but the seller’s asking price of $100 was a little too steep for him at the time (if you can imagine that!!). His college buddy, Dick, bought it instead, offering to let Gary buy it if he wanted. The car eventually sold to a third friend, whom Gary bought the car from in 2009. It cost him more than $100, but he says it was well worth it, considering the sentimental value the car holds.

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Letters

Department of Corrections

Last month we printed the incorrect price for the new K-member from QA1. The price is: $299.95 for Mustang; $694.95 for Mopar.

Carburetor Lover?

I absolutely love the dual quads on the [Sept. ’13] cover. The manifolds were nice, too.

—Robert Williams, via email

Just Email Us, Bro

I wanted to inquire as to how I should submit pictures of my car to be considered for a feature in your magazine.

—Wayne Hipple; Bourbonnais, IL

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344 comments
Robert Hernandez
Robert Hernandez

got a 390 FE block and I have to rebuild it every winter haha

Derek Bettencourt
Derek Bettencourt

I like 390's just seen too many scatter from reving too high too long, I owned a 68 hicomp 390 and had lots of power but I knew to keep it no more than 5k and it never had a problem cause like most engines it don't oil as good as sbc's

Michael Rapley
Michael Rapley

Shut yer hole, Now go drive your Yugo home and read a book, Einstein.

Daniel Munnecke
Daniel Munnecke

Weird my 351 hasn't missed a beat and loves 6600rpm. I've never had a problem with any ford engine I've had

Derek Bettencourt
Derek Bettencourt

fe's grenade anywere over 5k rpm. dummest crap ive heard in a long time

Derek Bettencourt
Derek Bettencourt

had 351 do that when we tried goin up the pass in Idaho, common fords

Camron Creeden
Camron Creeden

Ls motors take 200 shots like a champ stock an still go

Robert Stafford
Robert Stafford

Fords are a failure every body know it even those ford boys

David Wilkie
David Wilkie

It's hard to contain all that Ford power. :D

Bill Heinson Sr.
Bill Heinson Sr.

I would say that the first failure was the crankshaft. Looks to me that when it broke, it took out the rest of the block. We destroyed a number of FE blocks (Not 427's though) but none looked this bad. I don't think this one is salvageable.

Daniel Munnecke
Daniel Munnecke

I'd like to see a stock Chev block of the same era put up with the same treatment

Daniel Munnecke
Daniel Munnecke

lol Robert. Fords just can't get it together? Typical Chev fan. 350passes on alloy rods in an FE block! That's pretty good

Juan Wall
Juan Wall

that'll polish out quite nicely

Robert Stafford
Robert Stafford

Fords just can't get it together if it wasn't for chevy and mopar there would be know real cars

Mark Himes
Mark Himes

Yes, I saw that cross-bolter and I almost cried. It made it over to our large scale RC forums, I had to tell everyone it wasnt a 350 SBC :)

Marco DeVirgilio
Marco DeVirgilio

never put cement in a block....it allows vibrations to exaggerate until a harmonic vibration is generated that results in THIS....Cement in a block???? NOT to friggin bright.

Weliton Silva
Weliton Silva

Po oque aconteceu con esse bloco tava com muita presao

Allan Parker
Allan Parker

Aluminium rods won,t do 350 passes -- I guess you found out the hard way .

Drew McRae
Drew McRae

Roger go to the junk yard and get a Chevy? That's why it's in the junk yard in the first place it's a Chevy. Ford all the way!

Ben Scovil
Ben Scovil

THANK GOD for Greg Stahlman and Y-Block guy. As an Edsel owner for 8 years, with an FE 361 V8, I can assure people who are always misinformed that FE does infact stand for Ford and Edsel, as they were only available to the Ford and Edsel Divisions, respectively, of Ford Motor Company in 1958. I have an FE 390 in my 1968 Mercury Colony Park. This photo makes me very sad. But as for FE, wise up people! Titus cant even spell Edsel, Henry Ford would be pissed if you couldnt spell his son's name!

Josh Ryan Hamilton
Josh Ryan Hamilton

Got to love chevy guys there engines are a million hp and it never has to be rebuilt lol

Mark Nolonger Insearch
Mark Nolonger Insearch

Cause Chevy motors never leave a Summit or Jegs yard sale down a 1320? lmao. Yea and you can keep your health insurance if you like it.

CJ Otis
CJ Otis

I've seen stock bottom end turbo 5.3s outlive 350 passes.

Dave Dissinger
Dave Dissinger

Close Shane, Mine took out more of the block. Plus I broke the trans in half too.. I win!

JD Hogg
JD Hogg

what kind of crank was it?

Richard Barker
Richard Barker

At the end of the day ..... with all the boring and stroking ....... YOU STILL HAVE A FORD ..... i say put the new GM 6.2L VVT up against it .

Michael Rapley
Michael Rapley

OK, Smart Mouth GM' wanna be's. Show me an newer LS or old school stuff that can take the abuse for 350 runs like this FE FoMoCo DID! NO BIG OR SMALL Block Chevy CAN do, Nor HAS ever done~! what this big block FORD Did before its demise. YOU, Yes YOU show me a 40 year old motor, that can DO what this STOCK BLOCK FoMoCo DID. Long live the SB/BB Chevy that CAN NOT do what ANY FE has done OR Accomplished, OR put its'self In SO, OH' SO many winners circles! NASCar, NHRA,,,,etc..... I dare YOU to find me one motor that has put up SO much History as the FE. WE all have to bow down, to the FE's History. That is STILL kicking 40+ years later. Take this statement how you want it. FACTS prove themselfs. ANY comments form to the right................................

Jeremy Eller
Jeremy Eller

Yeah and their still out running Chevy's with them today, lmao

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