In the five decades since Ford’s “Lima” series V8 first debuted with 460 cubic inches under the hood of the 1969 Lincoln Continental MKIII, the mighty canted-valve big-block has earned a solid reputation for durability and ease of modification. Though factory high-performance development maxed out in 1971 with the 370hp 429 CJ-R, you don’t need a rare muscle car core engine to get plenty of power.
Thanks to the fact Ford started stuffing 460s into pickup trucks and Lincoln luxury barges in the smog-seventies, there are millions of available core engines out there just waiting to be poked and stroked into top-notch street and ’strip performers. And thanks to Edelbrock’s Power Package top end kit, the usual guesswork associated with selecting the right combination of heads, cam, and induction has been eliminated. Let’s watch as Donnie Wood and Steve Chmura of R.A.D. Auto Machine transform a 460 into a stump-pulling 501ci stroker with over 500 lb-ft of torque from 2,300 to 5,300 rpm.
And thanks to the substitution of the heavy cast-iron heads and manifold with light aluminum, the end result weighs about the same as an all-iron 351, so it won’t hinder rearward weight transfer onto the slicks, or sink the front axle into the mud, as the case may be!
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