A unique 460 block is the D9TE block with cylinder walls that are .250-inch longer than other production blocks. (While this could be an advantage for extremely long strokes, however, most builders agree that all the blocks will easily accommodate a 4.500-inch stroke without any problems.) Another difference in this block is that it uses a crankshaft with smaller counterweights and it’s the only 460 that is externally balanced. As a result, the D9TE crank will fit in other 460 blocks (it must be used with the proper externally balanced damper and flywheel), but it doesn’t work the other way around. Internally balanced cranks with larger counterweights will not fit in the D9TE block.

Although there were changes made in the 460 block during its production run, the fact is that for our purposes any of them would work. These things are durable and are easily capable of handling well over 500 horsepower, even with two-bolt mains. Most 460s can be safely bored .060-inch oversize, and a few will go bigger, but we’d suggest sonic checking for anything bigger than .030-inch just for peace of mind. For really big bores the Ford Racing and Performance Parts block, M-6010-A46, is the way to go, its cylinders can be punched to 4.600-inches.

As for swinging a big crank, any block other than the D9TE should accept a 4.500-inch stroke. However never take anything for granted and do a test assembly of any non-standard parts.

John likes his engines bulletproof and to that end he often fits four-bolt main caps to big-inch engines whenever possible. However, our block was the typical 460 with thin main webs (at least compared to the DOVE-A) and there just isn’t enough material to drill and tap for the additional bolts, plus the bulkheads have a dip in them that would leave a gap between the outer bolts and the block. But John’s resourceful and the decision was made to fit two-bolt steel main caps. They were made by simply cutting the ears off a set of Milodon main caps for DOVE-A blocks; presto, steel main caps for a 460.

With the main caps installed, Russ Beck (no relation to John) went about making our block square with the world. Once the basic blueprinting was done Russ balanced the internals to be within a “gnat’s butt.”

If the 460 has any shortcoming, its probably the oiling system. For sustained high-rpm use, a high-pressure/high-volume oil pump is recommended. To go along with that, a heavy-duty oil pump driveshaft and a hardened pin in the distributor gear that drives it should be added. In our case this engine will not be wound up, it won’t need to be. It’s being built to be a low-rpm pull so we’ll be using a Summit standard-pressure/high-volume oil pump.

One of the components we elected to add to the bottom-end assembly was a vibration damper from Fluidampr. The OEM damper is an elastomer (rubber-lined) design that compensates for peak crankshaft torsional vibrations under stock conditions. Adding a ½-inch stroke pretty much throws the original damper’s tuning out the window, which may result in uncontrolled torsional vibrations that can accelerate main bearing wear, disrupt valve timing and even result in crankshaft breakage. With the time and money invested in this engine the Fluidampr is cheap insurance.

What’s unique about the Fluidampr is that it automatically adjusts to engine modifications and self-tunes throughout the entire rpm range. The crank’s torsional vibration resonates the internal inertia ring, causing it to shear through the silicone. That transforms the vibration into heat, which dissipates through the housing.

We’ve got all the stout components to build the foundation of the Hot Rod Hauler’s new engine. Next we’ll be doing the final assembly with some trick pieces that will make it a real stump puller, then it’s on to the dyno with high hopes of some impressive numbers. CCT

SOURCE
Fluidampr
180 Zoar Valley Road
Springville
NY  14141
716-592-1000
http://www.fluidampr.com
Pro Machine
530-343-9228
www.vhrcustoms.com
Summit Racing Equipment
PO Box 909
Akron
OH  44398
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
www.summitracing.com