68fastback Posted May 6, 2007 Report Share Posted May 6, 2007 There's a wonderful Steve Turner article (Dream Factories, pg 74) in the June 5.0M&SF mag on how the GT500 is built -- 8 pages -- plenty of photos. Most of the article is dedicated to the Romeo niche line and there's a lot of great photos and interesting little tidbits. The two man team of Gary Marston and Jeff Hamblin are featured -- this article is a 'keeper' if they built yours (or even if they didn't) The assembly sequence and nicely covered -- special assembly tools and techniques including inspection and cleaning. (note to Steve Turner: delete occurences of "Melvins" and substitute "Mavens" ;-) For example: The forged alum pistons and forged cracked-powder rods are made by Mahle (who made the Ford GT pistons/rods, if I recall [which are H-bean, not c-p I-beam]) and come pre-assembled and pre-cracked but not separated/broken which is done with a special machine @ Romeo niche. ARP bolts are used. Good pic of the assembly.. VERY stout crank-end journal! The GT500 uses the '04 Terminator's cams (that was news to me!) The WEP (Windsor Engine Plant?? [just a guess]) Condor blocks are inspected and 100% certified for H2O pump bore diameter, nicks on head decks, nicks on cyl-bore chamfers and for MBC[?] porosity Assembly lube ont the bearings is Motorcraft 5W50 oil. That really surprised me but maybe that's done so the dry spin-force tests that are done prior to actual firing are not skewed (just my guess, but I'd bet that's the reason). The pic of the blocks showing H20 passages at the deck shows just how improved the cooling is on the 5.4 -- huge block-head cooling passages (my subjective comment)!! Except for the headers and some misc pieces, everything is assembled with torque-sensing electric guns/tools that know, in the exceptional case, if the part didn't assemble right Nice article!! Dan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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