Any recommendations on best book for the 390 FE engine? Looking for a book that would cover break down, assembly, modifications, diagram pictures. If such a book exists, or a good combination of books please let me know.
There are some books out there. I think I bought one but honestly didn’t use it all the much. Most aftermarket products will give you specific new torque and clearance measurements so you almost don’t need it.
Barry Robotnick has a book which is great for performance based builds, Jay Brown has a great intake compare book however if you are doing a straight rebuild, Steve Christ's book is mandatory. All 3 books are available on eBay.
Lilmac, first get Steve Christs 'rebuild your FE', then Dr Rabotnicks 'High Performance FEs' and then J Browns 'great intake comparo'. Not sure if ANY of these books describe the oiling fixes, but we can walk you through them if they don't rescribe. LSG
Umm,......no. there is no 'kit'. You have to do it yourself, and you have to know what to open up and what to leave alone. The Precision Oil Pumps stuff is very good, I bought all of my pumps from them. The DIY article has a few things they lifted from Dr Rabotnick, but they are NOT explaining how to do the feed between the pump and filter pad, or the #5 main restriction, or the cracked tube problem some blocks have,.....not a very helpful article. LSG
Definitely agree Steve Christ's book is very informative and helpful. When rebuilt my 390 I consulted Barry a couple times and purchased the rebuild kit from him. He is a wealth of knowledge and willing to take the time to explain things. I recommend you check out his website and give him a call.
Also do you homework on machine shops. I would only consider shops that know FE's.