I'm not a big fan of the conventional, even when it's in the context of something unconventional. So I fancied the idea of building a slightly different engine. I watched ebay for a while and eventually a Ford 400M came up. No gearbox and it was seized, but I got it for next to nothing. It sat in my garage for a while and finally I popped it on the engine stand (the long Rover V8 head bolts are the perfect size).
I'm struck be the size of the thing - much, much bigger than the Rover V8 engines I'm used to looking at.
There were the remains of the factory air cleaner, but the carb looks quite crusty.
I pulled the manifold (which weighs almost as much as a complete Rover V8!) and the valve covers. Not too much gunk in the rocker area.
The inlet ports are impressively big, but they're incredibly crusty too!
So let's have some predictions of the extent of the carnage within!