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Ford Engine Bore and Stroke Guide

The folks at Kiwi Customs built a stroked Ford 460 big block for their 1966 Mustang SEMA show car. You can read the details here. (Image/Summit Racing)

The Ford engine family tree has a lot of branches.

You’ve got the venerable Windsor small block, plus the 385-series and FE-series big block branches, along with a trio of 351 engines—the 351 Windsor, Cleveland, and Modified. We’re now into the overhead-cam Modular motors, which advanced the Ford V8 into the 21st century.

So, we thought it might be helpful to assemble a handy bore and stroke chart to help you understand common displacement configurations.

Then we’ll toss in a Ford stroker chart, so you can see some popular stroker combinations as well.

Ford Engine Bore and Stroke Chart

Ford Stock Engine Bore and Stroke Guide
(Cubic Inches or Liters)
Ford Windsor Family
Ford 335 Family
Ford FE Family
Ford 385 Family
Ford Modular Family
5.0L (Cammer)3.7003.543
5.0L Coyote3.6293.647

Common Ford Stroker Configurations

Ever hear of a 319 Ford small block? How about a 393? Here are some common stroker engines made from the common Windsor small block and the Ford 460 385 series big block.

Ford Stroker Engine Bore and Stroke Guide
Stroked Displacement
(Cubic Inches)

(Cubic Inches)
Stock Bore
3143024.0000.0303023.0755.250• Offset grind crank to 3.075"
• Requires aftermarket rods
• 400 hp maximum
3193024.0000.0303023.1255.400• Offset grind crank to 3.125"
• 500 hp maximum
3313024.0000.0303023.2405.200• Offset grind crank to 3.240"
• Requires aftermarket rods similar to 1.9L 4-cylinder rods
• 400 hp maximum
3373024.0000.0303023.3005.400• Offset grind crank to 3.300"
3423024.0000.0303023.3505.400• Offset grind crank to 3.350"
3473024.0000.0303023.4005.400• Offset grind crank to 3.400"
372351W4.0000.030351W3.6406.200• Offset grind crank to 3.640"
• 600 hp maximum
375351W4.0000.030351W3.6806.125• Offset grind crank to 3.680"
• Requires aftermarket rods
• 575 hp maximum
377351W4.0000.030351W3.7006.200• Offset grind crank to 3.700"
• 550 hp maximum
393351W3.8500.030Aftermarket3.8506.209• Offset grind crank to 3.850"
• Won’t require cylinder bore notching
• No Mallory metal required for balancing
• Uses Chrysler 340/360 rods
5124604.3600.0804604.1456.535, 6.768• Offset grind crank to 4.145"
• Turn rod journals to 2.200" with Big Chrysler 6.535" rod
• Turn rod journals to 2.375" with RB Chrysler 6.768" rod
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  1. Manuel Duke says:

    You left one out . 400 sister to the 351M .

  2. You missed the 332 & 406 in the FE family; the 332 is fairly forgettable, but the 406 was Ford’s early 60s entry in the 3×2 bbl wars!

  3. I think you may want to research a bit more. There is some ‘confusing’ info posted here.
    A couple examples: 351W cranks will not it in an 8.2 deck block (base for 331, 342, 347, 357 and now 363 strokers) and the 393 does not use a 4″ stroke crank from a 400M engine but an aftermarket 3.85″ stroke unit sold through Ford Racing, Scat and others.

  4. You left the 360 out of the FE group

  5. Tom Thompson says:

    you also forgot the 410 in the FE family

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  7. Great collection of info. The offset grinds remind me of the small journal Chevy 327 (a great hot rod motor).

  8. Hey, I’ve got a bronco build and have been doing a lot of research. I’ve got a 351m and was gonna convert it into a 400. After looking at this chart, I was thinking that I could bore it 50 over and put in the 4.050 cylinders from the fence series. Is that how it works?

    • Bore specs and stroke may be similar but you have to check compression hieght, wrist pin size and rod specs before you just go gathering this part and that with intentions of bolting everything together. Combustion volume and chamber shape dictate piston dome shape also. It’s a lot more then what you are seeing here. Yes a lot of parts in the Ford line up of engines will swap and more if them will not!

  9. QuincyThomas says:

    So I’m about to purchase a 302 engine bored at .60 over, which placement would it fall under?

  10. Jerry Richmond says:

    What would a 390 bored 40 over be

    • OnAllCylinders Staff says:

      Well, an FE-series 390 has a 4.050″ bore and a 3.780″ stroke. With a 0.040″ overbore (so, now a 4.090″ bore), your new total displacement would be roughly 397 cubic inches.

  11. I have a 289 bored 30 over so I went with a Comp cam headers an all based on a mild build where do you think my horsepower will average at?

  12. Daniel Wilson says:

    Jeremy….it would be very difficult to give an accurate estimate of power levels based on the few details that you provided about your 289 build. The 289 can make amazing levels of horsepower despite its small displacement when prepared for Super Stock or Modified Production class Drag Racing but the downside is limited longevity mainly because of the extreme rpm levels involved. You did say your build is “mild” and that could mean a number of things.

    There’s a ton of information available online about the specific details of well known factory 289 performance engines that you can compare your 289 build details with. The one most well known is the “K” code hi-po 289 with 271 hp installed in a few different Ford body styles during the sixties. Another is the early Shelby Mustangs with a higher performance 289 with mild performance upgrades producing an advertised 306 horsepower. Check out the similarities between those production engines and your build specifications for a good estimate of your 289’s potential.

    Or post more specific details here about your build and I’m pretty sure someone will provide the information that you seek.

    • He’s better off with 302. You can do a 306 screamer with the right heads, cam, intake, etc will really move early Mustang.

      500 whp with mechanical roller and lots of rpm.

  13. Steven Ward Jr. says:

    You forgot 387 Windsors. A stock 351w block, a 3.85 crank, stock 351w rods, and stock 302 pistons. I’m planning on building one to go into my truck, right now it’s a 302.

  14. Ken van horn says:

    I’m rebuilding my 351w and I have a 400 crank in it with a 4.00″ stoke I had to get a 30 over bore to clean up the cylinders and the rods are stock at 5.956″ my question is what is the cid

  15. You can put a 428 crank in the 427 and have a 447, use to race with them.

  16. What aout the 427w?. Great info btw. Thanks

    • As for the old 427, There were a few variations available to a select group. The mid riser head high rise and tunnel ports. There were side oiler blocks and also the OHCam option. If you got your hands on any of those old parts, remember to check out my other reply post. A lot of parts can be fitted from one engine family to another if you just check your measurements.

  17. If I’m not mistaken wasn’t there a 413 cubic inch Fe the came in Thunderbirds and some Lincoln’s?

    • There a few odd balls from Mercury and Lincoln also. Not real sure about sizes but there was a 430 in the early 60s from Lincoln and thn there was also the old Y blocks of 272,292 and 312. I read a right up many years ago about someone reworking a 292 crank and fitting it in a 302 . One of the neat things about Fords is the use of common bore centers, such between small blocks, windsore , Clevelands and Modified. Cylinder heads will interchange in all of these , you only have to get pistons with sthe correct dome and adapt intakes. One other rhing is intake port spacing from FE to Clevelands is same, you can have a spacer/adaptor cast to fit Fe block sk valve cover and pushrods stay FE and install a Cleveland manifold on your new hybrid. A friend I had in Waco long ago used to rework 454 Chevy pistons for is in a 390 block. A lot of neat things can be done with some research and help from a good machinist and imagination. Old hotrodders knew a lot that is lost now days to young kids. Some people I built an AMC some years ago and used parts from different AMC blocks, some Ford Parts , Olds parts and a few Chevy and Chrysler items. Man that was a hard running engine. No it wasn’t a Ford and some people know that AMC did use a few Ford items like starters ignition systems and Carbs.

    • There was a 430 cubic inch engine in T-Birds and Lincolns, but it was an MEL series engine not an FE. The MEL was also made in 383,410 and 462 displacements.

  18. Johnny Herndon says:

    370 cu in. In 385 family truck engine from Lima plant.

  19. I have a question???
    I’m a Calculate it myself kind of guy and I ran into a problem with the description of the Ford Modular 4.6L engine.
    The data says (every where you look it up on the WEB)the 4.6L has B 3.552 X S 3.543 PI()*3.552 *3.543*8 which calculates out to 316.288913 CI’s. which in turn calculates to a 5.18304 Liter engine. how is it called a 4.6L??

    Where did I go Wrong? What don’t I understand??

  20. I’m building a 427 Clevor with 4.125 bore & 4.000 stroke. Of course it’s a World block so it’s got thicker walls. Real (right part number) Boss heads, all 4 bolt mains, mains priority oil, Hilborn injectors, alky and compressed to an inch of its life (14:1?). 1000 bhp? But I only need it for 7 seconds.

    My problem is pistons. It looks like customs. Any suggestions?

  21. Any information on the 300 six 4.9l looking to build a off the wall combination..

  22. Looking for a replacement for my engine in a 2013 3.7l mustang. I’m looking for something different and something that would make this car different from any other builds. I’m just looking for a supplier to help.

  23. Can a 302 crank and rods be put in a 260 to make a stroker. Can the 260 handle an overbore to 4.00″?

  24. Michelle Beardsley says:

    Help! Engine D9TE-AB with Heads D3VE-A2 and manifold D8TE- DA. I have a DSO built 1983 F250 HD 4×4, SLT Lariat I am having a real tough time researching the engine and trying to figure out what the specs are. It was definitely built for hauling and fuel economy. FIRST, the engine is listed as a 7.5E-E/API. I understand that “E” is after the 7.5 is for economy? Next, it is classified as a 460ciM. So, M is a tax classification do to its weight and displacement and must be registered with the National Highway of Safety Administration, which it is. I pulled that info and it states that the displacement is 7538.049440 with engine PWR (KW as 164.O540 and brake of 220hp-225hp.)
    NEXT, the engine is marked as “L” in my VIN with a casting of D9TE-AB and heads D3VE-A2. Stamped at the top of the engine next to the firing order is 11. Stamped at the bottom front right corner is 116-17 with an M about 1.5 inches above it. I think this is a Long block and long stroked, dumbed down for torgue and not high RPMs. Cannot figure out specs or timing specs. Don’t really understand what the hell I have! Please help and explain in layman’s terms for me as I bought it as a farm truck for hauling, not racing. I need to have the oil pan gasket done and the head gasket, and make sure it is tuned/timed and purring like a kitten. What the heck do I got and how can I make it better?

  25. recently ran across some Jessel pistons that are 4.185 dia. and my first thought was “no way” to put these in a 351C. but then I dont know all the tricks.
    What do the experts say?

  26. Eric kreeger says:

    I have a 302 Ford I’ve bord it .60 over it has a 3.50 stroke what would the CBI be thanks

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