Originally Posted by the_experience03
Dumb question, Jaraxle. Now I know you swapped the 460 in, but you probably will know anyway. Is there such a thing as an industrial version of the 460 like the tall deck 427 BBC? I've done some searching and haven't found anything about an industrial specific 385 series other than the 370 and that monsterous thing (500 some inches) that every small volunteer fire department seems to have in an old tanker...and I don't even know if that is a 385 series or not.
Just noticed this post, sorry it took this long...
AFAIK, there's no HD 460...I sorta built my own with a core from an old F-350 stake-body. There were HD 370's and 429's (sometimes referred to as the 6.1 litre and 7.0 litre respectively) in trucks up to the F-800, and the totally-unrelated 534ci gasser I've actually seen in a couple semi tractors. (!) AFAIK, the big-truck 370's and 429's had stainless valves, rotators, heavy pistons, etc. Some also used different mounting systems.
We don't have any in either firehouse here, though...the tankers have a Mopar 360 gasser (Dodge Power Wagon) and a 465ci White-Continental turbo diesel (Diamond-REO military 5-ton, both ex-Forest Service). The ladder trucks (both old Autocars) have an 855ci Cummins (Ladder
and a roaring, smoke-belching, flame-throwing 500+HP 12V71 Detroit (Ladder 12, nicknamed "The Buzzin' Dozen"). Until recently, both also had twin-stick 15-speeds (now have 13-speed Road Rangers). Ladder 12 will go up hills right along with the cars...and the engine at full-bore is louder than the siren (straightpiped exhaust, no mufflers).