Ken Hutchinson from YouTube Channel Tall Garage is going rogue in preparation for the 2022 No Name Nationals with an outside-the-box build. He’s crafting a cylinder head for his Ford 300 Inline 6 from a pair of Chevrolet 5.3 Liter LS cylinder heads!
As with most engine projects, Ken started with disassembly. He acquired the engine from a machine shop, so the assumption was that it is good to go, but when diving into a project like this, it’s best to be sure.
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Crafting LS Heads for a Ford 300 Inline 6
Other than a mouse nest, initial indications were that the Ford 300 was freshly rebuilt as there was no residue on the oil pick-up, and the internals looked quite clean.
As the engine came apart, signs continued to look good with little to no wear showing on the crank, connecting rods, and bearings.
With the 300 torn down and easier to handle, an initial mock-up is done with one of the 5.3 Liter LS heads.
With a mock-up and measure out of the way, Ken clamps the head to the band saw table, and makes the bold move to make the cut!
With the cuts made, which did not go quite as nicely as he’d hoped, he positions the first half head in place to further see how this is going to work. Next up: enlist the help of a friend with an end mill.
With the cuts complete, and material to spare, Ken takes the heads to a friend’s place and each half of the soon-to-be Ford 300 cylinder head is end milled on a Bridgeport for perfect fitment.
Prior to welding the two cylinder head halves into one, Ken works to ensure the head studs will fit by clamping the combination to a bench and using a cylinder head gasket to map the holes that need to be oblonged.
Success! Each of the head studs fit nicely and the head halves meet cleanly. Time for a final mock-up…
Crafting LS Heads for a Ford 300 Inline 6 — Part 2
Ken again delves into the exciting world of custom engine modifications with his Ford 300 inline 6-cylinder head.
In this work-in-progress video, he showcases his unique creation built from two Chevrolet 5.3 LS heads. Witness the results of the final welding that brings it all together, as he reveals the impressive results and share the ideas behind this innovative project.
Learn about the essential block modifications required to accommodate the push rods and get an exclusive look at the progress of the custom intake.
1:55 How The Heads Were Welded
6:10 Head Gasket And Bolt Holes
8:10 How Long Is The Head?
9:41 Bore Spacing And Chamber Centering
12:27 Block Mods Notching For Push Rods
13:26 Rough Push Rods Mock Up And Clearance
14:48 Intake Fab And Mock Up
16:55 Final Thoughts
This video aims to empower viewers to embark on similar projects in their own home workshops. Stay tuned to discover Ken’s plan for the next steps as he pushes forward with this exciting build.
Ford 300 Inline 6 with LS Heads Update: June 2nd, 2023
Stay Tuned! There’s more to come…