Bear Block Motors FE Ford block is hands down one of the nicest aftermarket blocks (of any make or manufacturer) I’ve ever seen. The demands put on engine components competing in NHRA Super Stock with a 427 Ford Thunderbolt spinning well over 9000 rpm are strenuous to say the least. This requires having only the best parts if you want to have a reliable engine and stay competitive. After suffering for 5 years and spending many thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars trying to get another aftermarket company’s block (brand P) to work with no success due to multiple severe defects. I was shocked by Bear Block Motors quality, workmanship, and attention to detail. The hours and money that will be saved not having to perform many of the higher end operations to prepare the block for competition make this block much less expensive in the long run as these blocks come ready to go with this work already done. Furthermore Bear Block stands behind everything they make, which means everything to me after the last agonizing 5 years with very little to no support. Bear Block Motors has become standard of the industry in product design, ongoing support, and customer service. To put it simply, I will only use Bear Block Motors blocks for all my FE projects in the future.
Matt from NV
Drove down Sunday to Washington State To meet my engine builder Dave and see my newly acquired BBM block. Talked to Doug last Tuesday and bought block, he had it crated and shipped off the next day to Washington arriving Friday. Doug was great to deal with. The block is a very stout looking piece and will be a great foundation for my 482 build. It will be heading to machinist shortly to get checked out as well to deck and hone. It looks like a very nicely cast piece. I’m also switching my cast iron tunnel ports to aluminum Dove tunnelports along with single plain 2×4 intake to dual plain 2×4 for a little more low end. Going have it Dynoed down in Seattle hopefully by end of the month and back in my 40 Ford by mid July. I will let you know what Machine shop report about block but at first glance looks like a well done piece.
…………………………………….Got back late last night, with my 482 tunnelport. Crossing the border was crazy, they went thought my whole truck to check if I was smuggling anything illegal. First I want to say the BBM block is a winner, cost to machine 350 bucks, no decking or alignment bore. Just a straight block with no sealing issues. A matter of fact the dyno shop had just built a 496 fe stroker using a other mfg aluminum block the required almost 1900.00 of machine work just to use the block. Let just say they where not impressed. Got one of the first blocks Doug released. 482 tunnel port build. The block is the real deal, replace my well worn and broken CAE5-H and looks almost identical. Doug was great to deal with and has a great product. Block needed very little machining and no problems. The only thing I would say is make sure that you use a regular width came bearing in the #1 cam tunnel as all the rest are cast for new style wide cam bearing. Found out the hard way when we tried dropping the distributor in, not paying attention on our part. Doug said he was going to putting a cam bearing package together to make sure this wouldn’t happen to others. Looks great in my 40 Ford coupe, could be happier with the quality of the block.
Konrad from Alberta
The BBM blocks……….
We just finished machining our first BBM block this week. It came at 4.245, permitting a 4.250 finish, but this one went 4.310. We bored it .060 and saw NO porosity, no hard spots, just a nice consistent casting. It honed really well. It tested a little bit harder than an OEM 427…..just about exactly what a Bowtie Chevy is, as far as hardness. Just a bump through the mains to verify………like Reagan said…..trust but verify! I milled .006 off one side, and .003 off the other…………it was square already front-to-back, and intake-to-exhaust. This unit gets a Crower billet crank and rods, and CP pistons, so I know my parts are “on the money” lengthwise. A .003 diff right out of the box is really good. The decks were perfect at the .003 cut, so I think they would run without any deck machining. I just did it to get where I wanted to be. It flows water…….no sand stuck in the jackets. It PT’d also. If you are considering a BBM block, I think it is a fine block…….at least this one is. Thumbs up to Doug and crew.
Doug is the best representative of a new product I’ve met in a long time! he
Has done more follow up calls since I bought my heads from him at BBM than I can believe.
I firmly trust that the BBM products are going to be great.
His interest in “after the sale” is almost unheard of this day and age.
A good and very nice guy!
BBM SIDE OILER..bear block motors
Yes Kuntz and CO. has built a NHRA Stock Elim. engine with a BBM block. No problems great piece. The machinist said it was one of the best FE blocks he had ever worked on and believe me he has built more hi hp FE’s than anyone I know including mine. They are currently building a SS/A engine with a BBM block that I will maybe do a little bit by bit as it is being built right up through some dyno sessions. This engine will have my ss heads plus a extra 4brl carb should be interesting. Also have a couple 500+ ci FE’s going on dyno one hopefully next week will post results.
Jeff Colvert Racing CNC Cyl.Heads
Shipped same day or next that you order.
They are very good looking blocks, and the packaging was first rate. The crate was in perfect condition when I received mine. I am very satisfied with my block.
I wanted to thank you for the prompt shipment of my new 428 cu. In. FE Ford block. I was very pleasantly surprised when I checked the tracking # you gave me and found that the block was on its way to NY only 3 hrs. after I placed the order!
My engine builder, Mike Mastin of Mike Mastin Engineering in Conesus, NY 14435, took possession of the block approximately 10 days after shipment. After seeing the block, here are some of his opinions:
· The block was shipped in a very well built shipping crate.
· You just can’t get this high a level of casting and machine work unless you are using the best of materials.
· He likes the fact that the oil returns that are cast in the block are larger than a period block would be.
· He likes that the extra cross braces have been cast into the new block.
· He is pleased that the block is already set up for hydraulic lifters.
· He was impressed that the side bolt mains are a nice added strength feature.
· He thinks the screw in soft plugs are a nice added touch.
· H e told me that, in his opinion, there is no doubt about it, that this block was definitely money well spent.
I will keep you posted, Doug, as the engine comes together. We are still waiting for the crank, heads and pistons to arrive. Then Mike Mastin will get started. After we dyno the motor and tune it up, I will e-mail you the final numbers.
Thanks so much –