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    Registered tanned fat looks better's Avatar
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    who has experience with 460's w/ king cobra drives

    I have heard some horror stories. I was looking at a 312 stinger that was pretty sharp, but it has T460's and king cobras. Is this a reliable setup? Are 460 parts readily available. Anyone have good luck w/ this set up?
    Last edited by tanned fat looks better; 10-14-2002 at 07:17 PM.

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    Charter Member Charter Member Ted G's Avatar
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    The 460 parts are available, because there are a lot of them in trucks. the Cobra parts are a little harder but still available. I had one of those set ups and was always told not to put more than 350 HP or the drive would go bye bye. I had it for 3 years and never had a problem, one ran great in a 23 foot boat.
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    Toxic FORMULA Platinum Member mopower's Avatar
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    I had a 1988 FourWinns Liberator with a 460 King Cobra. 1989 they went to cone clutch shifting like Bravos. My 88 had the Alpha style shift dog. The ignition interupter gave me problems a few times. This means you can't get it out of gear(with the engine running). The last year I had it I had a 540 Ford 625 hp and 710ft lb torque in front of it. Was warned by two OMC mechanics NO STRAIGHT ARM HOLE SHOTS! No problem , replaced the 460 before I sold the boat (2000) and it's still running.
    I don't know how available parts are at this point
    You can never have too much horsepower or money...It's just hard to have both.

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    I had one on as new 22 foot pad bottom boat in 1988. the score:129 hrs=7 drives!
    I will never own one again,thats for sure.

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    The ford 460's are a common motor and well built, as for the outdrives it might be hard to find parts soon or later but I believe OMC used the same cut or bolt pattern as a mercruiser to please the boat manufactures.

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    Get the serial number and find out if it is a true King Cobra or a King Kapow! A good OMC mechanic can tell you. If you post the sn I can check into it for you. I have a friend who has a complete cone clutch style cobra laying around and he is a certified OMC tech.

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    The Illustrious One Charter Member sean stinson's Avatar
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    Earlier were somewhat better newer ones were good boat anchors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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