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From: Sioux City, IA, USA
Registered: Jul 99

posted 04-15-2001 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hipo67   Click Here to Email Hipo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I looked at what is supposed to be a 390 two barrell engine out of an old pick up truck. The full engine was sitting on a floor in a garage. Something didn't look right to me.

I could not find any identifying casting number on the block. There is the 352 on the front casting and also the back of the engine. I could not find any casting numbers on the sides of the block save for if I remember a 55 TIF ???
The heads on the block are C8AE-Hs.

What throws me is the block has cast outside ribbings on sides of the block ... like the one I have seen on 428s and some 427 replacement engines.

I will probably pick up the engine and dismantle it just to find out if it is 390 or ????

Can anyone tell me if 390 car blocks (remember this has the 352 cast into the front of the block not the mirror image 102 of a truck unit)had cast reinforcement ribbings. Or venture to guess what the block might be ...

I really gotta know ... hehehe


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posted 04-15-2001 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gene, ALL FE's have the number 352 cast on the front of the block. You probably have a 68 360 truck engine or a 390 2v passenger car engine.

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posted 04-15-2001 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of those blocks with the ribs. It also has the extra webbing around the mains. And it has less space in the water jacket between the cylinders than the 428 blocks I used to have (thicker cylinder walls). It's a 391 truck block with a bigger bore for the distributor below the camshaft. The distributor has a bigger shaft below the gear and Ford made bushings for the block for the standard size distributors.


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