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BlackLead
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posted 12-17-2000 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlackLead   Click Here to Email BlackLead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just recently bought a 66 T-bird, and well, I don't know any thing about the FE block other than it is an engin with the same principals as any other, I mostly have experiance with cleveland and 302s

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-18-2000 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it a 390?

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Dean T
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posted 12-18-2000 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dean T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the same boat. The '66 I have is a Q code but the engine isn't original. The only markings I could find on it is 105 which someone told me is a truck 390. I won't really know unless I yank the 100 lb intake off and the 75 lb heads and measure bore and stroke. The parts car has a 428 engine tag but we all know tags can be moved around.

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BlackLead
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posted 12-19-2000 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlackLead   Click Here to Email BlackLead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To Steve yes, and it is the original engin, I have no idea were the solinoide is, and its not were it should be if it were on any other car of that year, My father has a 66 mustang, and it is much different. To Dean, the thing about the tags is true, but the casting numbers on the intake and block should tell you what it is. But I could be wrong so dont quote me on that.

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bfxcomet
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posted 11-23-2002 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could be wrong but I thought FE blocks have casting nubers near the starter on the side of the block.
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posted 11-24-2002 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All FE's have the number 352 cast on the front of the block. How many bolts per port hold the exhuast manifolds on?

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Rory McNeil
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posted 11-25-2002 01:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roger, although most other Ford blocks have casting #`s near the starter, the FE doesn`t.As for the 66 Tbird in question, only 2 engines were available that year, the 390, & the 428. An easy way to check what you have is to pull a spark plug, & get a length of coat hanger wire. Put the wire down the plug hole,on top of the piston, & slowly turn the engine by hand until the wire stops dropping (BDC on that cyl. Make a mark on the wire, then slowly continue rotating the engine until the wire stops moving upwards (TDC), make another mark, using the same referance point as the first mark. Measure the differance. 3 3/4" gives you the 390`s stroke (3.78"), if it`s closer to 4"`s, that indicates the 3.98" stroke of a 428 (or a Merc. 410, but they didn`t come in Tbirds.) Although most FE`s DO have "352" csat in the front of the left block face, a backwards "105" was used on the later 360&390 truck blocks. The casting numbers on regular FE engines won`t help much, as the non CJ 428`s used the same heads & cast iron intake manifolds as a 390 of the same vintage. There were Police Interceptor 428`s, also with the smaller heads, but they had an aluminum intake, as well as a solid lifter cam. Pretty rare, however. Also, the casting #`s on the block can be mis leading, as the C7ME # can be found on various 360,390 OR 428 blocks. I`ve also had several 428 blocks with NO numbers. If indeed that block with the "105" on the front is a PU engine, chances are it will have the D2TE head numbers cast between the center 2 spark plugs.

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