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identifying a ford block(yuck)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stu, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. stu

    stu Registered Member

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    I have a friend who found a ford block without intake. I believe it is a bigblock but have no clue how to identify it. I found no numbers on it that would help but maybe someone could help.
     
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    There has to be Casting number's somewhere on the side of the block, or along the front, near where the water pump bolt's on. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    with no info to go on???
    what do the exhaust side of the cylinder heads look like?
    FE has goofy looking exhaust similar to pontiacs

    what do the intake side of the heads look like?
    FE will have the valve cover going over the intake manifold quite a ways.

    what does the oilpan area look like?
    FE will have a deep Y block

    post a pic and it will be easy to tell you what it is.
     
  4. JAKDUPBLUK5

    JAKDUPBLUK5 Registered Member

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    ford big blocks have the distributor in the front and the heads have oval or round ports
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  5. big83chevy4x4

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    ford big blocks have the distributor

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    AFAIK all fords (big,small,etc.) have the distributor in the front.

    sorry, dont' know much a ford BB
     
  6. Thunder

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    Casting numbers on ford v8s are on the passenger side. Usually they are located on the block behind the starter.
    But they really dont tell that much as far as displacement goes.. I know on the small blocks the 302 and 289 engine had the same casting numbers they were similar to something like this:C8AE-6015-B
    Big blocks had shorter numbers, if I rember right with a M in them. but i am not sure.
    All the engine info was on a tag attached to the coil mounting bolt. Without that tag its pretty hard to tell what displacement it is.
    Some engines had the displacement marked in the lifter valley.
    A machine shop should be able to tell you what you have.
     
  7. m j

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    well you have to remember ford made a few diffent engines that can be refered to as Big Blocks

    the FE series 352,360,390,410,427,428 had rectangular intakes ports and exhaust ports and inline valves

    the 385/lima series 429/460 are oval port intake canted valve motor. I would take one of these over a BBC anyday

    but he could also have a 335 series engine, a 351M or 400
    they are actually more of a stretched small block 351C but have same mounts and bellhousing as the 385/lima and also have canted valves

    ford casting numbers are pretty cool actually, but the casting molds often do not change for many years and I do not think/know if they differentiate the engine series

    I can tell ford engine families at a glance and narrow displacement down just as fast in most cases,
    I only like the 351C and 429/460 stuff

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    C8AE-6015-B

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    that reads
    C = 1960
    8 makes it 1968
    A stands for what vehicle it would be for in some cases
    E = engine plant
     
  8. u2slow

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    Here's a good reference for the 351M/400:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~bubbaf250/

    Here's a good page on Ford engines in general:
    http://www3.sk.sympatico.ca/harrism/shopmanual/group_01/Identification.html

    and this little gem...

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    If the rocker cover has:

    2 bolts the engine is a: 239/256/272/292/312 (produced from 1954 to 1964)
    5 bolts the engine is a: 332/352/360/361/390/391/406/410/427/428/ (FE engine)
    6 bolts the engine is a: 221/260/289/302/351W
    7 bolts the engine is a: 429/460
    8 bolts the engine is a: 351C/351M/400



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  9. m j

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    well those links are better then my fuzzy memory
     
  10. Thunder

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    Yeah thanks for the links. It sure is hard to get ford tech info. Ford isn't as as free with info as GM.

    M.J. your decoding was right on. That engine # was out of my old 68 mustang
     
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    The "Ford V8 Engine Workshop" was an excellent site... details on all Ford engines with specs & pics. It was taken down about 2-3 years ago - the webmaster/owner was trying to sell it for big cash. I guess nobody bit.

    Was anyone smart enough to "rip" the site while it was still up? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     

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