1960 Thunderbird Engine 352 FE....I think - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Hotrodding Basics
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-28-2012, 12:25 AM
67MercCat's Avatar
Junkyard Dogg
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 160
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1960 Thunderbird Engine 352 FE....I think

I was at the pic a part today and saw a 1960 Thunderbird with the original engine still in it. I heard that those engines are 300 hp (2 barrel)- 360hp (4 barrel) 352 FE

Now if I'm correct this engine is a gem and I'm going to get it tomorrow!!
It's 4 barrel, and its a 1960, the year that ford came out with the high performance version of the 352, so is anyone familiar with the codes on this block to tell if its the Interceptor V-8 352.

My second question is what transmissions work with that block?

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-28-2012, 04:48 AM
75gmck25's Avatar
Registered User
Last photo:
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 2,002
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 4
Thanked 108 Times in 104 Posts
If its original it should have an aluminum intake, Holley carb, and performance exhaust manifolds that look almost like shorty headers. If its the 360 hp 352 that would be a great find. If the car is restorable, I would try to get the entire car, since it would be more valuable to build a matching combination.

Its a very unique version of the 352; however, in later years the 390 and 428 took over and were much better known as the performance versions of the Ford FE engine. Once the 390 came out in '61 the 352 was mainly used as a truck and low-end family car engine.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-28-2012, 09:08 AM
techinspector1's Avatar
Last wiki edit: DynoSim combinations Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
Age: 75
Posts: 15,455
Wiki Edits: 326

Thanks: 1,546
Thanked 2,076 Times in 1,605 Posts
You may find that it's a MEL 430. That's what went into T-Birds of that era.
FE's had that funky arrangement where the intake manifold was part of the head. MEL's (Mercury/Edsel/Lincoln) had a conventional intake manifold and a tray that sealed off the valley under the intake. Valve covers look similar, but are longer than the FE. This was a transition motor. Some parts fit FE's and some parts fit 385 motors (429/460). I believe the last time it was used was in 1966, in the Lincoln, as a 462 CID motor.

I really don't think you want to take on one of these as a project. The flame propogation was horrible due to the crescent-shaped combustion chambers. The heads were flat, like the Chevy 348/409 heads, with the combustion chamber being formed by taking a big pie slice off the crown of the piston.

I stumbled onto a 430 motor when I was building my roadster. Parts are scarce to none and so I abandoned it in favor of a 429.

I seem to remember the flywheel housing bolts on the block as being FE, 'cause I bolted up a 390 scattershield to it and had a toploader bolted to that.

Last edited by techinspector1; 02-28-2012 at 09:23 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Registered User

Last journal entry: My Last Hot Rod
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 264
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 15
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
In Mass

That year the state police in Mass had Turnpike cruisers (I90) they were 430 Cubic inch Interceptor engines. No one ran away from these on the Pike..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-28-2012, 06:23 PM
67MercCat's Avatar
Junkyard Dogg
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 160
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah It's not the high performance version but it is the 4 barrel, its 300hp out the factory, and Speedway sells the bellhousing that will bolt a modern t-5 up to the 352. It's about $400 bucks but it sounds like a fun challenge to me. I'm sure some long tube headers, an edelbrock intake, cam and a good carb will make it a screamer. They wont sell me the whole car once it hits the yard, I would have loved to catch the guy who sold it before it got to the yard. They sell rebuild kits on ebay for $130...I think it may be doable.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodding Basics posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1960 Rambler American engine swap Ramblin' Man Hotrodders' Lounge 35 05-16-2013 08:27 PM
91 thunderbird AOD 87fubar Transmission - Rearend 4 07-18-2011 04:13 PM
What can I get for my 97 thunderbird? Silentlion_69 Hotrodding Basics 11 11-12-2006 09:52 AM
89 thunderbird fattyford Transmission - Rearend 5 05-10-2006 03:29 AM
1960 Impala engine swap advice? Stuman Engine 1 11-09-2002 03:47 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:31 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.