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Old 02-28-2012, 12:25 AM
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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?

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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.

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You may find that it's a MEL 430. That's what went into T-Birds of that era.
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=MEL+4...:429,r:12,s:10
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.

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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..
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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.
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