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Old 09-20-2002, 07:53 AM
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Question 351W , How do you tell what year the engine is?

Hi all, just got a 87 F350 road crew truck to start my Ford collection. It came with the 5.8Ho(351w) with carb stock. At some point that engine was replaced. the engine that is in it is not the correct one. It was blue now rust color, not gray, it looks like , from what I can tell, a 351w. It is a mess. the stock intake has been removed and replaced by an Offy 4bbl intake that didn't just fit. It doesn't reach the top of the heads and they have welded up some of the bolt holes closed!!!!!that is headed for the trash bin. The carb is a Holly with a manual choke. This truck was exempt from emissions or so the sticker under the hood states so it didn't have to many emissions controls to begain with. what it did have has been cut , riped , thrown out. emiss light winks at you everyday.can you say vacuum leak? My main problem is overheating. Put in a new radiator, still boiling. So my question is how do I tell what I have? year ? exct.. when asking for parts they always want the year. is there a way to tell what year the engine? Also have been asked if it has 12 or 16 bolt heads. what is the difference beyond the number of bolts? any comments would be helpful thanks.
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I *think* the casting number should be on the passenger side, on the block by the bellhousing. Four letters, first position is the decade, C=60, D=70, E=80, second position is the year decade, third is for like Lincoln, Truck whatever, and the last place is for what the part is E for engine probably.

So like, the heads on my 429 are C8VE...68 Lincoln Engine.

Get it?
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The E in the part stands for engine division, so most all the engine parts have the E, manifolds, heads,etc. The 3rd letter is the product line it was originally designed for, that's why the 460 has a V. An A would be big Ford, a Z mustang and there are the rest, T for truck and so forth. Most Ford parts books have incites into what the different codes (letters)refer to.
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All small block fords came with 10 head bolts per head. If yours has 12 or 16 its not a small ford. maybe a powerstroke or something weird. does it have a distributor? if it does then its not a diesel. that really sucks that somebody tried to okey up your engine and ended up f*cking it up.
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thanks All, the engine code is D4AE, so I've got a '74 351w out of a full size car in my '87 one ton truck!
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