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Old 06-29-2012, 05:56 PM
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360 Ford FE

I was in ahurry when I tore it down and didn't make a note of how the timing marks were aligned but I hope they were at 12 and 6 on the cam. I have already put it together but I would rather tear it down at this point than later.

Any help is appreciated and if any one knows I would like to be able to tell if an FE is a 360 or a 390 with it in the car if any one knows how to do this, I'm getting tired of people telling me it is a 390 and then it turns out to be 360 when I tear it down.
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You have to measure the engine's stroke. About 3.5 inches, it is a 360. About 3.78 inches, it is a 390. By the way, a 428 crankshaft will fit in the engine, and with a 360 bore you will get a 410.
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Is it in a car? The OEM engine? If so, it will not be a 360 as they were 'exclusive' in pick up trucks:

"The 360, of 360.7 cu in (5.9 L) actual displacement, was introduced in 1968 and phased out at the end of the 1976 year run; it was used in the Ford F Series trucks and pickups. It has a bore of a 390 (4.05 inches (102.87 mm)) and used the 352's 3.5 inches (88.90 mm) rotating assembly. 360s were also constructed with heavy duty internal components for truck use. Use of a standard 352/390 cam for use in passenger cars along with carburetor and distributor adjustment allowed the 360 to give performance similar to that of the 352 and 390 car engines. Rated at 215 bhp (160.3 kW) at 4200 rpm and 375 lbft (508 Nm) of torque @3600 rpm (2-barrel carb, 1968). The 360 used the same block, heads and other parts as a 390, this makes them indistinguishable from each other unless the stroke is measured." From WIKIPEDIA

Not a favorite engine of the FE or pick up truck crowd, but with some bucks, can be a decent performer but still a gas hog
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The dots for the timing gears are "standard". That is, 12/12 is "up" on cyl #1 "compression". Dot-dot (12/6) would be the "overlap" stroke for #1. Either way, the cam is "in time".

360 is a good low-speed engine. A "torque" cam and small 4-bbl. really makes them a lot better, both in performance and fuel consumption. It has "smaller" (narrower beam) connecting rods than 390.

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