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Ford FE engine in a Shoebox Ford

Does anyone have any information on installing a Ford FE series engine in a 1949-1951 Ford Shoebox?

I would like more power and reliability than a modified flathead but want to stay relatively period in the engine swap. I don't want to go the common SBC or SBF route. I am thinking an updated 390 with aftermarket heads would make a good stout swap and still be more Ford and period than the other obvious alternatives.

Any information on fit, frame mods, clips, engine compartment sheet metal would be greatly appreciated along with transmission recommendations. A 5 speed or a 4 speed auto would be nice.

Will not be a racer, just a good strong street car.

Thanks in advance.

Harley Monster

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Old 02-13-2008, 06:00 PM
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The latest Rodders Digest has a nice feature on 49 shoebox Ford build, but with a GM 350. Closest I could find in my pile, sorry!
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Engine Swap

Back in the 50's & 60's a common swap was Olds & Caddy's,since a 500 Cadillac only weighs 40 lbs more than a SBC That might be a good option as it is lighter than an FE Ford.
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