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Offline Sam29

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1954 F100 engine identification
« on: February 17, 2020, 07:27:21 PM »
Hey guys, Iíve just purchased another project, itís a 54 F100, itís got a later model V8, I believe itís a 390fe out of a mustang, Any of you guys want to help identify it?

Offline GEOFF289

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Re: 1954 F100 engine identification
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 08:37:46 AM »
It's an FE, whether its a 390 or earlier 352 I couldn't say.

Offline 289 vert

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Re: 1954 F100 engine identification
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 09:33:06 AM »
Externally, it's near impossible to tell which FE it is.
The pad near the dipstick will tell you the assembly date.
Carb and heads could be changed ... but no mustang came with that carb, and all mustang heads were 14 bolt.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2020, 09:56:33 AM by 289 vert »

Offline HEVEN67

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Re: 1954 F100 engine identification
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2020, 08:54:12 AM »
Itís a Ford!

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Offline jiffy

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Re: 1954 F100 engine identification
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2020, 11:14:46 AM »
Agree with all this


"all mustang heads were 14 bolt"
CJ heads were 16-bolt hole (these aren't CJ heads), but if these headers were pre-made to suit a pickup truck then they would have been designed to only use the upper and lower bolt holes which is what trucks came with - these heads 'could' still be 14-bolt hole (did all Mustang 390 engines have SMOG ports on top - these don't obviously).

Have a look at the distributor - if the part number is for a truck, then it will most likely have a larger shaft (unless it's been swapped out which is unlikely) than a car distributor requiring a larger hole in the block casting that only truck motors came with.

FE's are hard to check what they are without stripping them (especially after 50+ years of backyard mechanics swapping parts over)
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Offline barnett468

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Re: 1954 F100 engine identification
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 11:27:14 AM »
1. 1964 and older blocks only had 2 motor mount holes on the sides.

2. Get the date code off the bottom of the oil pump boss on the left front of the engine.

The post below is from David Schouweiler on another FE forum, and is just a guide.

"Remove the center freeze plug from the side of the engine block. Using common drill bits, then slip the shank portion of the largest possible bit in between the center cylinder cores through the freeze plug opening. The size of this largest drill bit indicates which water-jacket core was used to cast the block.

If you can only fit a 1/8- or 9/64- inch drill bit shank between the cylinders at the largest gap position on the block, and a 10/64-inch bit doesnít fit anywhere, then they are 427 water jackets.

406/428/DIF361/DIF391 blocks allow a 13/64-inch drill bit shankto fit into the gap at the largest position.

MCC361FT/MCC391FT blocks (MCC = ďmirror 105Ē marking) allow a 14/64-inch bit to fit between the cores.

Regular 360/390/410 blocks hang around the 17/64- to 19/64-inch water-jacket space at the largest position on the block."



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