I got my '58 bird a few months ago and until my building is done have been gathering some replacment parts and going over everything getting ready for a complete restoration. I have not paid much attention to the engine because I planned on doing a complete rebuild.
However this morning I made a very disheartening discovery. It seem this might not be the correct engine for this car...Oh No!!!!
The big tip off was the Carter AFB carburetor instead of a 4100.
The engine visualy is not a 430, it seems to be a 352... I checked the "engine block assembly date code" and it does not make sense..
The code I have is 1-7AP0 ( I think it's a zero). according to the spec sheets the first number (1) is the engine plant 1=Cleaveland.
the second number (7) is the year (1957?). so far looks good. here is where I lose it.. the third figure should be a number designating month I have the letter A , the fourth figure should be a letter designating date I have P... so what do I have???? the third figure should be a number and it's a letter?????? and whats with the AFB? Ca anyone shed some light on this.... I am just devastated that I have the wrong engine.......... What else can I check (easily)?