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Old 02-18-2013, 08:44 PM
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Hi, I just purchased a 59 t-bird hardtop. I haven't gotten the car yet but went to look at it and noticed it has black valve covers with the word ford on them, as I looked further I noticed someone had a t-60 on both heads. The engine code is H and block is stamped 352, also the expansion tank is different the pressure cap is on a tube 90 degree angle facing the drivers fender. I didn't know where to look for block casting #. I now know but don't have access to car. The intake casting # is5751087. I guess i'm worried about the heads are 60 heads the same as 59 and would the compression stay the same. I'm like a little kid with this car I've been looking at it for over 4yrs and I finally was able to make a deal. I'm happy to be part of this forum I just love the square birds. Thanks for having me and thanks for any help in advance. Tommy C"
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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im no expert but i thought all squarebirds should have a black painted engine yellow valve covers and a white aircleaner housing and fan

my 60's have ford stamped on the valve covers

the 59 and 60 heads should be the same all F/Es have 352 stamped on the front of the engine
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:14 PM
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im no expert but i thought all squarebirds should have a black painted engine yellow valve covers and a white aircleaner housing and fan

my 60's have ford stamped on the valve covers

the 59 and 60 heads should be the same all F/Es have 352 stamped on the front of the engine
Thanks for the reply but I probably didn't make myself clear. What has me confused is the valve covers are black. I don't know if someone painted them or if it's a different engine. They don't look like they have been painted.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:28 PM
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Hi Tommy, when I welcomed you to the Forum, I give each new member information on how to post pictures on here. It would help if you could take some good quality pix of your engine bay and then chose one of the three options I gave you and post your pix. Then we can better see what you have and give you better information and advice. Here is the link to your Welcome.

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:03 PM
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Hi Tommy, when I welcomed you to the Forum, I give each new member information on how to post pictures on here. It would help if you could take some good quality pix of your engine bay and then chose one of the three options I gave you and post your pix. Then we can better see what you have and give you better information and advice. Here is the link to your Welcome.

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Thanks for the welcome I took some pictures the other day and couldn't figure out how to download them i'll call dell tomorrow. I only have a few of engine and won't be going up where car is for at least a month, but I will post what I have as soon as I figure all this high tech stuff out. Lol" Thanks Tommy"
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Hi Tommy, to simplify things, just email what you have to me and I can post them for you. You can also go to one of the free picture hosting websites, like Photobucket, create an account, set your pix to 800x600 and upload them to your new account. Then you post the link to those pix on the Forum for us to see. But to make it simple for you right now, send me the pix and I can post them for you. My email address is always part of my signature element below. Just replace the "at" with the @ sign...
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Hi I recently purchased a 59 t- bird. I have some questions. I thought I had a 352, but I recently found out different when trying to buy a fuel pump anyhow my engine casting #is C3SE6T3. above is #6H3 and the head #D2TE AA any help much appreciated.
PS there is also another casting #B0349ES3C
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:58 PM
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The C3SE indicates a 1963 Thunderbird (390) and the D2TE heads indicate a 1972 360/390. The good news is the '72 heads have hardened valve seats.

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Old 04-06-2013, 05:02 PM
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I am going to Merge this thread with Tommy's original thread so we can keep it all together... From talking with Tommy on the phone today he said this Tbird has had some modernization done to it, as indicated by what he said about engine block numbers and other things. It has an alternator, electric windshield wipers, a modernized radio and CD player, that I know of. He said he does want to do some more modernization of it, maybe disc brakes down the road. It apparently has white paint under the valve covers, and under that chrome! He can tell you more about it. Mainly, he is interested in finding out more about what the engine numbers mean and John just gave him some good information. He figured out that it does have hardened valve seats by one of those numbers. What does the B0349ES3C tell us? Does the TE in D2TE indicate a Truck Engine?

He does not have the car home yet, but will have it soon when he can get access to a flatbed hauler. I already told him to make sure they don't drag the rear end and damage it when winching it up on the flatbed.
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...the '72 heads have hardened valve seats...
Huh? John, they didn't install hardened seats until after 1980. I have a '73 390; the valves were pulled up so far, I gave the heads to one of the scrap pickers that comes around on garbage day:


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