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Old 06-25-2005, 06:31 PM
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Default "Thunderbird" valve covers?

Does anyone know what years the "Thunderbird" valve covers below where originally used? I'm curious if they were original equipment on my '58 352.

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Old 06-25-2005, 07:05 PM
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Default RE: "Thunderbird" valve covers?

For a 58 they were plain (no script) and black. I think the type you have are from a later year.......maybe 61-66.
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Old 06-25-2005, 10:10 PM
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Default RE: "Thunderbird" valve covers?

FE engines, such as 390's, had "THUNDERBIRD" stamped in the valve covers from 1961 to 1964. They were used in Thunderbirds and high performance applications in other Ford cars.

For the Squarebirds the 352's all had "FORD" stamped into the valve covers except early 1958 models. The blank valve covers of the early cars are not often seen at shows.

All the 430 engines used in the 1959 and 1960 models had blank valve covers.

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Old 06-25-2005, 10:11 PM
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Default RE: "Thunderbird" valve covers?

William Wonder's book "Thunderbird Restoration Guide 1958-1966" shows the Thunderbird stamped valve covers on 1961 to 1964 vehicles. 1958 to 1960 models were stamped with Ford. 1965 and 1966 models appear to be plain in the photos but it is hard to tell.
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Old 06-25-2005, 11:20 PM
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Interesting. I don't know anything about the history of this car pre-'63, perhaps it's a 390? I know the 352 and 390 are the same size; is there any way, such as external stampings, to tell them apart, or is the stroke test the only way to tell them apart?

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Old 06-26-2005, 12:37 AM
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A casting number can help identify the engine. Most of the FE engines regardless of displacement had a stamping of "352" on them, so do not be misled by that.

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Old 06-26-2005, 01:41 AM
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My stock covers are plain.....and black...........although my car was built some time in May of 58.
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Default RE: "Thunderbird" valve covers?

As Alexander stated Ford used both styles for the 58 bird. I have not figured out yet when the change over occured but based on info supplied here and some of the ones I own would place it somewhere late in production. I have 58's with both types.

The plain valve cover plug wire holder are too big to accept the wire without some sort of grommet/built in geommet as part of the wire. The openings are too big.

58's are one of those unique years for the bird where Ford tried many new ideas, and several of them flopped.

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