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Old 08-26-2004, 01:00 AM
flamingo 59 flamingo 59 is offline
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Default RE: The Rambling Restoration Thread

Yeah I noticed that all of them said Holley 4 - barrel, so that doesnt help. So I guess what I need to know is are there any distinguishing physical characteristics of the 430 engine that could help me discern between it and a 352? Would the data plate play any role in engine ID? My engine just doesnt LOOK quite big enough to be a 430.

Also, what carb came on the 390?
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:35 PM
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This brings up a good point. What are the distinguishing features of the Autolite 4100? With my carb installed, how can I be certain that it's not an aftermarket part that was replaced by the previous owner?
Would it be an easy call if I were to post a picture of it here?

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Old 08-27-2004, 12:17 AM
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The 352 engine and the 430 engine are easy to distinguish. The expansion tank is placed differently. the fuel pump on a 430 is on top while the 352 has it on the bottom. The intake manifold on a 430 does not completely cover the valley of the engine.
352 Thunderbird engine
430 Thunderbird engine
Ford 4100 Carburetor

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1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
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Old 04-16-2005, 10:40 PM
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Default RE: The Rambling Restoration Thread

Id just recently added 58 shock system to my bird (with the 60 set up)
the out board shocks are skinny about 1 3/16th at the dust sheild.
The bilsteins are from a 1997 tahoe, i know but the stroke lenths
worked out perfect. So i held them closed with a wire . Put them
water:real close to the weld up point and weled on some 5 16ths
grade 5 bolts. This set up raised the front of my car up about 1
inch. so now i have to raise the back up slieghtly higher in the
back for that mashed engine look /1958 sales folder i exspect it
to handle closer to later day merc's and crowns...

future list : strip a bird radio case for state of the art
fm conversion (its a small curcuit card a few inch
square , this will give me room for the 31 to 49
mtr shortwave card with sensor touch buttons
at base of standard 60 push buttons.
:finish up my disk brake conversion i started so i
can get the caster, camber ,and toe set.
: snap down the carpet like a boat does with gypsy
snaps dave.........
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