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Old 07-24-2006, 08:07 PM
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A little more curious info As well as a "7" year code in the engine assy # (see above pic)
There is also a "7" year casting # on the intake manifold.

and a "7" year casting # on the cylinder heads

Help!!!
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:39 PM
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That's the same carb that I had on a 58 Merc 383. A carter AFB with a vacuum operated secondarys. That was a 57 engine made for a 58 Mercury. Your valve covers look like the early 352 covers I got by mistake with 5 bolts, no FORD and the wire combs spot welded to the covers.

My guess is it's an early 352.
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:15 PM
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I have not heard of a Carter being placed on a 352 from the factory, but that does look like a period installation. What is your VIN number and build date? It may be original. You do have early valve covers.

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Old 07-25-2006, 01:18 AM
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Frank,

I don't want to get you all excited but it appears from the cylinder head casting no. that you have a very early set of 332/352 heads which came through with machined combustion chambers. The early 332/352 also had solid lifters (if you have adjustable rocker arms, you have them). FORD dropped all of this later during the 1958 production run as they honored the AMA ban on factory race participation and to save money. The advertised HP remained the same even though the engine(s) was detuned. The date code 7AL is unique in that the second character is usually a numeral identifying the day of the month of casting (in this case NOV 1957).

BTW- The engine code prefix EDC is 332 and EDG is 352. If a component has EDC, it meant it was 332 specific but could also be used on the 352 if it was designed as such.

As for the carburetor, you will see the stampings on the airhorn and the right mounting foot;

http://hotrodders.com/gallery/data/5..._58A_352_1.jpg

HAWKROD will have more knowledge of this early FE.

Congratulations ... ;) And hang onto it!
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Old 07-25-2006, 01:22 AM
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>>I am wondering if they origionally used an FE tank?
>They did because the 430 tank was smooth not indented like
>the one in the photo which is the same as the tank used on
>the 352 cars.
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>>Is the thermostat mounting the same J? Yes.
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>It was in the same place as the later 430 intakes. Right
>underneath the surge tank flange plate.

Sorry, I was wondering if the mounting pattern (thermostat opening) was the same between the FE and MEL.

What is the name of that reference book you have on these BIRDS? You surely have done your homework on yours... ;)
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Old 07-25-2006, 04:25 PM
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Yes, it has the early valve covers smooth, black (rust), wire loom in center. (picture above). I am going to go outside right now and take off one of the valve covers and check the rocker arms..
Here is VIN tag.

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Old 07-25-2006, 05:25 PM
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Your 1958 Bird originally came with a 352 four barrel, it came from the Wixom Assembly Plant, it was the 5022 Bird made out of 35758 in 1958.

As to the 430's installed in 1958 production cars, I would enjoy seeing the documation. (Source, Vintage Thunderbird web site for 1958 Thunderbird identification. Quote "While sales literature advertised the '430' option, they were not available until introduction of the '59 models." If there are 1958 '430 Thunderbirds around I would imagine that they were prototypes.






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Old 07-25-2006, 07:04 PM
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OK guys.... update. I have more info on the carb (and engine.
first the carb # L7 2640SA (which I can not find listed anywhere)



this is the underside.




The Ford number. 5750068



and now my SOLID lifters.



stranger and stranger... I hope this info helps spread some light on this.

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>Yes, it has the early valve covers smooth, black (rust),
>wire loom in center. (picture above). I am going to go
>outside right now and take off one of the valve covers and
>check the rocker arms..
> Here is VIN tag.
>

The 12C makes it March 12, 1958 so it's a mid year car.
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:11 PM
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>>Yes, it has the early valve covers smooth, black (rust),
>>wire loom in center. (picture above). I am going to go
>>outside right now and take off one of the valve covers and
>>check the rocker arms..
>> Here is VIN tag.
>>
>
>The 12C makes it March 12, 1958 so it's a mid year car.

H=352
8=1958
Y=Wixom, MI, Assembly Plant
H=Body Code for Tudor hardtop
105022 - 100001 = 5021 Plant Consecutive Unit Number so it's one of the early 58's

63A=2 Dr HT Body Style
A=Color Black aka Raven Black
XH=Black Vinyl Seat Covers with White Vinyl Inserts
12C=March 12, 1958 Production Date
4= Criuse-O-Matic 3-speed Trans
1=310:1 Rear Axle ratio
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