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Old 08-28-2008, 07:03 PM
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Default 352 to 430 MEL Engine swap

Will a 1963 lincoln 430 MEL Engine exchange with my 1959 352 with out any modifications.
The 430 is a Edsel E475.
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:22 AM
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No it will not interchange and no it is not an Edsel 475 either. the Edsel 475 was only made in 1958 and a 1963 lINCOLN 430 is a different engine and would not actually even bolt into the Edsel! Hawkrod
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You would need to fab up the motor mount brackets for a TRUE 430cid to fit.

Here is a thread where I posted some pics of what these mounts look like: http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...ead.php?t=4590
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You would need to fab up the motor mount brackets for a TRUE 430cid to fit.
Are these photos of an FE BIRD converted to a 430?
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No these are the factory originals from my 1960.
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Thanks for everyones help, looks like I will stay wtih the 352.
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the bellhousing and flywheel are interchangable, so the trans will bolt up. motor mounts, and a dozen other changes. just depends how bad you want a 430.just my 2 cents.
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...the bellhousing and flywheel are interchangable, so the trans will bolt up. motor mounts, and a dozen other changes. just depends how bad you want a 430.just my 2 cents.
The 1963 430 has a different bell pattern than the 58/60, so he would have to use a TWIN-TURBO (HX).

The 59/ up MEL will accept FE mounts, so there would be no problem there. The 59/60 J-BIRD kept the front mount system for some reason whereas the B9ME block casting had both mounting positions.
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I stand corrected. I was thinking the bellhousing was not changed until the 462 came out. sorry for the miss-information. we raced a 57 ford fairlane with a 58 mercury 430. we used the 352 bellhousing, flywheel and clutch. i think i had to drill holes and tap them to fit the Ford motor mounts(there were bosses already there, just not drilled and tapped). Maybe I should keep my mouth shut, always getting myself in trouble or making a fool of myself. (you would think I would be used to it by now)Henry
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You can make an FE = in power to a 430 pretty easily. I'm sure a healthy 410 or 428 would scoot as fast you you would want to scoot in a 50 yr old Thunderbird. And still *look* totally (or close to) original.

For that matter my 390 gets it pretty good. I drove it today. Nailed it at about 25 mph getting on the freeway. She dropped into low and took off like a scalded cat. I LOVE that 4 bbl sound "BA-WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" !!
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