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Old 07-15-2010, 04:31 AM
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In the next few weeks, I will be dropping the 430 out of my 60 and off to the machine shop to see if it is rebuidable. So far everything has been frozen solid. The carb looked like it came from the under world of Jaque Cousteau. The builder told me the 430's are uncommon and difficult and pricey for parts. He suggested a different engine. If it turns out not being able to be rebuilt, is it that hard to mount a 390 in there?
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:35 PM
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I know the 430 motor mounts are different. I thought they were welded in place but I could be mistaken. Anyway I don't think the parts are that much harder to find as most were used on later model Lincolns.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:06 PM
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It is a major job installing a FE where a MEL lives. The motor mounts are different and the mounting bracket is welded in place. The transmission wont bolt to an FE so the mounts for that will need to be changed as well as another transmission and other odds and ends. There is virtually no performance parts for the MEL outside some FoMoCo parts that are rare. The MEL engine parts are available and the expense is in the pistons, about double that for an FE. The MEL was used thru 1967 in Lincolns.
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Read thru the following thread, it'll give you some insight. There I attached some photos of the 430 engine mounting brackets that are welded in place. These brackets are bolted and welded to the FE engine mount tabs on the cross members on one end and welded to the frame on the other end.

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Hi Martin,

If it was me, I'd recondition the 430 even though the cost initially will be more than the 352.

(1) You don't have to worry about any fabrications to the Mountings or the Transmission.

(2) Once it's reconditioned you probably won't have to worry about it for a long, long time esspecially if it's going to be used as week-end car.

(3) The 430 is unique to the T.Bird with only a limited amount that have them, I believe 2,500.

Which ever way you decide to go, I wish you the best.

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Old 07-16-2010, 03:01 AM
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I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the core is in good enought shape to rebuild...Thank you everyone
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I'll add my vote to keep the 430. I've owned a '59 with 352 and now have the '60 with the 430. The performance difference is night and day. The 430 has stump-pulling torque and could smoke the tires all day (even running on 7 cylinders with stuck lifter and a bent pushrod)!
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Gota say that 430 will even smoke a 390!!!
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:56 AM
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Talked to the builder today and he gave me a tour of the shop. This guy is really a detail type guy. He told me even if we had to re-sleeve it, it would be rebuilt...to the tune of $6,000!
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:11 PM
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If an FE motor won't hook up to the tranny, can you guys tell us what tranny is in the 430 powered cars?? Most of the FE powered TBirds have cruise-o-matics (COM) but hardly all.

Since we're on the drive train, what rear end do they have?

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