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Old 10-18-2020, 01:58 PM   #21
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Default Re: 58 Edsel engine

Those were the Chrysler B or wedge type engines so they are different from the Hemi types.

Chrysler did the same thing as GM & Ford for marketing the first generation Hemi engines. They had sizes for Chrysler, Dodge, Desoto, and Plymouth as well as trucks. The 426 was the second generation Hemi and they were overly complicated engines when compared to the competitions designs plus they were just plain BIG.
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Old 10-18-2020, 04:19 PM   #22
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Thanks to all who have responded. This is my first Edsel and my first FE you have helped get me off on the right foot.Thanks again Keith
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If anyone here actually has a 1958 361, and if possible, find and post any CASTING ID NOS you come across, especially the block?

It would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2020, 02:38 PM   #24
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The Plymouth and Dodge engines were 360 during late seventies and eighties. Same family as the 318.
I rebuilt several out of B300 vans.
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:20 PM   #25
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It was mentioned earlier in this post to use a 391 crank for a bullet proof engine. In the 70's and 80's I operated a machine shop and rebuilt plenty of FE and FT engines. The factory 391 steel crank is not the hot set up, they crack and break in the 4/8 throw. I recall at least 6 of them coming into the shop broken and several that were cracked and would have broke. Today I would buy a Scat product. FWIW, I've never seen a broken cast 390 crank
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It was mentioned earlier in this post to use a 391 crank for a bullet proof engine. In the 70's and 80's I operated a machine shop and rebuilt plenty of FE and FT engines. The factory 391 steel crank is not the hot set up, they crack and break in the 4/8 throw. I recall at least 6 of them coming into the shop broken and several that were cracked and would have broke.

Today I would buy a Scat product. FWIW, I've never seen a broken cast 390 crank
Interesting and makes perfect sense. Not made for HI-RPM.
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:52 AM   #27
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the 391 truck engine were the worst engine ever put in a truck.i drove them but never for long.
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Old 10-25-2020, 06:01 AM   #28
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... well ...

Come to find out that neither block is the same. The 361 has a bore and stroke of 4.0469 x 3.50 and the later 360 4.05 x 3.50.

Learn something every day ...

OK ...

This description is from the 1958 FORD POLICE ENGINE OPTION CHART. It states a bore of 4.05 which is the same as a 390.

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