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The Ford 385 engine family was the American Ford Motor Company's final big block V8 engine design, replacing the Ford MEL engine and gradually superseding the Ford FE engine family. This design was a departure from the paradigm utilizing thinwall casting methods and a skirtless block to reduce weight. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 799 KB) Ford Boss 429 engine in a Ford Mustang Boss 429. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 799 KB) Ford Boss 429 engine in a Ford Mustang Boss 429. ... The Ford Motor Company (often referred to simply as Ford; sometimes nicknamed Fords or FoMoCo, NYSE: F is an automobile maker founded by Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, and incorporated on June 16, 1903. ... A big-block engine is a North American V8 in a family of engines which generally have greater than 6 litres (360 cubic inches) of displacement; factory engine sizes reached a peak of 8. ... A colorized automobile engine An internal combustion engine is an engine that is powered by the expansion of hot combustion products of fuel directly acting within an engine. ... Ford developed the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) engine series for use in their line of Mercury models from 1958 through 1967. ... The Ford FE engine was Fords big block V8 engine range sold in the North American market between 1958 and 1976. ...


It was available in three sizes in production vehicles; 370 in³ (6.1 L) in trucks only, 429 in³ (7.0 L) and 460 in³ (7.5 L). A 512 in³ (8.4 L) crate engine was also available from Ford SVO. Crate engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


The engines were sold between 1968 and 1997. They were manufactured in Lima, Ohio. This manufacturing line replaced the Ford MEL engine line in the Lima plant. The FE engines, manufactured in Dearborn, continued in production but saw reduced applications and volume as the 385 engine gradually took over in the Ford line up. The FE went out of production in 1976, leaving the 385 as the only big block. 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lima is a city in Allen County, Ohio. ... Ford developed the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) engine series for use in their line of Mercury models from 1958 through 1967. ... The Ford FE engine was Fords big block V8 engine range sold in the North American market between 1958 and 1976. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Besides service in large luxury cars in the 1970s and in trucks throughout its life, the 385 series engine was also popular in motorhomes, marine, and industrial applications. Over 50 varieties were produced in any given year. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ...


See also

Ford Engines Fords engines are well known throughout the world, not only in Ford vehicles but in aftermarket, sports and kit applications too. ...

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  • Short descriptions of Ford overhead valve V8 engines

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Ford FE engine at AllExperts (2540 words)
In the ongoing development of Ford V8's, the Y-block was soon supplanted by the new Windsor engines (221, 260, 302, 351 cubic inches) in the early 1960's and the MEL was replaced by the 385-series engines in the late 1960's (429, 460 cubic inch versions).
The smallest big-block Ford was the 332 (of 331.8 in³ (5.44 L) true engine displacement) with a 4.0 in (101.6 mm) bore and 3.3 in (83.8 mm) stroke.
Ford's plan was cut short, however; although Ford sold enough to have the design homologated, NASCAR effectively legislated the SOHC engine out of competition through rule changes, and the awaited 1965 Ford SOHC vs. Chrysler Hemi competition at the Daytona 500 season opener never occurred.
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