Over the course of performance car history, and specifically muscle car
history, big-block engines are particularly beloved, and for good
reason. Not only are they the essence of what a muscle car is, but
before modern technology and stroker engines, they were also the best
way to make a lot of horsepower. All of the Detroit manufacturers had
their versions of big-block engines, and Ford was no exception.
Actually, Ford was somewhat unique in that it had two very different
big-block engine designs during the muscle car era.
The FE engine was a design pioneered in the late 1950s, primarily as a
more powerful replacement for the dated Y-block design because cars were
becoming bigger and heavier, and therefore, necessitated more power to
move. What started as torquey engines meant to move heavyweight sedans
morphed into screaming high-performance mills that won Le Mans and drag
racing championships through the 1960s. By the late 1960s, the design
was dated, so Ford replaced the FE design with the “385” series, also
known as the “Lima” design, which was more similar to the canted- valve
Cleveland design being pioneered at the same time. It didn’t share the
1960s pedigree of racing success, but the new design was better in
almost every way; it exists via Ford motorsports offerings to this day.
In Ford Big-Block Parts Interchange, Ford expert and historian George
Reid covers these engines completely. Interchange and availability for
all engine components are covered including cranks, rods, pistons,
camshafts, engine blocks, intake and exhaust manifolds, carburetors,
distributors, and more. Expanding from the previous edition of
High-Performance Ford Parts Interchange that covered both small- and
big-block engines, this book cuts out the smallblock information and
devotes every page to the MEL, FE and 385 series big-blocks from Ford,
which allows for more complete and extensive coverage.
• Big block Ford engines powered some of the most legendary muscle cars
• A proven race history drives the continued popularity of these engines
• This book thoroughly covers the MEL, FE and 385 series engines.
About the Author
Automotive expert George Reid has written a number of books for CarTech,
including High-Performance Ford Engine Parts Interchange, How to Rebuild
the Ford Small-Block, How to Rebuild and Modify Ford C4 and C6 Automatic
Transmissions, Ford AOD Transmissions, Ford 351 Cleveland Engines, and
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”