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Old 01-14-2008, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Factory 534 Ford FE?

So I was talking with one of the master techs at the dealer I work at, an old timer whos worked at our ford store for over 30 years now, and he was telling me that ford made 534 and 477 c.i.d FE engines that they put in the old F-600 and F-700 trucks. Has anybody heard of these? Are they the same externaly as other FE engines? Will parts swap over? And where can I find one of these monsters?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Factory 534 Ford FE?

They are not FE engines, nor does much of anything interchange. They are known as the Super Duty line, & came out the same year, '58, as the FE & MEL families. They are closer to the MEL than the FE, by far, though again nothing much interchanges. They have the same general style of chamber as the MEL, where the cylinder head is flat & the piston deck is angled to form the chamber in the bore.

They are considerably bigger than an FE in size...and just so you know, they weigh around 1000 pounds with manifolds & other gear.

They are slow-revving gas engines, designed at a time when diesels were built primarily for the large truck market, and competed against the Hall-Scott, Buda, the big IH V-8s, & so on...used in bigger medium trucks, fire engines, & occasionally larger pleasure boats.

I have some pictures of them that I can e-mail you, if you're still curious.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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I've used both in old Ford dump trucks. Wicked torque, way better than the GM Diesels were in the 80's and 90's. I would always grab the old Ford with the 534 when I needed to pull a real heavy load. They interchange with each other, but like stated in the last post, with nothing else. Never broke one, sure tried too, though.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: Factory 534 Ford FE?

1000lbs?That might be a little heavy for my roadster. I'm guessing parts would be hard to find for them too. Think I'll stick to the 460. But thanks for the info guys
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: Factory 534 Ford FE?

the 534's were "industrial" engines and also used as marine engines...there are 2 twin turboed 534's for sale here for $500 they seem to need to rebuilt but all the parts are there!

http://www.ford-trucks.com/classifie...ate/1135894947
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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i'd love to see the 534's pics - email at dr5000@hotmail.com
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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We had the 477's and 534's in our F-800 and 900 fire engines. Good engines but they needed a lot of help. The big double pumper Holley four barrel was a part of the problem. Once we got those to a real carburetor shop and had those set up right the starting was much easier. It took forever to warm them up and until that happened they were a slow accelerating engine. We finally installed a block heater to get their performance upgraded. But, strong and hard to ever citicize once we got to the heart of the problem. One is still in service with a sealed fuel system and Holly F.I. It even has an HEI on it. One problem in my mind was the effort to meet the Calif. Emissions System specifications. Those were unreasonable and tough to meet.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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They came in 401, 477, and 534 sizes. Limited to 3400 RPM's the 534 could easily pull 73,000 to 110,000 gross weight at full throttle through a five and four and with normal oil and plug changes and go 100,000 trouble free miles. We hauled gravel in ten wheeled dumps with a pup trailer, had trouble keeping the gross weight down to legal limits. These Fords would outpull the 549 Internaionals with the trailers on, but the 549 was fast as only a ten wheeler. The 477 was fast too, but when they came to a hill, the 534 could pull out and pass the 477 and the International. We got 4.5 MPG with them.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #9
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The 534 or the 549 Binder were pretty much equal, we had both, and if you let them eat, would keep up with just about anything- but keeping gas in them would make you want a diesel. When we were running in southwestern NY in the 70's, the guys with the new Maxidynes and Screamers would make fun of the guys in the gassers, run wide open and pass them on hills etc., but if they pi$$ed off the guy in the gasser, they'd usually get whupped. There was a father & son team with a cherry pair of old V220 Binder tractors with 549s, really nice gentlemenly folks- so one day one of the "Kids" in a new Mack passed them both,and as he went by the old man, who was about 70 at the time, shot him "The Bird"- called the son on the CB, and the son went past that Maxidyne like it had the anchor out- no more Birds flew after that. One guy had a 534 in an F800 ten-wheeler, and had cutouts on the exhaust that came up between the cab & bed, both pointing out the passenger side- if you passed him, he'd open the cutouts in your window as he passed you back with the 534 wide open- nobody passed him more than once. Best one was a wretched-looking old Diamond-T 10-wheeler that belonged to Patton's Septic Service, so all the youngsters with the shiny new trucks picked on him about driving "The Shitbox". That gnarly old beast had come with an RD406 six in it, which had been replaced by an RD501, another pretty stout 'ol gasser, but the 501 didn't rev as high as the 406, governed around 3000, so it would go 51 mph- no mas. So he gets passed on the flat ground before a long, steep hill by a long-nose Jimmy & trailer with an 8V71 in it, again, "The Bird" flew. That rolling turd had one of those old big & strong sign board/ radiator guards that they like back east that was already bent to hell, so when they got to the hill, the Jimmy slowed down, and the DT was still going 51- right into the tailgate of the dump trailer, and pushed him all the way up the hill, 51 mph the whole way- even passed one of the Maxidyne guys halfway up the hill, still pushing the Jimmy- at 51. That's MISTER Shitbox to you, pal
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:08 PM   #10
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MeanGene....those are great stories! LMAO!!!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #11
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Meangene... that is some funny stuff.....hahaha
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:32 PM   #12
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Lots of Farmers running old grain trucks with 534's in them around here. In fact the local lawn mower, ATV, snowmobile dealer had a 534 tore down in his shop a couple of weeks ago when I was in (small engine repair my ass!!!!). I am fairly certain you could fit a SBC block in the lifter valley of that big beast. Defiantly not hot rod material unless you are building a 1960 C600 to haul your hot rod around. With a 4.5" Bore and 4.2" stroke, it is alot of engine.


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Old 04-02-2012, 12:53 PM   #13
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One I've never heard of before, thanks for the stories and info guys.

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Old 09-14-2012, 08:19 AM   #14
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Defiantly not hot rod material unless you are building a 1960 C600.
Hi. I registered just to be able to respond to this statement about the 534 Super Duty. I had two of them in a 1969 Chris Craft Roamer I'm refitting. They were the Super SeaMaster version, as mentioned above. With twin turbos and intercooled, they put out 400hp at 3200rpm (at the marine gear tailshaft) and had 657 ft/lbs of torque. Word has it this was the fastest 46' motoryacht in the area back in the day.



This boat originally came with 300hp Chris Craft engines based on the 427 Ford FE, but they proved too slow. She was repowered to Super SeaMasters in 1973. Here's the original invoice:




The engines had gotten wet by the time I took possession in 2008, so we yanked them out and all of the rest of the gas fuel system. We repowered with Cummins 450 Diamonds. Here are the bare 534 blocks. Unfortunately, nobody responded to ebay auctions or craigslist ads for them, so they went to the recycler soon after.




But I kept the heat exchangers and fancy turbo stuff--the carburetor plenum and intercooler, the latter of which bolts on where the carburetor would normally go. I sold off one set but still have the other, though I have no idea what I'll ever do with it. The turbos were trashed, so they went to the recycler, too. But check it out--the turbos were only oil cooled, not watercooled like on modern marine diesels.



Here's the watercooled carb plenum, which sat at the back of the engine over the marine gear.




Air was drawn through the carb and out to the two (hot) turbos. Pressurized air/fuel was then sent forward to the watercooled intercooler housing on the intake manifold. Nowadays that design would be considered suicidal (hot, pressurized fuel/air going through hoses with hose clamps and then on to metal tubes before entering the intercooler, all inside the engine room of a metal boat = world's biggest hand grenade! ) but back in 1973 it was the hottest stuff out there.



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Old 09-14-2012, 09:27 AM   #15
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Default Re: Factory 534 Ford FE?

They were not available in the F600 or F700 trucks. Some sources state the 534, IHC 549, and Reo engine were designed by the same team.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #16
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I do remember these engines back in the 80's while i worked at a major FORD reman. plant as they went to Alaska complete running units that had been ran and broken in on the dyno we had. What amazed me was the fuel consumption could be watched and these engines were thirsty. They were usually put into dump trucks up north and when i say 100% complete that meant all the tin,wiring with simply bolt in hook up water and fuel.
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:08 PM   #17
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You might look for some old school busses as I recall they might have had 534's in them too.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #18
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Years ago when I was a mecanic at the local Ford Dealership, I replaced one of these monsters in a C series (cab over) Ford truck. This was a real monster of an engine and a real bear to install. Very heavy and ugly. This is not something you want in a street vehicle.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:01 PM   #19
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In 1972 I worked for the world's largest distributor of Ford industrial engines. Mostly we sold the 428's after all the 427's were gone. The 534 was the next step up. They were dinosaurs back then. I remember seeing them in coe tractors in the mid to late 60's. A few years later they were selling 460's. There is no performance versions of a 534.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:31 PM   #20
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These engines were GREAT!!!! In 1970 or so I bought a T900 tandem dump with a strong running 534. It didnt smoke but used 5-6 qts of oil thru th air compressorand marking its territory.This truck and some 501 gas 6 cylinder trucks truly embarassed the maxidyne Macks,6-71 detroits and cat 3208's in the big fords. It was cheaper to feed the bitch than make payments on a new one. I bought a couple NEW,not recon long blocks for $100 each from a company that discontinued them. Oil was too cheap to change the motor,so i slowly oiled down a parking lot. The good ole days!!
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