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engine identification 1962 mercury monterey

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  1. HotRodHooligan13
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    I have a galaxie with a 390 and I am almost positive my 1962 mercury monterey has the same engine but not 100 % because it has a 2 barrel carb any advice on identifying the engine? the specs tag was removed so that wasn't any help...Ill try and post a pic soon thanks
     
  2. 62rebel
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    easy question: does the intake manifold extend underneath the valve covers on the Merc as they do on the Galaxie? if so, then it is a fair assumption that the Merc has an FE 390 as well. having said THAT, be aware the Ford changed things every damn day on the lines and there are a LOT of niggling differences between a '62 and a '65 FE to watch out for.
    i'm not sure if Mercury used the 352 in the '62 lineup, but it's a dead ringer for a 390. Ford used it through '66 IIRC....
     
  3. RagtopBuick66
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    IN FACT, the 390 will even have "352" cast into the front of the block on the right hand side just below where the intake and head meet. The only sure-fire way to tell the difference between a 352 and a 390 is to measure the cylinder diameter and depth. They used the same block, same heads, same intake. Has your intake got an oil fill tube toward the front of it, pointing off to the passenger side?

    Below is a 1972 FE 390 (+0.040) with a 1964 Thunderbird FE 390 4V intake. Everything interchanges despite the fact that the D2TEAA cylinder heads were made eight years later than the rest of the engine.
     

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  4. RagtopBuick66
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    Wikipedia; Mercury Monterey
    "Mercury's full-size offerings were completely revamped for 1961. The Montclair and Park Lane were discontinued and the Meteor was added at the bottom of the range, making Monterey once again the top of Mercury's lineup. The 292 cu in (4.8 L) Ford Y-block was standard, with 352 cu in (5.8 L) and 390 cu in (6.4 L) versions of the FE V8 available."

    The 390 didn't become standard in the Monterey until 1963, when the 292 and 352 were completely dropped from the lineup. That being said, you could very well have a 352 OR a 390.
     

  5. vwdave30
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    my 63 mercury has a 390
     
  6. RagtopBuick66
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    Yes, in '63 it became the "standard" engine.
     
  7. HotRodHooligan13
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    I KNOW! thats why i asked my galaxie had a 352 tag on it but in fact had an FE 390! wellI havent completely got it on the rode i expect to on friday and I'm sure once I do I am hoping I will recognize the feel of a 390
     
  8. NMCarNut
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    For what it is worth the only FE engine Ford put in a 62 Mercury with a 2 barrel carb is a 352. If you want to know what engine the car originally came with look at the letter in the 5th position of the serial number. The following are the US market V8 codes:
    W - 292 2 barrel (Y block)
    X - 352 2 barrel (FE)
    Z - 390 4 barrel (FE)
    P - 390 4 barrel police interceptor (FE)
     
  9. FrozenMerc
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    In '62, the Monterey's came with either the 352 or the 390. Only the 220 Hp 352 came with a 2 bbl carb. Both the 300 Hp 352 and 390 came with 4 barrels, so chances are it is a 352. However, that car has been around for 50 years, and it is entirely possible that someone at some point in history switched manifolds or engines. The only way to know for sure would be to pull a spark plug and measure the stroke using a straw.

    3.5" = 352
    3.78" = 390

    Good Luck.
     
  10. HotRodHooligan13
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    hA! i have never heard about using a straw to measure thanx for the info
     
  11. MeanGene427
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    IN FACT :rolleyes: Nope, not always, especially earlier blocks- I have two '63 and one '64 390's and a bunch of '63-'64 center-oiler 427's that have blank fronts (IIRC 406's were also blank), and the later blocks after late '72 from MCC have the "reverse 105". The only significances between blocks with "352" on the front is that they were cast with the same type front bulkhead mount and are from DIF or CF, but as FE's were only in pickups and medium trucks by MCC time, "reverse 105"'s should be FE pickup engines, FT truck engines, or service blocks- most, if not all, also have ribs on the sides. There are also many 390's and 360's with "66-427" cast into the rear of the block, again just because the same type rear bulkhead was used- the numbers are meaningless.

    That should keep you busy on Wiki and Google for a while :p
     
  12. HotRodHooligan13
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    I give up for now haha my galaxie has a 390 in it and it looks identical so i am going to assume it is the same for now haha
     

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