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Which Engine Do I Have?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kevin Shafer, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Kevin Shafer
    Joined: Apr 9, 2011
    Posts: 16

    Kevin Shafer

    I just purchased a 1964 Ford Falcon 2Dr sedan with an automatic trans and a 6 cyl engine. How can I tell which engine I have? I think the 3 choices are 144, 170, 200 CI.
  2. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

  3. 63FalconFutura
    Joined: Feb 18, 2010
    Posts: 308

    from Socal

    if it has 3 freeze plugs on the side it is a 200 that would be my guess
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,694


    the VIN will tell what engine it had originally, fifth digit will be

    T 200
    U 170
    S 144
    4 170
    6 200

    but you may want to look on the engine itself, for the code stamped on the block above the breather pipe.

  5. 63FalconFutura
    Joined: Feb 18, 2010
    Posts: 308

    from Socal

    the hamb never disappoints!
  6. NMCarNut
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 630


    As stated, if the engine is original you can tell by looking at the serial number. Also depending on when your engine was built:
    Up through December 1963 Ford used a cast on code, 144 was "N" and 170 was "T" located on the top left front of the block. It is not clear 200 was ever stamped.
    Starting in January 1964 Ford used a metal tag, usually mounted under the coil bracket, that gives engine identification. The engine displacement is stamped on the top left portion of the tag. Unfortunately the tags are easy to get lost, or even swapped so unless the car is very original take it with a grain of salt.
    Finally, you will hear 144s and 170s have 3 freeze plugs on the side of the block versus 5 freeze plugs on the 200. This is true EXCEPT, 63 and 64 200s have 3 freeze plugs.
  7. skwurl
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,620


    Squirrel you are a walkin typing encyclopedia man . I appreciate you a lot . You have answered a ton of question for me. Sorry now back to your regularly scheduled thread.

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