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Old 03-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any one familiar with the 368 inch engine used in the 1956 Lincoln Premiers'? Was it an oversized Y-block (272-292-312), or the precursor to the MEL series (383-430-462) or something different. I know it is not related to the FE.
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The 368 Lincoln was the last iteration of the Lincoln Y-block. The first one was 317 cu. in. (3.80x3.50), second was the 341 (394x3.50) and finally the 368 (4.0x3.66). While these had the classic Ford Y-block design, they were a different engine family than the 239-312 Ford Y-block. I do not believe any parts interchange, possibly the rods but I donít know. One big difference is the Lincoln Y-block did not use the stacked intake port heads as the Fords. John Mummert at http://www.ford-y-block.com/ has some information on the 317, I believe.

So how did you come upon this engine? They are not very common.
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Yes, it is in the Lincoln 'Y'-block family 317-368, but nothing transfers between it and the 256-312 Ford 'Y'-block.

The Ford line was kept separate from both the Lincoln lines, up until 1970-somethings, The Mercury line shared engines from both Ford, (at the economy end) and Lincoln (at the High end).
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I do not have a 368 but a fella here locally, drives a 56 Lincoln Premier to work once in a while (on nice days). I had to stop and look at it, what a nice car, power windows, power seats, air conditioning, etc. Very clean under the hood, cold air induction. I was not familiar with that series of engines. It looked like a big Y-block but the intake looked like the ports were side by side as opposed to over/under, so right then I knew I was looking at an engine family I had not seen before.

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Oh, I forgot to say that I got all this from a great book that I do not know if it is still available: Ultimate American V-8 Data Book 1949-1974 by Peter C. Sessler ISBN 0-7603-0489-0 MBI Publishing Company 1999.

This is the only reference to these Lincoln y-blocks and the MEL series, I have found and the book covers all makes.
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The lincoln Y blocks were used in larger ford trucks into the early 60s. Jeff
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There is a Y-Block shootout in Columbus during Labor Day weekend (I saw it on the Y-Block web page). I'm going to that. Nothing against stroker big blocks and stroker small blocks, but hot-rod Y-blocks now that is interesting.
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Good luck. Sessler says there was one factory aluminum three duce manifold for these that came out in 1958 on the 430. He also says there was some speed equipment available back in the day but I have no idea where a body could find such things save really big swap meets or Hemmings.

Its cool to see interest in these old motors, esp, the y-block, especially with the interest in traditional rods. People are suddenly getting the idea that every car on earth does not have to have a small block chevy! Here is my hot rod fantasy: A chopped and channeled '34 with a dual quad T-bird y-block or 368 Lincoln Y. Woo Hoo!
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