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An old friend wanted me to ask as to what part numbers designated a Ford 406 of late 1962 vintage with cross bolted main caps.

They do exist, for he showed me the pictures of one he had played with which later on went into a stock car. But according to old parts books, the numbers for the era always came up with standard two bolt main caps.

How did someone order or otherwise get a four bolt engine via their dealership back when?

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Hi. The cross bolted 406 could not be ordered per se. It was a running change during the 18 months the engine was in production. The change was made very near the end so I do not think a 1962 car would have cross bolts from the factory, only a 1963 would. If you blew up your '62 and ordered a service replacement, maybe the later over the counter replacement would be cross bolted.
 

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Well, from what he explained to me, was that over the years he had always purchased a cheap body Tudor Galaxie with big power. For 1962 he blew up the engine early on drag racing it. Bought another one, it blew up too. Then he got a view of the cross bolt item.

He went to dealership to order another engine. They had several with different suffixes noted in the books. According to the book, the only mention as to differences were via carburetion of one 4V or three 2V. No other indications as to what was what, what the differences were on the individual models. So, he figured the last one ought to be the most modern, and ordered that. However when it arrived at end of week, no cross bolts. It looked very similar as to the previous powerplant and it blew up in short order too, and he awaited until the 63's came available, and got a 427 then.

But he retained the 62 with blown engine and always wanted to know just what part numeber should have been ordered.

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The latest 406 engine block listed in the Ford MPC carries
part #C3AE-6010-E, there is no mention of cross bolts but this is the latest 406 block in the catalog.
4.13 bore Mech. tappets, keep in mind this is the PART # for a bare block, not the CASTING #
 

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That could possibly be what he had ordered. However, as mentioned there was no guarantee that it had the cross bolts. He mentioned this. For his thought was that the desired block was one number lower or a slightly earlier part number.

Newest ain't always the best.

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