Several 60's T-Birds are being scrapped near where I live. They all have FE engines but I don't know how to tell (in the car) what size they are. I would like to have a 428 or 390 if I knew which was what. Thanks for any help. Ron W
Not knowing which era of the 60's you are talking about Here is a little info. Have to dig around but it lists the std engines offered and the codes of others.... If its OLDER than a '66 odds of a 428 unless swapped in aint gonna be... (first offered in 66) And it seems they all are 390 std equiped if '61 and up. 352's for '60. (all according to Wiki)
The T-Birds were always popular to cannibalize, as 1961-1968 were all 390 or 428, early '68 was 390 or optional 429, and mid-'68+ were 429 as standard. Look on the edge of the driver's door for the warranty plate. The 5th digit of the VIN is the engine code. M-code was the 3x2 carb 340hp 390, Z was the 4v 300 to 315 hp 390, Q was the 345hp 428 (in '66-'67 only), and N was the 360hp 429.
While you're peeking, look at the warranty plate for the rear axle code. If it is a letter code (not number) then it is a locking rear axle and more valuable. T-Birds had them more often than other models. Have fun.