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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Cool 430 engine

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I am looking at a 1959 Ford Thunderbird specification sheet, and it shows a 430ci motor..
I have not seen any info on this engine, does anyone of any info?

J thunderbird 430 engine, 1 holley 4.30 x 3.70 10.0.1 comp 350hp @4400
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Re: 430 engine

That's an MEL engine, which is bigger than the FE, and doesn't really use any common parts,


The MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) shares the same bore spacing as the 385 series (429-460) which is 4.9".
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Re: 430 engine

The 430 was new for 1958 to replace the Lincoln Y block, This engine was called the MEL and it was available in
383, in Mercury's 410 in the Edsel and 430 in Thunderbird and Lincoln. after 1960 it was used only in the Lincoln. in 1964
the size was increased to 462. The Mel engine was replaced in the Lincoln in late 1966 with the 460 lima Engine!
if you want information for the MEL Engine series the best place to find it would be on the Lincoln Web pages.
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