(OFF TOPIC)1965 Ford Galaxie Motor ID

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JoeyD, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey so you guys are all mechanical and I know one of you guys has some good knowledge of older cars and engines.

    So a guy owed me some money and I ended up taking his 1965 Galaxie 500 off of him instead of cash. The car is pretty much all original but it does have a different motor than the original 352 it came with, or is it? My problem and question is I for the life of me cannot identify the motor. The guy who I got it from told me he thinks its a 429, someone else thinks its a 390. My question is without removing the valve covers how can I identify the motor? I looked on the bottom where the motor mates to the tranny and saw nothing, the block that we can see says nothing? The Valve covers are blue if that matters. Anyone have any advice??
     
  2. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    I just found out that if it only has 5 bolts on the valve cover that it is not a 429. Could be a 352/360/361/390/391/406/410/427/428 (FE engine).
     
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Where's the distributor mounted?
     
  4. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sorry but no such motor 352 in a ford car,352 was a truck only motor. I was a mechanic for along time and its either a 351 windsor,351 clevland 351 boss"which i doubt" i DOUBT IT but it could be a big block 390,427,428 or 429
     
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks but you are definitly wrong. It came with a 352 and has 352 emblems on the side of the car.......[​IMG]
    they are the emblems next to the fender well.

    I have narrowed it down to a 352/390/or428. Someone told me they all share the same block that I will have to measure the pistons to determine the displacement??
     
  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With the distributor in front and five bolts on each valve cover it sounds like you have a small block, i.e. 289/302/351 Windsor. IIRC the big block Fords have the distributor in the back with six or eight bolts on the valve covers. Been a long time since I've had or worked on one so I could be way off here. Oops, on edit I read the above link and those motors also have the distributor in the front.
     
  9. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well i stand corrected,its been along time since i even thought about old fords which by the way i am a ford man. I didnt remember the galaxie having a 352 but i did my homework and you are correct.They actually had 5 engines for that one car that year.MY 1955 ford pu use to have a 352 and i assumed it was a truck motor only.I remember a 260,289 windsor,289 hypo,302 windsor,302 boss,351 w/clev/boss,390,427,428 and 429 Dam i think thats the first time i have been wrong in like 25 years..lol j/k. hey nice car though,i did have a 1966 ford fairlane Gt at one time with a 390 in it!!:weightlifter:
     
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey I always thought truck engines were 1 bigger too.I never saw a 352 in a car.
     

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