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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-20-2007, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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FE acronym

I know this might seem dumbfounded, but what does "FE" stand for. Such as 460 FE. Just a quick question because i don't know.
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There is no 460 FE. FE is a different series of Ford engines that include the 352, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428. There are also several truck engines that are FE. There are many thoughts as to what the FE stands for such as Ford Engine, Fairlane Engine, Ford Edsel etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_FE_engine

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.... could be a coincidence but, FE is the symbol for iron on the periodic table.
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Possibly....Ford-Edsel?

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That's probably the case, as I believe the MEL family stood for Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln.
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yoeman you are correct, i always understood that FE was ford-edsel as well, even though the FE engines came in mercurys.

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yoeman you are correct, i always understood that FE was ford-edsel as well, even though the FE engines came in mercurys.

Very true so far as the Mercury use, but....Ford generally designates things by the brand or model line that is the primary...or, sometimes, first (chronologically)...user. For example, the D3VE casting designation for a cylinder head uses V, indicating Lincoln, although those heads were used in several other applications.

The SBF engine family was, at first, known as the "Fairlane" series, and later as the "Challenger" (at least the 289 was), although they were used in other vehicles from their introduction.

So far as I know:

FE= Ford-Edsel

FT= Ford Truck

MEL= Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln

335 & 385= engineering design document numbers internally designating those families at FoMoCo

Windsor or "W"= 1) a FoMoCo engine plant; 2) also used by FoMoCo to differentiate the 351 engine made at that plant, a derivative of the "Fairlane"/"Challenger" line, from the 335 series 351 CI engine built at the Cleveland engine plant

Cleveland or "C"= um, see above

"M"= "Modified" per at least one official FoMoCo document; used commonly to differentiate the 335 series 351 CI engine built & installed as a production stopgap when 351W stocks ran short; or, you can go with Monsterbaby's definition "Mmmmm, who cares?" :mrgreen:

400M= no such damn thing...it's a 400 engine from the 335 series...Ford only made one 400.

302 Windsor= no such thing there, either...they were made at several plants, anyway

Super Duty= originally a very large gas engine line used from '58 into at least the '70s; (requiring one's own personal oil well to supply enough gas to operate it on a daily basis); now used to designate certain light & medium truck models.

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302 Windsor= no such thing there
In Australia, we had 302 Windsors from 1968-1971 and then 302 Clevelands from 1972-1983. So here we do have 302W's and 302C's.
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There is no 460 FE. FE is a different series of Ford engines that include the 352, 390, 406, 410, 427 and 428. There are also several truck engines that are FE. There are many thoughts as to what the FE stands for such as Ford Engine, Fairlane Engine, Ford Edsel etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_FE_engine
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302 Windsor= no such thing there
In Australia, we had 302 Windsors from 1968-1971 and then 302 Clevelands from 1972-1983. So here we do have 302W's and 302C's.
Yep....I was planning on tossing in a blurb about the Aussie 302C, which maybe should be the 302A, source of those famous Aussie 2V heads, and completely forgot...I don't function well at 2:00 am. Or possibly ever. :mrgreen:

So far as the Aussie 302W, out of curiosity, did Ford actually reference it as that, or is that a common slang term? In the States it's fairly common to say it, but Ford never called it that officially so far as I know. It was (sort of) referred to as a Windsor, at least being of the Windsor family, in some later Ford publications.

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So far as the Aussie 302W, out of curiosity, did Ford actually reference it as that, or is that a common slang term?
Ford never used that terminology for the 302 here. It is pretty much a common usage thing, you see it in parts advertising and parts lists.
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Heard FE stands for Fairly Extinct :!: :roll: :lol:

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Heard FE stands for Fairly Extinct :!: :roll: :lol:
You'd never think so if you hang out on the 61-66 truck forums.
Those guys do a lot of FE rebuilds and conversions.

Of course you still see Y blocks redone over there too. Its like a time capsule. :lol:
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