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A friend of mine who isn't a ford guy wants to sell me a running 1967 or 68 ford 462 out of a lincoln. Is it worth the 150$ he's askin? Do they have interchangeable parts with the 460?
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Don't believe that they are even worth buying, kind of a "bastard" design MEL engine
 

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I don't think there are but maybe a few parts that interchange, maybe external stuff like a carb, oil filter or plugs... if that is the only reason you are considering buying it. If you have a car that actually needs one, it might be a different story. As mentioned, it is part of the MEL series.
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Years ago I had a 57 Merc 2 door hardtop wagon that had a Lincoln 368 at the time there was nothing out there to hop it up but some of the old Yblock stuff could be modified to fit its one saving grace was there was a factory 2x4 setup for it used the old Holley coffeepot carbs and Mallory made a dual point setup for the Yblock if you changed to bottom gear on the distributor it would work fine. The car looked nice and I ran it NHRA pure stock. I guess it didnt do bad for what it was but the darn thing weighed in at 4400 lbs If Memory serves it ran low 16s in the quarter
 

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Also would be fairly hi compression for todays gas and wouldn't like unleaded anyway [no hardened ex valve seats]
 

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I would give a vote to go ahead and buy it. for $150, if the engines not bad.

they don't make parts for that engine.. That works both ways. There are guys that run those oddball rare, limited engines and if can find those customers. you'll make money.
Also consider international. I do a good business, selling parts to australia/NZ &europe.
Alot of well to do, dedicated car guys that loooove american cars.

Also I have good memories of the old 430/462, back in high school one of my friends had 70/71 F350 with a MEL engine and
I remember that thing was a massive torque monster. we would haul a camper and a boat on the back up a mountain grade to go fishing. That thing wouldn't even slow down a bit.
They don't rev high and yes no perf parts to speak of,
but think of the challenge.
it's already got a 4 bbl. reground cam, port heads good. I but you could find some bigger valves that can fit. pistons...
I think there's potential there...

trans will be a C6, although with a unique bolt pattern, look at it closely, it's actually really close to a 460 housing.
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Also would be fairly hi compression for todays gas and wouldn't like unleaded anyway [no hardened ex valve seats]
Yep, 462's are 10.25:1, 340 hp 480 lb ft. When I was working on a customer's 67' continental with a 462 I remember it not having nearly the power of my old 429. This car is 5000 lbs vs 4200 for my LTD, though.
 

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I would give a vote to go ahead and buy it. for $150, if the engines not bad.

they don't make parts for that engine.. That works both ways. There are guys that run those oddball rare, limited engines and if can find those customers. you'll make money.
Also consider international. I do a good business, selling parts to australia/NZ &europe.
Alot of well to do, dedicated car guys that loooove american cars.

Also I have good memories of the old 430/462, back in high school one of my friends had 70/71 F350 with a MEL engine and
I remember that thing was a massive torque monster. we would haul a camper and a boat on the back up a mountain grade to go fishing. That thing wouldn't even slow down a bit.
They don't rev high and yes no perf parts to speak of,
but think of the challenge.
it's already got a 4 bbl. reground cam, port heads good. I but you could find some bigger valves that can fit. pistons...
I think there's potential there...

trans will be a C6, although with a unique bolt pattern, look at it closely, it's actually really close to a 460 housing.
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Yeah it's always fun to do something different. And there are some things that you can get custom made if necessary, like pistons. So it's not the end of the world. Of course you would probably get a lot of people thinking you had a bored 460 after you tell them you have a 462 :rolleyes:
 

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The engines are popular with the Lincoln restoration crowd. Parts are available if you know where to look. For the $150. asking price it is a good deal, buy it and sell it to someone who is doing a Lincoln or 59-60 T-bird. Edsels and Birds had 383 410 430s in them from the factory. Was also use as marine engines as well.
 

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I have a '68 lincoln Continental with a 462 the thing had grunt , use to pull my open car trailer with it , it would climb 6% grades on cruise and not even kick down!! and it would idle at 500rpm and you could stand a dime on edge on the air cleaner and it wouldn't fall over!!!
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A friend of mine who isn't a ford guy wants to sell me a running 1967 or 68 ford 462 out of a lincoln. Is it worth the 150$ he's askin? Do they have interchangeable parts with the 460?
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The 462 MEL heads will bolt to the 460 block but you'll need to make your own manifolds, pistons, etc. From a custom build stainpoint it would ne a neat exercise but that's about it.

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The MEL is Fords attempt at the same golden ring as GM attempted with the 348/409 engine.
 

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Mel Engine

I have used the Mel 430's before, in fact the rare 1958 430 "Super Marauder" with factory 3x2 manifold & 400 hp. There is a web site for these engines just like this site. They are still performance parts out there, my brother has a whole garage full of them including Hilborn injection system, Isky roller cams and there are even adapters to use 429-460 intake manifolds on this engine, he is currently using a Weiand Tunnel ram on one. Egge still makes all the stock rebuild parts for these engines, and Ross makes forged pistons by special order. If you bolt early 1958-1960 heads with no combustion chambers on a stock 462 you will be over 11.5 to one, race gas by todays standards, if you do this you must use the early intake as well , the angles are different. The heads have huge 3" tall intake ports just like the 427 highriser. Lots of intakes are still out there, Edelbrock made both 6x2 & 3x2 . The finned aluminum "Super Marauder" valve covers are back in production, my brother just bought a set. These engines use the same oil pumps, lifters, & rocker arms as the "FE" series engines. Mallory still makes distributors for these too under special order. These are a big heavy engine, and very wide, but if your looking for something different especially where the engine is going to be the show piece of the car, then this might be for you. For all out performance, lighter weight & much more parts availability stick with the 385 series family.
 

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I have used the Mel 430's before, in fact the rare 1958 430 "Super Marauder" with factory 3x2 manifold & 400 hp. There is a web site for these engines just like this site. They are still performance parts out there, my brother has a whole garage full of them including Hilborn injection system, Isky roller cams and there are even adapters to use 429-460 intake manifolds on this engine, he is currently using a Weiand Tunnel ram on one. Egge still makes all the stock rebuild parts for these engines, and Ross makes forged pistons by special order. If you bolt early 1958-1960 heads with no combustion chambers on a stock 462 you will be over 11.5 to one, race gas by todays standards, if you do this you must use the early intake as well , the angles are different. The heads have huge 3" tall intake ports just like the 427 highriser. Lots of intakes are still out there, Edelbrock made both 6x2 & 3x2 . The finned aluminum "Super Marauder" valve covers are back in production, my brother just bought a set. These engines use the same oil pumps, lifters, & rocker arms as the "FE" series engines. Mallory still makes distributors for these too under special order. These are a big heavy engine, and very wide, but if your looking for something different especially where the engine is going to be the show piece of the car, then this might be for you. For all out performance, lighter weight & much more parts availability stick with the 385 series family.
The video I posted earlier in this thread IS one of those turnpike cruisers you are talking about(430 3-2v). Seems like an awesome engine!! In fact, it was the first production gas engine in a car to be rated at 400 bhp, ahead of the Chrysler 392 hemi of the time. Don't the Lincoln 462's have flat heads too, or chambers in both the block and heads?
 

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There is a guy that does the MEL motors up to 545 ci!!!!!!!! The motor seized up in my 1967 Lincoln. I was about to give up & go custom with a 557 (460). I was looking for hop up parts & found a guy that specializes in the MEL motor. He can build your motor or sell parts. I bought a complete kit (Including Double Roller Timing set) from him because there is a guy at a Lincoln-Mercury dealer here in Denver that has a crew for just the 1950's & 60's Lincolns. I found heads & water pump from Edelbrock (very rare leftover parts he had stored) I found the tri power set up on E bay with original carbs & fuel pump!!!! A guy from New Mexico specialized in carbs & distributers to make them run better than new. Lincoln had a set up where the carb(s) took only what they needed & sent fuel back to the tank. We put new springs in as losing weight raised the car. Point though, parts are out there and these motors will run with a built 557 (460). My Lincoln has overdrive & 2.78 gears for 140 mph & 27 speed limit mpg on the road. It is also dressed with original parts for factory look
 
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