Ford Y Block Years
This represented a 25 improvement over the standard flathead from the previous year.
Ford y block years. Mercury customers received an. Early small block v8 pattern. Welcome to john mummert s. Y block 1954 1964 ford trucks 1954 1962 ford cars 1955 1956 1957 thunderbirds.
Version with 3 625 bore and 3 100 stroke. The 312 was introduced in 1956 and used in many t bird s all mercury s and some ford models. Ford introduced the first of the y block engines in 1954 on ford cars and trucks. Instructed its engineers to develop a new engine for the future.
The 292 was used in t bird s mercury s and some top of the line ford s. The mel which stood for mercury edsel lincoln came in displacements ranging from 383 cubic inches to 462 cubic inches and lasted through the 1968 model year. Most standard ford models received the 272. By 1952 ford had new ohv 6 cylinder engine 215ci i 6 and lincoln had a 317ci ohv v8.
This is commonly called the ford small block v8 pattern though it is used in some big block sized v8 s as well as some v6 s and i6 s. Early on the y block faithful were convinced of the engine series strength and performance potential despite the lack of performance parts over the decades. Displacement was 239 cu. 289 v8 made before august 3 1964 had five bolts holding bellhousing to block later small block v8 pattern.
The ford y block v8 1954 1964 and beyond by 1948 the famous flathead ford v8 had been developed about as far as it could go. Ford customers were enthusiastic about the new engine. The 272 and 292 engines were introduced in 1955. Then there are the y block stalwarts my friend jerry christenson among them who have continued to race and modify y block engines through the years.
The ford y block is a stodgy old cast iron american v 8 that has taken a lot of research and development to produce respectable horsepower and torque at the engine masters challenge. Model year 1954 mercury vehicles had a 256 cu. The y block was introduced in 1954 as 239 in ford cars and trucks and 256 in mercury s. The ford mel big block was also introduced in 1958 to replace the heavier y block applications.
It produced 130 bhp 97 kw at 4 200 rpm as opposed to the flathead s final 110 bhp 82 kw at 3 800 rpm an increase of 18. Bore was 3 500 and stroke was 3 100 with 6 324 connecting rods. The y block was the same displacement as the old ford flathead v8 that it replaced but with a bigger bore and a shorter stroke 3 5 x 3 1 in. Rebuild performance kits scroll down this page to view the most popular parts.
So management at ford motor co. Y block performance parts.
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