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Book Review: Ford FE Engines
Our friend and FE fanatic Barry Robotnick of Survival Motorsports recently completed a book for CarTech Books all about the legendary FE engine, and big-block fans should pick one up if they want to learn more about the FE. The FE was built from the late 1950s up to the mid-‘70s (FE stands for Ford Edsel), and is best known in Mustang circles as the 390, 428, and 427. It was a vast improvement over the earlier “Y-block” design and became legendary on both the street (Cobra Jet anyone?) and the track (Ford Drag Team and the LeMans-winning GT40—you may have heard of them).
In Ford FE Engines: How to Rebuild, you can learn everything you need to know to rebuild one of these engines. CarTech’s Workbench series format takes you step-by-step through the entire rebuilding process, from identification and selection, disassembly, cleaning, parts analysis and assessment, machine shop tips, replacement parts selection, re-assembly techniques, and start-up/break-in. There are also tips on performance upgrades, trouble spots to look for, special tools needed, and builder’s tips.
Whether you’re restoring a 428 Mustang to concourse level, building a kick ass race car, or just outfitting a tow truck with an FE, you need this book. Robotnick has lived and breathed FE engines for decades, even building a few for the Engine Masters challenge. Check it out, and tell them Mustang Monthly sent you.