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Moving onto the 385-series big-block engine it's easy to see the extra beefy casting characteristics that make this engine the brute of the family. Distinguishing the 385-series block from an FE is easy. Unlike the FE, the 385-series engine has the crankshaft centerline even with the oil pan rail. The deep skirt at the bottom of the block on an FE is absent on the 385-series engine.