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Old 03-02-2010, 17:44   #1 (permalink)
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When were 390's first manufactured?

I need to find out the first year Ford made a 390 FE Big Block. I don't mean when they came out with Generation 1 FE Big Blocks, but specifically when they first put a 390 into a car.

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Old 03-02-2010, 18:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: When were 390's first manufactured?

I believe it was in 1961 and was introduced in the Fairlane GT
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Re: When were 390's first manufactured?

JWKO is right about the year, 1961 can't say for sure it was the Fairlane GT that got 1st dibbs on the 390. The 390 2V I believe came out in 1963, but the 4V came out in 1961.

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4V
10.6:1 — 375 horsepower (280 kW) at 6000 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 3400 rpm
1961–1962 Ford
9.6:1 — 300 horsepower (220 kW) at 4600 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 2800 rpm
1961–1963 Ford
1961–1963 Ford Thunderbird
1963 Mercury
9.6:1 — 330 horsepower (250 kW) at 5000 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 3200 rpm
1961–1963 Ford Police Interceptor
1963 Mercury Police Interceptor
10.1:1 — 330 horsepower (250 kW) at 5000 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 3200 rpm
1964 Ford Police Interceptor
1964 Mercury Police Interceptor
11:1 — 300 horsepower (220 kW) at 4600 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 2800 rpm
1964–1965 Ford
1964–1965 Mercury
1964–1965 Ford Thunderbird
10.5:1 — 315 horsepower (235 kW) at 4600 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 2800 rpm
1966–1967 Ford
1966–1968 Ford Thunderbird
1968 Mercury
10.5:1 — 335 horsepower (250 kW) at 4600 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 3200 rpm
1967, 1969 Ford Mustang
1967, 1969 Ford Fairlane
1967, 1969 Mercury Cyclone GT
1967, 1969 Mercury Cougar GT
1969 Ford Torino
1969 Mercury Montego
10.5:1 — 325 horsepower (242 kW) at 4800 rpm and 427 lb·ft (579 N·m) at 2800 rpm
3x2V, 10.6:1
401 horsepower (299 kW) at 6000 rpm and 430 lb·ft (580 N·m) at 3500 rpm
1961–1962 Ford
340 horsepower (250 kW) at 6000 rpm and 430 lb·ft (580 N·m) at 3500 rpm
1962 Ford
1962–1963 Ford Thunderbird
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Re: When were 390's first manufactured?

Pretty sure 61 was the first year for the 390.

58 was the 332-352 and 361
59 was the 332 and 352
60 was the 352 and intoduction of the 352HP engine
61 was the 390 and 390HP engine
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