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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:59 AM

Here's a Ford promotional film from 1962, showing some parts of the vehicle assembly process that are rarely filmed. This is how cars were made in pre-robotic days, where people supplied the vast majority of the labor component. It isn't like that today...

 


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:49 PM

Way cool film. I guess you had to be married to buy a new Ford as they were only built for Mr. and Mrs. Customer.

 

I like the casual dress, and choice of lids some of the guys were wearing.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:00 PM

Interesting. How about those skinny tires? They put that big ol' Y-block in that Fairlane with those tiny tires?



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:05 PM

In 1962, sure. The wide tire revolution hadn't begun yet IMO, even in racing..


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 03:52 PM

In drag racing it had. 9" slicks were available. But a 312 Y-block with dual quads would smoke even them with little effort.

 

can't imagine having a Fairlane with an engine like that being used for anything else. In fact, I am sure that us bottom feeders

couldn't even get a Y-block in a Fairlane. I might have to do some research on that.

 

When my cousin was running his super-duty Catalina in the International Amphitheater there was a guy running a Fairlane with the 312 T-Bird motor. He had more than a few close calls with the doorway the races were run through. (Yes, they had drag racing inside the building during the winter). That may have been 1963. But close enough.



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 04:40 PM

That's not a Y-block in the film, looks like a 221 or a 260 small block. Y-block has the distributor in the rear.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:37 PM

I was wondering about that, Raisin, but hadn't yet replayed the video to look harder at the motor scenes.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:20 AM

The 406 FE with tri-power was the top dog at Ford that year but that was only in full-size cars. Windsors and six-cylinders were what was in the Fairlanes.

 

I think the Y-block was only available in small trucks by 1962.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:28 AM

The motors at the start are FE motors that why they have deep skirted blocks like a y block they are probably 390s.

Motor put into the Fairlane is a Windsor.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:38 PM

I had to go back and look at the video again. several times. Not a smallblock. Look at the valve covers. Plus the bores are way too big. Probably an FE, judging by the exhaust manifolds and valve covers.

 

Anyway, not an engine normally offered with the Fairlane. 



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:34 PM

Narrow cylinder heads. Crank deep inside the block. 352? Those FE intake manifolds weigh a ton!


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:19 PM

At 8:26 you can see a good view of the motor, the exhaust manifold bolts are in an east - west configuration like a Windsor small block. The FE motor exhaust manifold bolts are in a north - south configuration.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:38 PM

Near the end the engine going into the Fairlane looke like a Windsor 221 for '62. Earlier in the film they are FE blocks.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:46 PM

Yes, definitely FE cylinder heads at 3:11.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:27 PM

I didn't look close enough at the shot of them putting the engine in the car.

I concede it is a Windsor small block. I made a bad assumption that they were installing the same series engine that they showed at the beginning of the video.





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