Ford placed stickers on the valve covers identifying the engine as a 460. If the sticker is gone, or the covers have been replaced, look for a metal tag with engine identification attached to either the intake manifold in front of the carburetor, or to the ignition coil on the front of the engine.
Then, how do I identify my Ford engine?
Locate the ID tag under coil attaching bolts for six-cylinder and some eight-cylinder engines. The tag is a series of numbers and letters etched in and used to decipher the year, make, and model of you engine. It is found underneath the bolts on the left or right side of the engine, near the front of the car.
Additionally, how can you tell the difference between a 400 and 460? Look at the front of the engine near the distributor. A 400 has (typically) a large “fin” cast in the block on the driver’s side of the block near the distributor. As noted, a 460 has the water outlet on the intake and a small piece of straight bypass hose running from the intake to the water pump. 400 has the water
In respect to this, how do I identify a Ford 400 engine?
The 351M and almost all 400’s have the large bell housing pattern like the 429/460. The only 100% positive way to tell if you have a 351M or 400 is to drop the oil pan and check the casting numbers on the crank. They should be on the side of the first counterweight. A 400 crank will have 5M, 5MA or 5MAB casting code.
How do I know if my Ford is a big block?
How to Identify a Big Block Ford
- Locate the engine identification tag on the block.
- Clean the tag with a degreaser and rag so you can clearly identify each character.
- Log the entire code.
- Find the appropriate engine identification tag reference on the Internet or in a manual based on the character layout and approximate year of the motor.