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Old 05-24-2008, 03:59 PM
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Block Castings D3TE

I have the Block Castings D3TE anyone tell me the year and block???? Thanks Dan
 
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This is posted at the top of the sbf threads:

Kelly hotrod - Ford Engines Page 4

D = 1970s
3 = 3, so 1973

3rd character is car line:

T = truck

4th is series:

E = engine.

Do you have any more readable numbers?
 
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D3 is 73 but if you can post the date code that'll tell you the exact date it was cast. Below the oil filter adapter pad you'll see a small angled part fom the block. That's where the date code is. It'll be a number/letter/number example... 3J13. First number is the year ending. So 2 for 72, 3 for 73 etc.. Next letter is the month A-M Jan-Dec skipping the letter I. So A for Jan, B for Feb and so on.... Last numbers are the day of the month cast.
 
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It should be a keeper.


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As far as what block just measure the cyl bore. You can't tell from the casting number.
 
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Here is a freak story concerning a D3TE; pulled the ID tag off the intake and it was from a Jan '67 Merc 410. Removed the heads, they were C3AE ('63 automotive engine) w/ 80900A or H cast into them. The block is a D3TE with the reverse 105 on the drivers front side of the block. When we pulled it apart, all the reciprocating parts were from late '66-early '67 and 428 pieces. Moral of the story? Always double check and measure- I almost walked away from this motor when I saw all the mix-matched parts, but since it was only $100 for the shortblock, I decided to stay with it, ask questions on this forum and to Ford guys I know, and now I have one helluva torque motor being built for my truck on the cheap. May even go back and double check those heads...who ever originally built the motor obviously knew what to put together! Education doesn't come cheap (I threw the Mercury valve covers off to the side, they are now scrapped).
 
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Originally Posted by 7d2 Custom View Post
Here is a freak story concerning a D3TE; pulled the ID tag off the intake and it was from a Jan '67 Merc 410. Removed the heads, they were C3AE ('63 automotive engine) w/ 80900A or H cast into them. The block is a D3TE with the reverse 105 on the drivers front side of the block. When we pulled it apart, all the reciprocating parts were from late '66-early '67 and 428 pieces. Moral of the story? Always double check and measure- I almost walked away from this motor when I saw all the mix-matched parts, but since it was only $100 for the shortblock, I decided to stay with it, ask questions on this forum and to Ford guys I know, and now I have one helluva torque motor being built for my truck on the cheap. May even go back and double check those heads...who ever originally built the motor obviously knew what to put together! Education doesn't come cheap (I threw the Mercury valve covers off to the side, they are now scrapped).
Was this engine with the D3TE cast actually a 428?
 
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Was this engine with the D3TE cast actually a 428?
Most likely a 360 but could be 390. I believe that is past the 428, but could be wrong.


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D3 being 1973 it is a 360/390, same block.

428 was long gone, last sold in '70.
 
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