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Old 04-28-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default 59 "L" Engine ???

Attached are photos of a 59 engine from a 45-46 Army AF fire truck. The stamping on the bell housing has an imbedded "L". The sleeved cylinders are 3.18" dia. The block is factory relieved. Is this a "L" block engine?
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: 59 "L" Engine ???

The engine in my roadster is a 59-L factory relieved block that did come from a truck so I would think that is also the case for yours.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Attached are photos of a 59 engine from a 45-46 Army AF fire truck. The stamping on the bell housing has an imbedded "L". The sleeved cylinders are 3.18" dia. The block is factory relieved. Is this a "L" block engine?
My 59L block had a raised L right after the 59. It was factory relieved and 3 3/16 bore.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: 59 "L" Engine ???

In my opinion, it is not a 59L block nor is it factory relieved, my reasons follow:
1- The L is indented (recessed), smaller, and located on line with lot numbers, rather than raised, and same large size next to the 59, as has been the norm.
2- The Ford factory relieved blocks I've seen have the relief in an hourglass shape, rather than in straight parralell cuts.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #5
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That's a factory relief
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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Yes I think it's a factory relief and no I don't think it's an "L" block.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #7
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Yes, that looks like the standard Ford relief which were all done in a straight line with a broach bar.

No, it is not a 59L.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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Factory relief.
That is definetly an "L" cast in the block.
No, it is not an "L" block.
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Thanks one and all...
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:45 AM   #10
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This is an authentic 59L engine. It has a 3 3/16" bore, factory relieved block. It came out of an early '46 tudor. As I understand it many early production '46 Ford and Mercurys had surplus military engines.

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