Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

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Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by LandCruiser » Sat 15. Apr 2017, 09:20

ther is always the discussion if a MEL is a Biugblock or small Block. Ford did not answer this question in discriptions.
Is ther a short answer?

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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by Theo » Sun 16. Apr 2017, 00:03

Maybe wrong question? If there never was a small block MEL how can there be a big block?
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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by LandCruiser » Sun 16. Apr 2017, 11:48

Haha, good answer. So Ford did not Build a Big block engine? They only build engines. Is that corect? :D

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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by Theo » Sun 16. Apr 2017, 17:05

That counts for the MEL engine family. It was a unique engine with no smaller sibling. As for other FORD engines the 351 or 302 for instance are small bocks while 390, 427, 428, 462 are considered big blocks
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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by Chris430 » Sun 16. Apr 2017, 20:43

LandCruiser wrote:
Sat 15. Apr 2017, 09:20
ther is always the discussion if a MEL is a Biugblock or small Block. Ford did not answer this question in discriptions.
Is ther a short answer?
The MEL has 2" in length, wider and taller than the big block FE. Today I dollied a 352, minus rods and pistons, including the crank and main caps. I also dollied a 1960 MEL without a crank or main caps. They felt about the same weight. Compared to there Super Duty series cousin the MEL could be a small block.

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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by FrozenMerc » Tue 18. Apr 2017, 10:36

The small block / big block distinction gets a bit annoying when talking about anything other than Chebbies. The being said, a little food for thought.

The 2 most commonly referenced dimensions when talking about block size are bore spacing and deck height.
The MEL has a 4.9" bore spacing and 10.482" block height.

The MEL bore spacing was only exceeded by the 5.0" bore spacing in Packard V8's (max 374 ci) and Cadillac V8's (max 500 ci), and the rather comically large 5.25" bore spacing of Ford's Super Duty V8's.

The MEL deck height by comparison is rather short when compared to Lincoln Y-Blocks (max 368 ci) at 10.94", Chrysler 392 at 10.87", or even the 455 Oldsmobile at 10.625", but still larger than the 385 series Fords (429/460) at 10.3"

In the end, To me it is an MEL block, or an FE block, or a Lincoln Y-block. Let the Chebbie guys fight over big and small blocks. No doubt the MEL is on the larger end of the spectrum when comparing other American V8's, but still smaller then engines with significantly smaller displacements (Lincoln Y and Packard)

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Re: Big Block, Small Block, What ist correct for a MEL 462!

Post by Ted » Sun 28. May 2017, 06:58

Short answer is all M-E-L engines are considered big blocks. It's generally accepted that engines with less than 4.500" between bore centers are small blocks and engines greater than this are big blocks. Ted Eaton.
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