(Photos: Joe Grippo) At the small end, they were a 330-cubic inch truck motor. At the far end, you have some of Ford’s finest hours, the 427, the Cammer and the 428. You could’ve had one in the lowest-rent Edsel you could find or you could’ve ponied up the dough at the counter of your nearest dealership by ordering C6AE-6007-359J for $2,350. Whether you had a work truck that was plugging along with the old reliable 390 or you had an R-code Fairlane or Shelby’s wicked-tune Cobra. the Ford FE mill was one for the history books. Originally designed for Ford and Edsel applications, the modified Y-block design was the engine that Ford went to war with. They fought Chrysler for NASCAR superiority. They fought anybody who dared try on dragstrips. They went sports car racing with the Cobra, and when Hank the Deuce saw red mist, it was the weapon he used against the Italians at their own game.
The last FE was put into a production vehicle in 1976. After that, it was big-block Limas and small-blocks until 1998, when the Mod Motor and the Triton V10 took over. Our man Joe Grippo was swimming in a sea of like-mided folk as he roamed Beaver Springs Dragway for the 2020 FE Race and Reunion, and he brought back plenty of photos to share of his trip. Check out more from the show by clicking on a photo below!