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Date Posted: 05/ 15/ 08, 7:17pm
Good old engine, but impossible to find parts for if any thing serious happens. There are those that will question this position, so I would investigate the availability of parts, in your area for such an engine. The industrials were available in 391,477 and 534. They are not the same as automotive and light truck FE type engines. More similar to what is referred to as a MEL, or Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln.
Had to try and find a pair of heads for a 534 TWENTY years ago, it was real tough then. I doubt it would be any easier today. The other thing is the lack of fuel efficiency, or lack of same. If the engine is tuned perfectly and the carb is working right, you might expect 5 mpg @ 55 mph. More than likely you will get 4. Ya gotta remember, this was a current engine when fuel was a little cheaper. Same era as the V-6 GMC truck engine, another strong runner, but hard on fuel consumption.
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