The Y-Block was Ford’s first overhead valve V8 engine and the design the company felt was worthy to replace the world-famous Flathead. The Y-block first appeared in 1954 and ran in cars and trucks until 1964 in the United States and even longer in other countries. But the engine has some serious oiling problems that can affect longevity even when you aren’t pushing tons of horsepower.
This is a rebuild Keith Dorton of Automotive Specialists is doing for a 1955 Thunderbird show car. It is a mostly stock rebuild, but Dorton has put some very cool touches to help improve the oiling system significantly. So check out our deep dive into the engine that replaced the Flathead.