Yeah, I am leaning to1960 also (first year of tabbed gaskets). The 49/59 CAR FINAL ISSUE (1964) is not concise as to what actually came on the car. It only gives then current service parts listings. One would need earlier cataloging to actually chase it down. I have access to an earlier version that has revisions to 1960, and it is not detailed enough for anything earlier.
The baldies I showed have an EDSEL PN (C0KE) on them and were used on both 1960 EDSEL and 1960/ MERC 312/292. The MERC FYB embossed cover seems to have been dropped in 1959.
The first year for FE F-O-R-D was 1958 (I am fairly sure). The first engines (332/352) were mechanical tappets and had baldies rocker covers, remember?
It is hard to determine as if a car is actually a dedicated restoration, how many liberties were taken and how much incorrect information?
If you have an unmolested 1960 FE sitting in storage w/ embossed, I am with you.
I am a detail nut. No INTERSTATE BATTERIES, STANT RADIATOR CAPS and/or CHEBBY brake MC's.
THANX! for your participation (and Mr. MUMMERT) and sharing your knowledge and experience with others. I know I have learned a lot.CORRECTION
- 22 NOV 2023
I Posted -
"The baldies I showed have an EDSEL PN (C0KE) on them and were used on both 1960 EDSEL and 1960/ MERC 312/292. The MERC FYB embossed cover seems to have been dropped in 1959".
This was incorrect. The baldies for the 1960-62 MERC 312-292 must have been SERVICE REPLACEMENTS. While perusing an older MERC CHASSIS CATALOG, I came across C1ME 6583-B (1960-62) which has raised MERCURY embossed.
I try to not post incorrect info. One needs correct period cataloging and OSI MANUALS to actually try and track certain parts details down.
In other words - I Am CYA