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Re: 1966 Galaxie 427 SOHC on eBay
The 429 motor was most definitely intended for NASCAR. I guess Ford liked what hemispherical combustion chambers did for the Cammer and included them in the 429 racer. You can find a nice Boss 429 Mustang video series on YouTube featuring Lee Holman talking about the engine. He states it was the first true racing engine Ford built from the ground up, not an evolution of a previous motor. Evidently Ford used two different pistons in the 429, one for short tracks and another domed piston for the high-banked circular super speedways. The motor was installed and sold in enough Mustangs in 1969 and 1970 to qualify the motor for use in NASCAR. Sadly, the street version of the motor was heavily detuned from the racing version.
I would be interested in knowing the output of a full racing version of the 429. Does anyone know of a dyno test, maybe from back in the day?
As for the 427 SOHC, you have to think it would have smoked the 426 Hemi had they raced together in the 1966 season. Maybe Richard Petty's career looks a little different if he has to race against the Cammer in 1967, instead of racking up 27 victories in his Hemi powered 1966 chassis/1967 body Plymouth.
Death Touch, does your signature indicate you own a Cammer? Tell us about it, please! What year? Dyno? What intake? If you're looking for a body, would it fit in a GT-40 reproduction?
The Black FoRd
—1963 Galaxie 500 2-door sedan blk/blk. Factory-installed: R-code motor, 4 spd BW, 3.00:1, PW, AM/FM, rear spkr, 2 spd W&W, seat belts, WSW 7.10. Dealer: spotlight mirror. Orig owner: Sun tach+sender, fan clutch, rad. overflow. 2nd owner: radials, S/S exhaust.