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Old 01-26-2011, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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429 ci..what year made?

My neighbor has a 429 and we're tryin to figure out the year it was made.. What marking should we look for? What's it worth? (NOT JUNK PRICE )I know that .10 a pound..
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Re: 429 ci..what year made?

Look for casting numbers on the block and heads. That will tell you what you have.
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C8VE thru D0VE castings are the high compression common heads...theres a 71 SCJ I think (would be a 'D1__' number). the D3+ I think is the most common head out there, but were low compression/truck parts- externally a 370-429-460 all pretty much look the same. IIRC the head casting number is easily seen between the exhaust ports right up top.

Fords old part numbering system was easy-
d= 60's, next digit year
e= 70's next digit year, etc...

the casting codes are engineering date codes, some carried forward a long long time...theres probably still some 'C' parts used in todays cars
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Fords old part numbering system was easy-
d= 60's, next digit year
e= 70's next digit year, etc...

I think you are off by 10 years on what you said. Probably just a typo as I am sure that you know "C" is for the '60s, "D" is for the '70s, "E" is for the '80s and so on.
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Re: 429 ci..what year made?

Get them numbers Lagal They are located right under the valve over right about the middle, directly on top of the exhaust ports. For the head castings. The block will likely be within a year or two of those.
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Re: 429 ci..what year made?

Look for a date code near the starter on the engine block..429s were made from 68-73 IIRC..
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I think you are off by 10 years on what you said. Probably just a typo as I am sure that you know "C" is for the '60s, "D" is for the '70s, "E" is for the '80s and so on.
DOH

yeah, pretty sure my C8VE 429 isnt a 58

yeah, what I meant - not what I said!
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Look for a date code near the starter on the engine block..429s were made from 68-73 IIRC..
I think they made 429 for commercial trucks thu the 90's- but they were all like a D7 or D9 casting, think they had iron front covers and those funky center dump manifolds same as the 370s. Ive often wondered if any of the commercial 370/429s had steel cranks...they were so massive, I doubt it- but still, a lot of big trucks got some super heavy stuff.

on the old ones I think the only way to tell 429 or 460 is by the stroke- both came out in 68, the 460 was put in passenger cars a lot longer than the 429- once the compression went away after 71 even the 460 was struggling to get over 200 hp...I think the 429 crank has a 'u' cast on the nose or something like that- likely would be hard to see. if you can measure the stroke, the 429 was 3.59, the 460 3.85

a little trivia that I always still kinda wonder about...there were only 2 engines over 400 cubes with rod:stroke ratios over 1.8:1 the 426 and the 429, and both were pretty sucessful, and I think this had a LOT to do with it.
short rods can generate crazy torque but also add massive drag, these 7 liter screamers though still put out pretty healthy numbers...think mine was rated 480 ft/lb at 2300 and 360(seems low?) hp at 4500 or something like that.
the cop/cj 429s also had wristpins offset to straighten the rod on the power stroke- common now I guess, but was kinda unusual back then. I had a old (early 80's) magazine that Jon Kaase built up a budget 429, if I recall right, he said the stock nodular crank/2 bolt bottom end would run 8k all day long- but he cut the mains to BBC size to reduce the bearing speeds. think these engins had 3" mains- I know that crank is a heavy SOB

everyone has their favorites, but to me the early 429 is 'it'...yeah its way heavy at over 650#, but still- its like a scaled up cleveland with better oiling
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