Original 1971 429 Cobra Jet engine........should be reunited with the original chassis!!

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F is Dearborn. Torinos and Thunderbirds also had the 429 in 1971. They were called Thunderjet in the Thunderbirds.

 

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Three plants built Mustangs - San Jose - R, Metuchen - T and Dearborn - F. San Jose stopped Mustang production prior to the 71 model year. Metuchen stopped Mustang production on Dec 23, 1970 (my Mach was built 12/22/70) and Dearborn was the sole Mustang plant from then until the end of 73 model year production. 

Dearborn did build Cougars concurrently with Mustangs, as noted with the 5xxxxx unit numbers. 

Lorain, Ohio - H, and Atlanta, GA - A,  built the Torino & Montego in 71, so what one may think to be and "F" might actually be an "H". 

 

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Try sponging some phosphoric acid on it and keep it wet (with additional phosphoric acid) for 20 minutes or so and wipe it off.  You can get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s in the concrete section.  It won’t eat the metal, but I have seen it offer a different shade of grey where stampings were.

 
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I don't think the VIN has been filed or ground off. I think the assembly line worker whose job it was to stamp the partial VIN was hung over and hitting the stamps hard with the hammer reverberated through his or her head, or maybe was using a rubber mallet to keep the noise down  :biggrin:

 

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Ha!

That's a good catch with the possible H in the partial!

 
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Ah, so I wasn't wrong for a change. T is Metuchen  as I thought. 

As Matt just said, if it is an H not an F then this is going to get interesting. I'm staying tuned!

 

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What is the stamp on the heads?  They should be DOOE-R if the engine is from a CJ car.

 

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Yes, they are D0OE-R and the date code is SPEC. It appears the heads have never been off the engine, and the seller also stated this.

 

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That alone is a great news. These are made of pure unobtanium :D

 

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Didn't the Mercury Cyclones use the 429 CJ also?  Not sure what their VIN sequences were.

 

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Ha!

That's a good catch with the possible H in the partial!
With four horizontal lines in that "double-struck" F, it can't be an H. Also, did Lorain (H plant code) ever build any 429 CJ motors? I think they were all built at Dearborn by 1971, even for Torino Cobras. Inputs please!





 


 




 

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I just added this document to the original thread. For all of you guys like me that like the numbers and stuff!!!

1971 429 CJ description.jpg

 

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I have been trying to figure out what the 'SPEC' date code on CJ/ SCJ heads means. What I have come across is not consistent.

Theory #1 is that 'SPEC' were early heads. If this is the case they would be on early '70 MY engines (so engines with '69 casting dates and build dates) as the first CJ's were in the Torino line. I think this is unlikely.

Theory #2 is that the 'SPEC' dates codes were for SCJ heads that were earmarked to get guide plates. This seems to me more likely as it would indicate something different in the head casting process. But I don't think there is a difference in the head itself between a non-adjustable CJ head and an SCJ head  that had non-shouldered studs and guide plates.

If you have confirmed that the block is indeed a four-bolt main block and the heads are 'SPEC' date codes to me that indicates an SCJ engine, not a CJ.

What type of camshaft is in it? 

If you've had the intake off, any chance you have the block casting date?

I'm always interested in engine dating of possible original engines. My J-code engine is long gone and shopping for parts is more rewarding when you can find stuff with dates that possible match what would have come originally.

 

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Bring-A-Trailer is getting very close to starting the auction. Might be up by this weekend. I'll send the link as soon as I know. Thanks to all for participating in this discussion.

 

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When I read you found this 429scj motor near Sheridan, IL it’s in my back yard so I probably know the guy you bought it from in that town. My ‘71 J code doesn’t have the original motor either or does my ‘70 Torino Cobra with J code
 
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