|02-02-2008 06:59 AM|
<update> just got an e-mail back from SAAC. They are the official Shelby registry if their name is not known. They state that "rumors" of possibly 6 427 cars being made, however, this is the big one...only 1 is known. With the Marti report, I mentioned earlier,they could determine it. They also know that some had dealer installed 427s,but that is not a factory produced car. They have been doing the registry since the 70s and they have only found 1, that is verifiable, that say volumes. Now if that guy does have one and wants to verify it...it is probably worth upward of a half a million dollars. SAAC is skeptical, so I must be too. Anyone that owns those cars wants it registered with SAAC for authentication and $$$ value. Either he doesn't have it in the SAAC resgistry, a little odd, or it's not what he claimed.
|02-01-2008 10:03 PM|
On Dream Car Garage, they said that there were 3 made 1 supersnake and two normal, I am going by the book on the core support,and What the man that owns it(He's the one setting on the table) has told me about it,he is the 2nd owner.
|02-01-2008 08:43 PM|
I can't comment on that exact one, although according to all of the Shelby and SAAC data there was only 1 with a 427 "Super Snake", as it has been labeled. Many others could have been added, but not at the Shelby facility.
<EDIT>; the above statements are what is being stated currently, and it may have to do with all things Shelby. Looking through an older publication(1983) there is a claim that 42 were equipped with them, but that is the only source I have seen with that #. The same book states that some '68s were equipped with 390s, because of 428 shortage. Again, this is the only place I have seen that. It wasn't until after this book was published that SAAC got hold off the production records to come up with the #s they are now using.
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Now, that one may be it, my recollection is that it is that color scheme. As for originality, only so much can be seen in a picture.Like the lower front end blended together..not original. Details can't be seen in pics, so a close examination would be needed be sure that it is a 427, instead of the regular 428.If you supplied the #'s off the head, the block # as well as casting date
and assembly date stamp, I could tell you. All FE engines look the same when
dressed out,but a non production 427 emblem does not a 427 make, those things are everywhere. That's what the initial discussion is about,not what has been done. Because Shelbys were routinely modified, the judging is less critical of originality as long as they are era available items.
Again, if that IS a factory produced 427 GT500 then it is the only one,which would make it the Super Snake. That car sold for considerable $$ just last year. I am working on a '67 GT500 currently that has been owned by the same guy since 1977. He assured me that it was all "original". Since the engine block wasn't made until a year after his cars production, it couldn't be original. Casting #'s and date codes can't hide the truth. I have very little exposure to "original" cars since everyone thinks theirs is and too few are. I do know an original 1965 GT350, still with the original buyer. I also know of an original 289 Cobra, however the owner passed away about 2 years ago and is now in the custody of his offspring, so it may no longer be. He still had bird crap on it from the 60s...he called it "patina".
I would be interested in the specifics of that car so I can run it by the SAAC people.
If that is an original 427 a Marti report will give all that info as well as the original Mustang chassis # it was built on.
|02-01-2008 07:55 PM|
What do you think of this one? 35K miles all original other than plugs and tires(maybe belts and hoses)
|02-01-2008 07:10 PM|
The first Cobra (big block) was a 390 engine( later 427 wedges and many 428 PI engines), the first Cobra was a 221( later 260s and 289s). Once again, as someone pointed out, there was NOT a SOHC engine ever shipped from the airport(Shelby) in ANY car. There was 1 '67 GT500 produced that had a 427..WEDGE, all others were dressed out 428 PI engines.SAAC can verify that if you still need convincing.
Finally, most all Cobras(not sure about the very early ones) had"Powered by Ford" badges right on the front fender( both sides) with the engine size displayed. You can see both of mine and and a couple others in my galley. You can also get the true info about Cobras from SAAC or on Club Cobra.
|02-01-2008 06:56 PM|
I believe that the few cars that you are referring to were either Super Stock or A/FX cars( precursor of the Flopper), once again all the mods needed to fit one would have moved it out of the Stock class by a long way. I also don't think SS rules would have allowed it at the time, that's why I believe every door slammer that had a cammer installed was an A/FX car. I recall them well since I drooled over them at the time... they were definitely not Stock Eliminator cars... I think you could say that the cammer Eliminated them from the Stock class.
|01-30-2008 05:07 PM|
800 horsepower on a 60's crate hemi is b.s.
I can see it in a modern super stock race hemi, but the race hemi was not a road engine.
That's like testing and LS-7 big block, an engine that never really hit the road.
Television shows are just that, fiction.
|01-29-2008 06:53 PM|
|09-14-2007 06:49 AM|
|09-12-2007 11:05 AM|
Didn't Buick have a prototype engine in the late 1960s... 455c.i., turbo'd, 800+ lb.ft, and no stock GM transmission to take the Granny Power? Fortunately turbo'd Buicks came in the '80s but with a lot less power. Since they were a threat to the 'vette in terms of performance, they killed the Super Grandma cars, and cranked out regular nonperformance Buicks from there on out
it'd be neat to get my mitts on that... in a 71 GSX.
|09-12-2007 02:15 AM|
the advertised hp today is still based on a motor on a stand....but....they must now follow more realistic test and build procedures and have a independent SAE engineer sign off/certify the test results
"back in the day"....they used to pull all kinds of shannagin's...no water pump, no gen/alt, and there was no independent "certification"...just "gross hp"
here's some more info
just a comment:
"HP" is almost a worthless number....it basically helps calculate the potential top speed of a car (at Bonneville)...
advertised TQ is a direct measure of available "force" to determine rate of acceleration for a given car weight and gears ratio/tire diameter....at street rpms....which is how you drive a car.....
USA advertising and marketing, has pounded "HP" into our brain....while the rest of the world evaluates car performance based on TQ
|09-11-2007 07:08 PM|
All this talk about factory hp specs, I have always wanted to know do the hp numbers you hear now days is that at the crank or rear wheels.
Take a a z06 vette that says 505hp on the fender. Is that at the crank or rear?
|09-11-2007 12:41 PM|
way more likely you are correct on that Cobra....the little that I did find for info on that serial # is it may have been a 428 car original
I did find some way cool sohc 63-1/2 "factory" galaxies lightened for the drags and a 67' Fairlane sohc and..... a run about/ski boat boat mfgr that used atleast one....(LOL 90mph on ski's!)
|09-11-2007 10:05 AM|
|DoubleVision||If I put stickers on the back glass of my pickup, that`ll give me 50 horses won`t it?|
|09-09-2007 09:07 AM|
that cobra got its sohc 427 engine in the mid 70's
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