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Old 05-09-2015, 11:41 AM   #7591  
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1966 442 Brochure




http://wildaboutcarsonline.com/membe...ochure_1-6.pdf

NOTE: An explaination on the license plate - 442 (model) and 2 2 2 (Tr-Carb)

The above brochure came out around December 1, 1965 after the L69 was announced. Previously, the 442 did not get it's own brochure.

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1967 442 Brochure




http://wildaboutcarsonline.com/membe...ochure_1-4.pdf

The above brochure is the first time the W30 option is mentioned.



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Did you know . . .

In 1965, Pontiac was seriously considering producing their own version of the Chevrolet Corvair. It was to be called the POLARIS



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Old 05-09-2015, 07:44 PM   #7597  
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1963 289 HiPo Fairlane 500













Ford made about 200 K code Fairlane 500s in 1963. They were only available with a 4 speed and came standard with a 3.50 rear. This was the first application of the K code 289. It wasn't really successful as a high performance car with 1/4 times in the high 15 sec. range. But if you define a Muscle Car as a mid size car with a high performance engine - this was Ford's first attempt - a year before the GTO.




As well respected as the 289 HiPo is today, it wasn't much "back in the day." IMO, Ford never really had a competitive high performance small block until 1969's Boss 302. The only way to make the 289 competitive on the street was to install at least a 4.11 rear. This was great for stoplight to stoplight racing but sucked for highway driving. And to top it all off, the K code 289 was expensive: $424.80! And it only came with a 4 month warranty versus a 2 year warranty on all Ford cars at the time.

IMO, Ford didn't do enough with the K code 289. Instead of it's 10.5-1 compression, Ford should have gone with 11-1. And to lighten the engine, an aluminum intake manifold should have been used. The standard 600 CFM Autolite carb was fine. A few other tweaks and the engine could have been rated at 300 hp instead of the normal 271. . . the "magic" HP rating where an engine was classified as high performance by the media.

But then again, this is 1963 we are talking about. The Muscle Car rage hadn't really started yet though plenty of performance cars were available - all big and heavy with horsepower numbers up to 425. At the time, 271 paled in comparison.

Of course we credit the 1964 GTO as the "kick off" car and that was an accident. If you have ever seen the TV interview with John Z. DeLorean, he wanted something different to drive so he had a Catalina 389 dropped into a LeMans. As he stated, he rarely drove the car because he would loan it to other execs and close friends and they didn't want to give it back to him!
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Did you know . . .

When you ordered a 396 in your 1970 Camaro SS, a rear sway bar was included. 1970 was the first year a rear sway bar was used on the Camaro.





The 14x7 Rally Wheels were different on the 1970 Camaro than all the other 1970 Chevys which used the 1968/1969 version. That style was no longer available on the 1970 Camaro.

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Did you know . . .

The new for 1970 Camaro RPO PO2: Special Wheel Covers weren't really that special.
They are just a variation of the wheel covers that first appeared on the 1968 Corvette as an option.








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Old 05-10-2015, 01:41 PM   #7601  
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Did you know . . .

The 1966 Galaxie 500 7 Litre was the car Ford chose to introduce (October 1, 1965) their new Thunderbird 7 Litre 428/345 hp engine in. It was a seperate model for 1966 only. Ford built 8,705 hardtops, and 2,368 convertibles.





Ford used the same unsilenced air cleaner that was used on the 289 HiPo and 390 GT




This was no high performance engine, not with it's 480 CFM carb, but it was the foundation for good things to come - the 428 Cobra Jet
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For 1967 The Shelby GT 500 used the Ford 428 Police Interceptor engine, a 428 CI with single 600 CFM carb rated at 360 hp. The single carb was replaced with a dual 600 CFM intake and the engine was rated at 355 hp - 5 hp less! Normally, when you make this kind of an upgrade you should see a 30 to 35 hp increase.





This engine configuration (2x4) was a one year only engine which Shelby and Ford called the COBRA Le Mans which was on the valve covers


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The 1967 and 1968 Shelby GT "Le Mans" Stripes (aka: Rally Stripes) were no longer an option from the factory. They were dealer applied and cost $34.95.



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Did you know . . .

From 1965 to 1970, there were 13,912 Shelby Mustangs (all models) sold. Not a lot when you think about it - 7 model years.


1968 was the high water mark with 4,451 sold


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Did you know . . .

All of the 1968 Shelby GT 500KRs received E70x15 Goodyear Custom Wide Tread/Polyglas Black Side Wall Tires.






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