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Ford Autolite Carburetors

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Ford made one of the best 4V carburetors when they developed the Autolite 4100 4bbl (4V carburetor). The Autolite 2100 2V was also one of the most trouble-free 2bbl carbs ever produced. In the early 1960’s the Autolite 1100 1V was used on the Ford Falcon and later on the 1964 ½ Mustang 170 cubic inch 6 Cylinder and the 200 as well.

Autolite carburetors, when properly tuned, will out-perform most of the competition. In the 1956 and 1957 Ford Thunderbird performance category, the 312 V8 was outfitted with the Tri-power multi-carburation setup. This unit was a factory Intake manifold with Three Stromberg 2V carburetors. With proper linkage and adjustments, the T-Bird would take flight.

Two of the rarest Autolite 4V’s were the 1.06 and 1.19 carburetor. These were used on the 1958 Mercury only. The Mercury Low Torque 383 V8 used the 1.06. The Mercury High Torque 383 used the 1.19 4V. This 1.19 Autolite carburetor has the highest CFM rating of any Autolite carburetor ever produced (it rates “669″).

Later in 1962 and 1963, Ford developed the FE series 390 and 427 Tri-power and Dual Quad Induction system. Ford utilized Holley carburetors for some of their high-performance applications. Standard and factory performance engines still commonly used the Autolite 1.08 and 1.12 venturi 4V units.

In 1964, the 260 V8 was only offered with a 2V intake manifold. This Autolite 2100 2V carburetor was a 1.01 venturi. Other 2V carburetor sizes were .98, 1.02, 1.06, 1.08, 1.14, 1.23 and 1.33.

Check out our Autolite carburetors we have listed in our eBay store.

1964 1/2 Mustang 170 6 Cylinder Engine vs. 200 CID Engine

Friday, November 20th, 2009

From 1962 to 1964 1/2, Ford used the 170 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine. This was an inline straight 6. The 170 engine was discontinued in the summer of 1964. The 200 engine was used until 1978, at which time it was discontinued as well.

In 1965, Mustangs were outfitted with the 200 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine. At first glance, these engines look the same. There are some major differences, however. The main difference is a 170 engine block and crankshaft has four main bearing journals, while a 200 engine block and crankshaft has seven main bearing journals. Thus, the cranks and blocks are not interchangeable.

A noticeable difference between the two engines is the 170 engine has three soft freeze plugs on the right hand side (passenger side) of the block, while a 200 engine has five soft freeze plugs.

A subtle difference between the two engines is the timing cover. The 170 engine’s timing cover does not have a bolt hole in the bottom for an alternator or generator mounting bracket. The 200 engine’s timing cover has a bolt hole for mounting the alternator bracket.

1964 1/2 Mustang 260 V8 vs. Early 289

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

From 1962 to 1964 1/2, Ford used the 260 V8 engine. This engine was the predecessor to the 289. The 289 was developed in 1963. The main difference between a 260 and a 289 is the 260 has a 6 inch space between the motor mount bolt holes, while the 289 has a 7 inch space.

All 260 engines have a 5-bolt bellhousing bolt pattern. The 1963 and 1964 1/2 289 engines have the same 5-bolt pattern. The 260 has a smaller cylinder bore. Ford did not make a 260 4V engine. You can always add an early 289 4V intake to your 260 engine if you want to make a “D code” style engine (“D code” is a 1964 1/2 289 4V engine).

The Future of the 1965 1966 2+2 Fastback

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Dynacorn Industries offers complete body shells for 1967-1970 Mustang Fastbacks. We have heard that they plan on introducing the body shells of a 1965-1966 Mustang Fastback and Convertible. They will be introduced at the November, 2009 SEMA show.

The production of these unibody components makes it possible for someone to use parts that were previously difficult to locate.   This makes it easier to restore an original body. It will also re-energize the passion for the early Mustang classics.

A 1965-1966 Mustang has always been my favorite (I guess that’s why I have saved up so many of them!). My vision 20 years ago was to restore one Mustang at a time and do the best quality work, while leaving no hidden rust. Here at FastbackStack, LLC, all vehicles are completely disassembled and mounted on a rotisserie for a complete restoration. All cars receive metal repairs and a sand or media blasting. The cowl is removed regardless of the vehicle’s condition prior to restoration.

If you prefer factory original Mustangs and are looking to purchase a factory original 1965-1968 Mustang Fastback or Convertible, check with us. We currently have a few 1965-1968 Fastbacks in various stages of restoration.  Additionally, if you have been looking for original parts for your Mustang restoration, we have several thousand to choose from.

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1964 1/2 Mustang 289 D Code 4V Engine

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The D Code 289 Mustang engine with the Autolite 4 bbl carburetor is a rare engine.  It was only offered as an option in 1964 1/2 Mustangs dated March – September of 1964.  Some of the characteristics setting this rare engine apart from other early V8′s include:

  • The air cleaner decal was black, white and red in color (rather than black and orange).  It read “289 cubic inch 4-V premium fuel”.
  • The timing chain cover had three variations:  1. an oil filler neck;  2. a hole for an oil filler neck with a plug in it;  3. no oil filler neck or oil filler hole.
  • All D Code engines used an aluminum water pump.
  • D Code 289′s used an Autolite 4100 4V 1.08 Venturi carburetor.
  • D Code 289′s had 5 bolt holes for attaching the bell housing (later engines had 6 bolts).
  • Early D Codes utilized a generator and later D Codes utilized an alternator.

1969 1970 Mustang Boss 429 Hemi Style Engines

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The Boss 429 engine was designed and used in 1969 and 1970 Mustangs.  Ford had to produce at least 500 Mustangs to qualify for the NASCAR Grand National Racing.  Virtually all of the parts on a Boss 429 are unique.  Here are some of the characteristics:

  • The spark plug holes are in the center of the cylinder heads.
  • Boss 429 heads require a very rare, one of a kind, valve cover.
  • Boss 429 had two different length rocker arms.
  • Boss 429 heads had crescent shaped combustion chambers.
  • The exhaust manifold was unique.
  • There was a special oil filter and fittings for an optional drag pack external oil cooler.
  • The air cleaner had an extra long snorkel to bridge the very wide intake and cylinder heads.
  • Used a Carter fuel pump, part number C9AZ-9350A.
  • Used a Rev. Limiter, located on the left hand fender apron.  The Rev. Limiter was set at 6150 RPM.
  • The Autolite battery was relocated to the trunk on the passenger side to better distribute the weight.
  • The spare tire was moved to the driver’s side.
  • The Boss 429 required a Big Block FoMoCo radiator, part number C8ZZ-8005-C.

1969 1970 351 Windsor Mustang Engines

Friday, September 18th, 2009

All Windsor engines were manufactured at the Windsor plant in Ontario, Canada.  The following is a list of Windsor style engines:

* 221 V8
* 260 V8
* 289 V8
* Hi Po 289
* 302 V8
* 351 W

The first 351 Windsor was first available in 1969, with either 2V or 4V induction.  The 4V induction was not offered in 1970.  The 2V Windsor and the 2V and 4V Cleveland were offered in 1970.

The engine code for 351 Windsor was “H” for a 2V and “M” for a 4V.  The 351 Windsor has a 4.00 inch bore and a 3.5 inch stroke.  The same is true for a 351 Cleveland.  The 351 Windsor connecting rods are longer than the 351 Cleveland rods.

The 351 Windsor looks similar in appearance to a 289 or a 302, but the 351 Windsor has a wider intake and taller cylinder heads.

Vintage Mustang Windshield Wiper Motor Assembly Information

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Vintage Mustang Windshield Wiper Motor Assembly Information

  • 1964 1/2 and 1965 Mustangs used a single speed wiper motor assembly.
  • 1966 Mustangs used a two-speed wiper motor assembly.
  • 1967 and 1968 Mustangs used a two-speed wiper motor assembly.  The operation switch was relocated to the instrument cluster.
  • 1969 and 1970 Mustangs also utilized the two-speed wiper motor assembly with the optional (and rarely seen) intermittent wiper delay system.

Mustangs with Hurst High Performance Shifters

Monday, September 7th, 2009

In 1970, Ford began installing Hurst High Performance Shifters on Top Loader 4 Speed Transmissions.  Hurst shifters were mainly used in special edition high performance models.  These high performance models included the Boss 302, Mach 1, 428 Cobra Jet, 429 Cobra Jet and I believe even the Boss 429 manual transmission model.

These Hurst Shifters were offered as an aftermarket upgrade to the stock Ford shifter.   They featured quick shifting, short throw shifters that were used with Ford heavy duty shift linkage.  This combination achieved a quick shift engagement.

In 1971, 1972 and 1973, the Hurst shifter was used in the Boss 351, 351 CJ, 351 SCJ, and 351 Cleveland H.O. high output engine.

1964 1/2 1965 1966 HiPo 289 K Code Engine

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The early HiPo (High Performance) engines were first offered as an option in June, 1964.  Early HiPo engines had a 5 bell housing bolt engine block.  Some of the other characteristics that set this engine apart include the following:

  • Solid lifters and flat tappet camshaft.
  • Autolite 4100 4V 1.12 Venturi carburetor with a manual choke.  Some K Code engines used a Holley carburetor with a list number of “3259″ (these Holley carburetors were often used in Mustang Shelbys) .
  • Cast iron header type exhaust manifolds.
  • Autolite dual point distributor (later HiPo 289 engines used FoMoCo or Motorcraft dual point distributors).
  • Cylinder heads had screw-in style rocker arm studs and a recessed pocket for the valve springs.  All of the cylinder heads had a “19″, “20″, or “21″ casting number on the front or rear ear of the head.
  • Heavy duty connecting rods (these were the same as the ones that were later used in the Boss 302 engine).
  • Larger diameter alternator pulley.

Mustang 289 HiPo K Code engine production was discontinued after 1967.  The 1968 Mustang J Code 302 4V engine took its place.