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From: Clarion, PA
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posted 01-25-2004 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rustang@home     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking at a Dearborn Classics catalog today and saw an "N" code '72 Ranchero that was built in late '71 with a '71 engine. The caption says this car's motor was rated 100hp more than the '72 motor. The thing is, 15 years ago I had in my posession a '72 GT that was built in Sept of 1971 that had some unusual features. I don't think I have the VIN anymore, but it had a 429, C6, trac-loc rear, buckets, tach, air, console, magnum 500's, etc.. The motor had been replaced, but the guy told me the previous owner pulled out the Cobra Jet and replaced it with a mid 70's smogger. Some of the things odd about it was factory aluminum valve covers, what looked like CJ exhaust manifolds, and a Shelby CJ aluminum intake (I made a fortune selling that one at a swap meet!) I realize that someone had put the intake on, but is it possible this thing could have came from the factory with a CJ? Or at least a pre-smog Thunder-jet?

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posted 01-29-2004 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say it was a Thunderjet motor. 71 was the last year for the 429CJ in a Torino or Ranchero. In 72 they went to the 351CJ,and also had a 351/2V,400/2V,and a 429/4V.

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