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|The mid 60s were the heyday for muscle cars and racing. Designed and built for high performance, the
427 was rated at 425 hp. with dual Holley four barrel carbs and solid lifter cam. The single four barrel
was rated at 410 hp. A number of different configurations were available. A 427 hydraulic lifter, single
four barrel Holley rated at 390 hp. was available in the '67 Mustang, the 427 Cobra with single or dual
four barrels and aluminum heads are a couple that come to mind. The original versions were top oilers
which sent oil to the cam first, then the mains. Not a good system for all out racing. Later, the side oiler
was introduced which sent oil to the crank first, then the cam. It also featured cross bolted mains. For
those of you wondering why Ford called this V-8 engine series, 332-428, the 'Fe' block, 'Fe' is the symbol
for Iron in the Periodic Table of Elements.
The 427 brought Ford most of its wins during this decade. Ford's most serious and successful racing
period. With 427s under the hood, Galaxies dominated NASCAR, the '64 FAIRLANE Thunderbolts, '66
FAIRLANE 500s and '67 Mustangs gained NHRA fame at the drag strip. Don't forget the infamous
Carrol Shelby Cobras and Ford GT-40s winning a number of International races and Championships
powered by 427s. The 427 would also serve as the base for the legendary 427 SOHC.
Revell released these engine kits a few years back and they are really neat.. They consisted of the Ford
427, 427 SOHC, 427 SOHC Dragster, Chrysler 426 Hemi, 426 Hemi Dragster and the Chevy small
block and 427. I don't know how many are still available. No painting is necessary and minimal gluing is
required. The major pieces screw together and a small screwdriver is supplied in the kit. The detailing is
amazing. Building it strait out of the box, you can have one done in a few hours. Now if they'd come out
with 1/6 scale cars to put them in we'd really have something.
I built it out of the box. I did some painting of small details like carb linkage, nuts and bolt heads and I
made the 427 flags decals that are on the valve covers. A couple of things I didn't like. The block, heads
and water pump are black. The very early ones were black but the majority of later ones were Ford
engine blue. The intake is silver. The real intake is aluminum and the silver doesn't portray it properly.
I did another one of these as a later model Cobra 427 with the proper colors and aluminum heads.
Overall, they're cool kits. I might even do a Chrysler or a Chevy. Imagine that!