The Introduction of the 428 Cobra Jet

When the new 1967 390 GT Mustangs were released in the fall of 1966, Ford executives believed that they would be able to match the performance of cars from Chrysler and GM. It soon became evident that they had misjudged the market and what it would take to be competitive. Bob Tasca, the owner and president of Tasca Ford, a performance-oriented dealership with the second highest volume in the nation, decided that he had to do something to remedy the situation.

Registry Statistics Updated for 2019

Submitted by sah62 on Thu, 12/26/2019 - 09:57

The registry statistics have been updated for 2019. We now have a total of 3,154 located vehicles registered, up from 3,130 as last reported on January 1, 2019. The 1969 model year leads the way again, with an increase of 17 vehicles. 8 1970 vehicles were added. Our 1968 total dropped by 1 vehicle because we're now excluding known VINs for vehicles that haven't actually been located. Be sure to register your car if you'd like to contribute to the total.

Does the scheduled build date represent the date that a car was actually assembled?

The best answer to this question is "usually not". Many factors could cause a discrepancy between a scheduled build date and an actual assembly date, such as shortages of parts, worker strikes, and any number of other things. From what we've seen, the actual assembly date tends to differ from the scheduled build date. As an example, we know that the scheduled build date for the start of 1969 model year production at the Dearborn, Metuchen, and San Jose assembly plants was "04G", or July 4, 1968.

New Site Search Engine

I just finished implementing a new search engine on the site that will hopefully do a better job of finding content. You might also notice a new "Related Content" block that lists other content related to the page you happen to be viewing. Happy searching!

Is a "Q-code" a Cobra Jet and an "R-code" a Super Cobra Jet?

There's a common misconception that the 5th character in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be used to determine if a car is equipped with a Cobra Jet (CJ) or Super Cobra Jet (SCJ) engine. The myth is that Q-codes are CJs and R-codes are SCJs. In truth, these codes identify the type of induction system installed during factory assembly. 1969 - 1970 428 CJs and SCJs that were equipped with standard air cleaners are identified by the letter "Q". Ram air induction is identified by the letter "R".