Ford carburetors are identified by basic part number 9510. 428 CJ and SCJ engines came equipped with a 4 venturi (4v) Holley 4150 carburetor rated at 735 cfm. Factory carbs used vacuum secondaries with dual metering blocks -- none of the original carbs that I'm aware of used mechanical secondaries. The Ford engineering number, Holley list number, and casting date code can be found on the air horn in front of the choke plate. Holley identification tags are mounted along the right (passenger) side of the carburetor on the choke assembly.

D0ZF-9510-AC Carburetor

Carburetors used during the 1968 model year were revised over time. See the 1968 carburetor identification page for more information.

1968 and 1969 carbs came equipped with an automatic choke. 1970 carbs came equipped with a manual, cable-operated choke. If you need a choke cable, the cable currently marketed as correct for 1970 Boss 302s is also correct for 1970 428s.

Research on the differences in the carbs leads me to believe that carbs provided for use on all 1968 and 1969 engines, and 1970 engines without air conditioning, used an anti-stall dashpot to avoid stalling when releasing the accelerator quickly. Carbs used on 1970 engines equipped with air conditioning used an electric solenoid (service part number D0OZ-9D856-A). According to the September 1969 edition of Autolite Shop Tips the solenoid was used to improve engine shut-down:

"On engine shut-down, a solenoid plunger closes the throttle plates in TWO steps. Instead of going directly from a high rpm to engine off, the plunger holds the plates open to a specified rpm while the solenoid is energized. When the ignition is turned off, the solenoid de-energizes, the plunger withdraws, and the throttle plates close further than if no solenoid were used. This more effectively shuts off the air/fuel mixture flow."

The picture above shows a later service replacement electric solenoid (service part number D1AZ-9D856-C) on a 1970 carburetor. The D0OZ-A solenoid includes a blue wire, the D1AZ-C solenoid includes a red wire, and both are soldered to a terminal under a protective rubber boot. An earlier solenoid (service part number C8AZ-9D856-A) with a blue wire attached to a spade terminal was used on 1969 Boss 302s and 429s.

D0OZ-9D856-A Solenoid

D0OZ-9D856-A Solenoid

C8AZ-9D856-A Solenoid D1AZ-9D856-C Solenoid
C8AZ-9D856-A Solenoid D1AZ-9D856-C Solenoid

Reproduction concours-correct blue wires are available for both the C8AZ-A and D0OZ-A solenoids.

OEM air horn gaskets were dyed red. Note the plain brown gasket in the image shown earlier..

Date codes are found both on the carburetor air horn in front of the choke plate (noting the casting date) and on the carburetor tag (noting the assembly date). Holley carburetors used in a Ford factory application use either a three-character date code or a four-character date code depending on when the carburetor was produced. Holley used three-character date codes for the carburetors originally used on 428 CJs and SCJs. The four-character date codes began appearing on OEM and aftermarket carbs at some point in the 1970s.

Three-digit date codes are typically of the form "YearMonthWeek", such as "974" for the fourth week of July, 1969. Month numbering starts with "1" for January through "0" for October, with "A" used for November and "B" used for December. I have also seen assembly tags using the letters "A" (for January) through "M" (for December, skipping "I" because it looks too much like a one), to represent month values, and the letters "A" (for week one) through "E" (for week five) to represent week values, yielding a date code such as "9GE" to represent the fifth week of July, 1969. It seems that the stamping machine operators weren't always consistent in the date code format they used! Reproduction carburetor tags are available from Marti Auto Works.

Carburetor air horn stamping Autolite D0ZF-AC tag
Example Air Horn Stamping Original ID Tag

The air horn stamping shown above includes a Ford engineering number (D0ZF-9510-AA), the Holley list number (LIST-4513-1), and a three-digit date code (933). Tags are made of stamped aluminum that's rectangular at the bottom and triangular at the top. As in the example above, a tag should contain an AUTOLITE stamping, a Ford engineering number (D0ZF AC), a design change designation (B), and a date code (9GE). The tag above was bent slightly at the top after it was mounted, and I didn't want to risk breaking it by straightening it out.

Aftermarket Holley carbs have four-digit date codes that use the first three digits to describe a day in the Julian calendar, with the last digit used to identify the year within a non-specific decade. For example, "1999" could represent the 199th day of 1969, 1979, or 1989.

Application Chart

Model Year Casting Number Holley List Number Transmission etc.
1968 C8OF-AA 4174 Manual
1968 C8OF-AB 4168 Automatic
1969 C9AF-M 4279 Manual
1969 C9AF-N 4280 Automatic
1970 D0ZF-AA 4513-1 Manual, without A/C
1970 D0ZF-AB 4514-1 Automatic, without A/C
1970 D0ZF-AC 4515-1 Manual, with A/C
1970 D0ZF-AD 4516-1 Automatic, with A/C

Thanks to Allen Cross who helped confirm several Holley part number differences between the various carburetors that helped with this research.

It's worth noting that we've seen several examples of D0ZF-AB carbs with 993 and nearby date codes that were over-stamped to produce D0ZF-AD carbs with 4516-1 list numbers. We haven't discovered any documentation to explain why this was done. Interestingly, the aluminum Autolite tags on these carbs are not over-stamped. The only difference between the -AB non-a/c carb and the -AD a/c carb appears to be use of solenoid instead of a dashpot. Thanks to John Spencer for the pictures.

D0ZF-AD Carb without Over-stamp

D0ZF-AD Carb with Over-stamp

All of these carburetors used the same primary and secondary metering blocks. Stamped identification numbers and part numbers are listed in the table below.

Metering Block Identification

Metering Block Stamping Number Service Part Number Aftermarket Part Number
Primary (Front) 5673 C8OZ-9A511-D CM-944
Secondary (Rear) 5671 C8OZ-9A513-A CM-945

A later universal service replacement carb often pops up in places like eBay where it's described as "correct" for 1969 and 1970 428 CJs and SCJs. This carb is easily identified by the engineering number stamped on the air horn, C9AF-9510-U (note the "U" for "universal") and Holley list number 4609. This carb was sold as a service replacement carb for 428 CJ and SCJ engines so it will definitely work, but it was never factory installed! Thanks to Craig Durkee for the picture.