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Old 02-14-2018, 04:43 PM
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Iím purchasing a Cobra that has a 427 installed. These are the build specs from the mid 90s. Cobra has under 8k miles. 427 high rise block ( side bolts , pressed in freeze plugs ), High rise heads,7 angle valve job,dual plane high rise manifold with 850 double pumper annular carb. Cloyes roller chain , Crower chromoly pushrods and solid lifters , comp cams roller rockers , performance camshaft (make unknown), Arias custom 427 pistons with 10.4 compression and 4.25 bore. Also has lemans rods & ARP bolts with 428 crank externally balanced. Clevite bearings with ferret comp stainless valves , isky valve springs , Manly spring retainers and locks , Aviad road race baffled oil pan, with McLeod aluminum flywheel and Hayes 11 inch clutch and pressure plate. - my question is should the lack of screw in plugs be an issue ? Could it be a service or truck block ? Could it be a center oilers drilled for side bolts ? Iím going to take a Ďflyer Ď on the car and sell my Unique. Any ideas about the motor. Thanks and SORRY FOR THE LONG POST !
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:26 PM
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Iím purchasing a Cobra that has a 427 installed. These are the build specs from the mid 90s. Cobra has under 8k miles. 427 high rise block ( side bolts , pressed in freeze plugs ), High rise heads,7 angle valve job,dual plane high rise manifold with 850 double pumper annular carb. Cloyes roller chain , Crower chromoly pushrods and solid lifters , comp cams roller rockers , performance camshaft (make unknown), Arias custom 427 pistons with 10.4 compression and 4.25 bore. Also has lemans rods & ARP bolts with 428 crank externally balanced. Clevite bearings with ferret comp stainless valves , isky valve springs , Manly spring retainers and locks , Aviad road race baffled oil pan, with McLeod aluminum flywheel and Hayes 11 inch clutch and pressure plate. - my question is should the lack of screw in plugs be an issue ? Could it be a service or truck block ? Could it be a center oilers drilled for side bolts ? Iím going to take a Ďflyer Ď on the car and sell my Unique. Any ideas about the motor. Thanks and SORRY FOR THE LONG POST !
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I don't know about the press in freeze plugs versus screw in. I do know the way you tell if an FE is a side oiler is that there will be a pipe plug on the front of the block, above the oil pan and outside the timing cover. It will be on the driver side, the side where the block oil filter goes. If it does not have this pipe plug, it is a top oiler or center oiler. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:26 AM
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Sounds like a center oiler. Is there a cast in galley tunnel running along the driver side of the block front to rear? That's the side oiler passage way. The pipe plug Rockbit mentions is probably to block the front of that gun drilled passage. Getting the casting numbers off of the block will also tell. Possibly an industrial engine block didn't get screw in freeze plugs.

It also could be a 390/428 block drilled for side bolt caps/spacers - but the 4.25 inch bore would seem to point to a 427 block. It would take a .120 overbore to get a 428 block that big which is unlikely.

Don't think there is such a thing as a high rise block, although there were certain blocks used to assemble factory high rise engines.
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some of the early blocks did have press in freeze plugs.
any casting numbers on the block? casting numbers from the heads?
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I don't know if this chart will help, but it did determine what block was in my car. http://www.erareplicas.com/427man/engine/partnums.htm
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Greetings All, RockBit is correct. If memory serves me, all 427 FE blocks casted before 1965 we all top oilers. The reason for the sideoiling conversion was to protect the engines from oil starvation during racing and hard cornering paticularly NASCAR racing. If your block has pressed-in freeze plugs, most likely it was casted before '65 and a top oiler. You should be able to find the casting date code on the block where the oil pan bolts to the block (sorry, can't remember exact location) My 427FE has freeze plugs and casted in November 1963, therefore a top oiler Also, the Ford FE Forum is a wealth of information and can decipher all casting markings for you.
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Iím purchasing a Cobra that has a 427 installed. These are the build specs from the mid 90s. Cobra has under 8k miles. 427 high rise block ( side bolts , pressed in freeze plugs ), High rise heads,7 angle valve job,dual plane high rise manifold with 850 double pumper annular carb. Cloyes roller chain , Crower chromoly pushrods and solid lifters , comp cams roller rockers , performance camshaft (make unknown), Arias custom 427 pistons with 10.4 compression and 4.25 bore. Also has lemans rods & ARP bolts with 428 crank externally balanced. Clevite bearings with ferret comp stainless valves , isky valve springs , Manly spring retainers and locks , Aviad road race baffled oil pan, with McLeod aluminum flywheel and Hayes 11 inch clutch and pressure plate. - my question is should the lack of screw in plugs be an issue ? Could it be a service or truck block ? Could it be a center oilers drilled for side bolts ? Iím going to take a Ďflyer Ď on the car and sell my Unique. Any ideas about the motor. Thanks and SORRY FOR THE LONG POST !
7 angle seats,, annular 850, , I'd like to know what camshaft.
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Paul told me last week he was buying this car and was picking it up yesterday. It is an early ERA and is well equipped. He got a screaming deal on it. We will be learning more about the car soon.
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Paul, please fill us in on your new purchase when you have chance. Always interested in other ERA's.
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Couldnít finalize purchase over the weekend. Picking it up Wednesday. Did find out the engine builder was Fodge & Peck (Imagine) Motorsports in Rancho Cordova California in 1993/94 Will post more as soon as I can.
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Iím purchasing a Cobra that has a 427 installed. These are the build specs from the mid 90s. Cobra has under 8k miles. 427 high rise block ( side bolts , pressed in freeze plugs ), High rise heads,7 angle valve job,dual plane high rise manifold with 850 double pumper annular carb. Cloyes roller chain , Crower chromoly pushrods and solid lifters , comp cams roller rockers , performance camshaft (make unknown), Arias custom 427 pistons with 10.4 compression and 4.25 bore. Also has lemans rods & ARP bolts with 428 crank externally balanced. Clevite bearings with ferret comp stainless valves , isky valve springs , Manly spring retainers and locks , Aviad road race baffled oil pan, with McLeod aluminum flywheel and Hayes 11 inch clutch and pressure plate. - my question is should the lack of screw in plugs be an issue ? Could it be a service or truck block ? Could it be a center oilers drilled for side bolts ? Iím going to take a Ďflyer Ď on the car and sell my Unique. Any ideas about the motor. Thanks and SORRY FOR THE LONG POST !
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7 angle seats with a dual plane intake?

Disappointed he can't give you the camshaft details, other than it is a solid flat tappet.

I don't know the guy, I don't care what any "spec sheet" says, I would actually rather see the engine in pieces.

Saves me pulling it apart, which I would eventually do anyhow.

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I would certainly check the casting numbers on the block if I could not measure the bore and stroke of the motor. Without the screw in plugs, it's difficult to tell FE motors apart unless you are really up on the differences. People say lots of things. Not trying to imply that anyone is being untruthful, but it's better safe than sorry. Maybe that's just me cynical nature showing through..
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Was able to finish the deal on the car today ! Iím the new owner of ERA 294. Not going to pull the engine apart to check the cam , but I did get some numbers off the block and heads.

Block codes - C4AE
6015 A
Has cross bolts - press in freeze plugs - 427 top Oiler ?

Head codes - C4AE F10
High riser heads - both sides same codes
Will post more tomorrow- looks like 1964 motor / will check date codes.
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Was able to finish the deal on the car today ! Iím the new owner of ERA 294. Not going to pull the engine apart to check the cam , but I did get some numbers off the block and heads.

Block codes - C4AE
6015 A
Has cross bolts - press in freeze plugs - 427 top Oiler ?

Head codes - C4AE F10
High riser heads - both sides same codes
Will post more tomorrow- looks like 1964 motor / will check date codes.
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Welcome,I own ERA 295 !
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Looks nice. The red will make it stand out in a crowd; although it also makes it stand out a little more with those people who hide on the side of the road and monitor speed . Enjoy!
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Congratulations! Is this the car that was for sale in FL?
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sracer5, Congrats on your ERA. You'll love that car. You may want to contact Peter at ERA, he would probably have the build sheets on the car on file. I did that for mine, Peter has been a wealth of information. Thru the build sheets I found the original owner and met a few times with him and the engine builder who had all the engine specs, I have a copy of his engine build sheet. Best of luck, enjoy the thrill.....Art Fink
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This car was advertised in North Texas. Iíve sent
Peter a couple of Emails in the last week , but havenít heard back. I did talk to him briefly on the phone. I sent him my contact information to update his records.
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