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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE
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Muscle-era Ford V-8s

Bonus images and painting tips
RELATED TOPICS: ENGINE | 1/24 | 1/25
Tim Boyd takes us on a tour of muscle-era Ford V-8s on page 39 of the December 2010 issue. He submitted more material than we could print in the magazine, so here are some additional photos and painting tips.
Ford 289/271hp "K-Code"
Here is the parts breakdown of the Ford 289/271 hp "K-Code" small-block from AMT's 1967 Mustang GT and Shelby GT350. Note the separate coil and transmission gear shift linkage, and the air-cleaner decal.
427 FE
The most detailed of all the Ford muscle V-8s is the 427 FE in the AMT/Ertl 1966 Fairlane 427 kit. In addition to separate ignition coil and water pump, this kit has a separately molded fuel pump.
427 FE
In partially assembled form, the AMT/Ertl 1966 Fairlane 427 engine shows the detailed accuracy that ranks it as Best of Show among the engines we assembled for this article. For more on painting FE engines, see "FE-Nomenal" by Bill Bozgan, 2000 Car Modeler Annual, pp. 36-38.
427 FE transmission assembly
This is the way a transmission should look! The AMT 1966 Fairlane 427 has this transmission assembly, including a highly detailed transmission gearshift linkage and a correctly-located engine starter that secures to the transmission bellhousing.
1970 Boss 302
Ford muscle era V-8s had a lot of engine plumbing and detail, and these kit engines respond nicely when fully detailed and wired. Shown here is the 1970 Boss 302 wearing 100% of the factory wiring, plumbing, and emissions gear. We showed every step in constructing this engine in "Building the Perfect Boss, Part 2," Scale Auto Enthusiast, January 2000, pp. 46-51.
NHRA A/SR engine
Our emphasis has been on factory-stock V-8s, but each of the engines shown can form the basis of a drag or oval racing engine build. As an example, we based the NHRA A/SR engine on the same AMT/Ertl 1966 Fairlane 427 in this article.
Engine paint colors
Ford muscle V-8s from 1966 through the early-1970s were painted Ford Dark Engine Blue, but the exact color is documented to have varied from engine to engine. To paint the engines for this article, we used Tempo No. 224 Ford Engine Blue, Seymour Hi-Tech Engine Coatings No. EN-56 Ford/Mustang Blue (available from mail order/online auto parts sources), Tamiya TS15 Dark Blue, and Testor's Model Master Ford/GM Dark Engine Blue enamel brush paint.

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