1968.5 Mustang Fastback 428 Cobra Jet ''Tasca Ford''

1968.5 Mustang Fastback 428 Cobra Jet ''Tasca Ford''

1968 1/2 R-Code 428ci Cobra Jet Mustang. This is 1 of 1044 rare non-Shelby ''R-Code'' Fastback Mustang.

 

This is a true ''Tasca Ford'' R-Code, making it a rare piece of Ford racing history. This is also an extremely well optionned ''R-Code'' since most of them were ordered ''plane-jane'' for drag racing. It has 52 000 Original miles. This one has received the factory ''High Performance Chassis Tuning'' at Tasca Ford

 

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Nut and Bolts Restoration in 2006, 2000miles since. Matches the Marti Report in every aspect.

 

All matching numbers, nut and bolt ''Concours'' quality restoration. Extra care was used to keep the NOS (original) parts of the car during the resto, except for rubbers/bushings/vinyls/hardware. Every parts and bits were restored with the same materials and/or processes that were done at the Ford factory in 1968.

 

Let's catch up with the story of this rare and unknown 1968 1/2 428 Cobra Jet Mustang:

In the late 1960's performance had become a major consideration in the youth market, and as the '67 model year wore on, the 390ci ''S-Code'' GT Mustang seemed not so special comparing to the newer big block engines fitted in its rivals at GM and Chrysler.

 

The team at Tasca Ford's dealer in Rhode Island knew this, and they were not pleased. Tasca had been into drag racing for some time with Ford products, and wasn't about to sit idly by while the competition got ahead. The Tasca crew took a '67 Mustang GT coupe that big boss Bob Tasca had been using, and replaced its factory 390 (that one of the mechanics had inadvertently over-revved and blown up) with a police interceptor 428 short-block, topped with a set of 406 cylinder heads, an aluminum police interceptor intake manifold, Holley carb, and some other Ford performance bits. The Frankenstein'd FE engine was strong enough to propel the Mustang to 13-second 1/4mile at 105 mph, better than all the very best factory muscle cars of the time.

 

Tasca took his creation to Dearborn, Michigan to show the folks at Ford, and soon Hot Rod magazine came calling. The story that resulted about the Tasca Mustang prompted readers to engage in a campaign to inform Henry Ford II that they wanted to be able to buy one.

And so it was that Ford Motor Company embarked on a program to create a high-performance 428ci powered Mustang. The result, of course, was introduced in April 1968 as the 428ci Cobra Jet.

 

Ford rated its new 428 CJ engine at 335 hp, only 15 more than the optionnal 390ci . That made it appear as a marginal improvement on paper, but of course, it became clear that the Cobra Jet engine was seriously underrated, as illustrated by the 13-second 1/4miles being achieved by magazine tests and drag racers coast to coast of the USA. The real output was around 420 horsepower, but Ford rated it at 335 horsepower in an effort to calm insurance agents and con dragstrip rules-makers.

 

All 1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jets had beefed-up front shock towers and Polyglas F70X14 tires. Standard 9'' rear end had 3.50:1 gears, with 3.91:1 L and 4.30:1 L ratios available. All 1968 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jets came with GT-level touches, such as front fog lamps and a side "C" stripe and unique to the Cobra Jet, the Blackout ''Ram Air'' Hood.

 

Here's the description of the vehicule:

 

Engine

  • Matching Numbers 428ci Cobra Jet ''335hp'' / 440tq
  • Engine Rebuilt by Randy DeLisio in Lyons, NY
  • Original Holley 4150 4bbl 735CFM 
  • Original ''Ram Air'' System
  • Still has the original Smog Pump
  • Full rebuilt to factory specs
  • Block Date code: 8A17

 

Drivetrain

  • C6 Automatic transmission all aluminum casing matching #’s
  • 9'' 3.91 Traction-Lok Rear Axle

 

Body/Exterior

  • Factory Meadowlark Yellow, showroom quality
  • Body is free of rust or bondo
  • Mostly Original Metal
  • Quarter panels were replaced
  • Trunk Drop Off Replaced
  • Undercarriage in perfect condition, repainted in ''red oxide''
  • Few parts underneath (such as trans crossmember, some suspension components) have minor surface rust, body in excellent shape.
  • No scratches, no dents, except one very small area driver side near the rear wheel (see pictures).
  • Gaps between the panels are nice and tight all around
  • Original ''Ram Air'' Hood
  • Bumpers & Accessories are NOS rechromed
  • Chrome Trims all around are NOS and in perfect condition
  • Original Grille with Fog Lights (GT Package)
  • C-Stripe (GT Package)
  • Rubbers and seals are new

 

Interior

  • Saddle ''Décor Group'' Interior Immaculate condition
  • Mostly Done with NOS (original) Restored parts EXCEPT for these: Headliner, Seat Covers & Foam, Carpet, Door Panels
  • Original Center Console
  • Original Steering Wheel
  • Original Dash Pad
  • Original 8k RPM Tach Cluster With Trip Odometer
  • Original and Functionnal AM radio
  • All of the Gauges are Functionnal

 

Brakes

  • Power Brakes
  • Front Disc brakes
  • Rear Drum Brakes

 

Suspension / Handling

  • Power Steering
  • Heavy Duty Suspension (GT Package)
  • Bushings, balljoints and tie rods are all new and tight

 

Wheels / Tires

  • Original GT Wheels 
  • Goodyear Polyglas F70X14

 

Electrical System

  • Original ''repro'', fully functional wiring

 

Here's the ORIGINAL vehicule information, from the day it left the factory:

8F02R179903 VIN Decode :

  • 8: 1968
  • R: Assembly plant, Dearborn, Michigan
  • 02: Body Type, Fastback
  • R: Engine code, 428ci Cobra Jet, 4bbl, ''335hp''
  • 179903: Sequential unit number

 

Warranty Tag:

  • 63B: Fastback / Luxury Interior / Bucket Seats
  • W: Paint Color: Meadowlark Yellow
  • 6F: Saddle ''Décor Group'' Interior
  • 16D: Build date : April 16, 1968
  • 11: DSO (District sales office), Boston, Massachusetts
  • X: Axle, 3.91 9inch Traction-Lok Rear Axle
  • U: C6 Cruise-O-Matic Transmission

 

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