Ford had the beginnings of a drag-racing superstar when it made the 390/320 HP FE big-block engine available in the Mustang in 1967, but it took the creator of the famed Thunderbolt drag racers, Ford dealer Bob Tasca, to once again show Ford management the way to success. Having already built a supercharged 390 Mustang for street use, Tasca challenged Dearborn with his version of a lightweight Mustang Fastback powered by a 428 CI FE big-block engine specially built by Tasca’s engine expert John Healey. Ford brass invited Tasca and his car to the Dearborn test track and were so impressed by the car’s performance that they decided to build 50 purpose-built lightweight Mustangs for 1968 using two versions of the 428 CI engine they dubbed the Cobra Jet: one for Super Stock/E with 11.6:1 compression and a solid-lifter cam; and the other set at 11.0:1 and using a somewhat milder hydraulic cam for C/Stock.
*Amazing, my '65 Mustang Hi-Po 289/271 ran in C/Stock. What a difference 3 years made.
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