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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback - Garage Sale Score
Dan Deyoung Bought His Tri-Power Hi-Po Fastback At A Local Yard Sale
Once finished, Dan took the car to Ann Tyra to show her the fruits of the extensive labor. Not surprisingly, Ann was emotional as she took a spin in the like-new machine, and explained how pleased she was that Dan had purchased the car and completed what her husband had dreamed of. Dan didn't need another reason to be happy with his desirable '65-lots of admiring comments and the blast of six wide open barrels and a four-speed have a way of keeping a smile on his face all by themselves. Nevertheless, Ann's response added to the satisfaction of a job well done, with Dan offering, "It made all the nights out in the shop worthwhile."
Sixties-era speed parts are highly sought after today, with OEM over-the-counter items being among the most prized. Such is the case with the three-deuce induction on Dan DeYoung's '65 K fastback. While Ford pumped out numerous 390 and 406 6V cars from the factory, a comparable small-block setup was never offered straight from Dearborn. However, for those inclined, a "Three 2-V Induction Kit" was available for 260s and 289s from the dealer parts counter. Advertised for $210, package C4OZ-6B068-B was intended for the 289 and flowed 775 cfm, while C4OZ-6B068-A was aimed at the 260 with 730 cfm. Dan's setup is the 289 version, which uses a 265-cfm center carb and 255-cfm outboard units. Combined with a street-friendly progressive linkage, the result was claimed to be 12-15 horsepower over a four-barrel 289, and 30 horsepower over a two-barrel 260. Carb spacing and a reverse facing orientation were identical to big-block applications, meaning air cleaners are interchangeable. The carb linkage was different, however, with the bellcrank located between the first and second carbs on the small-block arrangement, whereas the bellcrank was at the front of the carb assembly on big-blocks.
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We mined two publications for some of the info above, both of which we'd recommend for the minutia inclined enthusiast. Check out Bob Mannel's Mustang and Ford Small Block V8, 1962-1969 at www.fordsmallblock.com and Michael Brattland's Tri-Power Bulletin at www.ford6v.com.