Note: This thread was recreated from our emails, in order to share the info and photos with others, Paul
Hi, I just recently got a 1967 CC 38' Commander with twin 427 CID
300 HP engines that has been sitting moored for the last 25 years
without moving. NOTHING worked when I got it (not one system or
piece of equipment), but over the last 2 months I have got most
stuff functioning (sort of!). I'm now trying to tune up the
Can anyone provide the tuneup specifications for these engines? I
searched the forum, and the internet, and so far I've come up with
this as sort of an average from vintage Ford sites (didn't find
anything for CC):
Plugs: Autolite 45 (current replacement for BF-42's)
Plug Gap: 0.034
Point Gap: 0.017
Dwell: 26-31 degrees
Timing: 6 degrees BTDC
Valve Lifter Clearance: ???
Firing Order for Port Engine: ???
Firing Order for Starboard Engine: ???
If someone can verify and/or correct these that would be great.
Also, can anyone tell me the following:
What distributor cap contacts go to which sparkplugs for both the
Port and Starboard engines? The guy I got this boat from really
thing cobbled up, and I'm starting over on engine primary and
Here is a representation of the cap from the top:
x X = the coil wire.
If someone can tell me which cylinder's sparkplug should hook to
each distributor cap terminal (1 thru 8 matched to a thru h on the
cap) for each engine that would be really great!
Also, I do not know how Ford numbered the cylinders on their 427
engines. Is it like this (looking down on the top of the engine)?
If anyone would like to see the boat I'm restoring, I have a pic
Thanks in advance!!!!
For anyone interested in following this story, here are more threads to document the full restoration and recommissioning of this elegant boat.