Agreed, about 25 years ago, I answered a local classified ad for a "428 Cobra Jet" engine for $700.00. I hurried right out there, about 20 miles away, and I am shown a grimy FE with a 1964 cast iron 390 4 barrel intake and C7AE heads, laying on the floor in front of a rusty, engineless F100. Sensing my dissapointment, the seller claimed that back in 1974, he had purchased a brand new 428CJ short block from a Ford dealer, and installed it is the truck, with his origional heads and a Galaxie intake manifold. I thought it was BS, but luckily decided to pull the oil pan, and sure enough, it had a 1UB crank, C7AE-B rods with the big nuts. Snce the heads were not CJ, he accepted my $350. offer, and I took it home. Pulled a piston, which is a "428 Super" standard bore item, the bearings have 1973 dates on them. So it really is a 428CJ service short block, that I will put to use "one of these days". Of course, this was a rare exception, I can`t count all the times I have gone out to bu a "427" or "428SCJ" that was just a tired 352, 360, or 390. Or all the "R code" cars that did indeed have a R in the VIN, unfortunately, the R was the 2nd character, rather than the 5th!!
428 powered Fairmont drag car, Best ET:email@example.comMPH, best 60 ft: 1.29
59 Meteor 2 dr. sedan 332, Ford O Matic
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4speed