My father was a ford mechanic for 30 years and I am certain I remember him telling me that Ford produced a 427 DOHC. I thought he told me it was "outlawed" for the street because of the horsepower. Can any of you clear my head on this as I can't find anything on the internet about it after numerous searches. Thanks!
If I am not mistaken your right about that, however I thought a very few of them "snuck out" into street application. I believe John Vermeersch @ Total Performance in Mt.Clemens Michigan has one in a starliner. I can't say if it is factory though.
that I can remember. The Indy engines were smallblocks, and they were DOHC. John V has a SOHC in a Starliner as far as I can remember. I think Ford is working on a concept car now called the 427, that susposedly has a DOHC 427 Modular engine in it. I can not recall a FE DOHC from Ford. Just my limited knowledge.
Note: I suspect the postwar rumors that Ford was developing an SOHC V-8 engine is what caused Chrysler to seriously consider going the dramatic route of their pushrod Hemi V-8 engines in the early '50s.
Ford made a lot of prototype mods on the FE but I don't recall any of them being DOHC. Chrysler made a prototype DOHC 426 Hemi to counter the SOHC 427 Ford NASCAR attempt but since the SOHC engine was not allowed for NASCAR, Chrysler scrapped the DOHC Hemi.
Gerry is correct. The Ford motor was a SOHC 427 Hemi of which there are
February 10 2003, 3:42 PM
a few remaining. The DOHC motors were very small blocks designed for Indy which was limited to only 155 cubic inches in the days when the Myer Drake Offys were still king until dethroned by the DOHC Ford V8s. I believe Jim Clark was the first person to drive the British Racing Green (Green was formerly considered bad luck at Indy.) DOHC Lotus/Ford to victory at Indy around 1965.
Actually, the Indy engine that became the DOHC started out as a pushrod 255 cu in engine, with a 4 bolt main alumium block in '63; it later progressed to the DOHC setup. This is according to all the prined info I have on hand.
This message has been edited by Richard67F100 on Feb 10, 2003 6:28 PM