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Valve Covers

Ford rocker arm (valve) covers are identified using basic part number 6582. Ford used three basic valve covers on Cobra Jet Mustangs during the course of production. The April 1969 Master Parts Catalog was used to determine the original 1968 and 1969 service parts numbers described below.

Engine/Transmission Spacer Plate

FE engines require a spacer plate between the rear of the engine block and the transmission bellhousing. The picture below shows the plate used for both automatic and manual transmission applications starting with the 1968 model year. Notice the three small holes at top and the large hole at bottom. The rear of this plate is stamped with a date and shift code of "11 28 D3". The large hole to the left in the front view is for the starter.

Timing Pointer

The timing pointers used on 428 CJ and SCJ engines are identified using basic part number 6023. The pointer is made of stamped steel, and is bolted and screwed to the front of the timing cover. This part was painted on the engine after installation, so it should normally be painted Ford Dark Corporate Blue. The pointer is attached to the timing cover using a sheet metal screw, and is secured further using a bolt that mounts both pointer and cover to the front of the block.

Timing Cover

The front cover used on 428 CJ, SCJ, and other FE engines of the period is identified by basic part number 6059. The cover is made of cast aluminum, and is bolted to the front of the cylinder block to protect the timing chain, timing gears, cam eccentric (used to drive the fuel pump), and crankshaft snout. This part was painted on the engine after installation, so the outside should normally be painted Ford Dark Corporate Blue.

Thermostat Housing

The thermostat housing (also called a water outlet connection in the master parts catalogs) used on 428 Cobra Jet engines is a cast aluminum piece that was also used on other FE engines of the same vintage. The 1975 Master Parts Catalog identifies the housing using service part number C4TZ-8592-C. An engineering number of C8AE-8594-B is cast into the top of the housing.

Front Sway Bar Spacer (1968)

This article was written by Chris Teeling.

All 1968½ 428 CJ Mustangs had sway bar spacer plates installed between the inner sway bar isolator mounts and the body brackets. These spacers do not appear in the Master Parts Catalog and I have not been able to find any reference to them in any other Ford literature. The sway bar spacers are made from strip steel and were clamped between the inner sway bar bracket and body bracket as shown below (circled in red).

Starter

Ford serviced the starter assembly used to crank 428 CJ and SCJ engines using basic part number 11002. The starter case is marked with an 11001 engineering part number and a date code. The starter used on 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs is a 4.5", 12v, positive engagement starter that does not include an integral solenoid. The solenoid is normally mounted on the right-side fender apron just to the rear of the battery.

Starter

Speedometer Gear Adapter

Mustangs with "low" rear-end ratios (3.91:1 or 4.30:1) often came equipped with a gear adapter (often called a reducer) to adjust the rotation of the speedometer cable. This adapter, combined with various speedometer cables, speedometer drive gears, speedometer driven gears, and tire size options, was used to ensure that the speedometer was accurate within specified tolerances.

Air Cleaner Snorkel

An air cleaner snorkel mounts to the air cleaner base to draw air into the air cleaner. Ford identified snorkels using basic part number 9A626. The 428 CJ snorkel is identified by part number C8OZ-9A626-C. These stamped-steel snorkels are painted Ford Corporate Blue and are mounted to the air cleaner base with a pair of hex-head machine screws. A circular opening used to mate with the s-tube (which should fit OVER the circular opening, not inside of it) can be found on the underside of the snorkel.