Goodbye Old Friend cont...
You Are Going To A Deserving Better Place
By Animal Jim Feurer
"Old Reliable". Sometime in the early ‘70s that 427 engine ended up in my "Big Animal" ‘57 Merc drag car I had been racing since summer of 1969.
Old Reliable from Black Merc - I ran in Big Animal
Old Reliable is pure stock, all standard bores and crank. It has the stock Ford solid lifter cam with 500 lift and 324 Duration. That ‘63 black Merc R code was built so early it had ‘62 406 heads. Those 406 heads are less cc’s than the 1963 427 head and so my engine has more compression ratio. That was one reason it had more power than most stock low risers. Not many knew that. The only changes I made to that 427, was some mods to the two 652 Holleys. I put eelco gear drives, secondary, shooters and 50 cc accelerator pumps atop two 2" Mr Gasket spacers. The top one was a four hole, the bottom 2 inches was open. I used an Accel distributor and super coil enhanced with a XPI captive discharge box. The engine has an 8 quart Ford 427 pan with baffles and windage tray, adjustable Ford stock rocker arms. I did change to Crane Shell lifters and pushrods and, of course, Hooker Headers.
Echlin Super Coil--Echin was parent to Accel later - XPI Poer Amplifier---Before MSD
"Old Reliable" never let me down. We won many races in Run Tuff Eliminator at Oswego, Illinois, Dragway.
73 Season Champ Trophy Jacket
How my ‘63 427 stuff found its way back to me was destiny I think. In 1966, when I sold my precious Merc to my body man gear-head friend, after a couple months he pulled the drive train out of that rare R code car. Then he put it in a plain Galaxie two door sedan thinking it was lighter. That Ford had been a six cylinder car. They put that six, which was never offered in a full size Merc, in my rare R code "one of" Mercury Monterey two door sedan Breezeway. The Ford with my 427 in it ended up in Princeton, Illinois.
That Ford eventually got wrecked. The person that ended up with my 427 engine brought it to me to rebuild in the early ‘70s. While I worked on it, I realized it was my 427 from the black Merc, my initials were on the intake. I also recognized other significant markers. As I was finishing that project, my customer called me. He had planned to put the freshened 427 into a ‘57 Ranchero he had that was now totaled. In Princeton some old lady had run a light and T-boned him. So we worked out a deal and I had "Old Reliable" back. I tried to find my ‘63 black Merc but never did, just a lot of dead ends. So I used that 427 in The Big Animal frequently.
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