[DeTomaso] NPC: vintage 1967 FoMoCo video of LeMans 427 engine testing

Charles Engles cengles at cox.net
Mon Dec 28 14:25:41 EST 2020

Dear Mike,

              Ah, my mistake.  427: no ZF, only T44.   289: ZF.   Now, that is straight.  

                                Warmest regards, Chuck Engles

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Drew [mailto:mikeldrew at aol.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2020 10:52 AM
To: Charles Engles
Cc: detomaso at server.detomasolist.com
Subject: Re: [DeTomaso] NPC: vintage 1967 FoMoCo video of LeMans 427 engine testing


Very cool!

Remember, no big-block GT40 ever used a ZF gearbox. Ford concluded the ZF design would never withstand the torque, and when Kar Kraft took on the development of the big-block Mk II models for the 1966 season, part of that process involved the development of the T44 four-speed transaxle, a GT40-specific design utilizing the internals from the standard Ford toploader four-speed. 

Genuine T44 transaxles are extremely rare and you might be able to trade a decent Pantera for one today!


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> On Dec 28, 2020, at 05:41, Charles Engles <cengles at cox.net> wrote:
>    Dear Forum,
>              Vintage eleven minute video of the early computerized (?)
>   dynamometer simulation of LeMans laps on the 427 engine and
>   transaxle.   The Duece was very serious about beating Ferrari.  It was
>   difficult to see an actual ZF in the video, but the soundtrack  and
>   images were fascinating.
>   [1]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxP__UPj7L8&feature=youtu.be
>                                          Vroom, vroom, Chuck Engles
> References
>   1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxP__UPj7L8&feature=youtu.be
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