Restoring classic muscle

Original 428 Cobra Jet V-8 rebuilt, dressed up and ready for installation
Freshly painted shell receiving it’s rubber and trim

Ford’s version of bare-bones muscle is exemplified by this Fairlane Cobra Fastback, equipped with a 428 CJ motor and a close-ratio 31-spline top-loader 4-speed. This rare Q-code model is an original 90,000 mile survivor with new paint, rebuilt mechanical, and some NOS parts. Disassembled at 88,000 miles, minimal bodywork with no bondo, lacquer repaint in original color, engine rebuilt and balanced, NOS parts added. Original interior and trim. NOS parts include Cobra snakes, door handles, hood pins/cables, and exhaust tips. Original snake emblems and hood pin assemblies saved in a box. Original type Goodyear Polyglas tires. 3.5:1 rear ratio. Rechromed rear bumper, and front bumper has original chrome! Fresh suspension, clutch, brakes, bearings, U-joints. Very strong runner! These models are often called “Torino Cobras,” which is not really correct. For 1969, Torino and Torino G.T. were upscale versions of the base Fairlane. You could order a 428CJ in a Torino G.T., but that was not a Cobra. I call them Fairlane Cobras, because that implies the base model from which the Cobra was built, but that is not quite correct either. The 1969 product brochure labels Torino, Fairlane, and Cobra seperately–so just plain Ford Cobra is correct, but that confuses it with the Shelby A/C Cobra, which sometimes is confused with the Shelbly Cobra Mustang (the 500 model had the 428 CJ as well). Confusing model names, but whatever you call it, this fastback is rare, practically original, and stunning! Original Northern Idaho car, now in Eastern Washington. Have original build sheet intact. All original equipment matches data plate.


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