Does the scheduled build date represent the date that a car was actually assembled?

The best answer to this question is "usually not". Many factors could cause a discrepancy between a scheduled build date and an actual assembly date, such as shortages of parts, worker strikes, and any number of other things. From what we've seen, the actual assembly date tends to differ from the scheduled build date. As an example, we know that the scheduled build date for the start of 1969 model year production at the Dearborn, Metuchen, and San Jose assembly plants was "04G", or July 4, 1968.

New Site Search Engine

I just finished implementing a new search engine on the site that will hopefully do a better job of finding content. You might also notice a new "Related Content" block that lists other content related to the page you happen to be viewing. Happy searching!

Is a "Q-code" a Cobra Jet and an "R-code" a Super Cobra Jet?

There's a common misconception that the 5th character in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be used to determine if a car is equipped with a Cobra Jet (CJ) or Super Cobra Jet (SCJ) engine. The myth is that Q-codes are CJs and R-codes are SCJs. In truth, these codes identify the type of induction system installed during factory assembly. 1969 - 1970 428 CJs and SCJs that were equipped with standard air cleaners are identified by the letter "Q". Ram air induction is identified by the letter "R".

2013 Carlisle All Ford Nationals

Members of the Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Registry met at the 2013 Carlisle All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event ran from June 6 - June 9, 2013. We usually get rained on at least once, and this year was no exception. Member donations covered the cost of a club tent (thanks!). This picture was taken on Saturday June 8th.