History of Engines and Transmission

With vertically stacked headlights, the 1966 Fairlane design changed to emulate the full-size Fords. A 200 ci straight-six and three V8’s were the available powerplants for this generation, a 289 Challenger V8, a 390 Thunderbird V8, and a 427 Cobra V8. One three-speed automatic, the Cruise-O-Matic and two manuals, a three-speed or four-speed could be selected for shifting duties.

when you have a fifth generation 1967 Ford Fairlane 500XL that has an R-code 427 CI V8 and is backed by a four-speed manual transmission, you’re going to need some great radial tires to keep you going in the right direction, especially if you have a tendency of steering with the steering wheel and the accelerator pedal (if you catch our drift). The seductive looking 427 engine photo is just below. Two four barrel carbs top that intake manifold. Outstanding!

Original Factory Engines

The original engine lineup consisted of;

  •  170-cid straight-six
  • 200 cid Straight – six
  • 260-cid  V-8 2 barrel carb
  • 289-cid V-8 up to 271 horsepower.

Factory Transmission options


  • 3 speed C4 Auto

  • 3 speed Manual

  • 4 speed manual Toploader

TD Performance offer Custom Crate Engines and Engine / Trans Options to Repower your 1965-1966 Classic Mustang, ranging from Daily Driver, Street Performance to Street / Strip. Any one

Of the combinations listed will upgrade the factory / old 6 or 8 cylinder Engine.

Engine Resto-mod setups  ( Upgraded Suspension, Shock towers removed )

Modern day transmission choices we offer packaged with our engines

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