Another week, another awesome Boss 429 parts find. This time we’re looking at another intake manifold but this is one special piece. The seller surmises that it was developed for use on the 494ci variant of the Boss 429 that was employed in Can-Am racing but it was never actually run on a car or even on a dyno engine. That’s right. At the Holman-Moody shop this thing was apparently assembled, set on the bench, had the float levels set, was checked for leaks, and then was drained of its fuel and put away. It is in fantastic shape and it is the only one we have ever seen or heard about in our lives.
The carbs are big throated 62.5mm Webers and they would have been working hard to keep the high winding, all-aluminum monster that powered those cars (and some street cars built by the Tasca family with that engine) happy. We have no idea if what the seller is saying is right or not but the guy has an incredible line on this rare stuff because he is selling other items that wold drive Ford lovers to distraction as well.
Ford’s “Total Performance” era was like nothing before or since. It was the type of single focused, driven effort that no longer exists in the walls of car companies today, or at least it seems like it does not. If it was needed, someone paid for it and was there to support it. On every racing front in the world, Ford was in attack mode. From the rally stages of Europe to the strips of Southern California, to the high banks, and the plunging turns of road courses, they were there.
This intake is proof of that attitude and approach. We’d sure like to see it atop one of those aluminum lumps doing what it was designed to do. What a beautiful piece!
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