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1970 Ranchero
Could be a good buy. What is a 429 N-code?



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No idea what an "N" code is ,but I want it!

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460 , Edelbrock Performer carb. + intake , 204 / 214 cam , Pertronix Flamethrower 2 billet dizzy + coil , Crites long tubes , C6 .

I just restored and sold an N Code Blue 1970 Ranchero Squire. The N Code is the 429-4v Wedge motor commonly found in Thunderbirds for the same years. Not as strong as its super brother, 429 Cobra Jet, but still very rare and desirable for these cars.

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Tim: Restoring 71-73 Ponies, Restoring People
The 1970 429 "N" code is a high compression (11.0:1) version of the 429. The main difference between it and the 429CJ/SCJ is in the heads as it has somewhat (relatively speaking) smaller ports and valves. The blocks are essentially the same except that the 1970 and 1971 SCJ has four bolt mains. The 1970 CJ block has the same two bolt mains as found in the "N" code while the 1971 CJ has four bolt mains.

While the N coded motors are readily available (right now) as they were installed in a lot of Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicles, they make for some STRONG performers. I have a "reworked" 1970 N-coded Galaxy 500 motor and associated C6 transmission in my 472 (bored and stroked) 1973 Grandé.


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So the "N" code 429 Wedge is the same thing as commonly called the "Thunder Jet"? I've only ever heard it called a TJ, which is what I have in my 'stang.


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the old rancheros are classic, but that looks too much like an el camino to me

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I like it. Traction would be an issue. I like the looks of that year.

73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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Aww the old tire burner..I sure would like to have it...If it was closer...I would try and make a deal..Not a bad price for a rare car...Of course i would have to realy check it over in person before i paid..lol
I've had Rancheros and the brand x equivalent. I really enjoyed them, the best of both worlds.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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