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NOBLNG

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I need something to do while paint and glue dries, so I bought this kit for $5.00. It is complete except for the headlights. The nicest thing about it is that it comes with two complete engines, a 428 and a 351. I am not sure if the 351 is a Cleveland or a Windsor? I have googled both and 1969 Mustang engines and cannot find anything resembling part # 35.  Does anybody know what is supposed to be?

Thanks, Greg.

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Do the instructions show anything attaching to this part later in the build? I wonder if it has something to do with the water pump?

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It could be a oil filler tube.

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This kit is a old MPC kit and it's quite crude compared to more modern toolings, none of the engines are really that accurate to what they are supposed to be and doesn't look right everywhere.
The small block in the kit is most likely supposed to be a 351 Windsor based on the shape of the valve covers, and the 351 Cleveland came in late 1969 for the 1970 model year.
Ford used a oil filler tube on the 221-260 and early 289 but if it would have been this oil filler tube it would have been only on the drivers side of the water pump going into the upper part of the timing chain cover on that side.
But it went away in 1964 beacuse the '64 Fairlaine with a 289 I used to own didn't have this tube, after 1963 they moved the breather to the drivers side valve cover and you filled the oil through it, they also added a PCV valve to the other valve cover, so Ford didn't use oil filler tubes in 1969 and the 351W never had one.
Apparently didn't MPC do the homework right before they did this kit. ;)

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I just built an AMT 66 mustang coupe which has the same engine instructions.   Part #35 is a combination of the oil filler and the mechanical fuel pump. 

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BTW, the distributor that came with my kit was about the same size in scale as a golf ball.  I used one from my parts box!

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Thanks Guys. I think I will Just discard it and add a breather on the valve cover. Yes, the quality does not look to be the best. I will likely fab my own distributor for these engines.

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On 2018-04-20 at 11:29 AM, Steamboat said:

I just built an AMT 66 mustang coupe which has the same engine instructions.   Part #35 is a combination of the oil filler and the mechanical fuel pump. 

I don't really know where they got it from as it's not correct to the real 1966 engine.
The '69 Mustang is a old MPC kit and the '66 Mustang HT kit has allways been AMT and it's funny that these two kits were so similar in construction...and both are wrong. :rolleyes:
Some of the 1964½ Mustang with the 260 had the oil filler tube but there were 260 Mustangs without the tube also as they apparently came both ways.
It may have had to do with where they were sold, the '64 Fairlane I had came from California and was built in November 1963 at the San Jose plant, the 289 engine in it had a PCV valve in the passenger side valve cover and a breather in the driver side valve cover where you filled the oil, and California was early with emission control.

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