how many Q codes were built in 1966


Asked by Oct 04, 2007 at 02:43 PM about the 1966 Ford Thunderbird

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I have a 66 VIN 6Y87Q123529 and I'd like to know how many Town Landau with 428 motor were built in 1966 and was this the only year for the 428 in the Thunderbird?

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The Town Landau was body style 63D, of which 35,105 were built during the 1966 model year. The 428 was optional, but was probably fairly popular. Build numbers by engine were not immediately available to me but you could check out the Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1976, for this information if need be.

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Thanks, I've checked the catalog and no joy. I also wrote Ford and I'm waiting for their reply.


It had the same 428 cubic inch engine horsepower as the original Shelby Mustang 428 thus had more power then the standard 428 or the 390 offered in T-Birds. Of course the weight of the T-bird kept the power to weight ratio lower then the Mustang but still made for spirited performance for a luxury car of the day.

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Had a '66' convertible 428 was told by a Ford executive that approx. 1,000 were manufactured of the 7049 convertibles made . Others were the 390 engine very rare .

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There were 5,066 convertables built in 1966 out of those 74 had 428s with factory a/c and less than 1% of all 66 tbirds had cruse control, know as highway pilot

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There were 5,066 convertables built in 1966 out of those 74 had 428s with factory a/c and less than 1% of all 66 tbirds had cruse control, know n as highway pilot

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I like what I hear. I looking @ a Q=car rage top with cruse control and AC. It's going to take all my life saving's however You can't take your money the grave.


I have a 66 convertible 428 with AC. I haven't been able to work on it since my child was born 12 years ago. It was in a barn in Alabama for thirty years and the body is spotless. I did dent the fender towing it last year. I will sell it for the right price.

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It was mentioned earlier that the Q code 428 had the same HP as the Shelby 428 . Thats absolutely incorrect considering the Shelby had a 428 P.I. with dual 4 barrel carbs , much better intake and exhaust , a completely different cam and timing curve. The Shelby had 50- 55 more hp if truth be told. The Q code thunderbird got the standard 428 with the same cam , intake , carb and exhaust the 390 thunderbird got. Only difference was bore, stroke and sticker price. The 428 had better off the line performance but the 390 was a faster car in reality

I have a mint 66 TBird with 428Q engine. Engine and engine compartment is also in mint condition. Everything on it is OEM. Even has the optional roadster kit and Kelly-Hayes Wire wheels. Have a set of fender skirts that goes with the car but didn't put them on. Car looks better without them. Car has the original AM radio with factory installed 8-track player. Both still works. Car has won many awards in car show. See photo. Would be interested in selling for a REASONABLE offer.


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The 67 Thunderbird was also available with the 428 Thunderjet. And contrary to what some have claimed ,The 428 used in the T bird is not the same as the 428 PI used in the Shelby GT 500 . They are vastly different in reality. The 428 used in the Thunderbird was the same as the 7.0 litre in the Galaxies. The Shelby got the Police Interceptor 428 with much better cam, exhaust, intake with dual 4 barrel carbs , dual point distributors and the " A " scratched 428 block with reinforced webbing at main bearing saddles . The 428 was no slouch in any form, so enjoy yours

It was also stated that the 390 powered Bird was faster then the 428 powered Bird. Thats patently Ludicrous . The 390 was a higher revving engine some claim but having owned a 66 with a 390 along with a 66 Q code I can absolutely confirm the Q code 428 powered Bird was Quicker as well as Faster. Significantly more powerful in fact.

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