Shelby 302/289 Intake Manifold?

Discussion in 'Classic Mustang Specific Tech' started by my289eatsrice, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. I recently bought a motor that my buddy had layin around, and tore it down for a rebuild. The intake manifold says "SHELBY" on the front of it w/ the firing order and another ford part number I'm assuming on the back. How do I know if this is a real Shelby intake manifold and is this worth something? I'll post some pics and the part number tomorrow...Thanks...
  2. as long as the shelby name is cast in the intake, and not stamped, then it is a shelby intake. it was cast by edelbrock in the 60's, and is basically the edelbrock F4B intake.
  3. ummm wrong. it's basically a copy of the F4B intake made by edelbrock but the shelby intake was cast by Buddy Bar and it will have Buddy Bar cast into it on the underside of the intake somewhere.
  4. I thought If it had "Shelby" cast into it, it never came on a car, it was an over the counter product from ford way back when???
    I may be wrong?
  5. depends on the year i guess, 65-66 had cobra cast into the intake, and i believe 67-70 had shelby cast in.
  6. The shelby intake is cast into the intake manifold...I plan on selling it if its worth something and running a funnelweb...any other info on the casting numbers? What should they be, I'll post them up tonight...
  7. You can still buy these new. Same intake was also these: Edelbrock F4B, Ford C9OX, Cobra/Shelby, and also currently as the Ford A321. The A321 sells new for about $175-200. You might get more for yours on ebay, depending on how many are listed along with yours.
  8. I have never seen a Shelby with the big label cast into the intake.

    All intakes with the big letters cast into the passenger front were over the counter parts.

    The true intakes that actually came on the cars just have a part number beginning with "SMS".

    I could be wrong, but I am old enough to have seen plenty of unmodded Shelbys and had neighbors that used them as daily drivers when they weren't worth anything.
    I have never seen the big letters on any of them.

    My .02

    Want to confirm the 'Buddy Bar' comment posted earlier...
    I have owned a 70 GT 350 intake (351w) and was present on the teardown of a 69 GT 350 engine, (351w).

    Both intakes had:
    Marked "Buddy Bar" on bottom.
    Had casting date on the thermostat housing.
    DID NOT have any "Shelby" or "Cobra" names cast into them.
    Had SMS part numbers.
    Had W firing order cast into.
  9. And it seems there are so many variations on this intake that, that comes into play in price as well. Seems to me like I've seen small letter, large letter and hollow (or open?) letter variations in both the "Shelby" and "Cobra" intakes. But then again, I've never taken the time to study these, this was casual observation. The only truly valuable "SHELBY" Intake I've come across was a guy down here in New Orleans that had an FE Shelby intake he'd had fallen in his lap. One like it sold for something like $700 on ebay.
  10. Heres the casting number on the back of the manifold:
    SFJD 9425 F

    Any other info appriciated...
  11. I don't know about the casting number, but those intakes were made from the 60s all the way up to today they are still cast.

    I have found a good way to find the time period of the casting:

    4 holes on the carb pad: 60s
    2 holes, with a 3150/3160 notch in the seperator: Late 60s- all 70s
    2 holes, no notch: Latest versions

    What is yours?
  12. 4 holes, I'm going to post a pic of the intake tomorrow...maybe that will help you guys out...
  13. I have a 1965 cast iron 4v 289 intake, what application was it on ?
  14. Just about everything. Seriously, the Shelby stuff was sold over the counter and still is. Is it valuable? Well, it's worth more than a similar manifold without the lettering, but you won't get rich off it. As for the cast iron 4bbl manifold, they're very plentiful, regardless of year.
  15. I have an original, bought new by me in 1967, over the counter Cobra intake. On the back of the manifold is a cast-in number with the 2nd digit a '7'. According to Tony Branda this is the number that repesents the year built which would correspond to my purchase of the manifold. On the front of the manifold it says 'COBRA' in cast-in letters.

  16. At the Charlotte AutoFair a few years back ther was a TON of '1967 Cobra' (take-offs from GT-350's no less) manifolds that looked VERY new..not the 1st mark on them. When I asked Tony about them he just laughed and said he knew of more manifolds in existance from GT-350's than there were GT-350's!!
    But he did say an original (I guess the wear and tear on it proves it's original) is worth around $500.00.

  17. The Cobra had a heat shield under the plenum and the F4B did not.
  18. I don't have a single 4bbl Shelby intake, but my 2x4 Shelby intake does have the heat sheild as well, while my F4B does not, just as you said.