428CI Alcohol-Injected Ford
Jim Coulter, Memphis, TNJim Coulter's '64 Galaxie 500 is really just a testbed for his '65 Galaxie race car. Jim created a mechanical fuel-injection system and bolted it to his 428-inch test engine to get the bugs out before swapping the parts onto his nasty 427 side-oiler and getting serious about racing.
"I'd like to make about 550 horsepower," Jim says. Knowing the Galaxie is a heavy car, he'd be happy to see quarter-mile times somewhere around 11.4 seconds. Jim, who just retired after working 28 years for GE as a maintenance mechanic, says he's always been interested in fuel systems and has recently developed an interest in working on FE Fords. "They're starting to become popular, so more parts are available for them now," he says.
This is the fuel tank that holds 5 gallons of alcohol.
Jim doesn't push this engine hard. "You have to be careful with the valvetrain in these things," he says. The stock shaft-mounted rockers don't stand up well to abuse. "My 427 has all the upgrades, better rocker shafts, and roller rockers."
These fuel lines and the regulator are left over from Jim's previous 3x2 induction setup. Jim has had this car for about five years. The original engine was a 390.
The beltdriven Hilborn fuel pump draws the alcohol from the tank and maintains a 60-psi fuel supply, thanks to a pill in the return line.
These throttle bodies are the first thing you see when the hood is open. They're from an EFI 5.0 Mustang and sit on top of a homemade plenum. Check out the simple but elegant throttle linkage, too.
The pressurized fuel enters this Hilborn barrel valve, which meters the fuel supply to the cylinders in proportion to the throttle angle.
The engine is a mostly stock 428-inch FE. It's bored 0.030-over with Ford flat-top pistons, a stock crank, and a Comp solid lifter cam. The engine is backed up by a four-speed Top Loader, a 9-inch with 5.43 gears on a spool, and 33-spline Strange axles.
Jim made the headers himself. He used another Galaxie with a bare block in it to mock up the routing of the tubes. He said it fits perfectly and has no clearance issues with the steering and clutch linkage.