Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 7, 2017
Photos By: Miles Cook

Fabulous Fords Forever at Knotts Berry Farm (“The Knotts Show” to many), is roughly 60 percent late-model Mustangs, 30 percent ’65-’73 Mustangs, and 10 percent everything else Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, just going off our powers of observation. On this Mustang Monthly page of, we’re bringing you all the early-model (1965-1978) Mustangs, with the Fox and later body styles over on the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords page. In this story, we bring you all the engines of the early cars.

There are small-blocks, big-blocks, 6-cylinders, Coyotes, and even a Cammer here stuffed in the narrow confines of the vintage Mustangs. A few of them are like most of our engines—dirty and rusty from near-daily use—while others have been polished to a show-car-clean.

From this writer’s perspective, one of the neatest things about seeing a bunch of engine and engine compartment photos are the ideas they can give us for our own projects. Such as, “oh, that’s cool how he mounted that reservoir,” or “I like that custom cold air/ram air system they created.” So check out these engines and see if you can get any ideas on how to put your own spin on your Mustang’s underhood neighborhood. And if something brilliant strikes you, let us know about it!

Our first engine is a legendary 427 SOHC (“Cammer”) under the hood of this beyond-beautiful 1967 Mustang fastback full custom. The car was built by Joe Conduff and Brandon Smith at their shop Fastlane Factory in nearby Anaheim, CA ( We’re hoping to bring you a full feature on this custom Mustang soon.

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