Some time back we back we had some discussions on the site about the correct Talladega fan. (No it was not about people who adore the Talladega, it was regarding the thing that helps cool the engine!)
Rick Ochs, aka Guru, had stated that in the 2500 Conversion Manual, pictures he has taken of other peoples’ cars, plus his own Talladegas the correct fan is a 6 blade non-clutch fan. It should all were marked with a C9O -H. In the parts books it would carry part number C9OZ-8600-D. Per the 2500 manual this fan replaced the clutch type fan that was found on most of the Cobra Jets.
Like they say never say never or always when it comes to what is correct on a car. Rick was going over the replacement part numbers for dealership replacement parts and found some information he thinks could be important to Talladega owners.
As stated previously the fixed non-clutch 6 blade 18″ fan is correct for the Talladega per the 2500 Manual when marked with C9O-H. However, a Talladega could also (maybe) have a 6 blade 18” fan marked C9OE-C.
It appears that Ford made a change in the fan around February of 1969. The later fan was marked with the H as to 2500 Manual. From records he has made the “H” is the one most Talladegas carry. Ford stock bins at that time could have had a stack of the “C” marked fans and they could have been installed as the “H” marked fans were not on line yet.
We know there was a similar change in the Valve Covers and, some say, the snout on the air cleaner, but I have yet to see that.
Remember that a lot of Talladega’s were robed of there parts to bring a higher dollar Cobra Jet Mustang back to life! 45 years is also a long time for any car to remain 100% correct. Rick suggests that this new information is for the owner who really wants to build/return his Talladega the way it left the showroom. You be the judge as to what is correct based on your own build date.