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The Talladega Fan

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!)

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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.




Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. Here, have some more confusion! LOL
    My fan is marked:
    S-C9OE-H (the dashes are actually ‘dots’)
    And just “above” that in smaller lettering:
    914264 A69
    Regards, Jim

  2. Sorry James do not mean to cause “Confusion”
    You have the correct Fan for a Talladega and this is what cause’s the confusion……..The S was for Special -C9OE was (C)1960’s (9)1969 (O)Fairlane/ Torino model (E) engineering than the (H) which is the letter for the engineering change.
    This is a special fan and as to the 2500 Manual was used on Talladega’s and as stated replaced the clutch type fan as most Cobra Jets received. 914264 order code now here is what confused me Ford states the Fan was changed from C9OE-C to C9OE-H in February 1969 But as you can see your fan is date coded A69 for January of 1969 so it is most likely all correct Talladega fan’s carried the C9OE-H fan as stated in the 2500 manual. Hope this clears up some of the Confusion >LOL Me to Confused !

    1. No worries, Rich. I was pretty sure it is correct. This Ford part numbering thing is difficult to process. (for ME anyway!)
      I have a 66 autolite 4100 with these numbers: 6S A found out that’s short for C6SF-9510-A. Another strange part number deal!
      Keeps it interesting, though LOL

      Anywhere I can get a copy of this ‘2500’ manual?

  3. James,

    I will try and get a copy made for you..Had some problems with Ford a few years back with some of the Crash Data we have for the T’s and sharing it even after 40 years at that time…that way some page’s we only copy half a page.

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