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Photo ID # a05.08.04_GUS_FRE_REA_0078_1
Car #: #76
Driver (s) : (pictured above is Gus Frear)
Location: Reading
Date: October 29th, 1978
Photographer: Mike Gwozdziewycz
Photo provided by: Mike Gwozdziewycz
Comments: According to photographer Mike, here legendary engine man Gus Frear is doing some on the spot work on this Ford head in the pits prior to the Schmidt's 200 at Reading on the Gerald Chamberlain driven, Joe Bullock owned #76.   According to Mike, Gerald ended up finishing 2nd on this day.  Thanks Mike Gwozdziewycz for this great picture of Gus as although we are all very familiar with the results of his work, many of us never got to see the man behind the scenes, or should I say under the hood of the Ford powered Bullock #76.
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04/12/06 Jan Games Technically, that Falcon was owned by Gus and Gerry (C&F Racing) as Joe Bullock had already retired. Gerry did finish second to Kenny Brightbill in the final Schmitt's 200 after coming from the back of the pack twice. That was my one and only trip to Reading and the only thing that would've made it better would have been if Gerry had won. What a wonderful photo of Gus doing what he did best...making those 427 Fords fly!
04/14/06 3-Wide I'm not a big engine guy, but I know that Ford had a 429... and I know that some Cobra's had the 427... Is that what they had in this the #76???
04/14/06 Jan Games Ford built both 427 and 429 cubic inch engines in the '60s. The 427, an offshoot of the old 390s, was introduced in '63 in the fullsized Galaxie for use in NASCAR and drag racing. It *was* Ford's racing engine until 1969,
when the Boss 429 was introduced.

The various Chamberlain # 76s were always powered by 427s to the best of my knowledge. Now to really confuse you..:) Paul Deasey used a 427 Ford with dual overhead cams (from the factory!) in his later 707's.
04/14/06 3-Wide Yea.. I knew about the "cammer" in the Big Donkey, but guess I always thought that "427" meant Big Block Chevy power exclusively.  Thanks -
05/18/06 Tony A As information, Gus used 427 High Riser heads on his engines (low riser, medium riser, high riser and tunnel port ) Also, 428 crankshaft was used for a few extra cubes, 447 w/std. bore and 452 .030 over.

Deasey also used 427 H.R., and the over head cam engine was a Single Overhead Cam 427 that NASCAR banned in '64-65 (too much power for the Chrysler and brand X guys). This engine was known as the 427 CAMMER or 427 SOHC. (I had a chance to buy that engine for $1200. w/o the injectors, pump and mag, but the engine blew when Beavers drove it in the consi after Ploski quit the ride at Flemington. I still regret not trying to buy it.)

I remember Gus used a BOSS 429 (cam in block) in a car used for Syracuse, if I remember correctly, the car didn't qualify for some mechanical problem.

Thanks, Tony A.
03.05.15 Terry Fick

I was looking for something else and stumbled across this picture.  The head Gus is working on is a 427 tunnel port.  The name comes from the intake runners (which you can see).  The 429 had canted valves meaning the intake valve was closer to the "valley" and the exhaust valve closer to the outside.  The 429 was also called a semi-hemi due to the design of the combustion chamber, not a full hemisphere like a Chrysler but a smaller sphere. 

The head in the picture looks to have a straight line of valves, the 429 would have them sticking out a differing angles.  I do not recall Chamberlain ever running a 429 but I will not say he did not.  It has been a while but I think the 429 had round intake runners, but don't quote me, as I said, it has been a while. 

In my opinion the 427 was a better engine for dirt track racing.  The 429 was designed for one purpose, to run with the 426 Dodge engine which Petty and a guy named Hamilton were embarrassing the blue oval with one super speedways in the Super Bird.  It was designed for high RPM and HP.  The 427 had better low end torque, perfect for coming off a corner.  That is what made the cammer engine so go, it was a drag race design.  What is short track racing if not two drag races separated by turns?

The DOHC Deasey owned was purchased from "The Snake".