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The early pioneers using the Boss 429 as nitro engines were Connie Kalita and Mickey Thompson. I would say that Thompson's 1969 Mustang funny car was the more sucessful.
IMO the Boss 429 Hemi was just too late to the party, and a very strong foothold had already been gained the Chrysler 426 Hemi. It's development as a fuel motor had been headed up by the Ramcharger team and then hundreds of other pro racers since around 1964-5. So Mopar got a head start on Ford.
IF, if, if,,,, Ford had focused on one engine and stuck with it and had supported the racers by giving them thousands of cheap parts, then things might have been different. Let me give you an example, from 1964 the racing world had the 426 Mopar Hemi and the same basic engine was put in production cars from 1964 through 1971. In that eight year span of time, what did we have from Ford?
1964 = 427 high riser
1965 = 427 SOHC
1966 = 427 high risers, medium risers and cammers
1967 = 427 Tunnel Port
1968 = 428 CobraJet
1969 = 429 Boss Hemi and 428 CJs
1970 = 429 Boss Hemi, 428 CJs and 429 CJs
1971 = 429 CJs
While I'm not knocking any of the above engines, things would have been better for the development of a Ford nitro engine, if Ford would have focused on either the 427 Cammer, or the Boss 429 and STAYED with either of those engines as if they were married to them.
Stronger racer support to the blue collar masses, rather than to a select few that walked away when the free parts dried up, is the proper way to maintain the develpment of an engine and brand loyalty. IMO Ford is repeating the same mistake with John Force right now. Instead of one big name, they need to be supporting the blue collar racers via cheap parts and plenty of them.