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Old 09-13-2010, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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63 falcon futura hdtp

Did Ford offer a 289 in a 63.5 falcon,and if they did was it a hipo?
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Re: 63 falcon futura hdtp

289's were not used in the Falcon until the end on the 1964 model year, I believe due to a shortage of 260's. 1965 was the first full year of the 289 with the 6 bolt bell housing.

Falcon never came out with a "factory" hi-po motor, except the 1970.5 model where you could get anything that the Torino had available. I do know that the 4v was available on some 1965 models, these were of the "utility line, Ranchero, Sedan Delivery, and the Station Wagons that were 289 equipped.

A lot of people are under the assumption that the "Sprint" package was a performance package, whereas it was only an "upper trim" package.

Dual exhaust was not included in any factory packages, except for the 1970.5 model.

I am sure that some of my info may be questioned by fellow members, but without doing any further research, this should be pretty close.

Canada did release a few "Performance Models" in either 1964 or 1965, but these were very few and only in Canada, not the USofA.

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Re: 63 falcon futura hdtp

No, not in a Falcon, but they did in a 63 Fairlane. I had a 63 Fairlane 2 dr ht. that was a factory 289 hipo with a 4 speed top loader and a factory 9".

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289's were not used in the Falcon until the end on the 1964 model year, I believe due to a shortage of 260's. 1965 was the first full year of the 289 with the 6 bolt bell housing.

Falcon never came out with a "factory" hi-po motor, except the 1970.5 model where you could get anything that the Torino had available. I do know that the 4v was available on some 1965 models, these were of the "utility line, Ranchero, Sedan Delivery, and the Station Wagons that were 289 equipped.

A lot of people are under the assumption that the "Sprint" package was a performance package, whereas it was only an "upper trim" package.

Dual exhaust was not included in any factory packages, except for the 1970.5 model.

I am sure that some of my info may be questioned by fellow members, but without doing any further research, this should be pretty close.

Canada did release a few "Performance Models" in either 1964 or 1965, but these were very few and only in Canada, not the USofA.

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You are correct, I see you have been a falcon owner since 1978 , I have been one since 1964 and have checked them out a lot. The sprint was just a trim package, as far as performance my futura with out the sprint trim could be had with the same parts.
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Ford was phasing out the 260 ci for the 289. They went to the 6 bolt bell housing pattern too. All for the soon to be 64 1/2 Mustang. They put in 260s to deplete the inventory in Mustangs. Also technology changed to an alternator in 65, so they too were phasing out the generator. My folks bought a 1964 in late 1963 when they first came out. If you notice on some parts they ask whether the car was before a certain date it is because they were changing over to new design parts and part #s. Like the tie rods of a 64 inner vs a 65 inner etc. Was a big mess! But the 260 was used on all cars they could get rid of that engine in the summer of 64.
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