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Re: 289 Hi-po heads

I've seen some decent praise of the old F4B intakes from drag racers that have run them.

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Turbo, I've got the old Green dot C4 and column shifter.... I want to change over to bucket seats so I can put a floor shifter in so if you guessed it I also have a bench seat...LOL! I'll be doing a lot of mods just for a new tranny before I get to the engine, new buckets and new carpet make me smile big time!
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Back to the original question, I would run em, if a new/used/other set is out of the question. Those NHRA S/S guys are crafty, and do things that MOST ppl dont do, due to the rules...

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Re: 289 Hi-po heads

You can see some differences in both heads for sure, mine turned out not to be hi-po heads but they will work fine for a mild build.
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That was the C5AE-E head (many variations before that). What you have is the same basic head without all of the fancy machining.

I just happened across that and posted it for illustration.

All I know is that during that period, a 327 CHEVELLE was deadly and the 289HP (street) didn't stand much of a chance (IMO).

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Looks like a cam for what you want would be .480 lift, 212 to 218 duration @ .050 range. You might not realy need a higher stall if its more for crusing than drags.
Keep the 3.00 rear or is it a 3.08.

If you have any thoughts as to using a AOD at any point last I looked there was only one B&M that would convert to a AOD, C4, C6. Dont think anyone else had one. If you go with a AOD a lower gear could be used.


What carb are you thinking about?
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I like your cam choice Turbo and it's got the 3:00 gear in it now, I was going to put a 3:25 in for a little more off the line power. If I go with a C4, If I go with an AOD then a 3:50 for sure. I think I'll keep the 8" and just strengthen it up with a better pumpkin and axles, it should hold up fine since I'm not going to race her.

That cam looks like one of the Ford cams, Crower makes a roller like that and Isky makes a flat tappet like that too.

I'm seriously thinking the AOD for sure, how much hp can it take? Do you need a ECU for one of those?

I was planning on going with a 600 or 625 Holley.....easier to tune then my current 500 Edelbrock. I've also got a 600 Edelbrock that I thought was to big for a mostly stock 289 so it's in the box now all clean.
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I like your cam choice Turbo and it's got the 3:00 gear in it now, I was going to put a 3:25 in for a little more off the line power. If I go with a C4, If I go with an AOD then a 3:50 for sure. I think I'll keep the 8" and just strengthen it up with a better pumpkin and axles, it should hold up fine since I'm not going to race her.

That cam looks like one of the Ford cams, Crower makes a roller like that and Isky makes a flat tappet like that too.

I'm seriously thinking the AOD for sure, how much hp can it take? Do you need a ECU for one of those?

I was planning on going with a 600 or 625 Holley.....easier to tune then my current 500 Edelbrock. I've also got a 600 Edelbrock that I thought was to big for a mostly stock 289 so it's in the box now all clean.
Crane also makes severl cams in that range. The AOD does not use an ECM. They use a TV cable that varies the pressure. Locar makes an aftermarket cable for it. AODs hold up perty well and can be jucied up to run around 1000HP if needed. There are a few cheep mods I would recomend. If your near by I have a couple left.
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Recomdation for a carb would be a Quick Fuel SS-680-VS. Main reason every metering orface is jettable also secondary opening is adjustable by turning a screw. This would be tunable for best economy and performance without modifying a Holley to do the same.
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Here's the Crower I was thinking of.....480/210 intake, .480/214 exhaust & 112 LC. 2100-5300rpm/5800 max

Isky Cam: 480/214 intake & exhaust, 108 LC, 2000-5800 rpm

I'll check out Crane and that Quick Fuel carb.

Just what is it that you have a few left of?
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I have 2 AODs from either Grand Marquis or a Crown Vic Both were my daily drivers untill the cars rusted out.
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Just wanted to make sure, I thought that's what you might of had. I'm in KS but I want to wait on the AOD for now.

I've got to get some steering & suspension parts replaced then I can go full bore on the fun stuff.

Thanks for the help everyone and glad you'll stuck in there.
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I used the B&M Mega Shifter. Ended up using the light truck version.
Reason is the car version left the shifter at unusual position. Modified the truck mount to make it feel like it was placed like the factory would have.
Have some pics if you would like to see.
If you were close one of my trannys would be a good deal.
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I'd like to see some pics....I'm not sure what year Fairlane you've got. Do you have pics posted in the gallery, I have some, if you do a search and type in Rickracer my 66 will pop up.

What do you think of that Crower Cam? I know the Isky is old school but it's close to the same specs....both say the have great low/mid range torque.

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