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05-17-2019 06:35 AM
Re: 289 upgrades

If you're looking for Performance per Dollar:

You can't beat a 408W... With a good set of heads, it will run circles around a 390, and do it for a lot less money. Plus, if the car is already set up for a 289, the 351W based engine bolts right into place. As a bonus, the 351W has the same balance as the existing 289, so there won't be any harmonic dampner or flywheel/flex plate swapping needed.

If you can scrape up the funds, I'd install a 408 with a decent set of aftermarket heads, and let it EAT!

Since you're in the process of buying a house... A STOCK 351W out of a later model vehicle can work. They made them up until 1994, I believe... and the later ones had hydraulic roller cams. If you can find one of these cheap, it will be nice upgrade! On the later engines, you may need to swap the oil pan and timing cover... and ditch the EFI for a carbed setup. Timing cover will likely not be set up for a mechanical fuel pump, but you can swap to an older style and add a fuel pump eccentric in front of the timing gear... or just run an electric pump. Later engines had the dipstick going into the pan instead of the timing cover, so keep an eye on that as well.

A stock 351W will provide a nice improvement, and when you DO have the funds for a nice 408, all you need to do is pull the stocker, and drop in the beast! the car will already be set up for it!

Good Luck!
05-16-2019 10:07 PM
Re: 289 upgrades

I replaced my 352 with a 390 expecting a big difference but really, the difference was not much. So if you can't find a good 390 long block (and all the stuff that goes with it like exhaust, tranny, A/C, P/S..), you might have a better selection in a 352.
I think you will like it but if not you can build it up fairly easily, just need pistons, rods, crank, gasket set and a little machine work.
05-12-2019 08:09 AM
My67Galaxie FOMOCO....
I do agree with you there about the 390..

And ive been looking all over Craigslist for a 390 car i can get the entire drive train from.
Im willing to leave the 289 alone for another year if i can do such..

Because a 390 car is what i wanted all along.. i jyst didn't want to take the chance id get her half way and then stall out as life got in the way..
05-12-2019 08:06 AM
My67Galaxie My66..

Beautiful 408 there
05-12-2019 07:26 AM
Re: 289 upgrades

Instead of bursting your bubble I will share my experience. My 68 had a stock 302 when I got it. Put new cam / intake / 4b carb / dual exhaust in it. Maybe my expectations were to high but results were not what I would call a good investment as it was still a 302 in a 2 ton car. I would have been much further ahead had I taken the $$ spent on the 302 upgrades and spent them on the mild 460 combo currently in there. Dropping even a stock 390 in the 67 would put a big smile on your face. If you can do most of the work yourself it could be done on a small budget. Off set cost by selling the current engine trans combo. Not sure what gear you have but a simple gear change can give a real seat of the pants improvement to acceleration even with the 289. If I were to do mine over I would build a 390 solely because of the engine placement and header choice of a 460 in a 65-68 Galaxie.
05-11-2019 05:27 AM
my66 My66’s little 408
05-10-2019 07:11 PM
My67Galaxie Yeah I would love to go with the new crate motor currently saving to buy a new house, so spare money is quite tight at the moment I just want her to be reliable.
05-09-2019 04:47 PM
Re: 289 upgrades

I went the other way with my 302. 1990 Mustang GT engine with 10K original miles. Took it apart, cleaned, added new bearings etc. Changed out the EFI to carb. Now I have a beautiful 240hp engine. I spent close to 3000. For an extra 5-600 I could have have some serious HP. Kinda wish I had bought a turnkey.
05-09-2019 12:33 AM
my66 Very Happy I went with BluePrint Engines you can get a turnkey 302 for less than 3500, if you add up time, money and part in my mind I was money ahead. I went with a 351w Bored and Stroked to 408
My accountant didn’t know how much I spent on mine till the bill arrived, that’s a story for a different day
05-07-2019 01:04 PM
My67Galaxie What did you go with??
And are you happy overall??
05-05-2019 09:55 AM
my66 I was contemplating your route but ultimately upgraded to a turnkey from blueprint, I weight the pros and cons and the budget my biggest factor was why add all new components if your not sure if the rest of the engine will be in the same condition or take the increased performance
Just my 2 cents
04-30-2019 10:07 AM
My67Galaxie N20mike...

Yeah and I'd have not known those changes would have needed addressed ..
I've been out of it ( wrenching) and playing with motors for a very long time
04-30-2019 10:04 AM
My67Galaxie Id love to do a 347 crate motor..
But it just seems to far out of my budget..
04-29-2019 02:12 PM
Re: 289 upgrades

I'm just putting up options when you start talking topend kits there big bucks. 🙂
04-29-2019 01:57 PM
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