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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:02 pm 
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Hey,

dont have one ... but looking seriously at getting one.

do the old 289's have much chop?. can you get much out of them
without opening the engine. im talking mild performance here not big hp
just with cams ect ect, just to bring it up to speed with modern driving.

its in a ZA fairlane that i dont own .... yet (touch wood , all planets allign ect ect)

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:00 pm 
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well, you have to open the engine up for cam, but all the basic mod stuff will be good - better intake cleaner, exhaust w/ headers, tune-up. could go as far as better heads or porting and RR's, and also better intake sys (holley) depending on what you got now.

the little 289's are a good engine and love to rev, but you gotta let 'em breath! just look at the XR GT. careful with going too big with cam, as you need torque to push that BIG ZF around. GT's were 4sp.

have a look at some US old school mustang sites

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:20 pm 
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yeah i know u need to open to do cam. but not the headgastget right? lol all my knowlege is i6 atm.

i mean just not headwork ect keep the costs down.
yeah i was thinking since they were in the mustangs thered probably be a bit of aftermarket stuff around

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:11 pm 
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They're not too bad, but i'd be more inclined using a 302W bottom end and bolting the 289 heads onto it.
289 heads are hard to get now for that reason.
Without doing heads and cam them don't expect to gain much from bolt ons, they're a bit different to the newer cars.
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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:19 pm 
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Get more get up and go out of a 265 hemi over a worked 289

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:22 pm 
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im not gonna change the engine. the car ive falled in love with has the 289 in it. btw i also love p5ltd's if anyone has one lying around. saw one in the trading post verry good cond for 2500, but it was in nsw :(. mmmm 351 ... 290hp

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:34 pm 
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ok on the subject on v8s my 302w has a weird eng # i took it for a blue slip today for change of motor, we had to remove the alarm and the last spark plug lead and spark plug to read it and it starts off JGSWTC what the f**k is that s**t i cant find any info on that?. the last motor had JG34

id like to find out what the SWTC means on the eng number any ideas, no the motor isnt hot and the # hasnt been changed on it.

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:46 pm 
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what power output did those old girls have?

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:51 pm 
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the 289 in the za was 147kw. 351 in the p5 was 216kw drool

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:52 pm 
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thats alright for a old girl

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:55 pm 
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yeah i was figuring if i could get her up arount 170 at the fly with headers exhaust cam intake (dont know much about 8s or carbies) i rekon she go alright. shes on lpg so it wouldnt be a monster just a sweet grunting old cruiser

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:57 pm 
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Main thing with the old donks is the crappy gearing that comes with them, mate of mine has a 253 worked up sounds wild as but goes like a bag of crap because its got a 3 speed and crap diff behind it.

 

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yeah 3 speed cruise-o-matic ... sounds fast

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:01 pm 
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lol yeah 3 speed auto........power :(

 

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They have done some wonderful things in the states with the 289. They raced them in the under 5Litre class with 4V cleveland heads and race manifold, they were very very quick cars.

one of those manifolds would be like rocking horse crap to find tho, very rare but they are around.

with those they make a 351 look slow

 

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