Jim Smart
May 24, 2007

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289 High Performance Facts

  • Introduced in the '63 Fairlane
  • Open-element, low-restriction air cleaner
  • Chromed-steel valve covers
  • Aggressive mechanical flat-tappet camshaft
  • Cylinder heads with screw-in rocker arm studs and valvespring pockets; Ports and valves are the same size as 289 two-barrel and four-barrel
  • Wider 1-1/3-inch harmonic balancer
  • Meatier C3OE connecting rod forgings
  • Larger 3/8-inch connecting rod bolts
  • Wider main-bearing caps
  • Stamped-steel, nose-mounted crankshaft counterweight
  • Narrower timing set to accommodate the counterweight
  • Special cast-iron exhaust headers
  • Autolite dual-point ignition with mechanical advance
  • Autolite 4100 four-barrel carburetor with manual choke
  • Same four-barrel cast-iron manifold as 225hp engine
  • Special 16-inch four-blade cooling fan
  • Cast-iron water pump
  • Larger alternator pulley