Jim Smart
May 1, 2005
Photos By: Chris Richardson

Oiling System Security

The 289 High Performance engine was fitted with the same type of oil pump, pickup, and pan found with the 2V/4V engines. When you rebuild the Hi-Po, opt for a high-volume oil pump for improved lubrication at high revs. Install a new pickup as well.

Although it is rumored all 289 High Performance engines had screw-in oil-gallery plugs, not all of them did. When you find press-in plugs, replace them with screw-in plugs when the block is being machined. Make sure your machine shop does a thorough job of cleaning the block and all of the passages afterward.

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Two Great Hi-Po Books

We recommend two terrific sources for 289 High Performance engine information. Mustang & Ford Small-Block V8-1962-'69 by Robert Mannel, published by RPM Press, is the best book we've ever seen on the small-block Ford. We're talking hundreds of pages of photos, text, and details on all '62-'69 221/260/289/302/351W small-block V-8s, including the '63-'67 289 High Performance. For more information, contact RPM Press, Dept. MM, 340 Clicktown Rd., Church Hill, TN 37642; e-mail bobmannel@compuserve.com.

Another good book is The 289 High Performance Mustang by Tony Gregory, available from Marv's Mustangs, Dept. MM, 12600 Leatherwood Ct., Raleigh, NC 27613; 919/848-6786; www.hipomustang.com. It has plenty of information related to 289 High Performance Mustangs. Register your '65-'67 289 High Performance Mustang while you're at it.

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