How-To ID A 289 High Performance Engine
We Look Inside Art Cairo's Pre-Production '64 1/2 289 High Performance To See What Made The High-Winding Small-Block So Special
Oiling System SecurityThe 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.
Two Great Hi-Po BooksWe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.