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1966 Ford Mustang - Project '66 - Engine Detailing - How To: Detail A 289 Engine
Make your vintage small-block look showroom new with the "right stuff."
Whether at a local burger-joint cruise or a Mustang Club of America National, one of the first areas a budding enthusiast or knowledgeable Mustanger will look at is your Mustang's engine compartment. If your Mustang is a daily driver that's serviced by the local auto parts chain without N.O.S. parts, the non-Autolite distributor cap, yellow plug wires, and flex fan can be forgiven as long as things are clean, painted, and presentable. But when it comes to being correct and standing tall next to your competitors on the show field in concours classes, it's going to take some serious elbow grease and a paycheck or two to get that 289 spiffed up and ready for the judges.
Our 289 for Project '66 was in just such form. The engine builder had painted it, but that's about it. We're not complaining, mind you, because that isn't the engine builder's job. So we had our 289 on an engine stand ready to be dressed; and dressed it will be, with all the right parts to make an MCA judge nod in approval. We once again picked the brains of the folks at National Parts Depot, who helped us determine what we needed for our project. NPD supplied just about everything we needed to get our 289 in top shape.
When it comes to concours detailing, take your time, research your project, and don't be afraid to ask questions and make a decision based on multiple "right" answers. We've seen all sorts of assembly line guffaws, so if your engine had a sticker in a certain place, feel free to put it back where it was originally. And if you're performing a V-8 conversion project like we did on our project car, be ready to locate pulleys, brackets, and such if your engine didn't come with them.
Jon Enyeart and his crew at Pony Carburetors can take the grungiest-looking chunk of carburetor aluminum and steel and make it into a show-winning centerpiece for your engine restoration and detailing project. We asked Jon to help us convert to the dealer-installed single 4V Induction Kit (C6AZ-6B068-A). We shipped our tired Autolite 2100 2V to Jon, and he prepared the correct 4100 4V to complete our 4V conversion. While we already had a good, used intake and the proper linkage, return spring, and return spring bracket, Pony Carburetors has everything you'll need to make the switch to 4V induction, including the 4V cast-iron intake. If you want to get even more exotic, Pony Carburetors offers a three 2V setup with the fuel log and linkage.