1968 289 / Why

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1968 289 / Why

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Post by Don Rush » 15 Nov 2011, 09:35

Two part question... The 289 was available only in the first half of the model year or second half? Why was the 289 2V put in the 1968 when originally it was announced it would be dropped?

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Second half, and they ran out of 302's.......???
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Post by tmh » 15 Nov 2011, 09:49

I thought it was available the entire time, but where the 302 was supposed to become the standard engine for the model year, it was only so for the beginning, after which point the 289 became the standard engine again (for non-XR7's) because there were not enough 302's.

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http://www.classiccougar.com/7_Extras/e ... guide.html

Scroll down to the section for 1968
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Post by Don Rush » 15 Nov 2011, 13:07

"One is that Ford might have been running out of the new 302 engines." Common myth but erroneous...

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Post by Art » 15 Nov 2011, 13:15

First half.
As I understand it, the 302 was originally intended for the standard engine in larger cars like LTD and Montego and optional in the Mustang and Cougar. Production problems with the 302 early on prevented this from happening. As the problems were ironed out, the 289 was dropped and the 302 2V became the standard powerplant with the 302 4V optional.
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Post by mo2872 » 15 Nov 2011, 13:39

Well, so much for my W.A.G.........LOL
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Post by Don Rush » 15 Nov 2011, 13:41

Art wrote:First half.
As I understand it, the 302 was originally intended for the standard engine in larger cars like LTD and Montego and optional in the Mustang and Cougar. Production problems with the 302 early on prevented this from happening. As the problems were ironed out, the 289 was dropped and the 302 2V became the standard powerplant with the 302 4V optional.
Sorry, that is incorrect. I will answer the first part of the question now. The 289 was not available in 1968 until later in the year. They were not 1967 "leftovers" as they all are dated coded for 1968.

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Post by xr7g428 » 15 Nov 2011, 14:43

I will wager a guess. The 302 became the step up engine in the Decore group, and also the XR7. The 289 was a part of the cost cutting campaign following the strike of '67. The 302 went the same way as the rear arm rests, rocker panel moldings and windshield pillar padding.
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Post by C7XR7 » 15 Nov 2011, 15:31

My guess. Ford ran out of 289 blocks in the first half of the model year '68 forcing the change to the also produced 302. Later in the '68 model year they came across additional 289 blocks to finish out the run. My first Cougar, a very standard '68 had one of those 289's.
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Post by Don Rush » 15 Nov 2011, 15:47

C7XR7 wrote:My guess. Ford ran out of 289 blocks in the first half of the model year '68 forcing the change to the also produced 302. Later in the '68 model year they came across additional 289 blocks to finish out the run. My first Cougar, a very standard '68 had one of those 289's.
Sorry... Way off. Your hint is Nova / Barracuda pricing.

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