So i just recently found out that sitting in our shed is a 289 V8 from a Fairlane. Dad says these are really hard to come by, but were good motors.
Ive been curious to see how you guys think this would do in a ford pickup, and, if worth it, how hard would it be to swap it into my 90 f250
It was a fairly common engine, especially in Mustangs. It's part of the Windsor family, but I'm not sure if the bellhousings were all the same (doubt it). IMO something like that would be better in a period correct (mid 60's) truck, or a car from that time. Not sure if you'd be satisfied with the power output in a heavy truck.
Why would you want less power? That makes no sense. It won't be any more reliable, and I really doubt it will get any better mileage, unless you count the times you'll have to get out and push it up the hill.
Just repair the 351, when and if you get the 289 COBBLED into the truck, you will have a lower horsepower engine that still runs like crap .. Even if you got it to run well your fuel mileage will be terrible since the smaller engine will be working it's self to death trying to keep up.. And, if you have an OD transmission just FORGET about overdrive, the 289 won't have enough torque at a low RPM to make it useful..
I'm not trying to pee on your parade, just pointing out reality..
I know your all right about fixing my current engine..... its just frustrating as all hell just cause i dont know whats wrong, and neither does anyone else, and i dont have the money to fix it even if i did know what was wrong