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Old 01-10-2011, 01:14 AM
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I have a newly rebuilt original 1966 Ford 289 motor just sitting on an engine stand, I figured I would find something to put it into, but instead I thought I would advertise it for sale on craigslist to come up with money so I could buy some new parts for my 66 F100. People have been callin with the most stupid offers I have ever heard. There's $1300 into the rebuild, I'm asking $800 obo and people are offering $150 to $200. Think I will just keep it! Or.... maybe I should just sell it for $150 and throw in the AOD tranny, the four bbl intake and the Holley carb I have for it.
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:25 AM
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I just sold a '66 289 that I had in my garage for $750. Seemed fare both ways to me.
No carb, no exhaust, Edelbrock manifold.
 
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I hope you are not advertising it with that photo. It would make you look like a dipstik it's got spark plug wires but no timing chain cover. Not Running OK?





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Old 01-10-2011, 06:59 AM
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Well OK only if you add on the trany,intake , carb,delivery and complete install with new hoses and belts, I am willing to give you $100.00 in payments over 2 years. Oh ya and a foot massage. And yes I already know I am nuts.

Sorry could not help my self
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:29 AM
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I agree with ya; folks expect you to just give it away; If space & time / money is not a issue; keep it and you"ll either find a project to put it in or a local bud will find a buyer for the right price for the both of you.
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:11 AM
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It's just business. Don't take it personally. Lowballing goes with the territory. Most lowballers are anything but stupid. They throw low offers out there and 99% of them are chucked, but every now and then they get lucky and have the low offer accepted. I know it can be frustrating, but just ignore the low offers and hold out for your price.
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:15 AM
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Craigslist is a great tool, but it does bring out the lowballers as well.

It just comes with the territory.

I have more than one complete/running engine squirrelled away in my shop....just hold one to that nice little 289, it'll find a home sooner or later.
 
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I agree with the comments on the low ballers. I sell a lot of computers on Craigslist, and I get them all the time. I put a Computer up that was a $1,900.00 machine new. I got it with a bad drive, replaced the drive, upgraded the RAM, and listed it at $450, and I kept getting offers for $200.00. I will not sell for that cheap. I will hold the machine until it sells.
 
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Hey Overland,
Sucks man. I've had the same experiences...basically, I chalk it up to the fact that most people are cheap dou%@*bags. Everyone out there
wants something for nothing. I'm not against getting a deal on something, but common respect for someone, whether you know them or not,
that's the issue. Don't give your engine away mate, someone fair will come along.

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FYI: There are two different 289 block bellhousing bolt patterns.

1963/64 and 1965 before 8/23/1964 have 5 bolt holes.

1965 from 8/23/1964, 1966/68's have 6.

The timing cover and waterpump are also different on the earlier engines.
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:31 AM
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"Buy low, sell high" Sounds like this area in VA everybody has a real high opinion of what things are worth- land, cars, homes etc. But don't want to pay you any money for an item. Hang on to the engine for another project.
 
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Hey, NumberDummy, weren't the early 289's painted Gold and Black, and the later ones were what is now sometimes referred to as Ford Blue?

I seem to remember a friend who put a 289 in his daughters Mustang, and I thought it was strange that it was Gold, and Black. He explained her Mustang was a 65, and therefore it should have the early 5 bolt model rather than the later 6 bolt.
 
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:56 PM
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Hey, NumberDummy, weren't the early 289's painted Gold and Black, and the later ones were what is now sometimes referred to as Ford Blue?

I seem to remember a friend who put a 289 in his daughters Mustang, and I thought it was strange that it was Gold, and Black.

He explained her Mustang was a 65, and therefore it should have the early 5 bolt model rather than the later 6 bolt.
1965 Mustangs were assembled for 18 months (March 1964/August 1965).

1965 289 2V as installed in Galaxie/LTD/Mustang/Fairlane/Falcon: Black engine w/gold valve covers.

1965 Mustang first shown to the publlic 4/17/1964 at the NY World's Fair, went on sale nationwide on 4/23/1964. Available V8 engines: 260 2V (thru 8/22/64), 289 2V, 289 4V, 289 HiPo.

Before 8/23/1964, the 289 block had the 5 bolt pattern, as did 221's and 260's.

1966 was the first year all FoMoCo engines were painted Ford Corporate Blue...including the valve covers.
 
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I buy things for cheap most of the time. I do not make offers. I generally pay the asking price. If it is worth it to me for the price they are asking, then there is no reason to talk them down. If I feel it is to high or close to full new price I pass it over.

Yesterday I bought a 2006 Mustang spoiler for my wifes 2005 Mustang. Her spoiler was a dealer add on, painted by some shop down the road. The paint has started cracking and spider webbing. I can take it off, sand, prime, and paint it for around 50 to 100 bucks. The guy wanted 50 bucks. The car has 11,000 miles and the spoiler came off when he bought it. He went to a different style spoiler. The car is beautiful.

Anyway 50 bucks for the correct color and all I have to do is unbolt and re bolt for 50 bucks. It was a no brainer for me.
 
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That's part of the reason I don't sell hardly anything. You can avoid all the hassel that way. The stuff is fun to look at as well.

Just wish my wife felt the same way!?!
 
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