Ask and you shall receive! A 289 small-block Ford was high on the request list for our next Redline Rebuild, and we made it happen. Starting with a stock 289 engine from a totaled 1964 Ford Fairlane, we decided to have some fun and upgrade from stock with a GT350-esque build.
While Carroll Shelby started with a 271-horsepower HiPo K-code 289 before he got tinkering, our base engine needed quite a bit more massaging to get it up to snuff. With all period-correct upgrades including a new Cobra-inspired cam, Edelbrock F4B intake, carburetor, headers, and some mild porting of the heads, our output should come in at around 310 hp, up a good chunk from the stock 195 hp.
As usual, you’ll find this latest Redline Rebuild is full of oily, greasy details that you won’t want to miss. Follow along as we compress three months of wrenching and 40,000 photos into an action-packed five minutes of engine rebuild glory, culminating in our good friend Davin starting up the small-block on a stand. (These engines purr like nothing else.) Now we just have to find a car to power with this beast.