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Hi, i recently purchased a mint 65 200cid (6 cyl) mustang coupe. I would love to replace the engine (and other things), but primarily the engine, and i know that i could comfortably drop in a 289 (v8) with no problems, but i was wondering if there was room to simply drop in any larger engines (like a 302) without needing to alter the engine well. Would anybody know? If i could not simply drop in a 302, what alterations would need to take place in order o make it work? thanks for all your help
 

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A 289 and 302 are pretty close to being the same motors. A v8 swap will require quite a few things, I think it would be worth your while to pick up a v8 parts car if you really had your heart set on doing this swap. You are going to most of the front end out of that car, tranny, and rear axle. In my opinion your better off to buy a decent v8 coupe, watch around you can find one for not too much money these days. Good luck with everything.
 

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289 and 302 ARE the same block (same physical size)! 302 Just has a longer stroke. 351W is exactly 1 inch (total) wider.

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You would get considerably more Horsepower out of a new 302 than a classic 289. Classic 289=225HP New Ford Racing 302=345HP

-You can pick one up for about 3200
 
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