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The little 289 in my convertible has 110K miles and is getting a little tired. In looking at prices to rebuild and also upgrade my engine I have found that it is almost cheaper to buy a crate engine from Ford. You can get the 345HP version of the 5.0 crate for around $3100. I doubt that I can build my 289 to 345HP for under $3100.

Originality is not a primary concern of mine and these crate engines appear to be a great deal. Has anyone had any experience with the various versions of the 5.0 crate. It appears that they are available from a lowly 215HP up to 345HP.

I am sorely tempted to replace my 289 with the 345HP crate. Are these engines as good a deal as they appear to be or have I over estimated the cost of building a 345HP 289?

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if u do the rebuilding yourself u should come out pretty good. for 3100 i could do a lot to my 289. u could even stroke it and throw on some edelbrock heads with a mean cam and..... its up to u. stroker kit has everything u need for the overhaul at jegs for 1300. including some flattop pistons. 1000 for the heads. thats 2300. then the cam and induction, go for the stroker. my opinion.

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Very doable, I cruntched the numbers and it was going to cost me like $5000 to get my 289 to 345 hp. A few things to realize is that you will need:
cluch bracket (if manual)
timeing chain (if you want to use a mech fuel pump)
balencer (if you want to use standard belts, not serpentine)
and a few other minor parts

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Throw in a few more thousand and get a Coast 351 stroked to 427.

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From what I've been seeing, crate motors are becoming very competative in price. The down side to a crate, is that it's pretty much take it or leave it as far as the tune on it, for the cam, compression ratio ect. meeting your needs compared to having it built exactly to your needs. You might want to check Central Coast Performance. They're building crate motors with ALL BRAND NEW parts including the block very reasonably, check the new issue of 5.0 magazine, they have a big article on this.

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I agree with your numbers. Back in 1986 is when I built mine, the engine (with everything internal and external) cost about $2,500. The crate motors are the only way to go, and if they break, you can take it back to Ford...Hehehehehehehe!

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