Ford Mustang Engine History

This Windsor, Ontario built 90° V8 was introduced in 1962 as a 221 cubic inch engine.  It was Ford's first modern lightweight small-block replacing the old Y-block.  In '63 it was available as a 260 and 289.  The 221 has a bore of 3.5 inches, the 260 has 3.8 and the 289 had a 4-inch bore.  The 289 had larger valves.  

66-289-4V.jpg (22531 bytes)   '66 289-4V

Through the years not all small-block Windsors were actually produced at the Ontario plant, but the name has stayed with the engine.

Windsor_plant.jpg (9125 bytes) The Windsor, Ontario engine plant

The gross horsepower rating of the 221 was only 145.  The 289 was 195 with a 2-barrel carburetor and 225 with the 4-barrel. The rare High Performance 289 was rated at 271 HP (about 13,000 HiPo Mustangs were made between the '65 and '67 model years).  

Shelby used the 289 HiPo as the base for his GT350.  The Shelby's were rated at 306 HP by using a larger carb, high-rise intake and less restrictive exhaust.

In Ford's GT40 the 289 had 390 normally aspired HP!

In 1968 the stroke was increased bringing the displacement to 302 cubic inches (4.9 liters).  This engine was in the Mustang through 1995.  In '68 a 2 and 4 barrel version of the 302 was available.  The '68 Shelby GT350 was a 302.  With the introduction of the 351 Windsor in '69 the 4 barrel 302 was dropped.   

By 1971 smog laws began robbing horsepower with reduced compression ratios and the addition of mechanical smog devices. The 302 was not available in the '74 Mustang II.  It returned in '75, but rated at only 140 HP. 

Ford introduced the "High Output" 302 in '82,  Throttle Body Fuel Injection in '84, Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection in '86, and bigger heads from a truck engine in '87.  As computers started taking over control of emissions in the early 80's horsepower began increasing every year from '82 through '87.

The Boss 302

This car was built for Trans Am road racing.  It used a 302 Windsor, but with cylinder heads from the 351 Cleveland.  Ford had to build at least 1,000 street cars per year to meet SCCA racing rules.

70boss302.jpg (21430 bytes) '70 Boss 302

The 351 Windsor

In 1969 the 302 was stretched to a 351 cubic inch engine rated at 250 HP with a 2 barrel and 290 HP with the 4 barrel. The 351W uses a taller block to increase the stroke.  The 289, 302 and 351 Windsors all share a 4" bore.

The 351 Cleveland

The 351 Cleveland was produced for only four years -- from 1970-73.  This was a different, larger block cast at the Cleveland, OH plant.  It was rated at 300 HP with the 4 barrel carb in 1970.

The Big Blocks

The Ford "FE" big block spawned the 352, 390, 427 and 428 among others.  The 427 was a big bore, high-revving expensive-to-build engine.  The 390 was the first big block to see duty in the Mustang.  The 428 was soon offered with a lot better performance for not much more money.  The 428 Cobra Jet had 427 heads.  Insurance costs, smog regulations, and finally the oil crisis killed off the big blocks in the early '70's.  
Another big block was the 429/460.

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