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Technical anyone use a 389 in there modal a

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 410merc, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. 410merc
    Joined: Mar 31, 2014
    Posts: 69


    hi everyone , last week I ran on to a 1966 389 Pontiac , it dosent look that bad had not been run in over 20 years so I tore it down the crank and block is in great condition , outside of needing some rings ,rod bearings , and 2 pistons ,it will make a great engine , so heres my question ,I would like to use this in my 30 tudor , so have any of you guys ever done this ,I would love to hear from ya , thanks guys
  2. Primered Forever
    Joined: Jul 7, 2008
    Posts: 352

    Primered Forever
    from Joplin,MO

    You need to look up Flamed A-Bone here on the HAMB. He can answer your questions.

  3. No don't you don't want it they are POS motors and definitely not dependable in any way shape of form. :rolleyes:

    I have actually owned two '66 Ponchos, a Goat and a Grand prix. Both had 389s, the Goat had the higher performance motor of the two but either one would have been a good candidate for an A bone in stock trim.
    Yes as @Primered Forever ask Jeff ( @flamedabone ) he is mister Pontiac and can give you all the ins and outs of making one work in an A sedan.
  4. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    I had one in a 63 Catalina.
    It made that barge dance.

  5. I put one in a 53 corvette and raced a modified sports (drag racing).
    Joined: Dec 11, 2007
    Posts: 193

    from Florida

    I have a 455 pontiac and a Munci in a 35 Chevy pickup. Made my own motor and trans mounts. Heres a pic of it going in after a rebuild. 12-6-14 002.JPG
    Kevs56 likes this.
  7. 410merc
    Joined: Mar 31, 2014
    Posts: 69


    I had a 400 in a 70 gto and it had 4spd ,it was a dog , had a chevelle with a 350 that would run rings around it, allways kind of wanted a 389 don't know why ,thought it would be kind of cool in a jalopy

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