Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
289s are getting hard to come by. But the later version, the 5.0 motor, was made all the way to 2001. You can find a '98-2001 Explorer, bolt up the engine with a few changes, and it works great.
The other end of that, of course, is having to convert all of your suspension and brakes to handle it. Rear end, front spindles, steering stuff, the works.
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