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The earliest Mustangs featured the 260 V-8. Although a carry-over from the Fairlane and the Falcon, this little engine has a devoted following. I've own one for many years and it is a scrappy little performer! I love it when people tell me that the Mustang started with a 289! Carrol Shelby used these engines as did the Roots Group (UK) in the Sunbeam Tiger.
 

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Hey Dave, how's support for the 260? Never had one myself, so I've never needed to get parts for one. How is it to find parts?
 

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Last time I tried to get parts...well it was next to impossible. Also, the 260 has a 5 bolt bellhousing.

What about the 221 V-8??? That was before the 260 too.
 

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Gearhead99 said:
Last time I tried to get parts...well it was next to impossible. Also, the 260 has a 5 bolt bellhousing.

What about the 221 V-8??? That was before the 260 too.
ooo, i'm glad i didn't have to mention that! good job. :thup:

parts for the 221/260 are a little hard to come by only because the engines have been obsolete for so many years. unlike the 289/302/351w, not many cars past 1964 used them.
 

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When I first saw my 260 convertible over thirty years ago, the PO had the cylinder heads off and being re-done. Since he wasn't a real sharp mechanic, I made the deal for the car as is, where is. I got the heads back and assembled the engine only to find that it had a bad spark plug wire which caused a miss. Seems the PO mistook this for a bad valve and had torn into the engine without a compression check. The car presently has 108K miles and runs very well. I don't anticipate any need for parts as the car will likely outlive me!
 
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