Jeff Nichols

    "I have never checked the engine date code so I dont know if it is the original block, I never took off the oil pan either. Some day I will contact Norm Miller and get the codes and see. I know that the 289 rumor has been around a long time, and there is no real proof and it is just that a rumor."

    Norm’s book puts the 289 in a MK1a rumor to rest. There is no evidence of Rootes putting Ford 289 in anything other than a MKII. All Rootes and Jensen records indicate only 260 went into MKI and MKIa. If you look by the water pump on the drivers side, you will see a flange/protrusion with the engine build date stamped as a combination of letters. Do a google search to find out what the letters and numbers mean.