January 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm #57959
Hey guys, new Tiger owner here. I have a nice Calif 1a (592) with the original 260. I will put the 260 aside and drop in a 5 bolt 289 that I will have rebuilt. I’ll be keeping the original close ratio top loader; putting on CAT headers (when they’re avail.); centerforce dual friction clutch & fly wheel; 3.07 posi; and change over to alternator. I was wondering if anyone has put together a list or wrote up a story of all the things that will not fit and need to be modified? I won’t be racing, just cruising around. Thanks for any advice out there.
Bill in Toledo
January 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm #64932
Hopefully you will get some specific answers, there are plenty of these "swaps" around.
I thought that the biggest headaches with the swap was when changing to the "6-bolt" block, which requires bellhousing and clutch slave cyl changes (like on my car). Pretty sure that Tom Calvert has this [5-bolt hi-po 289] set-up, maybe the Jeffers’ also. The Tiger Auto gang in Dayton has surely been down this road, too.
A suggestion – since this forum is not exactly "hopping" with activity… an email or phone call to the right guy might get better response.
January 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm #64936George and Beverly ColemanParticipant
If you have a 5 bolt 289 it will bolt up no problem, the only thing I can think of that may give you a problem is when you put on a new water pump thats the only thing, and if you use a gen. set then the Tiger bracket must be used. Remeber that the stock Ford bracket is not the same as Tiger, it is Ford Forklift!
January 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm #64937Mark LafayetteMember
Tom Hall has the best list that I’ve seen of part by part of what you will need.
January 30, 2013 at 2:55 am #64939quote COOLVT:
Thanks for that tip. I have spoken to Tom. I’ll pester him on this subject.
January 30, 2013 at 3:43 am #64940quote CaspianHIPO:
Hopefully you are "on your way" to everything you need!
Is that 592 the last 3 of the Tiger’s s/n? That is less than 100 from our’s (688). What color is/was your car?
January 31, 2013 at 1:41 am #64941
Yes, B382000592. Color code – 100. Mediterranean blue. Still blue and plan to keep it that way. Picked it up in N. Calif two months ago from a gentleman who has owned it since 1972. 100% survivor car EXCEPT for one repaint in 1985. Rust free! Still drives and handles well. But it is time for some improvements.
January 31, 2013 at 4:22 am #64943
I’m sure it will "drive" even better with a 289 hi-po
Good luck with everything. Rust-free is always good!
Ours is "Forest Green", it is in 2 of the pix here:
January 31, 2013 at 7:36 pm #64947rfraserMember
I notice you stated you have the original 260 engine.
I’m conducting an Original Tiger Engine Study with respect to the Ford Casting numbers and Date codes. I hope you would be willing to assist me with the numbers on your original 260.
I can send you an email with the list of numbers I’m studying.
The 5 bolt 289 should be straight forward you with just need to use the Tiger specific 260 engine parts on the 289 block.
February 2, 2013 at 1:14 am #64954
Hey RFraser; sure I’ll share my Tigers numbers with you. I’ll send you an e-mail.
Bill in Toledo
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