I need a reliable 5.0L Ford 289 or 302 for my I/O. Marinized is ideal, but a car motor would work too. Must be right hand rotation.
OK, I'm pretty new to owning a boat and I'm not in to muscle cars, so please clarify. The old marine survey that came with the boat says 302, but both of the techs at CP Yacht Services said it looked more like a 289, which I had never heard of. I questioned them on it, and one said that there are "some things that make him think it's a 289, not a 302, but either would bolt right up, same bolt patterns etc., just make sure you get a 5.0 that's right hand rotation"
So they are wrong? Do 5.0's only come in 302 or what?
Yes, he is correct. That's the main difference internally between an automotive block and a marine block. A marine block will also use brass core plugs, but here in freshwater, that's not a big deal.If u r going to use a car engine most likely u will have to reuse the cam out of your old engine.Ck with your marine mechs