Hello, my name is David but most people call me Ren these days, I am 40 years old and live near Salt Lake City, Utah but I was born and raised in Boston, MA. I am currently engaged to a wonderful lil' gal who bought me this.
So I was going through the car listings online and found this ad for a 1978 Mustang
II that needs TLC for $1000. After I spent a respectable amount of time watching the listing and dreaming of buying this car (which I can not afford on my own to restore since I am paying for child support), my fiancee up and buys it for me and says she will help me financially to restore it! I am blown away. This is not my first Mustang restore btw, me and my father have restored a '68, a '65 and partially a '70 mach 1 when I was teenager. However he did 90% of the engine work while I just did body detail, Interior and wiring harness.
Anyways, the guy we got it from says that this engine is a 289/302 meaning he didn't know if it was a 302 or a 289, is there anyway to find out what year and make the motor is? and if it is a 289 wouldn't that mean the engine is older than the body? I swear Ford stopped the 289 in '68 or '69. either way this is not the original motor, this car was built in Dearborn, MI with a 139 CID 2V 4 cylinder.
I would also like to know of any places to buy parts from other than Mustangs Unlimited (they have limited 1978 parts) and cjponyparts.com, the interior is in excellent condition but its missing all the Ford and Mustang logos, and I do not think the grill is original since I remember reading somewhere recently that Ford had stopped using the egg crate grills in the early '70s.