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From: Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Registered: May 2001

posted 01-08-2002 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MDF99   Click Here to Email MDF99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While restoring my engine compartment I discovered that the drivers side motor mount is cracked. It's the flat piece of the mount that bolts to the engine block, has two cracks in it about 1/2" long each. I'll replace easily since the engine is out of the car. I was wondering if this is fairly common with a stock 289? Should I go ahead and replace the passengers side while I'm at it? The rebuilt engine will be making much more power than the original engine, should I consider using a torque strap (or whatever you call it) to help control engine rock and roll? A piece of chain connecting the block to the frame or something like that? Thanks!


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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 01-08-2002 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Motor mounts are cheap, replace both sides. As far as the torque strap, I would wait and see if a problem shows up with new mounts before adding a strap. Unless your new motor is a torque monster


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From: Blackburn, Victoria, Australia
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 01-09-2002 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clevo377   Click Here to Email Clevo377     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put two bolts in through the mount so that they were loose enough to allow the engine to rock, but when the power gets put down the rubber streches only far enough till the bolts make it solid. It also remains out of sight. ( I try to keep a low profile)


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From: Sarasota, Fla. USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 01-09-2002 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you decide you need a torque link this is what I added to mine.

You can adjust it like mine only to limit travel (less than a 1/4")or lock it down tight if you plan to take it to the track. The chain deal is inexpensive but looks like it too. I figured if it is going to be seen why not make the best of it
(Then again my car is more of a show car, a chain did not complete the look of my engine compartment well)

I purchased mine (Torque link) through Summit, it is for late model Mustangs but worked great on my 69 with 528cid.

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