Man Finds a 1966 Mustang After Decades in Hiding, What Do You Think About the Engine?


The 1966 Mustang engine offering didn’t change much, Ford decided to stick with the same lineup as in the previous year (and updated from the original 1964 1/2 Mustang).
The base unit was the same 200 six with 120 horsepower – which replaced the 170ci unit on the original Mustang – while the V8 lineup included multiple variations of the 289. The standard configuration sported a two-barrel carburetor with 200 horsepower, while the four-barrel version produced 225 horsepower.

The K-coded HiPo version of the 289 was still the most powerful engine in the lineup, with the power exceeding 270 horsepower on the Mustang.

The Mustang in these photos left the factory with the six-cylinder unit under the hood, and while many people would be tempted to walk away at this point, I can’t help but reiterate that not everybody was interested in a high-performance engine. The six-cylinder engine was a convenient way to get Ford’s new pony and use it as a daily driver for anything from taking your kid to school in a fancy ride to picking up groceries.

The owner explains on Craigslist that the engine is paired with a three-speed manual transmission and is likely the original unit installed by Ford from the factory. It’s unclear if it’s in good shape, but considering the car was last on the road in 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the mill requiring critical fixes.

The owner says they found the car in a barn in Texas, but unfortunately, they didn’t share more specifics. That’s a shame, as a barn-found Mustang is even more desirable, especially considering it’s almost complete and didn’t serve as a donor. You won’t get the grille, but the owner says most trim pieces are still in place.

The rust has obviously invaded the metal, which isn’t surprising, considering the decades in storage. However, the undersides don’t look as bad as you’d expect, with most of the damage happening only on the surface and only occasional holes. Regular patches could be enough, but you’d better put the car on a lift and inspect the undercarriage thoroughly.

The Mustang looks like a good candidate for a daily driver if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a complete pony, but it can also become a head-turning machine with a V8 engine and the right fixes. The owner will let it go to anyone willing to pay $3,850, and customers are welcome to inspect it in person as long as they contact the seller to “put the dogs in the house.”

The Mustang is located close to Lorena and will require transportation, considering its shape after sitting for decades and likely the non-working engine under the hood.

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