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289 cracked block symptoms

I have a 65 mustang with a 289 that needs repairs and before we go out and buy a 302 we wanna see if the 289 that's already in there can be fixed.
It sat in our front yard for about 15 years. One day, just for the fun of it, we decided to see how it would run. So we took the battery out of our friends car and replaced the old one in the 65 with it. Sure enough after some time it came to life. 
We had let it idle and there was just clouds and clouds of white smoke for about 30 minutes till it started to really clear up. It did not over heat. In fact we drove it down to the nearest circle K filled the tank and headed home to let her idle a bit more. 
It's been about 7 to 8 months since we worked on anything for the 65 and we started looking into new motors. But the previous owner said it was a cracked block. Our friend said its a possibility but it could also be a blown head gasket. 
What i wanna know are the symptoms of a cracked block and a blown head gasket. The more money I can save the better and being able to keep the 289 in there would be a MAJOR plus.

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A crack in the block can be anything from white smoke to oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil, it is more likely the head gasket is leaking, blocks crack much less often, and only after they were frozen or badly overheated.

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