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Old 06-28-2011, 06:08 PM
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1988 Mustang GT

Okay, my first post is more of an opinion than a actual question. The 88 Mustang currently has a 302 with a E303 cam, ported E7 heads, and forged pistons. The engine runs pretty good. There are a few small things, but nothing major. The guy I bought it from was trying to build a drag car running nos and 4:56 gears. Anyways, I'm not looking for a race car, just a nice weekend toy, which brings me to my question. I have a 351W and 460, which both needs freshing up in my garage. They both ran when they were pulled about a year ago. I want to replace the 302 eventually, and i'm not sure which route to take. I really dont believe putting a 460 in a weekend toy is worth it. It seems like once I get it in, it would be trouble to do simple maint. on it. Although I love the sound of a big block, and I believe just a stock 460 with a mild cam would be more than enough power to the Mustang on down the road. But I hate to give up my power brakes and power steering. The 351W would probably be easier to put in, but I'm not sure how much of a difference I would see beyween the 302 and the 351. Any suggestions. The only thing I'm looking for is a strong car that smoke some of the young kids at a traffic light from time to time.

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You didn't mention budget, but these days a stroker kit in either of the small blocks will give you all the power in a lighter package than the big block.

It doesn't matter natural, turbo, nitrous, supercharged; there's so much development for the small blocks, you can do whatever you want.

Me, especially if driveability and power are important, build the biggest 351W based motor you can afford and keep it fuel injected. I prefer turbos, since you can make monster power with mild cam timing and adjust the boost to whatever suits you and the fuel on the fly. A/C, power steering, power brakes; doesn't matter. You can have it all with a twist of the boost controller.

There was a guy in MM&FF that built a 428ci/351W based and put it in a notchback. Naturally aspirated, this thing was running 10s on pump gas. Can't remember which issue, but do a search on their site.
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