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Old 09-02-2002, 12:54 PM
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Hi my name is Tyler.I'm 13 I bought a 1988 Mustang at the police auction.4cylinder 5spd.I plan on putting a V8-automatic in it.I want to run street-strip on a buget.Does anyone one know a good combination.I plan on converting 4 to 5 lug axles.My dad has lots of ford misc.parts.I,ve heard you can turn the pistons around on the rods.What effect does this have on the engine?Can I run this on the street?C4,C6,AOL transmission? Thanks for any suggestions.Tyler

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the pistons are turned around to give a little more power on the combustion stroke because it creates a more direct/straighter force to the crank, rather than at an angle. This creates a louder running engine and it will cause excess wear on the outboard side of the engine cylinder walls.

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Most flat top pistons have valve reliefs cut on both sides so it does'nt make any differance which way you put them in. If they are dished I don't think it makes any differance either. If they are domed pistons and you turn them around the loud noise you will hear will be your valves bending. Pistons go in the way the manufacturer tells you to put them in. Think about it....
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he's talking about turning the piston around when the connecting rod pin is not in center of the piston.

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i read a buildup by joe sherman racing engines, that used 289 rods in a 302, KB pistons installed backwards, 289 HiPo heads(ported), isky mega cam 280 deg. and all cheap parts. that made 400 hp on pump gas. and cost less than 2Gs thats my best bet on cheap performance. otherwise check out the storys on Backyard turbo conversions. then get a 5.0 and aod from a junk yard, the turbo stuff can be built for less than 1000 usd, and a used 5.0 and AOD should not top 2000 so youll be in the 11,s for 3000. but be sure to do this with someone who knowe hotrodding..


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guess what, i found the Joe shermann 400 hp 302, for less than 2500, look at below link:

http://www.jason.fletcher.net/tech/v8/v8.htm

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