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Old 05-28-2004, 06:18 PM
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302 install choice

I've found a few 302/5.0 engines in my local wrecking yards and was wondering whch one would be best. Maybe someone here has a better idea than I do.
The first I found running is out of a lincoln and has TBI. The second I found has the EFI intake. They both run great and the prices are in my ball park.(next to free)
What I was wondering was which would be easier to install into a 50's ford? Mounting it in is no problem. I'm worried about the fuel injection thing. I've never worked on one basicly and was wondering if anyone had a link that might help me out or some good basic ideas. Anything would help.

I would love to find a basic carberated 302 but those are a little hard to find around here. At least running ones are hard to find.

If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it. Or if you have an opinion on if I should stear clear of this fuel injected idea all together.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-28-2004, 06:25 PM
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When dealing with fuel injection, Multi-port is better that a TBI unit. Second, you have to make sure you get all the wiring and the computer and make sure the computer works by getting it tested.

Have you thought about switching out the intake on the 302 and go with carbueration?

Here is alink that might have some good info in it:

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-injection.htm

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-28-2004, 06:39 PM
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Everything comes with the engines and they are running no smoke or noise. So the computer and wiring I'll get with whatever I choose.

Whats involved with converting it to carberator?

I should have also said I don't really care about power and speed. Just reliability and looks. I don't think I'll be getting a 56 ford up to racing speed on my budget.
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Old 05-28-2004, 06:46 PM
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It is easy to convert a fuel injected 5.0 over to a carb. I have one in my '61 Ranchero. Hands down the 5.0 is a better choice.
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The port-injected Ford 5.0's are very reliable. They will accept a carb intake, but the EFI ignition advance is in the computer, so you'll need an older-type distributor. The power level varies from model to model, due to cam & head differences. The '86-'88 T-birds, Cougars, Town Cars, Crown Vics, & Grand Marquis used the standard-output version (150-160hp), & the Mustangs, post-'89 T-birds, & Lincoln Mark VII's used the high-output ones (200-225hp--intake plate says HO). I'm not sure about the '86, but the rest have hydraulic roller cams. If you can get one with the entire EFI system with computer & sensors, etc., I'd give it a try. My '88 T-bird got over 170,000 miles before any EFI stuff went bad, & the computer told me what was wrong with a simple diagnostic procedure with a voltmeter & a Haynes book. I did have to spray some junk off the throttle blade a couple of times, but that's a 5-minute job & it's right on top. EFI does require a high-pressure electric fuel pump, most of which are factory-mounted in the gas tank, which needs to be baffled to prevent fuel starvation (the gas cools & lubricates the pump).
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