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Which engine should I put in

This is my first project car and I'm wanting to put in a new and better engine in it than what is in it now. It is a 95 mustang with the 302 boss engine and I have a brand new t5 transmission in it. The engine runs fine right now but I'm wanting to know what would the best engine be to put in it for more power but at the same time be able to have a good cruise in it every now and then. Any help would be great because I'm not that good with engines.

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how much more power?If its a little, then either a few bolt on performance enhancers or slightly bigger engine.
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how much more power?If its a little, then either a few bolt on performance enhancers or slightly bigger engine.
I'm looking for 500+hp and I haven't made any changes yet because I don't know what engine to get. Once I figure out what engine to get ill change things to meet with the engine.
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Would you consider a big block? 500 plus horse power is going to be hard on drive line parts.Are you concerned about handling or straight line acceleration.and what the budget including drive line and suspension upgrades?
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It's going to be all taken care of over time. It's going to be done over a couple of years but I'm probably not going to go over 15-20k.
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Ok cool and that would get me the power I wanted?
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Well I'll throw this hat in the ring.There is a guy and his Dad around the Roch,NY area that swapped in his F body a 460 that looks factory and has full function everything,A/C too.Clean as clean can be,cruise all day long,excellent street manors,and a really bear when stepping on it.Certainly a sleeper times 10.
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500hp isn't a crazy number now a days although stock 302 block is at its limit with 500hp and your basically on borrowed time depending how hard and often you run the car when my foxbody Gt with a 408 was dynoed I put a hair over 5 at the tire N/a with Vic jr heads custom ground roller cam and roughly about 12:5:1 comp a 351 is the way to go and there is a very healthy aftermarket for them even brackets for all you Acc. and such
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It's going to be for the street. I know 500 isn't a high number now a days but for the car that's only like 3000 that's enough power for me.
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Ill keep that in mind when I am workin on it.
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Thank you all for the help. Ill keep this in mind when I get more into the engine work
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As suggested forced induction will make it easy to get there, but it is not the only thing I would do.

Find a decent aftermarket head, AFR's and such are nice but a well prepped import head will work just as well to hit 500hp. Next, upgrade the cam going with a little more duration and more lift, for a turbo car with a good set of heads a 215/220 roller cam with .500"+ lift will work nicely, and it will be pretty mild with a wider LSA, 110-112. Finally install a good single turbo system and upgrade fuel pump and injectors along with good tuning.

It will be a super mild 500hp, probably only need 8 pounds of boost or so to hit your goals with those parts, and as long as you watch your compression can be built to run on regular gas (87 octane).


Sizing your turbo properly is EXTREMELY important for good street manners, its more expensive but going to a good turbo shop for a custom built unit will pay off in driveability.
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Not a turbo guy,but what about the bottom end at 500hp and just logical deduction leads me to think exponentially as the turbo spins up it would require a better octane gas.As I said not being a turbo guy I don't know where that requirement for better gas would be as apposed to the amount of boost.

More output from a engine is more heat,thus forged pistons,ring gap's set for turbo/supercharger,upgraded rods,and some sort of upgrade for a crank just in case the one time the car hooked hard,would all be in play I would think.
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Not a turbo guy,but what about the bottom end at 500hp and just logical deduction leads me to think exponentially as the turbo spins up it would require a better octane gas.As I said not being a turbo guy I don't know where that requirement for better gas would be as apposed to the amount of boost.

More output from a engine is more heat,thus forged pistons,ring gap's set for turbo/supercharger,upgraded rods,and some sort of upgrade for a crank just in case the one time the car hooked hard,would all be in play I would think.
It depends on the cam, compression, intercooling, and the turbo used. The turbo used is often overlooked as most people don't understand how complex they are.

With a good aftermarket turbo that is properly sized moderate compression and boost and a mild cam, and decent intercooling there's no reason a stock short block couldn't handle it. You shouldn't have any need to spin over 6,000rpm either, and RPM is much harder on an engine than boost.
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This is my first project car and I'm wanting to put in a new and better engine in it than what is in it now. It is a 95 mustang with the 302 boss engine and I have a brand new t5 transmission in it. The engine runs fine right now but I'm wanting to know what would the best engine be to put in it for more power but at the same time be able to have a good cruise in it every now and then. Any help would be great because I'm not that good with engines.
Your plan is flawed from the beginning. The T5 is barely adequate with a stock motor, much less 500 hp. And you're starting at the wrong end of the car.
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