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Old 11-08-2012, 04:36 AM
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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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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.
Run another 302 that has higher compression and hotter cam. For a mustang I would buy a junk yard running engine with ok miles and rebuild it for performance running. A lot of other changes need to be made for most other engine choices. it will be alot easier to get some more poop out of the stock engine than to go with a 351 or other 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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A very popular and sucessfull path to that kind of power
with the 5 liter SBF is to supercharge it with intercooler
with one of the centrifugal superchargers.
ProCharger.... Vortex, Paxton etc.

You can base it around a 302cid or go with a "stroker" 347cid.
using the 5 liter block. It's hard to beat Supercharged power on the street.

If you are the kind of guy who likes someting pokin'out of the hood
you can achieve the same thing using a roots style blower like the
Weiand 177 Supercharger on your 5 liter.
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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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A very popular and sucessfull path to that kind of power
with the 5 liter SBF is to supercharge it with intercooler
with one of the centrifugal superchargers.
ProCharger.... Vortex, Paxton etc.

You can base it around a 302cid or go with a "stroker" 347cid.
using the 5 liter block. It's hard to beat Supercharged power on the street.

If you are the kind of guy who likes someting pokin'out of the hood
you can achieve the same thing using a roots style blower like the
Weiand 177 Supercharger on your 5 liter.
Yep this sounds like your best bet turbos can be cheaper if your used to setting them up if not just buy a supercharger kit to cover all the bases and get good support when installing the kit.

347 would make the 500 number easier to reach. If you can settle for 400 a stock 302 block may live long enough to make it worth not upgrading the block.

More than 500 you may need to look at some other options. Is this for racing or street 400 on the street is fine its about all the largest rear tires that still fit under the car and drive normal will take. Drag car you have some other options.
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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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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.
I hear this alot but mostly from ppl without 500 hp. Its not that hard but its also going to cost a few bucks before you get there.

Not sure about the fix for the 95 mustang but my svo 4 banger turbo ripped the torque boxes out of the truck floor at the track with 300 ft of torque. Might want to keep this in mind as you build not everything is going to take the 500 limit. Once you add slicks you will be replacing a lot of oem stuff.
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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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