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Old 11-30-2007, 09:48 PM
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stock 302 in ford 100

I just bought a 1976 ford f 100 w/ a stock 302, where should i begin to start building some muscle? First build, so i need all the halp i can get! =)

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Personally, i'd build a strong 390 and C6 trans and go have fun.
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A 351 Windsor would help you out quite a bit and would interchange nicely.
The sky is the limit if you want power. Carb, cam, intake and headers would be the cheapest route to go but if you want real power you're going to have to change the heads and pistons. Stroking is another option but that's more money too.

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rookie with roddn

Kinda want to keep it street for now, what carb cam headers you think would do the trick. is it simple enough for me to learn myself? Kind of a rookie with roddn but no idiot either. i want all the advice i can get. For example i learned that an edlbrock carb is a littl bit more sensitive to adjust than a holly... is this fact or fiction? can i do the cam over the weekend so i can drive back to work Monday?
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I built a 302 for my Old Yeller, '72 f100. It ran pretty good with a mild cam,(272/.475 lift) and a bump in compression to 9.5:1. I've towed car trailers, house trailers and drove 2000 # of dirt around, I beat the dog crap out of that truck for 130 000 miles and never had any trouble .I even put the 2 barrel back on to pass smog, (when it was not exempt),, and it still runs great. It had a 3 on the tree and a set of 3.50 rear end, and it'd still out pull a stock 5.0 mustang through first gear and part of second.
( i put a NP435 in it and it don't drag race so good no more.. )

A guy can wake up a stock 302 in a long weekend with a cam and carb/manifold., It won't be any kind of fireball, but you could at least get into traffic.

Call comp cams or crane or edelbrock and give them the specs on your truck, tell them what you want to do and let them spec a cam/carb/intake combo. It's a low comp smog motor, don't try to get too wild with it and you'll be ok.

For ease of adjustment on a mild motor, I'd stick with the edelbrock carb.

At the very least, you'll get some experience.

Have access to another way to get yourself to work though, you never know what kind of demons can raise their heads when you pull all the covers off.

Don't forget, a cam change means the oil pan, all the accessory drives. water pump, front cover and manifold, distributor and valve covers all needs to come off. Then the new stuff won't ever "just bolt on"..linkages, fuel lines, wires and vacuum hoses will all need to be sorted out.

If the motor has some miles on it, I'd put an HV oil pump in it.

It can't hurt.

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The wieand stealth is a good intake choice,also the edelbrock torker works good too.
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302 Ford

The weak link in a small block Ford is a restrictive exhaust flow due to the small ports.If a change of heads is not in the budget look for a cam with a split duration with more duration and lift on the exhaust to "fool" the engine,check the Crower cams website the" Baja Beast" line of cams has what you need,more torque to launch your truck.Also invest in the headers to improve exhaust flow,For intakes the Stealth is a good choice,if you can find one the best on a SBF is an Edelbrock F4B these are like the Cobra intakes there are some on ebay now,a 600 Holley with Ford linkage would be your best bet for a Carb.
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Hedman Hedders are a good cheap header. The Stealth is good as a couple guys mentioned and the Edelbrock Performer RPM would also be a good choice. I definately wouldn't go over a 600 cfm carb on a near stock 302. Most of the cam manufacturers have a cam help line to help you pick a cam. You'll need to tell them all of the specs and they can pick out a good cam for you.

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Personally, i'd build a strong 390 and C6 trans and go have fun.
I second thet motion. I put a 400M in my '79 F-100 and never regretted it.
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