Originally Posted by captain78
Hen I first got my 90GT. I had it planned out. Get it running. Rear and front suspension then upgrade stock 302. Then interior. All is same except. Upgrade stock 302. I've been reading the stickys and liked the one with the 351W swap. Started reading and realizing only difference is the stock block I'm buying everything else new anyway. Why not drop a few extra $$ into a 351 block. Then when looking for a new short block for prices i think to myself. For $2900 I can get a 427 stroker short block. And I could save the $2000 that I had planned for the stock 302 that's only good for no more than 550 horses and save up a few more buck and get the 427 stroker. And drop it in and be good for up to around 800 horses or more. Not that I'm ever gonna get that much out of a weekend strip car and DD. But hey if I want 500 horses it's there and reliable. Right. And I know Trojan gonna comment. So bring it on. Let me know what y'all think. Good idea or bad idea. Does it make since. Now my car does run and drive. And will last on stock motor for a long while. I just don't want to sink $2000 in 302 then decide hell let's do the 351 swap and have to put more into in because the big ticket items won't fit.
Definitely go with the 351W.
It will be easier to get more power out of and be more reliable at higher HP levels. If you plan to go over 600 HP, I'd put the DSS Main Support System and the Valley Girdle Pro in it from the beginning.
I want to build a 408 myself and I actually have an engine swap in the works right now for a 351W. I decided to go 408 to save some block bore in case I ever needed to rebuild.