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Old 10-23-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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What fox body motor to buy?

What year is a good motor to get out of the fox body's? I have the chance to buy a 1988 mustang GT motor for 150.00 dollars. Been kind of wanting to get one to rebuild for fun and do a few mods too. Is this a good one to get or should I look for one that was MAF?
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That motor would be fine.
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You can always convert it to mass air, which is highly recomended if your modding the motor. Do you have a car to put the motor in?
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What year is a good motor to get out of the fox body's? I have the chance to buy a 1988 mustang GT motor for 150.00 dollars. Been kind of wanting to get one to rebuild for fun and do a few mods too. Is this a good one to get or should I look for one that was MAF?
I'd look for a 302 motor that was built with forged pistons. Don't quote me on this, but I believe the 88-90 motors all came with them, maybe someone else can chime in if I'm incorrect.
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I'd look for a 302 motor that was built with forged pistons. Don't quote me on this, but I believe the 88-90 motors all came with them, maybe someone else can chime in if I'm incorrect.
86-92 came with forged pistons, but86 was flat tops.
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I dont think 86 was forged but i may be wrong. I know 87-92 were and 93 went hypereutectic.
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I dont think 86 was forged but i may be wrong. I know 87-92 were and 93 went hypereutectic.
The hypereutectics are junk
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302 mexican block says heco in Mexico on top
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I dont think 86 was forged but i may be wrong. I know 87-92 were and 93 went hypereutectic.
Yes 86 was forged.
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The hypereutectics are junk
You underestimate them considerably.
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302 mexican block says heco in Mexico on top
Based on loads of research between Trojan and I they aren't that much stronger than the standard blocks.
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But they are stronger i have one never did anything with it.
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You underestimate them considerably.
Not at all. Built a few motors with them.
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Not at all. Built a few motors with them.
So have I, my uncles drag car used them an we never had a problem out of them. It's all in how well the motor is tuned.
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Any engine will have its max but the better the builder the more you will get out of it correct?
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Any engine will have its max but the better the builder the more you will get out of it correct?
Yes that would be correct.
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Yes that would be correct.
I just wanted to make sure i was correct thanks ive only ever rebuilt one 302 but it was stock rods crank just trw forged pistons. I could rebuild a engine every day but that would cost money.
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You can always convert it to mass air, which is highly recomended if your modding the motor. Do you have a car to put the motor in?
Yeah I have a 1986 mustang GT that's really nice and mainly all original except for a B303 cam and few bolt ons and also have switch it to MAF. I would probably buy another car to put it in or maybe swap it once this one gets more miles. Just want to build a motor in my free time. Nothing extreme. Anything from 12's to a mid 13 would be great. Then maybe add a turbo or supercharger to it.

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I'd look for a 302 motor that was built with forged pistons. Don't quote me on this, but I believe the 88-90 motors all came with them, maybe someone else can chime in if I'm incorrect.
What fun would that be if someone else built it and I don't just trust anyone to buy a built motor from. If I was to buy a built motor, it would buy the ford 306ci crate motor E303 cam with 340hp they have.
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Yeah I have a 1986 mustang GT that's really nice and mainly all original except for a B303 cam and few bolt ons and also have switch it to MAF. I would probably buy another car to put it in or maybe swap it once this one gets more miles. Just want to build a motor in my free time. Nothing extreme. Anything from 12's to a mid 13 would be great. Then maybe add a turbo or supercharger to it.

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What fun would that be if someone else built it and I don't just trust anyone to buy a built motor from. If I was to buy a built motor, it would buy the ford 306ci crate motor E303 cam with 340hp they have.
They came from the factory with forged pistons. So ford built the motors. That's why I would trust them.
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