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Old 07-21-2013, 12:38 AM   #1
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Need engine advice!

As most of you know, I have an 86 Gt. And as most of you ALSO know, the 86 5.0 has flat top pistons. I've been wanting more power recently, and I'm limited to the heads I can use on my car because of PTV clearance. So I need some opinions.

Option one: get a used 5.0 out of an 87-93, clean it up, and put the trickflow top end kit on it. Probably run me around 3000 bucks give or take.

Or option two: get a 351, and do something with that. But what do I do with it? I don't know much about them.

I'm getting out of college in about 6 months, and I should have the money to build a decent motor. I'm not looking for anything stupid fast, but a respectable 350hp+ motor. Any and all suggestions welcome.
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OR I could have my pistons flycut for valve reliefs? All advice is heard!
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Bump to help four eyes!
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Do a stroker setup?
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I'd get a set of 87 to 91 there forged 92 is to but they swapped out about half way throw the year and that's only if you don't think it'll need bored but if it's got high kms then I'd bore it .30 and get a set of aftermarket pistons an if you want just about 350hp then you don't really need forged pistons a set of hyper pistons will work fine for that trick flow kit and with all the supporting mods you'll see a hair over 300rwhp and that will put you around 360fwhp if your run a mass air car I don't know anything really about SD cars but if you think you'll go forced induction then get the forged pistons just to be safe and if your going over 475 to 500rwhp then do a 351w or a aftermarket blocks alot stronger then the stock 302 block lol

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If you just need a hone I got a set of 89 forged pistons in good shape they'll need cleaned up....carbon lol but just pm me an will talk if you wanna go that route
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How much money is a respectable amount? You aren't only looking at a motor, you're looking at a fuel system, driveline mods, suspension and any bolt ons you don't have. What all is done to your current car and what is the timeline/budget. Is this your DD that can't be down for very long? More details plz.
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How much money is a respectable amount? You aren't only looking at a motor, you're looking at a fuel system, driveline mods, suspension and any bolt ons you don't have. What all is done to your current car and what is the timeline/budget. Is this your DD that can't be down for very long? More details plz.
Driveline:
Stock t5
King cobra clutch
Adjustable clutch quadrant
New u-joints
3.73 gears
Looking at an aluminum drive shaft soon.

Suspension:
Lowered
Control arms upper and lower
New shocks, struts, quad shocks


As in bolt ons, what exactly do you mean by that.

How does this sound:

MY stock 302 block, only because I know most of the history of the car, and I've taken care of it. And then get the pistons in my car cut for valve releifs by a machine shop. They get the TF Top end kit, with 24lb injectors. At the same time, convert to MAF.

Again I'm not looking for anything with 500 horsepower, but 300 to the wheels would be great.
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Yes if you think you might wanna go forced then spend the money on a nice short block!!! I can't stress that enough. If you're happy with the 300whp area which is a lot of headache free fun then just do a nice head cam intake setup! That stock 302 can handle that all day
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Yes if you think you might wanna go forced then spend the money on a nice short block!!! I can't stress that enough. If you're happy with the 300whp area which is a lot of headache free fun then just do a nice head cam intake setup! That stock 302 can handle that all day
Yeah I'm not going forced any time soon! I have the subaru for that!
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