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Old 04-22-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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So i finally got a job and i have some money saved up and i want a new engine. But i cant decide which one. I was thinking a 351w or a 302. I want to make 3-400 hp not now but later on. Maybe even a fi i know ill have to build the motor and everything but for now ill keep stock but which has more power stock and which one are parts cheaper for? Or should i get a different motor? Any advice will be appreciated !! I have a l6 with a c4 and a 8in rear end i have a shift kit in the transmission and don't have the money to upgrade those parts yet. Im going to switch it to manual anyway. So ill need those parts to hold up for a while.
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302 all day long. Plenty of power and bullet prof, cheap parts. My other choice would be a 390. Unless you own an oil company, stay away from the 351, also parts are expensive. Stay with the carb.
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Man a 390 would be nice. Otherwise, get the 302!
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See if you can pick up a 351 Cleveland, ideally 4v (4 Barrel) heads
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So i finally got a job and i have some money saved up and i want a new engine. But i cant decide which one. I was thinking a 351w or a 302. I want to make 3-400 hp not now but later on. Maybe even a fi i know ill have to build the motor and everything but for now ill keep stock but which has more power stock and which one are parts cheaper for? Or should i get a different motor? Any advice will be appreciated !! I have a l6 with a c4 and a 8in rear end i have a shift kit in the transmission and don't have the money to upgrade those parts yet. Im going to switch it to manual anyway. So ill need those parts to hold up for a while.
Get a Windsor! The interchangeable parts are cheap and are everywhere. You can even make a clevor(Cleveland heads on a Windsor) a boss 302 was a 302 with Cleveland heads.
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Hey Travis, everyone has an opinion. Thing is I got a 390 and my 67 is my forth mustang. Stick with the 302, it's a simple engine, much cheaper in parts than a Windsor/Cleveland and not to mention my 390. Compare identical parts for each and you'll see that the 302 is the way to go. Cheap parts and very easy to add power, wether it be heads, a blower, nos.....any of it is cheaper on the 302. Something breaks on the other ones you'll remember what I said. If I would ever decide to take my 390 out for road racing weight issues I would definitely invest $$ in a 302.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Yeah thanks everyone for your inputs i think im going with a 302 they just seem like less of a head ace with getting parts and everything and ill be able to make good power with it

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And now the question is what is the "best" 302 year wise or does it matter? And what about bell housings ? Im assuming mine wont fit
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I would assume the 87 5.0 was the best. But I'll as my mechanic tomorrow. It shouldn't matter I think.
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Stay carbed brota, It's like working on that I6. Idk for sure, but I think 83 was last year for for carbed 302.
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Yeah im deff staying with carb and yeah ill be calling junk yards soon for 302s
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Yeah thanks everyone for your inputs i think im going with a 302 they just seem like less of a head ace with getting parts and everything and ill be able to make good power with it

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And now the question is what is the "best" 302 year wise or does it matter? And what about bell housings ? Im assuming mine wont fit
The 69/70 Boss 302, Duh! lol
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #12
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Ha one that one cost more than 250
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Ha one that one cost more than 250
Cost lest than 250*
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Yea if you want more power go for the 351 but by far the 302 is cheaper
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Yeah i think ill just get a 302 they are just so common ill be able to get one easy and cheap and still be able to put down good numbers
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What year mustang do you have?
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I just recently swapped my I6 for this 302, love it. It's pretty stock but compared to the I6 it feels like a rocket.

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302s are fantastic. And I wouldn't load your engine with big numbers. Lots if horsepower is completely useless unless you have access to a track. Remember that because more hp = more gas money out of your pocket
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I recently swapped my 289 ad rebuilt an early 90s 302HO. Can't beat roller cam and one piece rear main seal.
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I have many tracks around me

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I recently swapped my 289 ad rebuilt an early 90s 302HO. Can't beat roller cam and one piece rear main seal.
Did you put a carb on it?
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Did you put a carb on it?
I've done the swap, did it to my first mustang. 83 fox coupe, 4cyl. Auto to a 5.0 and 5 speed from a 93 with a carb setup. The car was Awesome! Go for it. Ideally you would find a complete car for the power train and all the attached wiring. Good luck.
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