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Old 04-01-2015, 09:23 PM   #1
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I just got a new 5.0. I had a 2.3 turbo that was completely mint. Now how should i have this rebuilt should i drop a crate in it or stroke it?


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If it was me,I would throw a 331 or 347 stroker in it and a good set of heads.Then you can bolt on other parts as money becomes available. If you're just looking for stock power,get a 302 or 306(302 bored .030 over)then add a few bolt ons.If the car isn't needed in a hurry,you can pull the engine,disassemble it and let a machine shop do the engine prep and reassembly with any new parts that are needed.It will save money vs a crate engine.You can usually get the crank turned,add oversize bearings,use the stock pistons(unless the cylinder walls are too worn.If so,you can bore it and put larger pistons in.You'll be reusing the block internals,except for the pistons(if the cylinders need bored)I prefer buying a short block already assembled by a company such as Forged Piston | Stroker Kits | Crate Engines
Country Home Products ,etc.Then install some Trick Flow or AFR heads and you've got a strong reliable package that you can add to as you go.Decide how much power you want and whether the cars gonna be strictly a daily driver,street and strip or just strip,then build the package that meets those conditions.You can replace every part on these cars so your options are unlimited.
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Find a cheap 96-98 GT with a blown motor and/or trans first as a donor for your trans/rearend/brakes/axle etc... Get the T45 rebuilt by thet45source.


Then drop a Coyote into it. No donor car=complete pain in the nuts for all the small parts and stuff to support the V8 and you can get a NPI GT parts car for real cheap. Like $500-$1k cheap.


Or... you can take said 96-98 NPI car and swap all the electronics too and then find a cheap PI motor out of a JY and drop it in with a set of cams and have a 300whp ride for pretty cheap.


To answer your original question, if you are going to put a stroker pushrod in it, going 302 based is a waste of time and money, get a 351 and build that. Almost the same overall cost (only marginally more $$$) and way way better results. Plan on $20-$25k for the motor/driveline/fuel etc... for a good shop to do it all correctly. A 408 stroker (or a 347 stroker) done right with the supporting cast is not cheap.
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