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Old 08-25-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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351w stroker build

Hey guys, my name is Tyler. I'm currently in possession of my first 351w block. The block is in very good condition, no breaks or cracks. This is my plan for the build that is in my head. I want to build a foxbody mustang that i can just drive on the weekends, cruises, events. It would not be a daily driver at all. As of right now I currently do not have a budget in mind, being I am a blue collar worker, married but no kids haha. I'm currently looking into having the 351w cleaned then bored and buy a stroker kit to 408 c.i. I know i want to run AFR heads, and a Lunati Cam. What I dont know yet is Carb or EFI. I know that a carb set-up is cheaper mostly used for drag racing, and the fuel injection is better for a daily. I do not know anything about motors or cars. I grew up with my father and neighbors drag racing and my uncle has built multiple ford motors and have few friends that know a lot also. I got the passion for this a long time ago, but never had the opportunity to learn anything until now. So I am fired up just thinking about all this. I already know what transmission i want, and plans for suspension upgrades and brakes ect.
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First, welcome to the board.

Second... what is your budget? What can you afford? What sort of shape is the car this is going into?

You will want to have the cam bearings pulled and check this block for cracks under those as well, this is a big problem with the OEM blocks. You also have to see what block you actually have. If its a F4 or newer block its a roller block, if its earlier than that you will need to run different lifters and do a few other mods.

A 408 properly done with all the supporting mods is about a $8-$10k engine and that's just the engine. A good automatic behind it is another $3k or so plus all the other stuff... looking probably at a $20k build if you are doing a lot of the labor yourself. And that SHOULD be cash. If you are thinking of putting a lot of that onto credit cards. Don't. Just don't. It'll end real badly.

Not trying to scare you off, just letting you know what you are in for. If you just want a 400hp car that looks really good and you can afford a low interest car payment... I'd suggest a real good condition used 11-14 GT which you can get for $15-$20k. Few bolt ons and a tune and bang, there you go plus its got all the newer car amenities. Or... even look into a 18+ if its new car time. Those with just exhaust and tune are making 500rwhp and running 10 second 1/4 times. Complete animals in every regard.
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