Just make sure you get a Ford Racing Performance Products (FRPP) intake. The Dorman brands are cheaper but they are not built nearly as well.
Or set-ups like mine. This thing has nearly every upgrade save a blower but with 11.4 compression I don't think that'll happen.
With the leak you may be gettin moisture in the plug wells causing a misfire. Get the leak fixed and then make sure the plugs/coils are dry.
I wish I'd built this motor so I would know as well. My old car I went from the old NPI manifold to a PI one. I think the HP gain was about 15HP if I...
Look inside the oil cap 1st. It will look and have the consistency of peanut butter (don't eat it :D ). Otherwise you have to drain the oil and see...
Here is something weird. When I had my old 96 I replaced the front springs and shocks. I had Steeda springs and dropped it about 1.5 inches. I didn't...
I wouldn't automatically guess head gasket. Check the oil to see if it has any coolant in it if that worries you.
Make sure the fan is operating...
If you get a stock one you will want to upgrade, everything.
The spark plug blow out is rare. Cracking intake? Inevitable.
I have a Victor Jr on mine. Like stated the aftermarket is expensive but if you have teh coin, upgrade now.
I had Steeda springs on my old 96. Dropped it about an inch and a half.
Check your fuel pressure
NOLA Motorsports has a track day where you run a 1/4 then continue onto the 2.5 mile road course. Much fan can be had.
Well dammit man, I want it too.
They don't put those online because they want you to pay for it. I've never seen it free myself.
I always go back to check I put everything back together correctly when an issue pops up after doing some work. It is very unlikely that a new issue...
Out of all the upgrades I've done on my old car it was definitely cams and gears. The car I have now was built when I got it....
I have a Victor Jr manifold on mine. Plenum, throttle body, full exhaust...that sort of stuff. Cams are a good improvement but pricey. I installed...
A Chilton's or the manual that came with the car.
Was it running before the head gasket fix?
Check the part number online. You can just enter the number and it should give you links to vehicles it is compatible.