We've pretty much decided that's what we're going to do. New cam, aluminum intake, aluminum heads (TF, AFR, or Edelbrock - I don't know which. That'll take some study. ) Once we have the thing all put together (no stroker, it has all new rotating assembly, so I don't want to dump new money replacing new things...), we'll put it on a dyno, get the EFI tuning all figured out, then we'll swap it over & make the switch to a big block car!If you're at all interested in the big block, why not go that route? If when you think of this car, you think 60s muscle, nothing says that more than the low rumble and big torque of a big block. It doesn't sound like you'll be competing or anything serious like that, so the going around corners argument is mostly meaningless imo. Will a small block be more balanced? Yes. But are you going to be pushing this car even 7/10 in a cornering situation? For me the answer is no, not in my vintage Mustang, this is just fun. So as others have said, the big block adds something unique...it's fun to open the hood and see something other than another 289/302 (unless you're about to change the spark plugs, in which case it's god awful). All that said, I'm biased as I've got a 390 in mine. When I rebuilt it, I swapped the top end to aluminum, and as many have said, it's a huge weight savings. Like removing a small person from the front end. That was years ago, and back then I felt the difference, but now it's all just part of my Mustang.
We've pretty much decided that's what we're going to do. New cam, aluminum intake, aluminum heads (TF, AFR, or Edelbrock - I don't know which. That'll take some study. ) Once we have the thing all put together (no stroker, it has all new rotating assembly, so I don't want to dump new money replacing new things...), we'll put it on a dyno, get the EFI tuning all figured out, then we'll swap it over & make the switch to a big block car!
We're already running a Holley Sniper on the 302. I'll just swap it over. It's good to I think 600 hp. (Just looked it up - the Sniper is good to 650 hp, so we're good with the Sniper for a while) If we end up above 600 hp at some point, I'd LOVE to go with one of the EFI versions of the Weber stack. They are pretty expensive, but I've heard that they add quite a bit of performance, and man, do they look cool!Which EFI setup are you going looking at?
Yes!!! That was my son's Mach I that an arsonist burned! You contributed??? God bless you! You have no idea what a kindness you did to my son! Building his replacement car opened up an entire world to him! He loved his Mustang before, but building the replacement turned him into an honest-to-God aficionado! He is so entrenched in car culture now, he has years worth of modifications planned for me to do to his car! Most of the boys that have his syndrome, when they have a hobby or an interest, it's usually watching WWE, Football, stuff like that. With Nino, he studies cars, engines, he goes to car shows, rides in his car in parades, he goes for rides several nights a week, or rainy day we do donuts in parking lots, and he has his big goals - drag racing his car, and taking it to California to run it on an open-track day at Laguna Seca!I ask because I think I might have donated to a go fund me.