Hey guys, I am going to be getting a mid 90ish ford in the next couple of weeks. I am going to get a 302 and 4X4. This truck will be my daily driver for the next couple of years, so I want to rebuild the motor. When I rebuild the motor, I want to get some more power out of it. What would you guys recommend for the build? I want more power, but I want it to work good in a four wheel drive. Would a 331 or 347 be to much for the truck, or would it be better to just bore it out and do some intake and exhaust work.
Bigger is better , so a 347 would be good . Some 94 & 95-96 302s are roller mass air trucks that are better for a performance build IMO . Heads , long tube headers & exhaust ,, cam , gears , will all help , just depends on how much you want to spend .... Lew
Thanks for your replies. I am looking to spend around 2 grand in the rebuild. I have found 347 stroker kits around $1000. If I went with a stroker, could i reasonably build the rest of the motor for another $1000?
What would be the best type of cam to put in with a 347 to give it good power, but at the same time not too much so it can be a reliable daily driver?
Well to do a 347 right it might cost another $1000 in machine shop work . So if your on a buget rebuilding the 302 might be better . Long tube headers , something like GT 40 heads , cam will depend if is a roller or mass air motor.... Lew
The comp 35-349-8 has been used alot with good results , AFR heads are very good but expensive . GT 40 or GT 40p heads are easy to find & will work well , check out craigs list . Gearing is very important on the 302s so keep that in mind , depends on your tire size ..... Lew
if your looking why not find a truck with a 5.8 and start with a better platform for building power?
+1. For truck applications it makes no sense to build a stroker from a 302 when you can already get that displacement in another motor. Take the $$ you would spend on the stroker kit and put it into heads and intake for the 5.8 and you'll have a more powerful motor for the same money. You would have to really screw things up to get less than 350hp and 400ft/lb TQ out a built 5.8.