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  • 12/30/2012
Hey, names, kyle. From NW Oregon. No current project, just a couple DD's for now: 1998 Ranger XLT 4.0L OHV 4x4, and a 2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L DOHC AWD. Hoping to pick up enough funds this year to jump into a project, probably the 88' Mustang LX sitting in my mothers driveway that i was told I could have for free(4 cyl, blown head gasket). Would like to do a mild build on a SBF in either a 302, 306, or money allowing, 347 with a target of a nice torque engine for the street netting roughly 300HP. Still need to dig up some research on the best/least expensive route to achieve that goal, I'm guessing about 11:1 compression, cam, head work, etc. Should be achievable, and fun in an old Fox body. 
Or, hell, maybe I'll get a wild hair and do a Turbo 2.3L build. 

  • 12/30/2012
Hey, welcome to Revvolution! Nice DD's. When you get to playing with the Fox Body, maybe see what the price of a 351 cleveland is and if it's do-able. You can also get a hold of those older 5.0highotputs for descently cheap I hear. Happy Motoring!
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 12/30/2012
welcome! I second all of that. Nice line up of DD's.
  • 12/31/2012
Hell yes man, welcome to the site! First things first one must obtain not one but two dailies LOL. I like where your heads at for the future builds. Have an eta on getting started?
  • 1/6/2013
Well, currently renting a townhouse, but have an offer in on a house with a 2 car garage. If things go as my head has them laid out, I should be able to snag the car pretty shortly after getting settled into the new place. Money is still tight, so it'll be a slow build at best. I've considered a 351W build, 302's seem more plentiful in the area, but if I can snag one, I will. It'll be a build on a very tight budget, using mostly Craigslist sourced parts I imagine. I work for a pretty large tire retailer that does suspension work, and was an ASE Certified Tech(Certs have lapsed since taking the current job) with a few years of wench turning under my belt doing bumper to bumper service at full service shops and even a year at a Jeep dealership, but I've yet to do a ground up build on an engine myself, and welcome the challenge. But anyways, I can get Tires/Wheels, Suspension/Steering parts pretty cheap through the company, and we have a wholesale supplier that does performance parts that I can also use for discount stuff like intake manifolds, headers, exhaust kits, fuel pumps, etc. 
In short, it's not a build that will happen over a couple weeks like on TV, but probably a couple years. Unless I fall into some money somehow. 
Goal is, like I stated before, 300HP(hopefully to the wheels) with a fair amount of mid range torque and somewhat taller gears for the street, and some suspension mods to keep it streetable. Nothing crazy, but a driver. Like any project, it'll always be a work in progress as the budget allows. Hoping to start with the engine, and get it just about bullet proof on the bottom end to handle whatever I might throw at it later, you never what direction these things will take a couple years down the road. Also hoping to run fuel injection, but on my budget, and the fact that I live in a non SMOG/DEQ county in Oregon, I can do a carb without any issues. 
The idea of a well built turbo 4 still hasn't escaped the back of my mind though. Lighter on the nose of the car, shoot for nearly the same HP with a bump in boost, while doing a ground up build on the engine itself. Parts aren't as readily available for it though. Guy I work with wants to dump an F20 Honda S2000 engine in it, but I find that to be a little sacrilegious, lol.  
Good to see someone interest in the community and some active members lurking about. 
  • 1/7/2013
Well it sounds like you have stuff laid out pretty well. Hope all goes well with the house! (wife and I are in that same boat) A 302 in a fox body should be fairly easy and cheap to get up to 300hp. But like you said, going to bullet proof the engine, that can get expensive. Hmmm Carb  or Fuel Injection... Such a choice huh...
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 1/8/2013
If I can get a donor car that has a complete fuel injection system, then I'll use it, otherwise it'll probably be old school carb. i figure I'll spend some dough on the engine internals: forged bottom end, good rods/pistons, decent street cam; mix that with some head work on some stock cast heads: valve job, port/polish, etc. But mostly get the internals done correctly, if I want to upgrade heads later that's an easier job than tearing the bottom end down. 
Right now, it's all just a plan. Things may change as time goes by and I just want to drive it. 
Not my first choice for a project car, but when the car is handed to you, literally, why not? The Fox body cars are a light, RWD platform, the body isn't my favorite style, but it can still be a fun ride to drive.

  • 1/8/2013
Hell yeah I hear you there. Well to me, I would rather have a carb on a V8 than FI, much more simple that way. What is that popular head I keep hearing thats a good one for the 5.0's? Tricflow Twisted wedge? Well keep us updated!
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 1/9/2013
Hey man, welcome aboard!
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