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This little, totally rebuilt, (1990 Mustang GT) now producing 345 HP. Is perfect for my little FFCobra.
It now has 12,000 miles on rebuilt.IT, always 'starts'. IT, always runs COOL ! .IT, with driver and 1/2 tank of gas weighs 2,200 lbs.It,weighs a lot less than a 427....Its,eng. compartment placement, is much farther to the rear than a big block would be,Giving the car Great handling .:smile2:
Oh, and did I say.I love my little 302 :grin2:
 

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Looks nice and fast, so what cam are you running? Or is that the secret to your hp?
 

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When I took the 302 apart for #2335 in 2000 with 165k miles, it Still had the Hone marks in the cylinders (and it had never been apart). I used 2.02 Trickflow heads, Roller Rockers, E303 Cam, 24# injectors and a larger throttle body. For 17,000 miles I ran the Heck out of it, held it against the Rev Limiter and raced Vipers to Mini Vans. It Never Broke and it never Lost. I've always been a Chevy man but the 302's are Tough Ass Engines.

I'm running a Modular in #7787 so far so good.
 

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In 2002 my car originally had a 302 with about 300hp. It was a good amount of power for a street car. You could always floor it and not have to worry about spinning at 80 or even 100 mph. It was fun.
For the track, 600hp seems just right;)

I had that exact caddy in the top 10. That thing was a beast!
 

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One thing on the kwik-lift.
You need a floor jack that will go UP 21". Most jacks wont. 21" high is needed
So the rear spring loaded legs on the lift will come down and lock into position.
 

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This little, totally rebuilt, (1990 Mustang GT) now producing 345 HP. Is perfect for my little FFCobra.
It now has 12,000 miles on rebuilt.IT, always 'starts'. IT, always runs COOL ! .IT, with driver and 1/2 tank of gas weighs 2,200 lbs.It,weighs a lot less than a 427....Its,eng. compartment placement, is much farther to the rear than a big block would be,Giving the car Great handling .:smile2:
Oh, and did I say.I love my little 302 :grin2:
This sounds like a great engine for these cars. I did not see your answer on what cam you are running.
 

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My original donor build 5.0 started with about 200,000 miles, and all I did was replace head gaskets and convert to carb. Ran great for 4 years, even got me used to the car on track with lower power. Tough engine!

Finally, it just wore out, would not hold oil pressure when hot. One heck of a motor!

Beat on a crate 5.0 for many years, 345 HP, a great next step. Now have a 331, what a motor!
 

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If I remember, that junk yd motor blew up after 20/22 pulls? I've had a lot of 302/5.0 motor combos from 202rwhp(bone stock) to close to 350ish(pro built) rwhp. Like they say, "If they run strong, they don't run long." 400 fwhp is about 340ish rwhp. Not bad for a junk yd build. Just saying
hth
Butch

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Love my mild EFI 347!! (way better than 5.0) lol
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My 160,000mi junk yd efi 5.0 motor
(never opened bottom end) with used parts made 282rwhp and I beat every BB/SB cobra @ the drag strips!(except Thomas of course) Have vids to prove it!!
 
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