Re: 1984 Crown Vic 302 Aftermarket Intake and Carb?
Whoever you talked to had no idea what they were talking about, obviously. You can put any intake on it that you want.
That said, you said you planned on leaving the engine basically stock...do you realize the power output of those things in stock form? It's about 130 horsepower. Granted, you'd gain some with the aftermarket intake and carburetor, but the heads and cam are still crap.
Not knowing what your budget is, it's hard to make recommendations, but if you want to get some better power out of it, your best bet would be a set of GT40 heads from a '94+ Explorer with a 302. In '97 (I think) they switched to GT40P heads, which flow better than the GT40s (and even the GT40s are pretty good); the only disadvantage of the GT40P heads is that they limit your header selection somewhat.
As far as cam, being that it's an '84 block you're limited to flat tappet cams only. 302s didn't get roller cams until '86, and previous blocks aren't roller compatible. You can still find some good cams in flat tappet form, though, so not to worry. One thing to make sure of, though, is that you get one that uses the 351W firing order-- 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8. The 302 firing order (can't remember it off hand) tends to overload the third main bearing, and they'll start to knock and lose oil pressure. Really not worth messing with.
Other notes--when you replace the timing chain, which you'll want to do regardless because the older 302s used a nylon gear on the cam, which deteriorates over time and gets little bits of plastic down in the pan, in addition to making your cam and ignition timing erratic, you'll want a double roller timing chain. About 35 bucks at Advance Auto; you can get 'em even cheaper on eBay.
For ignition, you'll need a Duraspark setup off of a late '70s Ford (pretty much any V8-equipped car or truck should have it). This consists of the distributor and the Duraspark module (approx 6"x6"x2" aluminum box, says "Duraspark" right on it). The engine you have used a setup called TFI, which was made to work with the fuel injection system. That won't really work with a carbureted setup. You can go aftermarket if you want, but the Duraspark setup really works quite well, is reasonably reliable, and much cheaper than something like MSD.
Anyway, good luck with it, and congratulations on dropping something other than a small block Chevy in a piece of '30s iron!
1989 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
2bbl Carbureted 351W V8, ported and polished E7TE heads, Edelbrock cam
AOD Transmission with B&M Shift Kit
3.55:1 Positraction Rear Axle
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