My first time here. Although I was a Chevy guy, I've noticed that Fords have been growing on me since of late. As of now, I don't belong to any camp... I'm just a gearhead / petrolhead... :)
I'm thinking of doing a project van...
The base is going to be a VW LT(picture attached). Stock it has a 2.4 ltr Diesel engine, but I was thinking of replacing it with an American V8 and suitable tranny. Frankly I love the sound of American V8s, especially Ford's...
Apparently the GM LS engines are the most popular engines right now.
I posted this question in a number of forums and most were advising to use the popular 350 small block or the LS3 (if I wanted fuel injection).
I didn't want to go with the crowd and use a GM engine like most Hot Rodders. I heard how the guys who built the cars for the new Green Hornet movie used a GM ZZ454 engine in it.
I would like actually to go with an engine from Ford Racing.
Anyways I did a search through the Ford racing site and the GM performance site and highlighted a couple of engines that I would like to use.
I've narrowed my choice to these:
- 427 Cobra engine built on Z351 block
- 5.0L 415HP Mustang modular engine
- 427 Cobra engine built on BOSS 351 block
- 4.6 Triton V8
- GM LS6
- GM LS3
- GM ZZ427 Big block
- GM ZZ454 Big Block
Out of them I much prefer the Ford engines, but stats say that the GM engines are much more easier to deal with when it comes to a full swap.
However unlike GM, which still uses the pushrod design in the their engines, Ford has changed to the Modular DOHC style.
Since I plan to use the engine in a van, I need one with more torque. I heard that the pushrod engines have more torque. I did few calculations on my own, comparing the 4.6 Triton V8 engine in the E-series to the 6.2 Ltr engine in the GM Savana, in torque.
According to my calculations, the Triton produced more torque. I know that the Triton engine is a modular one. So perhaps my calculations are wrong... I really don't know. If only there was some way of confirming it.
Another question is are all the engines in the Ford Racing Catalog... Windsor???
I know that they have FE / Cleveland / Windsor for their pushrod engines...
Which one is which, because according to the catalog, most use the BOSS 302 / 351 blocks....