Hey guys, I've been a long time lurker, but I've been unable to find a good answer anywhere on the net.
I've owned my 68 Mustang coupe for 21 years as of this month. I've always wanted a stroker since I first saw a 418 built back in 96/97 in a magazine. Since I'm in the Air Force, I chose the budget friendly 393 to build. I've been gathering up parts for two years now, mostly on ebay, as I find "deals."
What I have so far:
1987 Truck Block/rods
new Probe forged 302 pistons .030 over w/15cc dish (no longer in production)
Comp Cams retro roller w/.513 and .529 Lift @ 230/236 duration
5.0 Spider and Roller lifters
Unported Victor Jr. Heads: 61cc chambers will be increased to lower compression
Holley Pro-jection 4d analog setup
Hawks Racing Aluminum 28oz Flywheel (on 289 as we speak)
My car already has an 8.8" rear out of Explorer w/disc, 3.73, 31 splines, and a locker. The toploader will be replaced with a T-5. The intake will be either an RPM air gap or Vic Jr. or the Chinese equivalent. I need to retire my 92 for a year or so to rebuild it, so my 68 will retake daily driver duties.
Looking at several inexpensive cast cranks, I've read a few horror stories about balancing the cheap cranks. Hawks Racing
in particular. Around ebay land, I recently stumbled aross two others that I haven't heard of Legends Rods
I was wondering if anyone could provide any recent experiences with those 3 brands, or should I just go ahead and spend the extra $100 and hope that I can "drop in" an Eagle or SCAT crank without much balancing.