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Old 06-05-2003, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know...what are autolite carbies like??I have a 4 barrel one here, off a v8 obviously, but i have no idea how many cfm it would be..anyone got any ideas? Its pretty big...
Also does anyone know if cleveland rods would be a good choice to run with in my Boss 302 setup...i was told they are a better and stronger rod than the windsor one?
Are repco good for boring etc blocks?
Are ACL good performance parts? Pistons etc...
What brand valves and pushrods should i go for??
...At the moment, i only have most of the major parts...crank, block, heads,cam etc...So i need some help partwise, on what is best and reliable.
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you're going to need to get into the technical manuals and find out stuff like block deck height, piston pin height, rod length, crank throws, and figure out what stroke you can run, what pistons you can find/afford and what room for a rod of what length you can fit. Plus you can deck the block to adjust, and remember the pistons have to clear the cleveland valves. There are many combinations for home made bosses; one that I reckon could fit is the 289 crank, 302W rods, KB claimer 351C pistons. ... anyway, you can be sure the cleveland rods will be no use at all.
ACL stuff is good and they make a print a nice technical catalogue with these measurements.
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Ok so the cleveland rods are a no-goer? I think the crank has to be ground to fit them on anyway??...it is a genuine boss 302 crank by the way...Which rods am i best off using then?
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Stock 302 Winsor rods (at least the later model ones found in the 5.0L EFI) are strong enough for 500+hp. If you are going over that the SCAT 4130 or 4340 rods are a good option.
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would those rods fit on the old crank? (its off a 70 mustang) but its actually new...its never even been assembled in a car. It has standard windsor journals...
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As far as I know, any winsor rod would be fine. Depending on your intended power, you could look as something like the ACE stock rods which are nearly the same specs as the ford stock rods and cost around $400, or go to some forged 800hp+ ones for $800-$1000.
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well to start with, id think ill probably be looking at 450bhp....im going to get the 4 bolt mains and acl hi comp pistons etc...So the windsor rods are just as strong as the cleveland? What year model should i be looking for? Can you buy those windsor rods as a ford spare part? HOw much am i looking at for those?
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With 450hp, you are just getting too close to the limits of stock rods. I would be looking at some after market forged rods, like the SCAT 4340 H-beam rods, which would set you back about $800.
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ok ill have to look into that...yeah snapping a rod is the worst thing that can happen...i was looking at a set of carillo rods but i just couldnt aford the $1500 to pay for them. where can i get these scat rods, and who need i contact regarding them? Thanks for your help...that sorta gets rods out of the way! Next...give me tommoroow and ill ask more questions about my next required part :)
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I got some from www.vpwmailorder.com they are based in Victoria but ship anywhere, and have really good prices. Which pistons are you using. If you are using standard 302 Winsor pistons, order the stock 302 rods (5.090") or if they are Boss pistons, they need the 289 Winsor rods (5.155")
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