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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-03, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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hey, i have got an XB falcon with a stock 302 clevo with extractors and twin 2 inch system and i am wanting to do some engine mods. i would appreciate some other imput, i havent got a huge budget. i am currently looking in the trading post for a manifold and a 600 holley. also wot type of cam would u recommend? I have read alot about stall converters, would one b a waste of money or b beneficial?

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Re: mods for my stock XB

Leave the stall till later when you have sorted the engine and rear axle ratio.
Speaking of which, what rear axle ratio do you have? Look closely under any diff-cover mounting bolt for a tag. The 6 digit ID number will begin with 199 and the next 3 digits will tell us what you have. If it's a 302, it would most likely be an integral carrier, which came in 2.92, 3.23 & 3.50 ratios. If you can find a 3.50 from, most commonly, a ute, that can be cheap upgrade.
A very easy improvement can be made in acceleration by lowering (numerically raising) your ratio.

Engine wise, a dual plane manifold would be a good start; an Edelbrock Performer 2V would suit a budget combo.
Think outside the sqaure with regard to carburation too, for a mild 302 a Cater AFB, now sold as Edelbrock, are an excellent highly tunable carb that give good across-the-range performance.
When you settled on a carb/manifold combo, decide if you're going to remove and do anything to the heads.
Lastl of all, think about a higher stall. On a mildly modified engine, it effectively waste fuel; that's about all. Maybe leave it and spend your money on other mods.
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A 600 Holley is probably a bit big for a pretty standard 302 Cleveland.
An Electronic Ignition System would probably be a worth while investment.

As for Camshaft, a Hydraulic that isn't too big (with a matched set of Lifters and Valve Springs of course).

As Fairlane by Ford stated, a set of 3.5:1 Diff Gears would help too.

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