Rebuilding a 1971 302. Info needed.
I'm rebuilding a 71 302 for my brother. We already decided to go with a roller cam. I have the stock hyd roller lifters, dog bones and retainer from a Mustang GT. I know I just need to drill and tap a couple holes in the cam bearing area of the block, no problem. I will get the cam bearings replaced after the drilling and tapping.
My question has to do with good pistons, rings, bearings etc for a decent price. I'll have the block bored for the new pistons, but need to have them in hand first. Where is a good place to buy stock weight pistons say 0.020" or 0.030" over?
It still has the stock 71 heads. Should I get some E7 heads or redo the stock ones?
I guess I have to say what he expects from the engine. He wants total reliabilty, no racing, just cruising, but wants a cam like lopey idle. We were thinking of an E303 cam. It will have a 600 Holley on it, no EFI. He just doesn't want to foul plugs or have a smooth idle. He wants a bit of lope but will not be going to any tracks. Make sense? Just a cruiser, would I really need to upgrade the heads? (this is going in a 71 Comet GT). 3.00 rear gear, C4 auto, stock converter.
Let me know your thoughts and experinces.