Of course its not a Ranger or an RBV but i figured i would ***** it out a little as i take the next big step with this one.
To give a little background, as my screen name suggests, i have a 1969 Mercury Cougar in my stable as well. Its my first car that i got in 1999 just AFTER high school (never had a car while in school) and its also the last car id ever sell. Its the first car ive ever modified, first ive ever painted and its also responsible for me winding up in the profession I am in. So i have a ton of sentimental value attached to this car.
Its currently powered by a 351W with an FMX transmission and a 9 inch rear end with a 3.89 and a detroit locker in it. It weighs 3,520lbs, is not super fast but it runs ok considering its the original engine with a few bolt ons and has over 140K miles on the long block. It still runs great, but the trans is taking a crap. I had to use it as my daily driver when my 04 XLT got totalled, so although 3.89s sing a TON with 27 inch drag radials, it still can be used for daily duties when needed.
A few years ago i decided i wanted to go faster than i could go in this one. I thought long and hard about it and decided a big block was the way to go and that a proper Ford of this era really should have an FE engine. I looked into a 390 for about a minute until i decided that a 428 could be had for about $500 more, and seeing as most of the pieces interchange, the initial core price would be one of the few places that ill have to make a big difference in a layout of cash. After finding a 428 at Memory Lane junkyard in (then anyway) Sun Valley and plopping down $600 for a core engine i worked my way home with it and there it sat in a friends garage for some time. Several years have pased and after moving with my friend TWICE, the engine is now about ready to go into the car.
specs as i can remember off the top of my head
428 Ford FE, punched .030 out.
Speed Pro Forged pistions 10.5:1 Compression Ratio
Edelbrock aluminum heads
Crane Aluminum roller rocker shaft assemly
Hooker Super Comp ceramic coated headers
Edelbrock Performer RPM intake
Holley Aluminum 770 Street Avenger carb (just ordered today!)
Milodon hi capacity oil pan high volume oil pump
Probably going with a recurved duraspark triggered with an MSD 6AL
Stock rods shot peened and magged with ARP bolts
ARP bolts all over the engine. Heads, mains, external accessories.
I believe its a Comp cam, but i dont remember the specs offhand. Still hydraulic, in the 280 duration and .55X range for lift. Should be happy.
My lack of motivation and willingness to spend money have made the car not ready for the engine though. Thats the reason for this thread. Ive finally gotten off my *** and started to get the car ready. I want to paint the engine bay first, so its gotta come out. So today ive been spending some time starting to pull sheetmetal off of the car.
Hopefully this goes smoothly, and my goal is to have it all done before October 23, 2009. Why? Thats the 10 year anniversary of when i bought the car. Funny.... i dont remember my GF's birthday but i remember that.. well... heres to that first step!