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I finally got myself a 302, it came out of a friends '79 F150(he swapped it for a 351) so he let me take it and said I can just pay it off when I can, which in total will only be $200, and he threw in the C6 Tranny for free, I started tearing it apart this morning and here's what I have so far

It looks half way decent from the outside....

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And then we open it up and find out how bad it really is

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The other side is even worse...

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brushed some of the build up off
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Getting to the internals...
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Here's the C6
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And some shiny new tools for the project :)
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I'm still working on it, I have to get the pistons, lifters, cam, and crank out, I'll get more pics of that as I progress.


I'm going to take the block to a shop and have them clean it out and make sure it's not cracked, and I'll have them rebuild the heads, I'm going to get all new internals, and the tranny is also going to a shop and I'll just use that for a while until I can get a T5 or T56, or a C6 with o/d because I drive 20 miles one way to work and I need the o/d, oh yeah and it's going to be stroked to 347 :-)
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Love it. Keep us updated
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You are lucky!!! This could be quite the engine with some good parts pu into it. It will really make your ranger mean!
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Nice. Just a moderate rebuild with a set of GT-40 heads and an E303 cam and that motor will scream! Not to mention that these little 302's love some giggle juice...

You are going to love it and it is a fun project. And its not nearly as bad as everyone thinks.
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it depends on how expensive those heads are, my budget is limited and I can't even start to buy stuff for the engine for a few months, I know that I want a bigger cam and a few other goodies that I have to save up for
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nope looks like it dropped a head gasket at one point. i think the gt40 heads would be perfect, just spend the coin and get it all machined and cleaned up man
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yeah you're right, plus it's cheaper than buying a complete new engine, that was going through my head before i picked this up, the first thing I need to do is start researching shops around here that'll do all this work
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that engine pretty good actually

i have seen a hell a-lot worse than that
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Looks like it's been sitting around a while! You'll get 'er fixed up though...
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the e303 is a good cam i had it in my fox mustang and absolutly loved such a sick sound and its not to bad on price either got cam lifters and spyder 300 bucks to the door from jegs plus got a free hat for a order over 200 bucks :) lol
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camshafts for street cars are very bad for off-road vehicles

you should look for a camshaft that is meant for low end torque not high end horsepower
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thanks for the input guys, I'll check out that e303 cam today, I'm making a list of everything I'm going to get and I'll post on here when I do, and it's not an offroad truck, its 2wd so it's gonna be a street truck, I'm gonna tub the rear wheel wells and get some 12-14" drag tires
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Yeah that would be perfect. And you can find the heads used for less than $300. Just have them gone through and freshened up, and then port/polish them.
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Here's some more pics, we tore down the bottom end and we had some trouble with the distributer and the freeze plug, so both of those and the cam are still in the block

Bottom of the engine
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I didn't tear down the pistons because I'm getting the 347 kit and it comes with new pistons
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the crank is going too, I'm pretty much ONLY keeping the block and the oil pan
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here's the block almost completely stripped, it looks clean but we'll see after it gets magnafluxed
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Looks like you have been rather busy! Just out of curiosity, if your on such a tight budget why did you decide to stroke it to 347?
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I want a 347 because there's a bunch of people who drop in a 302 and call it quits. I want more, plus I want more power. It's not going in for a while, I have to save up and buy stuff piece by piece. I'll probably end up putting around 5 grand into the engine, and I still have to make up my list. Unless I get promoted it won't be done before the new year.

Not to mention getting a custom drive shaft, and exhaust, and finding a radiator that'll fit(with an electric fan), and engine/tranny mounts, and getting the c6 rebuilt etc... etc... etc...
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That works. If your looking for more power check out On3Performances turbo kit. Alot of guys on the mustang boards are running them. Cheap kit with pretty good parts that will make boat loads of power.
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I'm not sure I want to run a turbo, atleast not yet... and that site looks like its all '86+ stangs, I'm running on carb, but If I do go forced induction I'll probably go and get a kb supercharger or a blower
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What is magnaflux, and were are you getting the kit for your engine. Are you running 4x4 or are you going to turn your ranger in to a strip truck. Looks good so far. I just got the top end of mine tore apart.
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magnaflux is checking the for microscopic cracks in the block, theres 2 ways to magnaflux an engine, one is to powdercoat the engine and put it under UV light to check for cracks, another is to use a special magnetic powder and a high powered magnet and the powder will line up straight inside of a crack showing where the crack is

its 2wd so it's gonna be a street truck, all of the parts are coming from summit or edelbrock, or various car parts sites like cjponyparts.com
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Cool thanks.
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