What If I Want Gas Mileage too?
Here are my goals (engine will run on pump "regular" gas and not be used for racing and not be driven when it is colder than 45 degrees farenheit outside, and my car is a 1978 Lincoln Mark V):
1. increase power above stock ONLY if it can be done without decreasing stock gas mileage and without making engine more unreliable or rough running or rough idling or harder to start or hesitating on acceleration or costing huge $.
2. increase gas mileage but only if it can be done without losing significant power or making engine more unreliable or rough running or rough idling or hard to start or hesitating on acceleration or costing huge $.
3. make engine more reliable but only if it can be done without decreasing gas mileage or power or making engine run rough or idle rough or harder to start or hesitating on acceleration or costing huge $.
I currently have my 460 out of the car on an engine stand and time to work on it and when I'm done I will probably leave the engine in the car for the next 30 years and drive maybe around 50,000 miles. So, now is the time for me to do whatever it is that I should do to the engine, if anything, to improve power, mileage, or reliability in line with the above 3 goals.
With all that said, I have these questions:
1. Should I still use a timing gear/chain set from a 69-71 on my 78 Lincoln 460?
2. Should I recurve the stock distributor or use a non-stock distributor (and recurve it?)?
3. Should I use a non-stock cam?
4. Should I change the stock carburetor and if so to what model and manufacturer?
I'm asking these questions because the fact I am not interested in racing might possibly mean I should do different things than the recommendations already made in this thread.
Thank you an awful lot!!!!
Last edited by audioresearch; 11-22-2014 at 07:34 PM.