Would like your $.02
Visited the site many times but finally found a good deal on a 466 and decided to make a profile and get your 2 cents on what you would do if you were in my shoes. So I guess I'll start out with what i got, then my initial plans, and what its going in etc
The engine is currently installed in the sellers car and I test drove it before it was pulled. Car ran super strong but I'm still going to have my engine guy tear it down due to the rear main leaking a bit of oil and my paranoia. So hopefully it won't need more than 5 to 800 bucks in bearing and gaskets etc. But before i resign myself to just that it might be a good time to make a few other changes before it's installed in my car.
The engine was described as being a d1ve block, 3.85 stock cast crank, truck rods with arp bolts, frpp dampner, trw forged pistons (originally 12.5 to 1 but milled down to be 11.5 to 1ish), 8qt milodon pan w/windage tray, d0ve heads (gasket match port on both sides with a little extra work on the exhaust side, along with 2.24 intake valves and 1.72 exhaust), headman headers (I'll have to get back to you on the specifics there but I believe they are 2" primaries and maybe a 3" collector?), weiand stealth 8012 intake, and the cam installed is a lunati with solid flat tappet lifters (.560\.580 lift, .310 duration with a lobe seperation of 110).
I think that about covers the engine as its currently assembled according to the seller, of course that could change when it gets pulled apart but he seemed like a pretty good guy. He also threw in a comp cam (roughly .530 lift, hydraulic lfiter, will have more details later) and I opted to not buy the 750cfm carb as I had read on here that these engines seem to like the bigger carbs with dual plane intakes and a minimum of 850 seems to be recommended. He also left the clutch, bellhousing, flywheel etc on for a toploader.
This motor came out of a 73 mach 1 and i intend to put it in my 71 mach 1. I'm very tempted to use a big spline top loader that I know is laying on the garage floor down the road from me but I'm also playing around with the idea of buying a stouter 5 speed like a tko600 for the extra highway gear being that my car has a 9" with 3.89 to 1 gear ratio.
My goal is to essentially have a motor i can paint ford blue and pass off vaguely as a 429 scj with ram air in my mach, maybe do a couple passes down the strip when i go to a big show in columbus or to the woodward dream cruise next year but mostly just something to race around the country roads in my hometown, accrue tickets, and help myself get real well known with the local tire shop. I'm not too concerned with a rough idle, I kind of like having a hot car for the street and struggling to keep it alive at stop lights etc. If I get 450-500Hp I'd be pretty happy, but if there's an easy way to not leave another 100 on the table I don't want to miss it. So please let me know what you would do if you were in my shoes.
I'm hoping I didn't make the rookie mistake of posting in the wrong section or leaving out some crucial info but if so just let me know, I'll do what I can to fix it. Thanks in advance.