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OK so looking for advice for a budget build 460 mark VII street/mostly strip car. Its a newer block (late 80's fuelie) and would like to keep the stock rotating assembly (D6 "football" rods). i got a set of d0ve-A heads, bare castings that have been blasted and check for cracks for 75 each plus ride, and there on their way. plan on porting, and enlarging valves to 2.19 and 1.76. any other machine work needed to heads? (hardened seats, guides ext?) also whats the best inexpensive valves, (needed before machine work) springs, rockers,ext? do i need new pistons? plan on motor being NA and pump gas(for now at least). what about cam, intake (thinking victor) and carb (750cc) ideas? this is my first engine build and not going to lie, i am a little intimidated, but willing to put in the effort and learn. any help is greatly appreciated!

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Well you gave us some info but we will need a little more. Do you have any idea about HP goals? Using the stock rods you will be limited to some where around 500 HP give or take but I'd recommend new rod bolts in those rods at that HP level. If you do use new rod bolts you will need to have the rods resized.

Take a look at this thread:
http://www.460ford.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119213

That thread will give you a few good ideas as far as HP levels and what you can do with the parts you have. The Victor intake is a high RPM intake. I know your build hasn't been discussed yet really but I doubt that the experts on here will recommend that unless you are going for an all out race build.

What year is the Mark 7 and do you intend on using the stock hood without cutting it up?

Is the rear end stock?

OK... Your turn. Fill us in with the details.
 

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yea i was looking on Scotty site, and it said the rods are good up to 650 hp, i was looking to be over the 500hp mark. arp rod bolt are the only thing locked iin on my parts list, that and machine work for larger valves and maybe hardened seats if needed?. i will cut the stock hood if i need to. rear end is stock. will be doing the sn95 conversion to run coil springs,and have better tire options. will also be using stock sn95 lowers in the rear for coils. the car is an 88, and completely gutted, dont think it will be made streetable. any reason for new pistons and having the block zero decked for my HP goal? was hoping for pump gas (not possible with the compression of dove heads on my block) but if i can save on machine work by running race fuel i am all for that. will check out that link shortly.

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