Posting here because I've always loved mustangs, and my family has always been Ford loyal. Dad used to restore mustangs and build engines, and my grandparents worked on Ford assembly lines. I'm here doing research for a Fox Body build that I'm in the initial stages of. I do most if not all of the "fixing" of my own cars, but this will be my first solo "project car" type build, so I wanna make sure to do it right. I have a few questions for you all, as I'm unfamiliar with specifics of these cars.
I'll start off with my goals for the car. I'm going for a daily drivable type of car, something manageable. It'll be a weekend driver/go fast car. I hope to dabble in a bit of everything, from "road racing" to the strip and having a bit of fun on the street. I'd like to see low-mid 11 ets, or as fast as I can go without sacrificing drivability and without caging the car. Lots of area under the curve vs flat out peak horsepower. Maybe 450 whp? Not sure what it takes on these cars to achieve that, but I've heard the fox platform is a good place to start.
On to the questions. I've seen posts across mustang forums everywhere that the 302 HO block that comes in the fox's have a tendency to split in half at my goal hp. My approach to engine modifications will be reliability and longevity over cheap power. Meaning buying all the little stuff to open the engine up, and then maybe afterwards putting a vortech/turbo kit on it. Keeping that in mind, would it be better to go with a 351w swap right off the bat, or just keep the 302 and hope for the best? Maybe buy an aftermarket block and build that?
Keeping my goals in mind, which type of FI should I use, given either block choice? I understand this is the age old "s/c vs t/c" argument, but searching has netted me not "exactly" what I'm looking for. I understand that N/A 302 and 351w are expensive to build to higher hp, and high HP N/A is not as daily friendly.
So far here's what I've got for mods in mind
Trick Flow twisted wedge
forged internal goodies
cobra r rims
s/c or t/c (eventually)
I understand there is a lot to building an engine and making it work right, so excuse the "noobish" post. I'm trying to get a basic idea of what I'm getting myself into right now. I'm very thorough when it comes to this stuff
tl;dr Hi. I like fox body mustangs. Help me build one.