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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013 Thread Starter
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Simple upgrades for a stock 302

I just bought a 1985 Mustang GT. The car is all stock except it has had a Flowmaster exhaust put on it. It did not have headers put on it when the guy did the exhaust. It has 86,000 original miles. I want to know a safe, simple, inexpensive way to get the car up to around 270-300 HP. I see that most people do a combination of heads, intake, carb, and cam. I am not well versed in what is compatible with what in these situations. Can someone suggest to me a combination of things that I could get from Summitracing, Jegs, or some other place that would get me in the horsepower range I am looking for. I would not be against having more than 270-300 horsepower, but I don't want to get in a situation where I need to swap out clutch, transmission, etc., I just want to take my stock 302 out, clean it up, do a few mods/bolt ons, put it back in, and have a good running daily driver with a little pep that doesn't kill me on gas. I have looked at the Jon Kaase p-38 kit which says it will give you 500 HP, but $2,500 is a lot of money.
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1985 was the first year for the roller cam block. Also, the last year for carburation. A camshaft with some decent duration and around .500 lift would be a good place to start.( check with manufacturer on lifter usage and valve springs) Headers? Stainless steel lasts forever.

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