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My 66 needs an engine.. Opinions please on which engine to go with?

Ok, as the situation stands, my 66 is in need of a new mill, and under ideal circumstances I would want to drop in a 408 stroker witha t-5/tko conversion. Unfortunatly right now, I cant do that
Anyway, heres what I want opinions on:
I'm thinking about going for a 302 block,unknown year (still planning after all) stroked out to 347, using the pro power kit (anyone have it? Opinions?), with home ported 351 heads, the Shelby high rise intake and 600 cfm holley and hooker long tubes I already have, and keeping the c-4, (at least until I could get ahold of a built AOD)
I'm looking for mainly street performance, lots of grunt on the low-mid range, without wimping out higher.
What kind of cam would be best for this setup? I've been considering going in for a custom grind. Roller or non roller (affects block choice, but if I can, I want a roller block, I like low maintenance), will it make decent power? what am I missing?
Sorry for the vagueness, but I'm still in the planning stage, and your feedback will help me plan out what i'm going to go for.

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Ok, as the situation stands, my 66 is in need of a new mill, and under ideal circumstances I would want to drop in a 408 stroker witha t-5/tko conversion. Unfortunatly right now, I cant do that
Anyway, heres what I want opinions on:
I'm thinking about going for a 302 block,unknown year (still planning after all) stroked out to 347, using the pro power kit (anyone have it? Opinions?), with home ported 351 heads, the Shelby high rise intake and 600 cfm holley and hooker long tubes I already have, and keeping the c-4, (at least until I could get ahold of a built AOD)
I'm looking for mainly street performance, lots of grunt on the low-mid range, without wimping out higher.
What kind of cam would be best for this setup? I've been considering going in for a custom grind. Roller or non roller (affects block choice, but if I can, I want a roller block, I like low maintenance), will it make decent power? what am I missing?
Sorry for the vagueness, but I'm still in the planning stage, and your feedback will help me plan out what i'm going to go for.

Thanks'
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I think the 302 would be a great option. Tons of aftermarket parts and easy to work with. The 351W/351C is you only other option if you eventually are looking for power. But, many 302 5.0 GT's put out plenty of HP and I dont see anything wrong with it. If going with a 302, I would look for a 5spd tranny out of a 86-93 Mustang GT. It would be cheap and a better option IMO for the 302 than a C4. As for performance parts, there is the same if not more 5.0 aftermarket parts than a 351w. It is possibly the most popular engine for fords because of the 5.0 Mustang. That is not saying it is the best, but aftermarket product wise, its in the top 2. That is all I know, hope that was helpful in someway.

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Oh, if going for a more classic factory look you can always stick to the 289. It may not have as much in HP and aftermarket parts, but it is still fun to drive an original classic. If you know what I mean.
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Mostang monthly just did a write up on how to stroke a 289 to a 347 . That would be sweet

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yeah, I have that issue sitting on the desk right now. I was thinking about doing the motor she has right now, but I cant have the car sitting in the driveway with no engine for any period of time. As it is, I'm going to have to rent a storage room for her when I actually swap the motor. by doing the build on another block, it'll minimize the time I have to have the storage room.
*sigh* nothings ever simple, if I only had a garage
As to the engine options, I was origianlly planning on going with the windsor, and just stroke it out to 408, but money being what it is, I've had to scale back my plans for the immediate future. Hence, going with a stroked 302 will get me some more inches (tho not as many as I'd like) without having to buy all the 351 swap pieces. Same thing for the tranny. I actually have another T5 from my 93, but I'd have to have it rebuilt, plus buying the conversion parts. Besides, the C4 she has still runs like a top.

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