Preacher17 said:Monstrous and beasty don't mix with daily driver. You can get beasty but she is going to be a real pain to drive in traffic I'd recomend against it and suggest you choose either-or. If you don't you may end up real disappointed with what you get. Monstrous also cost big bucks. A 351 should fit but its gonna be real tight. Strokers cost money that you may or may not have and you need to remember these are 40 year old cars and they were never designed for the size engines we are putting in them. My suggestion would be work with the motor you've got. With some smart mods you can pump out over 300 ponies pretty easy and not break the bank. Then take the cash you save and invest it in suspension mods to help you get those ponys to the ground. Do that and you'll probably be able to smoke most of the big inch stroker guys plus you'll have enough cash left over to buy a burger Satuday nights.
Preacher17 said:The ignition mods are good. The key to making power in a small block ford is the heads. The stock heads are too restrictive. You have several options. Port the 302 heads. Depending on the year heads you will keep the compression up and it will breath better, also have the valves changed to chevy 1.94/1.60 valves. Next option is to do the same thing with 351W heads, they breath better due to better port sizing ( This is the option I'm using) and the third option is aftermarket heads. It's your budget you need to decide what you can afford. Porting can be expensive if you can't do it youself so in that case stock 351 heads are an option, they will still breath better than the 302 heads.
Keep the 600cfm carb, anything else is really too big for a 302 and get a good dual plane manifold and of course headers. Which brings us to cams....you really haven't given enough info to make a recommendation. Are you running a stick or an automatic? What stall and rear end gear? Which head option are you going with etc., As a rule of thumb keep the duration at or below 220 degrees and the lift around .480 of an inch (measured at .050 lift)...unless you are running a roller cam in which case everything changes.
Your best bet is to get an education...there are several good books out there on building SB Fords. IMO one of the best is "How to Build Max Performance Ford V8's on a Budget" by George Reid, there are others. You can never know to much. Hope this helps.
Preacher17 said:Sounds like you've got an excellent start. The 351 heads are a bolt on swap all you need is special bolts avaliable about anywhere. Depending on the cam you need to check valve to piston clearence but you would need to do that anyway. As for cam recomendations you really need to ask the manufactures about what you have and see what they say...everyone and I mean everyone has an opinion on cams and most of us are wrong .
I only gave you half an answer before. Your engine sounds like it is comming alone nicely. What will make a difference between your car and the other guy is suspension mods. Most people overbuild their motor and underbuild their car. Plan on doing everything you can to stiffen the suspension and get power to the pavement. The list would include, export brace, montecarlo bar, subframe connectors/cage, traction bars, lowering the car a bit, brake upgrades and the like...the list goes on and on and to tell the truth I'm a bit behind the times with what is avaliable for suspensions. I'm keeping my car restorable (but not stock) so I haven't really kept up. If you have the desire you can do a lot more to the car than what is mentioned.
Pick up catalogs from people like Year One, CJ Pony, Califorinia Mustang and The Paddock (There are others) and see what is avaliable and possible. Good Luck.
Preacher17 said:Just noticed where you were from...never been to California but my understanding is that the state frowns on modifying your car. Be sure what you do is street legal. Be a shame to build the car and then not be able to enjoy it.