I'm going back to my home town in the morning to assemble the engine for my kid brother's 66 Mustang coupe. It's been a while since I've done a "little" motor like a 302. Couple of questions to refresh my memory.
1. The rod bolts are Pioneer brand. Not their stock replacements. They have a HP line. The machine shop that did the work for my brother chose them. He said he likes them better than ARP. What torque setting should I use for these?
2. Should I install the cam straight up or advanced?
68 302 block, .030 over. Stock crank std/std. No machine work was done to the crank journals. It was in very good shape. Just putting it back in with new bearings. Stock rods with above bolts. Speed Pro/TRW forged flat tops w 4 valve reliefs. Rotating assembly has been balanced. Before the balance job we had the pistons flycut for 2.02 valves and also made the reliefs deeper for a future larger cam, if wanted. Should be ok to .600 lift.
Heads: Box stock Performer RPM aluminum heads. 2.02/1.60 valves. Valves are prob too large now, but future upgrades are planned. Thought I might advance the cam to gain back a little lost torque due to oversize valves. Box stock Performer RPM intake. Harland Sharp 1.6 roller rockers. I had posted earlier about him buying Twisted Wedge heads. We had a few worries about valve clearance with them in the future and also found out the HS rockers won't work on the TW's. Returned them unused and exchanged them for the Performer RPM's so future upgrades can be done.
Cam is a Comp Cams 282S. .528/.528 236°/236° @ .050 110 lobe seperation. Again, straight up or advanced?
Carb for now is a Holley 600 Vac secondary. Once it's in and tuned the carb will be swapped for a 650 DP. Headers are 1 5/8 full length Hedman's. Got rid of the Tri-Y's based on you guys' comments. Car has a C-4 w Trans Go shift kit, 10" 3500 (flash) stall PTC converter (ordered today). Gears will be ~ 3.70's when changed. Still has the 2.79's for the time being. Ignition is a stock distributor with a Pertronix module. Also just bought a Milodon aluminum water pump.
The plan for this weekend is to assemble the short block, checking clearances and piston to valve etc. Mount the heads and measure for pushrods. Basically everything but the pushrods and intake/carb.
Thoughts? Glaring errors?