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Old 10-10-2016   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help on Ford 302

Hey All,

My wife has a 67' mustang we have been restoring for the last 5 years, it was also her first car. I purchased a 302 long block out of a fox body mustang, I don't recall the year or any specifics. I was told the engine had been rebuilt with a mild cam, the heads are cast and I believe they are stock. The engine had a cast intake manifold for a carburetor with an edelbrock 600 cfm carb.

I had been experiencing issues with it running properly at low rpm's it would idle but not take off real well until 3000 rpm. I checked compression on all of the cylinders the lowest was 143, the highest was 152, so I believe that checked out.

Did a coolant pressure test, pumped the system up to 14psi for 15 minutes no pressure drop.

Sprayed carb cleaner where the intake gaskets to the head and the car would drop rpms and die. I pulled the intake and replaced it with an edelbrock performer RPM new from summit, used these gaskets: FEL-1250S3

The intake sides of the heads look like this: Ford Small-Block Windsor Sr Cast Iron Cylinder Heads (The picture is just for reference I don't believe they are windsor sr heads)

Once I put everything back together it will not hold an idle, wants to die all the time, is not driveable, will only stay running above 3000rpm.

What did I screw up? What is the small center port on the cylinder head for? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Need Help on Ford 302

I wish I could help you but I am no mechanic. I am just a parts changer. Good luck with figuring it out.
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Re: Need Help on Ford 302

Have you tried adjusting the valves? If you are sure there is no vacuum leak, that is where I would go next.
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