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  • We are installing the CORRECT headers for the GT40P heads. These headers are specifically designed to work with GT40P specific heads. There is no need to get special spark plug boots when installing these headers. Out of the box they come ready for paint. I decided to go with...

  • An important step in your roller 302 budget build is the harmonic damper. Make sure if you are using a later model H.O. roller 302 you use a 50oz. imbalance harmonic damper. Grease the crankshaft prior to installation and make sure the balancer is installed completely...

  • When installing the roller rockers and pushrods on the small block Ford 302 you want to pay attention to a few important details. Always work in a clean workspace and stay organized. This is a process that is a bit time consuming so make sure you have an hour or so...

  • This is how I install roller lifters on a small block Ford 302 5.0L roller engine. I begin by using Ford Racing’s performance roller lifters. Once I take them out of the box, I give them an oil bath for about 1 full week. This allows the lifters to fill...

  • This is a simple yet very important step in the process. You will need to pick up an oil filter adapter to mount the oil filter properly. This part is made by Allstar Performance Part Number: ALL92003. The existing adapter is removed by a hefty 32MM socket. Once removed, clean the area...

  • Installing the mechanical fuel pump on a small block Ford is a very easy and straight forward process. Begin with a clean surface on the timing cover. Make sure you have quality hardware and the gasket is clean. Depress the fuel pump activation arm slightly to clear the eccentric and install...

  • This is a fairly straight forward installation and only a few considerations need to be made. Purchase a quality aluminum oil pan that is front sump style to match your new oil pump & pickup screen. When considering an oil pan, make sure the mounting lip is...

  • In these steps, we will set the timing cover and water pump into place. Keep in mind that this is not a final installation because a lot of the bolts used in this process will be determined by the accessory bracketry used later on in the build. Primarily, you want...

  • Today we will be installing one of the most critical components of any engine. The timing chain and gear set. This set happens to be a very high quality Made in U.S.A. Cloyes timing set. This set is a double roller and ready to go. I like to...

  • This is how the fuel pump eccentric looks on a small block Ford. This is a common part that is often very overlooked when converting a new EFI 5.0L roller 302 engine to a mechanical carburetor engine. This eccentric looks like a small pulley that has offset mounting...

  • Here is How To Install Cylinder Heads on Small Block Ford 302 5.0 | GT40P Heads. This is one of the biggest steps in your 302 budget build. The cylinder head installation is a thorough process and there are steps you must take to ensure...

  • The heads are back from the machine shop and they’re looking shiny and new. These GT40P heads for the works! They received all brand new Ford valve seals, keepers & retainers. They got a 3 angle valve job and a bead blast. After I got them back...

  • Article Summary: How to install the Ford Racing E-303 Camshaft into a Ford 302. The cam is part number: M-6250-E303. This camshaft installation takes approximately 1 hour. In this post, I will explain how easy it is to install a camshaft in a small block Ford 302 engine. For this...

  • We are beginning the installation of new parts on the budget build 302 engine. We begin with the new high volume Melling oil pump and Melling oil pump screen. These parts are made in the U.S.A. and are very high quality. The oil pimp comes...

  • After deciding on a color theme for the newly cleaned small block, I decided to run with a fire engine red paint color. This was a fairly simple process. Just make sure you have all of the oil removed from the block and you use...

  • My engine build will be more of a classic setup. I am removing all of the fuel injection parts and everything down to the short-block. I did not photograph this process but I did document the cleanup process. When I started with this engine it...

  • This is where I will begin my journey to build a stout 302 small block Ford motor (engine) without breaking the bank but still using very high quality MADE IN USA parts. I am very strict when it comes to quality and function and like...

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