How To Install Cylinder Heads on Small Block Ford 302 5.0 | GT40P Heads

Properly installed head with 70 ft. lbs. torque on all head bolts.

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 proper cylinder head alignment and torque specifications. Begin with a […]

GT40P Heads Freshly Machined & New Crane Cams Beehive Springs | Paintjob

Here is the final look after the tape has been removed on the heads. They look ready to run!

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 to the shop I applied brakleen to the outsides of […]

How to Install a Camshaft in a Small Block Ford 302 5.0 | E303

Showing initial insertion of the camshaft into the small block 302. E303 Camshaft by Ford Racing

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 build, I decided to go with one of Ford’s famous […]

How to Install the Oil Pump & Screen on a Small Block 302 V8

After installation inspection of installed melling oil pump and screen

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 with a new hardened drive rod and the pump screen […]

PaintingThe Small Block Ford 302 5.0 H.O. Red

Painting the small block ford red

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 a good degreaser. Allow 48 hours for the paint to […]

Engine Cleanup & Tear Down

This is the short block after all parts and heads were removed.

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 was filthy, greasy, and smelly. The existing parts had to […]

The Donor Roller 302 Small Block Ford Engine

This is a shot of the donor motor before I took it home. It came complete with all fuel injection parts.

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 to only support U.S.A. manufacturers. This will be my most […]