I just picked up a 65 Ford Falcon with a 289 off craigslist for next to nothing. Currently it's all stock with a 2 barrel and in need of a rebuild. The car has a manual trans and will be used for weekend cruising. My goal is do this whole project using parts found at swap meets, craigslist, etc... I already picked up a set of vintage 14'' torque thrusters with 205 70 tires, so it won't be getting much traction.
I want to see what kind of power can be made on a budget, but I know nothing about making power with these motors.
So lets hear it guys... How would you build this motor? What cam, intake, carb, etc.... How much power can you make with the stock block, crank and rods? What type of compression would you feel safe running with steel heads? Could you put together a motor with the stock heads, that would respond to a set of aftermarket aluminum heads down the line?