As some of you know, when I moved to Vero Beach, I lost my shop/garage space. A friend of mine who lives a little ways away allows me to use his place to do all my portwork. I'm not one to take and not return a favor, so I made an agreement with him that I would port some heads he has in return for letting me use his space, electric etc.
The vehicle in question is DEFINITELY unique, and budget-oriented. So I wont be going all out, because the money isnt there to go all out. But he is a good friend, and has alot to gain from where he is at right now.
Here is the setup as of right now:
'86 Mercury Grand Marquis
302 non-HO (stock longblock from the factory), estimated 250+k miles
New bearings about 30k ago
rebuilt AOD w/ Supercoupe converter
Carb conversion, running a Holley 650 double pumper
Weiand Dual Plane Intake
Mustang shorty headers, X pipe, no cats, no name mufflers
31" rear tires
Mustang Koni shocks, KYB gasadjust shocks up front
Stiffer coils all around
unknown camshaft, E303 or X303 possibly.
The car runs relatively strong for what it is, no blowby at all, but needs to be sorted out. Somehow the stock valvetrain is holding up to whatever cam is in it (was purchased under the impression that it was a HO cam), but we know it is on borrowed time.
I have made the following demands:
Valve springs MUST be upgraded
Chromoly pushrods are a must
Heads must be hot tanked as they are freshly machined but have been exposed for a long time
Roller rockers should be considered
The heads in question are OEM Ford E6 heads. These are the same castings as are what are on the car now. These have been freshly machined and have all new valvetrain but were rebuilt to just above OEM spec. These heads are generally dismissed as junk in the Ford world, however, this will allow for a, generally speaking, A to B comparison.
This will be an ongoing project that will largely be on the backburner to porting things for you folks...but I figured some of you would take interest.