Hi all, first post here but lurking for years.
I've been scouring the internet like crazy for the last couple of weeks and its driving me nuts, believe me I've read it all on 302s and I think this site has the most with common sense, so this is where I'll start.
I have an F100 302 project atm (1974) and I after a little advice.
Now, I've done a few nut and bolt restorations over the years such as a MkII Cortina, HQ Statesman, HZ 1 tonner a couple of 70s caravans and 70s motorcycles but this is my first Ford V8, which I know very little about. Wasn't my first choice as I was looking for an XD or similar Fairlane model but the wife has a bit of a soft spot for the old pick ups and one happened along at a good price and to save any arguments I wasnt going to be the fool and took advantage of her blessing.
Theres is quite a bit of work in it, about 18mths or so depending on cash flow but im only going to use it as a stepping stone to the next project and the missus can drive it where ever she wants for 6 mths before it gets sold.
After some research I've found that I have a 302 Cleveland engine with 2v heads that came out of a 1972 Fairlane, C4 with 3L50 on the diff tag (is that 3.5 LS diff?)
It starts easy, goes ok but only has and average of 125 lb compression throughout. From what Ive read 150 to 180 is desirable. So from that I want to make the engine a little more appealing to the next buyer and overhaul it.
After research I get the picture to leave the bottom end alone and beef up the top just to add some nice tone and a bit of clout.
So I want to do a little machining on the block and get it all nice and tight with some new pistons and bearings. ( Is there a standard fail safe system for this regarding machining and parts, keeping costs down)
I'm going to install mild cam but I'm not sure if I should be buying for example a full kit from Crow/ individual parts or buy new heads all together? I'm not really into spending 2.6k on the heads, thats out! so if I can save 400$ here and 200$ there that's where I'm at.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.