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Whats is the most powerful engine for the money and cheapest to upgrade?

2.3L
30 (37.5%)
2.8L
1 (1.3%)
4.6L
0 (0%)
5.0L
15 (18.8%)
289
5 (6.3%)
302
17 (21.3%)
351W
10 (12.5%)
351C
2 (2.5%)

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Engine Poll
« on: July 06, 2004, 12:01:45 AM »
I've had a lot of time on my ands due to summer break, and i've been saving up, so i've been thinking about engines.

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Re:Engine Poll
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2004, 03:13:34 AM »
can you still get a restpectable amount of power out of the 2.3 naturally aspirated?  Mostly I've heard that they are only powerful with turbos.

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Re:Engine Poll
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2004, 09:58:43 AM »
302 or 5.0L now that is a tough choice.....or perhaps not. ;D
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2004, 12:16:29 PM »
carbed 302, or the fuel injected 5.0 :P

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2013, 01:11:51 PM »
Has anyone considered a 2011 up Mustang 3.7 and 6 speed?  305 HP, over 30 mpg.  There is room for the 3.5 Eco Boost for that matter, more $$$.  The 3.7 should put a Pinto solid into the 12's and still get over 30 mpg! 
UPDATE:  Found an afordable 3.7 with the 6 speed manual.  Looks like the 2.0 4 speed is adios. Well, after I make more progress on the house remodel, and the 54 F100 panel (4.6 mk 8, '06 crown vic front suspension) 67 ranchero, 65 F100 SW 390 5 speed, 78 el camino, I got weak, 27 TTouring project only so far, and back to the 72 Runabout.  DD is ford edge. 

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2013, 08:45:00 AM »
Well, if you're going V8, I'd say a 306 or 347 with efi backed by a T56.  But, i think the Mustang's 3.7 (as mentioned above) would be cool...or, what about the NEW 2.3 that came in the 06-12 Ranger? My buddy had an 07 XL 2wd rcsb with the 2.3 and a 5-speed and let me tell ya, that truck would get down...i can only imagine that in a lighter Pinto.  Now, when i say that, i mean electronics, fuel injection and all swapped in...i love retrofitting newer elements into older cars and making it look factory...can you imagine? A stock looking Pinto, hopping in, firing it up and still hearing the familiar 2.3 under the hood purring like a kitten, with no drivability issues, getting 30+ mpg like its nothing and moving the Pinto like its never moved before...all while appearing stock...man, now I'm daydreaming at work again!


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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 01:32:03 PM »
i love retrofitting newer elements into older cars and making it look factory...can you imagine? A stock looking Pinto, hopping in, firing it up and still hearing the familiar 2.3 under the hood purring like a kitten, with no drivability issues, getting 30+ mpg like its nothing and moving the Pinto like its never moved before...all while appearing stock...man, now I'm daydreaming at work again!



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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 05:01:49 AM »
Has anyone considered a 2011 up Mustang 3.7 and 6 speed?  305 HP, over 30 mpg.  There is room for the 3.5 Eco Boost for that matter, more $$$.  The 3.7 should put a Pinto solid into the 12's and still get over 30 mpg!


the wife and i have been toying with this lol

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014, 05:42:22 PM »
as far as stock goes the 2.0 in early sedans were fastest to me. 2.8 w/4speed 3.40gears(in either) in early sedan would be sweet.   
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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2014, 07:02:58 PM »
Being an old codger geezer with a DIY attitude and creaky joints , I'm looking for an upgrade for the 2.3L that has more power and mileage and is a basic bolt in.
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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 03:14:11 AM »

should bolt right in.  maybe a little 'snip' here & there.
the only substitute for cubic inches is BOOST!!!

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2014, 07:20:09 AM »
Anyone ever see one of these?
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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2014, 07:57:31 AM »
Seen quite a few of them, could have bought one for a $100 once but didn't have anything to put it in, lol.. Guy I know restored a classic a while back.

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2014, 10:17:06 AM »
Those Allisons are/were somewhat popular with tractor pullers. Seems like a waste to me.

Anyway, I voted for the 5.0L and would have voted the 2.3T as a second. The right mix of stock 2.3T parts can be pushed to ~300rwhp when you really turn the screws, but beyond that it's not cheaper than upgrading a 5.0L until the 5.0L block becomes a serious liability(~500rwhp).

The 2.3T is easier to put in a Pinto, though. That's what I want to eventually put in mine.
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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2014, 05:41:34 PM »
as far as stock goes the 2.0 in early sedans were fastest to me. 2.8 w/4speed 3.40gears(in either) in early sedan would be sweet.   

I'm insane, so I'm sticking with the 2.0. :) Wish mine was a 4 speed (at least), as it does like to wind out. Overdrive would be nice, though, for the commute to work. :)

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2014, 09:10:51 PM »
jonz2Pinto mentioned " 2.8w/4speed..." Question... will the Pinto 4 speed bolt up to a 2.8? if not, what will?

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Re: Engine Poll
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2014, 10:15:52 AM »
Anyone ever see one of these?
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