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Old December 27th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am about to start rebuilding the engine in my 88 5.0 and I want to put in a performance cam, but I have seen some other people that put in cams that are way too big and the car has trouble starting and has an extremely rough idle, and honestly I have hardly any cam knowledge. I'd like something somewhat mild. In my rebuild I am going to port and polish the heads, maybe oversized pistons(if i have to hone the cylinders much), put the Ford Racing Cobra EFI Intake Manifold kit, CAI, and maybe headers. Any suggestions on a cam brand/size would be great.
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Don't waste a dime on your stock heads......
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Not gonna work on speed density
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If your car is a 49 state car from 88 and doesn't have mass-air, then there are very few cams that you can run without running into driveability issues unless you were to get a custom chip burned for it. If that is going to be your setup for a while, and you really want everything that you can get out of it, I would either A: Get a cam that will work with speed density, or B: Just do the mass air conversion now.

Also, if you are paying money to port and polish stock heads, you are throwing money out the window. Not worth the money spent. You could go find yourself a set of explorer heads and pick up more power, if you are on a budget.
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What would I have to do for the mass air conversion?
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Computer, mass air harness, mass air meter... Just google it. Easy as shit.
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Originally Posted by lanceab149 View Post
What would I have to do for the mass air conversion?
Basically look at it like this, your '88 has "speed density" and is setup to run on a specific setup. Any drastic change to that setup will cause problems. Yeah, you could burn a chip, but just not what I would do for this. From '89+ mustangs came with "mass air flow" (call it MAF) that basically automatically adjusts for moderate levels of modification. This link is pretty self explanatory and don't be scared of doing it, it is so simple, even switching the pins out in the computer (see link) is simple. I did the entire process (many years ago in my parents garage at age 20) in less than two hours. You can buy the components new ($$$$) or used from junk yards with wrecked '89-93 5.0's just make sure you get the right one (manual or automatic) along with a calibrated MAF sensor and harness. There are kits available for everything you need, your choice. Anyway, here's the info:

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Computer, mass air harness, mass air meter... Just google it. Easy as shit.
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Originally Posted by HighDensity View Post
Basically look at it like this, your '88 has "speed density" and is setup to run on a specific setup. Any drastic change to that setup will cause problems. Yeah, you could burn a chip, but just not what I would do for this. From '89+ mustangs came with "mass air flow" (call it MAF) that basically automatically adjusts for moderate levels of modification. This link is pretty self explanatory and don't be scared of doing it, it is so simple, even switching the pins out in the computer (see link) is simple. I did the entire process (many years ago in my parents garage at age 20) in less than two hours. You can buy the components new ($$$$) or used from junk yards with wrecked '89-93 5.0's just make sure you get the right one (manual or automatic) along with a calibrated MAF sensor and harness. There are kits available for everything you need, your choice. Anyway, here's the info:

Mustang Mass Air Conversion StangNet





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