Alrighty time to start on it again! Got all new timing stuff, oil pump, water pump, all the gaskets, head bolts aaaand since I'm gonna have it all apart, some Comp cams stage 1 cams! Never done cams before, sooo I'm unsure about a lot of things, like how important it is to get new springs and such. It says I can re use them, but recommend I dont. I would like to re use them since I just spent a grand on parts haha. Any special tools needed? Any super duper important things to get/do or am I good to just slap them in and call it good? Also, I'd like to get some headers, any recommendations?
If your heads are coming off, changing valve springs are a breeze, magnet on a stick and the compressor tool work wonders for getting the keepers out. As for comp stage 1s you dont have to change them, but i would if you want to rev over stock redline.. makes it more worth it. Valve spring compressor tool for a 2v mustang. The 4v one is different.
Also the comp cams have different cam bolts than the factory ones. So you will need to get a set of bolts. Google it. The info might be around on the forums. I ended up just using grade 8 bolts from a general hardware store. This was 5 years ago. So forgive my memory.
While the heads are off and you are doing your gaskets, i would change the valve springs. Bolt the cams in with cam gears in place. Leaving followers off the heads i would bolt the heads down to the block(dont forget to clean and put your gaskets on!😉<img src="https://www.moddedmustangs.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> that way you can spin your cams independently of the crank and the valves wont open to shake hands with the pistons. Then set your crank and cam gears to the appropriate positions, do your chains guides/tensioners. Double check the timing. Pull the pins. While rotating your crank, pop your followers back in. Then keep rotating to feel for resistance IE any timing issue that is obviously piston to valve before you start it up.. (Easier when you have the plugs pulled so youre not fighting compression)
I had those comp 262s, they were a fun set of cams. I threw it on some kind of trailer dyno when it was untuned and it made 289/308 or so. Then with a procharger it made 415/397 @9psi with 4.10 gears.. ran a buddies kenne bell 2.1 gt @11 psi on 3.27 gears and i put a bus length on him.
You will enjoy them. Very streetable.
As for headers, i really liked my bassani midlengths and off road x pipe, no loss of ground clearance, get the same power and sound as long tubes. JBA also makes midlengths with an off road H pipe.
And the biggest benefit i found was that i could pull my trans with the headers on.