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So I got this motor from a 1976 Mercruiser, it's a 1976 302 with 351 Windsor heads and a 2 barrel Holley.

Here's the marine exhaust, water pump and some kinda solenoid

The motor with the marine components removed, ready to unbolt and pull out


Hoisting it out with a tree here

Droppin it in the truck. My buddies take great pics btw hahaha

Got it on a stand with the valve covers removed

Intake removed

Intake

Heads removed

Oil pan removed

Down to the block, pistons removed but crank and cam are still in

It was a loooong sunday!
 

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That is a good looking motor.
Thanks man! I'm taking it to a machine shop on wednesday to hone the cylinders, get 5 broken head bolts out of the block and clean the heads, intake and block. I was quoted about $230 and should have it back by saturday. I still need to order that bell housing from yall and get a radiator and exhaust after the headers. Im about to order hooker headers, billet pulleys, a master engine rebuild kit, a new fuel pump and an aluminum water pump. I believe my buddy has accelerator linkage for me.

How can I identify the flywheel that came with it?
 

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I finished my daily duties a little early today and took the block, heads and intake to a machine shop. There's a possibility I'll have to bore it out a little bit due to the rust in #6, I believe it was. Also I have to get a valve job because they're not set up for unleaded fuel. I should know what bore I'm going to end up with by the weekend.
 

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The flywheel is a 157 tooth so I had it resurfaced for $20. Today I ordered a 65 fuel pump so I could use the existing pump to carb line. Also ordered some hooker 1 5/8 headers, a 3 row aluminum radiator, aluminum water pump, 1in drop coils for the front, a 1in sway bar, a curved monte carlo bar, an organic clutch kit, ARP flywheel bolts and new z bar bushings for $890. I picked up some magnaflow mufflers, chrome split exhaust tips, accelerator linkage, an edelbrock air cleaner, 67 v8 motor mounts, a chrome water pump pulley and a chrome crankshaft pulley all for $170 from my local 64-73 mustang parts guy (Mike Jenniges)
 

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i didn't see it on here, but how much were your headers if you don't mind me asking? Thats one option I might be interested in.
 

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i didn't see it on here, but how much were your headers if you don't mind me asking? Thats one option I might be interested in.
The Hooker comp headers were $166 with $25 shipping. They're painted black but no ceramic coating. I'll prolly wrap them
 

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Thats a nice parts list you are getting. Let the fun begin!
I'm havin the time of my life! Haha. This is my first complete overhaul and i've always wanted a project like this; building a muscle car by myself :D
 

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my kinda thread, subscribed
Thanks, I'm gonna need alot of input.

Yesterday I pulled the I6 out and hauled it off to a swap meet guy, I should get about $900 for that stuff. Today I woke up and hopped in that engine bay with 4 cans of degreaser, a big wire brush and lots of rags. Also I threw big pieces of cardboard underneath the engine bay.
I didn't take pics before, but imagine a half inch of blackness over everything.









I used a power washer on it after all the de-greasing, along with the bottom of the hood. It looks a little better :/


I kinda like that ride height lol.


On tuesday I'm going to sand, prime and paint the engine bay. I'll have pics posted promptly :D
 

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I just bought the same exact car and will be doing the same exact swap (although I'm toying with the idea of a 427 stroker crate motor). In support of going to the 302, are you modifying the suspension, tranny, and rear end? If so, what are you going with?
 

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I just bought the same exact car and will be doing the same exact swap (although I'm toying with the idea of a 427 stroker crate motor). In support of going to the 302, are you modifying the suspension, tranny, and rear end? If so, what are you going with?
Suspension: I'm putting aftermarket V8 coils that'll drop it an inch and a 1in sway bar. I also ordered a monte carlo bar to go across the towers.

Rear end: I'm gonna leave the dinky I6 rear end for now but I plan on getting an 8in or 9in ford rear end.

Transmission: V8 bell housing, clutch kit, 157 tooth fly wheel and SBF z bar clutch linkage. I'm going to use the 3spd for now but I plan on replacing it with a 4spd toploader. Also I plan on getting a beefier drive shaft and converting to 5 lug.

Then it'll be drivable to my standards :D

but for now I'm just going to make it work and take it easy.

I finshed the engine bay today, I'll post pics later
 

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Ok so I forgot to take pics after I used 4 cans of primer but you here's the engine bay still taped up after 6 hours of sanding and scrubbing with wire brushes. I used 4 cans of High Temp black satin paint, they were $8.49/can. The primer was $5.99/can.




I took off the stabilizer arms, hood latch bracket and grille to paint them seperately.

Aaand there's me taking the tape off. There seems to be a pattern in the pics on this thread
 

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Awesome project I had a 68 for years as my dd when I was poor, never did anything to it except keep it running and it did that great for 150k until I got ass ended by a Blazer. You guys down there must have psychic bat navigation to get through the day with your eyes closed.
 

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Awesome project I had a 68 for years as my dd when I was poor, never did anything to it except keep it running and it did that great for 150k until I got ass ended by a Blazer. You guys down there must have psychic bat navigation to get through the day with your eyes closed.
Lol, its always bright outside in Texas. Sunglasses are required outdoors
 

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Dude! She's already looking much better! I'm about in the same spot as you. Although the engine should be finished this week I'll be on to doing the body work myself. I honestly have no idea where to start :confused:
 

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Dude! She's already looking much better! I'm about in the same spot as you. Although the engine should be finished this week I'll be on to doing the body work myself. I honestly have no idea where to start :confused:
This is about the most "body work" i'll be doing. I wish the machine shop would start breakin a sweat with my motor. I gotta wait for them to inspect the cylinders to see if i'm goin stock bore or .020 over. Then i can order my rebuild kit and get that ball rolling. Though i have everything i need, or it's coming in the mail right now; except a few hoses and fluids

The water pump, headers and z bar bushings came in yesterday and i ordered the bell housing earlier this week.
 

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looking good man :) I wish I could find my project 67 fastback :(
 

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looking good man :) I wish I could find my project 67 fastback :(
Right on, ideally I would've picked a 67-69 Fastback but I found this coupe for $3500

Today the bellhousing from MustangOne and clutch kit arrived. Also I switched the accelerator linkage. I'm pretty much just waiting on Austin Machine Shop to finish the valve job and bore. I have a feeling It'll be another 2 weeks before they finish :( ...bastards

I still need to order a new distributor, coil and possibly a different 2v carb (check ball was unaccessable during the rebuild and one gasket had to be *modified*)

Any reasonably priced suggestions for those?
 
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