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Old 04-03-2009, 08:10 PM   #1
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GT40 heads work with Standard Output 5.0 + stock cam?

I bought a 88 T-bird with SO 302 and swapping over to some better parts. I'm going to add GT40 Heads + stock 5.0HO cam. Any reason to be concerned with interference?
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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Should be fine even with 1.7 rockers on the stock HO cam.
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if the heads were milled you need to shim the rockers or run stud mounted rockers ( i'm sure you know that)
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It'll be fine. The SO 302's came with the same pistons as the HO's.
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It'll be fine. The SO 302's came with the same pistons as the HO's.
No they didn't. Its a cast dished piston. Should still be fine tho.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:03 AM   #6
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No they didn't. Its a cast dished piston. Should still be fine tho.
I have an '86 SO in my shop on an engine stand that says otherwise! It came out of a Cougar,and has forged slugs.
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Either way with the pistons, you should be fine as long as the heads weren't milled extensively. You can always break out the clay and do a clearance test if you are concerned about P to V clearances.
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Well as far as I know, SO 5.0 came with pistons that didn't have valve reliefs; mine didnt, and people I know with em had the same thing.

When swapping to the HO cam, you need to get a Mustang computer also (which is easy), and you'll need to change the firing order to that of the Mustang; they were different between the SO and HO. I also recommend that you grab a 60mm TB and HO upper intake, both of which can be had for dirt cheap.
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The s/o engine uses the same E6 heads, upper intake, smaller tb and cast versions of the '86 HO's no valve relief pistons, along with a wimpy hr cam that uses the standard (non ho) firing order.

P to V MUST be checked... Most likely it will not NOT clear... If it does, you're one of the lucky few. You definitely won't be able to swap in a larger cam later on with out valve reliefs being cut.
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Clearance with a stock HO cam should be fine....lots of us fox Tbird/Cougar owners run em with stock SO pistons and E7 heads.
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I have an '86 SO in my shop on an engine stand that says otherwise! It came out of a Cougar,and has forged slugs.
I've had a lot of 86+ non-HO motors apart, never found one with forged pistons. All had those crappy cast dished jobbers like this:



Not saying you don't have forged pistons but they don't all have forged pistons. It would be interesting if maybe certain applications did come with forged slugs. All the ones I've played with were out of Vics and other full size cars.
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True,considering nothing seemed to be a set standard with a lot of Ford's stuff. "Hey,we're out of hyper pistons!" "F*** it!,we've still got some forged ones,right? Use them!"
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LOL that sounds like Ford hahaha! I could see them doing that.
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