5.0 block, 302 internals
I of all people should know this, but usually I don't mis-match parts too much, at least on this scale.
I'm getting into the carburetor rebuilding business [my late fathers trade, and nobody in this area is doing this work anymore], and I want to go one better than dear old dad. My father had problems with people bringing him their carburetors to rebuild, and he would build them. Many times the customers would come back griping that the carb dad built was junk, and on, and on. Most of the time, the customers cars were junk with NUMEROUS problems, but the rebuilt carb was always blamed.
If my father would have just built a test engine to run the carbs he rebuilt BEFORE handing them over to his customers, I think he would have saved a lot of time, and suffering. Also, there is the chance that something is wrong with the carb he just built, and it would have been better to have been able to run/tune it before it goes out to the customer.
So far I don't know how far this new business venture is going to go. At the moment its steady at around 2 jobs a week, but it might dry up after tax time, which is why I don't want to invest in anything too expensive, like a sand blaster/cabinet, etc.
However, I've just about got all spare parts to build a test engine, but again it has to be cheap, plus the engine isn't going to be used for cruising down the road, or racing, but it has to be in known good working order which is why I'm going to rebuild it.
Problem is this. I have several old 302 crankshafts [28oz balance] which used the two piece rms, and one 1983, 5.0l block which I think was the first to use the one piece rms.
Now the question is, will the 302 crank work in that 5.0l block? I already have the 302 rods, balancer, and flexplate, so all I need is 302 pistons in a rebuild kit so no need to worry about the 28 vs 50oz balance as the internals [plus balancer/flexplate] will all be 302, not 5.0.
Not to mention I've got several old 302 flat tappet camshafts to install in the engine, and I don't think the 5.0l got the rollor hyd cam in 1983 so that shouldn't be an issue.
Remember, I'm trying to keep costs as low as possible vs building an engine to run in a vehicle, as if the carb business drys up, I won't have much use for an extra stock 302.
Last I found some early small block Ford connecting rods dated C6 as in 1966 so I don't really know if these rods are 289 rods [5.155], or 302 rods [5.090 length] as I don't know if Ford just cast the new 302 rods with a C6 in the casting [kinda like how most all FE engines have 332 cast into the front of the block no matter if they are 390 to 427 cid].
You CAN put a pos chebby engine into a Ford, but it will ALWAYS be a FORD. Also, it shows you're ignorant, and lack imagination.