How To: Build a 302/351 Mustang Engine

Posted 7/7/2015 by Landan Durham

Want to build an engine for your 79-95 pushrod Mustang? Check out our detailed videos showing you everything you need to know to build one in your garage!

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SVE Longblock Build

Building an engine is often thought to be, an “Act of Congress” to any of us that have never really put our minds together to build one. Fortunately for all of you, we decided to throw one of our 5.0Resto Economy Short Blocks on an engine stand and get to work. Several of us shot ideas back and forth on what theme we wanted to achieve for this build. After a lot of “well maybe this” and “how about this one”, we landed on a perfect idea. Why not take our economy short block and install as many of our parts as we could? Crazy right? That’s okay, though! We like crazy, and wanted a few things with this engine project; a fun, reliable, street-friendly car anyone can take anywhere, anytime they wanted. Check out our list of awesome, detailed installation videos!


Camshaft and Timing Chain Install


Timing Cover and Water Pump Install


Oil System Install


Cylinder Heads and Valvetrain Install


Intake Manifold Install


How To Check Piston to Valve Clearance


How To Check Pushrod Length


Water Pump and Timing Cover Hardware Locations

How To: Build a 302/351 Mustang Engine - How To: Build a 302/351 Mustang Engine

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Mustang 302/351 Engine Build (79-95)

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Published on 2015-06-17
We took one of our 5.0 Resto economy blocks off of the shelf and essentially built it into a SVE long block. We utilized as many 5.0 Resto and SVE components as we could with this build. A budget street/strip car was without a doubt the theme we were after. Of course, we did feature some ARP hardware, Trick Flow, and Ford Racing components as well.

Since this was built from the bottom up, you’ll see detailed installs on the camshaft and timing chain, timing cover and water pump, cylinder head and valve train, and intake manifold. Along with those we’ll have key pointers on checking piston to valve clearance and push rod length.

Mustang Fitment: 1979 (79), 1980 (80), 1981 (81), 1982 (82), 1983 (83), 1984 (84), 1985 (85), 1986 (86), 1987 (87), 1988 (88), 989 (89), 1990 (90), 1991 (91), 1992 (92), 1993 (93), 1994 (94), 1995 (95) 5.0L/5.8L, 302/351
Transcript
What’s going everybody? Landan here with Late Model Restoration! Today we’re going to be diving into a cool build we’ve been excited to show you guys. So if you own a 302 or 351 based pushrod Mustang, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

We took one of our 5.0 Resto economy blocks off of the shelf and essentially built this thing into a SVE long block. We utilized as many 5.0 Resto and SVE components as we could with this build. A budget street/strip car was without a doubt the theme we were after. Of course, we did feature some ARP hardware, Trick Flow, and Ford Racing components as well.

Since this was built from the bottom up, you’ll see detailed installs on the camshaft and timing chain, timing cover and water pump, cylinder head and valve train, and intake manifold. Along with those we’ll have key pointers on checking piston to valve clearance and push rod length.

You guys will definitely want to subscribe to our YouTube channel for this one, since we will be rolling out several, and I mine several videos. Until then fellas you know what to do by now, for anything and everything 79-95 Mustang, keep it right here at Late Model Restoration.