What I want is a daily with low rpm torque and as close as possible to bulletproof. The transmission (c6) goes in for a rebuild next week and a close to stock converter will be used. For the most part it will be a daily and occasionally tow my tractor in for service/repair etc.
I'm already running an Edelbrock Performer intake, Performer carb (vac. sec.), HEI dist. and long tubes. All of those parts have to be utilized on the new engine. Non-roller motor and I would like to keep the cost reasonable.
Heads: I've already swallowed the fact that I'm gonna have to shell ~$1200 for heads. Given that number (or below if possible), what heads do you recommend (i.e. chamber size, valve size). The new heads also have to work with my current long tubes (I know some heads and header combos have to be a match i.e. GT-40's)
Fasteners: In the grand scheme of things, should I use main and head studs? I don't mind shelling out for them if it's going to give me some piece of mind.
Main Girdle: Worth it or wasted money?
Stock crank and rods: If the donor motor I buy has good internals, should I just have them machined/re-conditioned (if needed) or replace with upgrades?
Pistons: I really need help with this one. The math evades me when trying to figure out an estimated CR given the head specs/piston style and specs.
Cam: How does this look? http://www.summitracing.com/parts/cca-k35-238-3
Rockers: Seems like the best deal to me. But, again, how do I know if the pushrods sent will be the right length? http://www.summitracing.com/parts/cca-rp1436-16
Books: This will be my first ever Ford build, so I need good books to show all the little tips and tricks (every motor/manufacturer has them) in order to build it right the first time.
I basically need someone to point me to the parts needed and give me a laundry list.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post