Go Back  Offshoreonly.com > Technical > General Q & A
preferred cam/heads for 302 Ford? >

preferred cam/heads for 302 Ford?


preferred cam/heads for 302 Ford?

Old 01-17-2002, 11:46 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Portland, MI
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post preferred cam/heads for 302 Ford?

I'll probably soon be building a 302 up from a short block. I'd like good torque in the 2500-4500rpm range, and good reliability/longevity. Top end is secondary, but somewhat important.

Anybody have any camshaft or head recommendations? I have to go Ford because it's what came out of the boat and it is an insurance deal, plus it works with my flywheel and outdrive.

ajs67Donzi is offline  
Old 01-17-2002, 11:53 PM
Tinkerer's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: ALTO, MI
Posts: 4,611
Received 7 Likes on 6 Posts

From a former 302 builder. Before you do anything dump the 302 and pick up a 351 windsor - everything will bolt up the same except the intake. Aftermarket heads will make the engine come alive.
Tinkerer is offline  
Old 01-20-2002, 02:05 PM
iTrader: (1)
JimV's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Grand Rapids Mi. U.S.
Posts: 708
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post

Your stock heads are a great start for your application. If the heads are the E7TE castings a full port and polish will increase 40hp with a 1.80 intake and 1.50 exhaust. If the heads are the GT-40 style you will gain even more (with the stock valves). We did about 200 sets for Saleen Motorsports a few years back with great Success. Because of piston to valve clearance you are limited to about .510 lift. (That's OK because the ports are full at this point, so you dont need any more lift). Duration should be around 225-230. If you are using a Hd. roller the Ford Motorsports E cam will work. Keep in mind a bigger port flowing more air doesent mean more torque. We learned this on the street cars. The 302's are extremely sensitive to port volume. The smaller port would out accelerate the larger port. Call me for additional info (616)735-0800.JimV BTW tinkerboater has a good point theres no substitute for displacement

[ 01-20-2002: Message edited by: JimV ]
JimV is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Elite Carrier Group
Swap Shop
07-21-2008 09:46 AM
General Boating Discussion
08-02-2007 07:35 PM
General Q & A
12-28-2004 11:07 AM
General Q & A
02-08-2004 06:20 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Quick Reply: preferred cam/heads for 302 Ford?

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.