You can say a lot about Ford’s 300-cubic-inch inline-six. For starters, you could say it’s insanely durable and laughably simple, which is exactly what you want in a workhorse. But you can’t really say it’s a strength, at least in stock form. Fortunately, Summit Racing sells some kits that remedy the problem by providing everything you need to boost your cast iron engine to high numbers.
Groups are made up of parts PowerNation Engine Crew Used to make 522 horsepower and 597 lb-ft of torque at 13.2 psi. If you’ve looked at performance-engineered Ford 300s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen this engine; Easily recognizable for its white and red paint, it is used to power a truck-mounted sprayer. Anyway, it’s the folks at Engine Power who have packaged these components into ready-made kits that anyone can buy, as long as they have a scratch.
If you want to exactly copy their turbo setup, you can get it This combo goes for $2,818.36. It has a Turbonetics C15 TNX turbocharger, VS Racing 50mm wastegate, Turbosmart Gen-V blow-off valve, CSF air-to-air intercooler, Dorman exhaust manifold and all piping with Vibrant Performance fittings. It may be pricey, but they’ve done all the work developing a turbo setup so you don’t have to. And if you’ve already gone through the issue, you can save the scratch and buy whatever else you like.
Aside from forced induction, building big power requires advanced major upgrades available in Separate set for $3,288.76. It includes hardware such as the Holley Sniper XFLOW EFI system, Holley EFI carb cap, Summit Racing phenolic carb spacer, Offenhauser C-Series intake manifold, Comp Cams high power flat hydraulic tappet lifters and Harland Sharp swingarm rocker arms. There are a couple of ignition upgrades, too, like MSD Street Fire wiring and Summit Racing’s planned HEI distributor, both modifications popular in the Ford 300 world. (I have a similar setup on my 1966 dump truck!)
The last piece of the puzzle is the short block. Motor Force has built their capabilities with the parts group in This set is $1,675.97. It has all the components you would expect, from DSS FX Series forged pistons to Total Seal TS1 piston rings, Clevite main and cam bearings, sealed power rod bearings, Comp Cams gear drive assembly, Melling oil pump, GMB water pump, and more. The cast iron block itself is sturdy, but Ford clearly never planned to support 500 horsepower.
This is an excellent compilation of parts that will allow you to go as wild or mild as you want, for as little or as much money as you want. I know a lot of people like to make their own turbo setup, maybe one with a smaller supercharger for a flatter curve, and still benefit from the top-end kit. Or maybe someone has already done the hard work of building the short block and haven’t messed with turbines before, so this kit suits them better. Or maybe they just want to buy it for $7,783.09 and not worry about anything else.
Either way, these settings could be your ticket to embarrassing V8s, so spend accordingly.
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