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Owner: Doctor DeBo
Year: 1992
Model: Mustang LX
Mods: Heavy
State: GA
Type: Nice Weather
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Stand Tall: A how-to on tall valve covers
As we make our Mustangs go faster we make changes to the valvetrain that at some point necessitate taller than stock valve covers to fit. Some like the "racy" look of taller valve covers but to the hard core enthusiast they serve a bigger purpose. The most common reason to use tall valve covers is to be able to fit aftermarket roller rockers and valvetrain stabilizers more commonly known as stud girdles. However, before you decide to simply bolt on a set of those polished, tall, Motorsport val...
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Build Which of these engines and Why???
408 Bigger is Better...
Result: 30%
393 A bit more mild.. More Reliable???
Result: 15%
347 Hard Built on a production block...
Result: 15%
331 Keepin it safe on a production block...
Result: 41%

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[03/04/2003] Review: 5.0 Mustang Engine Builder Software


A new piece of software on the market for Mustang enthusiasts is the 5.0 Mustang Engine Builder by AutoWare Inc. The Mustang Engine Builder software is designed for enthusiasts with a beginning to intermediate amount of knowledge. AutoWare designed the software so the user can choose various engine combinations and test the horsepower output. There are choices for different size Mass Air Flow Sensors, throttle bodies, headers, H or X-pipes, cat-back exhaust, intake manifolds, cylinder heads, cam shaft, and the size of the rotating assembly. There are many different brands of intake manifolds and cylinder heads to choose from, such as Trick Flow Street Heat, Edlebrock Performer RPM, AFR 185cc heads, and Brodix cylinder heads. There are also a wide variety of camshafts to choose from. For the more advanced users, you can specify the lift, duration, lobe center, and valve timing to create a custom cam.

The interface is very straight forward and easy to use, and gives you an endless amount of parts to choose from. Each time you complete a motor, a dyno graph pops up, showing the horsepower and torque curves for your engine combination. This is a great program to find the maximum horsepower for your Mustang; however, there are a few drawbacks. The choices for the rotating assembly are limited, ie: 302, 306, 317, 331, and 347. Currently, there is no option for a 351ci or bigger block. Although, if you know the bore diameter, stroke, rod length, and deck height of your future motor, Mustang Engine Builder can still accurately dyno your combo. For the most part the horsepower estimate is fairly accurate. For you nitrous and supercharger users, there is no option for blowers or juice, so you’ll just have to calculate it out by hand. However, overall, this is a well put together and fun piece of software.

Lastly, AutoWare does release periodic updates to the software and they are made available for download to current license holders. So, enjoy!

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