How to Get the Most Horsepower Out of a Ford 302

by Scott Eilers
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The Ford 302 engine, also known as the Ford Windsor engine, is a V8 engine produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1962 to 2001. It was produced in several different sizes and variations and used in many Ford vehicles including the Mustang, the F-150 and the Explorer. Because of the long production run of the engine and the multitude of vehicles it was used for, there are a large number of performance aftermarket parts available for vehicles using the Ford 302 engine which increase the horsepower and torque of the engine.

Step 1

Install a performance aftermarket cold air intake to replace the Ford 302 factory air intake. Performance air intakes enhance the airflow from the exterior of the vehicle into the engine and also cool the air more efficiently. Having more air and cooler air flowing into your engine increases horsepower and torque.

Step 2

Install a performance aftermarket exhaust system to replace the Ford 302 factory exhaust system. Performance exhaust systems improve the flow of warm air from out of the engine. This allows the engine to stay cool even under difficult operating conditions, which improve horsepower and torque.

Install a forced induction -- supercharger or turbocharger -- kit. Forced induction kits attach to the top of the engine and suck in large amounts of air, then divert this air into the engine. This provides a massive boost to the engine's horsepower, sometimes more than doubling available power. These kits are extremely expensive and challenging to install for an amateur.

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