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Monday, May 16, 2011

Tony Danza in a Box: Ford Announces Boss 302 Crate Motor

April 29, 2011 at 2:45pm by Davey G. Johnson

We’ve heaped high praise on the new lump under the hood of Ford’s new Boss 302, calling it “so vigorous and charismatic that its likeness ought to be carved on Mount Rushmore.” Just the thing, then, for your old, your tired, your 4.6L-motivated Mustang. Or perhaps some manner of new-age Track T with all manner of power domes sculpted into the bonnet—the Ford modular engines have always been wide boys, especially when compared to the hot-rod standard Chevy small block.

So for $11,999, what do you get? From the box, you’ll get a monster with 11:1 compression, a stonking 8.5-quart oil pan designed to avoid oil-starvation under hard cornering, CNC-machined heads, sodium-filled exhaust valves (hello, Porsche 914 2.0!), forged pistons with sinter-forged rods, an engine wiring harness set up for a manual transmission, and a flywheel. What you don’t get? The powertrain control module and those zippy blue coil-pack covers. If you’re willing to sacrifice 14 hp, GM’s 6.2L E-Rod LS3 crate engine comes in at well under four thousand dollars cheaper and includes an ECU. Oh, Blue Oval children, why must your pocketbooks suffer so for a taste of glory?

Tags: Ford, Ford Mustang Boss 302, Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca |

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