77 F100 Flatbed wrote:.... a good preforming engine on a budget. It's a daily driver so I don't want any thing too crazy......
Of course we all want top performance without spending much money....
Meanwhile, back at the ranch and since this is your first rebuild, let's concentrate on the "don't want anything too crazy" theme. If you stay focused on not getting too crazy you will probably have a very successful project.
In what sort of climate do you plan to operate this vehicle? This is helpful for several reasons.
First of all, build a solid short block; this is the foundation that you can add to later. You will need to tear down and inspect the internals before deciding exactly what needs done.
I strongly suggest staying with a stock cam; go ahead and plan for some Chebbie rockers, your stock rockers really should be replaced anyway so it's no extra expense to do the upgrade.
I also suggest staying with a stock intake manifold and carburetor for now. These can be upgraded later quite easily when your budget allows. Put the money into the short block and head now, you can play with the external stuff later.
Anyway, get a plan for Step #1 which is teardown and inspection. Then we can help from that point.
74 F-350 300-6, EFI manifolds into single exhaust, Carter YF, T-18B, Dana70 w/4.11, Flatbed dually w/dump bed. Great farm truck!