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Ford Racing Z363 Engine Swap - Ron Burgundy V

Plug It In And Go, Right?

By , Photography by the Queen of England, John McCann, Grant Peterson

To be honest, this Ford Racing Z363 engine swap has ratcheted up the cost of Ron Burgundy considerably. Off the bat, the technicalities of turbo sizing and all the additional horsepower potential required a complete fuel-system upgrade. This crate engine was a long-block, meaning it had heads but no intake, ignition, front-engine accessory drive (FEAD), or many other small but costly parts. We're facing the reality of taking an 11-second car past the 10s and into the 9s. That is a big line to cross.

But we're going to do it anyway. There are more surprises than you'd think swapping a 302 block for essentially another 302 block. The Z363 is a 302 punched out and stroked, but it is still a small-block Ford. The raised heads, pulley depth changes, and a bunch of other small things that might be unique to this swap are what caused us problems. So take a look at what we had to go through so you can be ready to do it yourself.

Parts List

Description PN Source Price
Trick Flow Box R intake kit black TFS-51511008 Trick Flow $709.94
Trick Flow fuel rails TFS-5158000R Trick Flow 199.97
Crank pulley spacer 0.950" M-8510-B351 Ford Racing 32.97
Water pump pulley ASP-820021 Summit 65.97
Powermaster 140-amp alternator 8-47140 Powermaster 197.97
Powermaster XS starter 9503 Powermaster 210.97
ARP intake manifold stud kit ARP-354-2103 Summit 58.95
Fel-Pro intake gasket FEL-1487 Summit 23.97
MSD Pro-Billet Cam Sync dist. 2358 MSD 420.97
MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor plug wires 31323 MSD 85.97
MSD Pro Boot Guard 3412 MSD 49.97
MSD Blaster HVC-2 coil 8253 MSD 185.97
Turbonetics 76mm Turbo 11758-BB Hellion 1332.38
Turbosmart Kompact BOV TS-0203-1223 Turbosmart 129.14
Accufab 90mm throttle body F90 Accufab 309.99
Accufab throttle-body spacer 90CB Accufab 49.99
Autolite spark plugs AR3910X Jegs 6.99 ea.
Maximum Motorsports solid motor mounts MMSMM-1 Maximum Motorsports 64.97
Speedway Motors alternator bracket 54563810 Speedway Motors 129.99
Be Cool Direct Fit radiator 62165 Be Cool 629.99
Be Cool radiator cap 70001 Be Cool 45.97
Be Cool recovery tank 70003 Be Cool 119.97
Be Cool dual fan mounts 72038 Be Cool 165.97
Be Cool dual 11" elect fans 75007 Be Cool 292.75
Be Cool fan wiring harness kit 75117 Be Cool 158.97

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