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Budget Mod Motor Build - The Mod Motor Rocks

Shed Those Pushrods And Embrace The Future. The Cobra Guys Have Known All Along That The Mod Motor Rocks

By , Photography by Courtesy Ford Racing and Performance Parts, , Nick McKinney

The MMR 4V build
MMR's Rick Antonette told us that building a four-valve engine out of a two-valve engine is really no big deal. "Any cylinder head will go on any block. You just need to match the rest of the components to the block and head combination you choose." This is because some of the cam gears, chain tensioners, and timing covers are different from engine to engine. So pick your short-block (MMR recommends a stroker if you're building a 4.6) and add a set of heads.

Build It
We hope this article has given you a better look at the potential lurking within the relatively tiny 281 ci of Ford's modular V-8. We only scratched the surface, though, so we recommend readers hungry for more mod motor information read How To Build Max Performance 4.6-Liter Ford Engines by Sean Hyland and Building 4.6/5.4L Ford Horsepower on the Dyno by Richard Holdener. Both books are published by SA Design and provide a lot of excellent information that we couldn't fit in the space allotted this month. Also, go online to and search the forums. There's a lot of good info there, too.

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1248 Southeast Avenue
OH  44278
Bullet Cams
8785 Old Craft Road
Olive Branch
MS  38654
Ford Racing Performance Parts
15021 Commerce Drive S
Suite 200
MI  48120
Modular Head Shop
Motorbooks International
729 Prospect Ave
P.O. Box 1
WI  54020
Modular Mustang Racing
CarTech Books
North Branch
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