I have been reading this forum for several weeks now. I have found it very informative and thought provoking. So, many thanks to all of you who have contributed.
Now for my question – it is basically “what would you do in this situation?” Without going into any of the reasons why, I’ll give you the bottom line. I am converting a 1953 Ford panel to front-wheel drive using the engine, tranny, suspension, steering, etc. out of a ’97 Deville. I knew I wanted to use the Northstar and now I want to start thinking about mods to enhance power & torque. However, I want to also maintain reliability and longevity.
So, what would you do? I plan on putting in the 80mm throttle body and mounting plate, along with low restriction air filtering system (probably K&N). Certainly, there will be low restriction exhaust system. I’m contemplating having a custom set of headers made but I’ve heard the stock manifolds are fairly free flowing.
I have tons of questions since I’m used to working on V8 small & big block carbureted engines. The sophistication of the Northstar is making me learn a lot of new technologies and concepts. Here are a few of my questions (in no particular order):
Since this vehicle will be treated as a ’53, I do not have to worry about emission laws, although I do not want to be a big polluter. Are there any reasons why I should not eliminate the cat-con? Will that screw up the computerized fuel system or could that be re-programmed?
I am going to be using an axle in the rear instead of the independent system (at least that is what the frame maker thinks I should do). Do any of you see a problem. Obviously, the fancy suspension computer won’t work.
Has anyone found/used a performance chip for the Northstar?
I am pretty sure I do not want the significant expense of porting & polishing the heads or a performance valve grind. So, I will probably not change anything internal.
OK all you Northstar gurus – what would you do if you were starting from scratch? I wish I could say money is no object but, unless I win the lottery, I will have to keep an eye on the budget. These are just a few of my questions and your suggestions will most likely cause more.
Thanks and enjoy,