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4.6L Successful Packages
This chapter will bring together everything we have discussed in the previous chapters, by showing
selected engine packages for both street and track that have worked well. This is intended to
showcase what is possible, and perhaps to get some of you started on your own project.

So, here you go, a few combinations to let you see the possibilities. Have fun!
Naturally-Aspirated  ‘96-’03 Mustang GT
This particular package has been reproduced in a couple of similar versions on different platforms.
The components can and have been bolted on a stock short block, so do not feel you need to build
up the bottom end, this can be a durable engine combination without the forged rods and pistons. If
you are thrifty, some of these items can probably be picked up used on E-bay or at a swap meet for
less than half of new prices.

The SVO heads and intake could be substituted with the ’99-up PI heads and the Bullitt intake,
especially if you are installing this package on a ’99-up GT that already has the heads. If installing
the PI heads on a ‘96-‘98 GT, grind the wall out in the combustion chamber to reduce the
compression ratio. The headers listed are the bare minimum, use a long-tube design if you can
afford to. This package works well between 3500 and 6200 rpm, so it requires 3.73 gears to get the
engine into the peak-RPM operating range. The idle is somewhat lopey.
Horsepower:    345 @ 6000 rpm
Torque:    355 ft-lb @ 4700 rpm
Fuel:     91-octane premium
Cylinder Heads:    Ford SVO, M-6049-D46, ported
Camshafts:     SHM 2730 .500 inch lift, 230 degrees duration @ .050 inch lift
Head Gaskets:    Ford 1L2Z-6051-AA/BA
Head Bolts:    Ford F6AZ-6065-BA 20 required
Thermostat:    Gates 33188 180 degree
Pulley Kit:    Steeda 701-0001
Intake Manifold:    Ford SVO M-9424-E46 plus install kit
Air Duct:    Ford F6ZZ-9B659-BC ‘96-‘01 Cobra
Air Filter:    K&N E-0945
Fuel Pump:    Holley 12-915
Injectors:    Ford Racing 24 lb/hr M-9593-A302 ‘96-‘98 Cobra
Mass Air Meter:    Ford 80 mm F8L2-12B579-AA ‘96-‘98 Cobra
Headers:    Ford Racing M-9430-E462
X-Pipe:    Magnaflow 93334
Cat Back:    Magnaflow 15638
Computer Chip:    Custom, revised ignition advance curve
Axle Ratio:    3.73 recommended
Stall Converter:    2800-rpm stall speed
Supercharged ‘96-‘03 Mustang GT
This is a maximum effort supercharged street/strip car. If 93-octane fuel is not available, the ignition
curve will need to be backed down, resulting in 25-30 less horsepower. At the track, 100-octane
unleaded should be used as a safety measure. On a ’99-up GT, the fuel system needs to be
upgraded to a return-type system, which is not legal on a street car. The block can be a GT iron
block, or an aluminum Cobra block, if one is looking to shed 75 lbs of front-end weight. Once again,
ported PI heads and a Bullitt intake can be substituted for the Ford Racing items. Although the
quoted power can be achieved with shorty headers, I really dislike using them on supercharged
cars, as they crack within a few months use almost every time. I prefer to use a long-tube design if
Horsepower:    615 @ 6500 rpm
Torque:    510 ft-lb @ 6000 rpm
Fuel:     93-octane premium
Short Block:    SHM GT or Cobra, forged rods, pistons, and crankshaft
Cylinder Heads:    Ford SVO M-6049-D46
Head Studs:    ARP 256-5701
Head Gaskets:    Ford 1L2Z-6051-AA/BA
Camshafts:    SHM 2730 .500 inch lift, 230 duration @ .050 inch lift
Thermostat:    Gates 33188 180 degree
Intake Manifold:    Ford SVO M-9424-E46 plus install kit
Fuel Pump:    SHM Bosch
Fuel Lines:    -8AN inlet, -6AN return, high-volume rails
Injectors:    Ford Racing 42 lb/hr M-9593-F302
Mass Air:    Ford 90 mm 1L3Z-12B579-AA
Ignition:    MSD DIS-4
Headers:    Ford Racing M-9430-E462
X-Pipe:    Magnaflow 93334
Cat Back:    Magnaflow 15638
Supercharger:    Vortech S-trim, 15 psi
Intercooler:    SHM, air-to-air
Computer Chip:    Custom with revised ignition curve and rev limit
Axle Ratio:    3.73 recommended
Stall Converter:    2800-rpm stall speed
Mercury Marauder with a stroked 4.6 DOHC engine 1998 Mustang Cobra Doing a Burnout
This Mercury Marauder sports a
5.2-liter stroker engine that produces
400 horsepower. The added
displacement really helps move this
4000-lb car off the line.
"Uncle" Wayne Yarnall heats the slicks
on his ‘98 Cobra before blasting off on
another 9-second pass. Wayne
campaigns his car in the Fun Ford
Naturally-Aspirated ‘96-’98 Mustang Cobra
This package uses a built short block primarily to increase compression and durability. It is feasible
to use the stock bottom end, although power will be reduced by 7-8 horsepower due to the lower
compression ratio of the stock pistons. The camshaft is quite mild, and therefore very streetable,
but has a slight lope at idle to let the neighbors know this is something special. Combined with 4.10
gears, this package will turn 11 second quarter miles on slicks, and still return 20 miles per gallon
on the highway.
Horsepower:    400 @ 6200 rpm
Torque:    365 ft-lb @ 4700 rpm
Fuel:     92-octane premium
Short Block:    SHM Cobra, forged rods, pistons, crankshaft 11:1 compression
Cylinder Heads:    Ported ‘96-‘98 Cobra heads
Head Gaskets:    Ford 3L3Z-6051-AA/BA
Head Studs:    ARP 256-5701
Camshafts:    SHM Stage 2 .474 lift, 225 duration @ .050 lift
Pulley Kit:    Steeda 701-0001
Intake Manifold:    ported ‘96-‘98 Cobra, (F6ZZ-9424-AD)
IMRC Plates:    Ford F8ZZ-9U531-AA/BA, ‘98 Cobra
Air Filter:    K&N E-0945
Fuel Pump:    Holley 12-915
Injectors:    Stock ‘96-‘98 Cobra
Mass Air:    Stock ‘96-‘98 Cobra
Headers:    Hooker 6230
X-Pipe:    Hooker 12762
Cat Back:    Magnaflow 5638
Computer Chip:    Custom, revised ignition curve
Axle Ratio:    4.10 recommended
1997 Mustang Cobra with a supercharged 4.6 DOHC engine launching at the drag strip
This is Dave King at the
controls of his ATI-
supercharged ‘97 Mustang
Cobra. Dave’s car has run
a best of 8.69 seconds at
158 miles per hour.
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How to Build Max Performance 4.6 Liter Ford Engines How To Build Max Performance 4.6 Liter
Ford Engines
by Sean Hyland
This revised edition features new and current
information throughout the text, an additional 16 pages,
and all black and white photography.
When the ’96 Mustang came out with the 4.6-liter V-8, some
performance enthusiasts were scared away by its technology. But
those days are long gone. Ford added horsepower and torque to
its 2- and 4-valve V-8s over the years, and the number and
quality of available aftermarket performance parts has exploded.
Ford took things to the next level with the new 3-valve Mustang
GT engine and the 5.4-liter GT and Shelby GT500, adding even
more high-performance options.

In this updated edition of How To Build Max-Performance 4.6-Liter
Ford Engines, Sean Hyland gives you a comprehensive guide to
building and modifying Ford’s 2-, 3-, and 4-valve 4.6- and 5.4-liter
engines. You will learn everything from block selection and
crankshaft prep, to cylinder head and intake manifold
modifications. He also outlines eight recommended power
packages and provides you with a step-by-step buildup of a
naturally aspirated 405-horsepower Cobra engine. This is the
definitive guide to getting the most from your 4.6- and 5.4-liter

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