I know there are many variables but wanted to get some input on a 302 I want to freshen up. This summer I purchased a 91 302 (code F1SE). The guy had AFR 185 heads(72cc); Airgap intake; 670 avenger carb, Comp Magnum 1.6 rockers. He says the bottom end is stock. Also, says it has 91,000 miles on it. Had BBK headers but sold those because wouldn't fit in my 66'. The engine was in the car running when I looked at it and is now on a stand in my garage.
I would like to put a cam in it to take advantage of the heads. From what I've read 165's would be better but this is what I have so would like to make them work. My first concern is the valve-piston clearance. Are there any other ways I need to approach this. Planning on running a AOD behind this (haven't bought yet) and keeping my 8 in with 3:55 gears. This car will be driven on weekend trips and maybe(?) a trip to the strip from time to time. I want good sound, plenty of getup, and reliable. And plenty of get up (just scary enough so my wife won't ask to drive it!).