Ford Stroker 347 Engine – Engine Builder Magazine
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Daniel Mishustin is a unique engine builder. He is young, self-taught and has a fairly large social media presence where he documents all of his progress. He is not yet a professional engine builder. In fact, Mishustin’s current project is his first major build, and it’s quite a venture for someone new to the industry.
Mishustin set himself the goal of completely rebuilding a crimson red 1968 Mustang, which he aptly named Ruby when he purchased it.
“I really don’t have a very interesting story about how I got into the auto industry,” admits Daniel Mishustin. “I have always been very fascinated by cars since I was a child and how these giant machines with thousands of spare parts are part of our daily life. I had been thinking about starting a project like this for a long time.
YouTube is a great asset for many aspiring mechanics and engine builders to learn something new from different channels and personalities. In fact, Mishustin’s roots in the automotive world come from tutorials he watched on ChrisFix, a popular YouTube channel that posts general step-by-step tutorials on how to repair and maintain a car.
At just 15, Mishustin used the money he had to buy a 1979 Chevrolet Silverado and fixed it using what he learned from YouTube. Today Daniel is 21 and he’s almost done bringing Ruby back to life.
He initially bought the Mustang 68 in upstate New York from the Facebook Marketplace in 2018. He ended up arriving and buying the car in the middle of the night, so he couldn’t fully diagnose the condition of the car. car, but he still decided to tow it. drive back to Old Tappan, NJ.
“It was pretty awful when I bought it in terms of condition,” Mishustin says. “It was completely rusted and the chassis was rotten. There was a 302 Windsor V8. It was rolling and rolling, but it barely started and you had to put it on your schedule to know when you would actually stop.
Daniel first attempted to rebuild the original 302 in 2019, but after spending countless hours on the project was defeated by a severe case of rod blow (the wrong connecting rod bearings were used). He decided that a complete rebuild was the only option.
“It was pretty disappointing, and obviously it was all a huge learning curve for me,” he says. “I really learned the intricacies of building an engine along the way, and decided the second time around that I would do it the right way.”
In 2020, Mishustin took the engine apart again to start from scratch. That’s when he started document its construction on social networks, where he garnered tens of thousands of likes per video.
Everything on the 302 has been replaced except the block, which Mishustin cleaned and machined.
“After I finished all of this I was like, ‘A 5.0L engine is really a great engine, I can put out good power with that, but a 347 sounds a lot cooler and I would prefer a 5.7L. for the largest displacement. ‘”
As such, he got a 347 stroker forged crankshaft for the new build. It also opted to use DSS SX series forged pistons, which were CNC machined for valve discharges. And, he went with a set of Speedmaster aluminum cylinder heads, which were trimmed.
Besides the added power, Mishustin’s next goal was reliability. He didn’t want to have to rebuild the engine a third time. He installed forged connecting rods, which have a separately forged rod cap so that the grain flow is perpendicular to the load force for added strength. The rods also contain high amounts of nickel and chromium, which increases strength and fatigue resistance.
Mishustin opted for a Ford Performance camshaft to facilitate the racing application he plans to use Ruby for in the future. Mishustin’s chosen valve lifters and springs will also help improve performance at higher RPMs and higher oil temperatures.
To top it off, Daniel used a Holley Sniper EFI kit to help deliver consistent performance and better fuel efficiency. He will finally be able to start the engine once he receives the rest of the fuel system parts shortly.
While this has yet to become a reality, Mishustin’s vision is to eventually install twin turbos on the 347. At the moment, the compression ratio of the naturally aspirated engine is not very high, but Mishustin opted for a larger combustion chamber than he needed. to make it safer for him to boost it later.
“I wanted to build it naturally aspirated first just so I know the engine is solid as the main platform,” says Mishustin. “Once I get it where I like it, I’ll start looking for opportunities for a twin-turbo setup.”
With the Ford 347 nearing completion, Mishustin expects Ruby to hit around 500 horsepower, which is more than enough to get her around the track.
“Even though this is an old car with crappy suspensions, one day it will be race level,” he said. “It will have a good, healthy engine that not only can I take in the corners, but I could also throw it with someone coming down the freeway.”
With 500 horsepower already available and a twin-turbo setup slated for the future, this 347 stroker will certainly be up to the task.
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