At this point, the Comet looked good and ran smoothly. You might have expected Dominic to be a happy man at this juncture, but it turned out he wasn't completely satisfied. The engine pirated from that '88 5.0L was getting tired, and Dominic realized this was his chance to build his own engine, something he always wanted to do. After talking it over with his dad, the decision was made to rebuild the V-8 using an Eagle stroker kit, with the longer stroke crank bumping the displacement out to 347 ci. Other engine components were scaled up to meet the demands of the increased internal volume. For example, the throttle body size was enlarged to 90 mm, and the exhaust system is a big 3 inches in diameter, from the header collector all the way out to the tip of the tailpipes.
It sounds to us like Dominic and his dad have a good handle on how to go about resurrecting a classic Ford car. The father and son team did about 90 percent of the work themselves on this project.
Dominic now enjoys working on classic Fords so much that he has decided to start his own business, tentatively called Dominator Motorsports. We admire his courage and wish him the best of luck in his new venture. It certainly didn't take him long to go from a high school novice to being something of an expert at the ripe old age of 22.
The DetailsDominic Palazzolo's '64 Mercury Comet 404 Engine