We feature a lot of engine builds in Modified Mustangs & Fords and they invariably find themselves resting between the fender aprons of this or that Ford hot rod, destined to offer improved acceleration via an increase in available horsepower. Torque, however, is what moves those vehicles and pushes you into the seat at the crack of the throttle, and it's torque that is important when you're pulling a trailer. Our latest engine build comes from B2 Motorsports, and it was built primarily for great torque production, as it would be dropped into a '52 Ford F1 that also pulls a car trailer when hunting for other classic cars.
"This motor was basically opposite from what we usually do," says B2 Motorsports Brent Lykins. "It's bound for a '52 Ford F1 pickup, which is going to be turned into a daily driver as well as a tow vehicle. With that in mind, emphasis was placed on running on 87-octane fuel, having high engine vacuum, a clean idle, and having enough torque at low rpm to pull a trailer. The truck's owner often pulls an enclosed trailer, and with his 8,000-pound load estimate, we needed some torque."
Lykins picked out a stroked Windsor combination that would offer big torque via extra displacement, while being relatively compact in its small-block package. While perfect for its intended use, big torque engines like this one are just at home in heavier classics such as Fairlanes, Galaxies, and even later-model Mustangs. Here's how it went together.