Ford Vs Chevy

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Ford or Chevy When Ford relesed the 1964 1/2 Mustang America went wild! Almost everyone wanted a Mustang. Although the performance of the 1964 1/2 Mustang was below chevy at the time, a change was on the horizon. With some very mean cars being built in the late 1960's Mustangs were ahead of the competition. Then the early 1970's the performance ere died, but was soon to come alive again. Between the years 1987-1992 there were two serious competitors on the street, Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros. There are many positive design concepts of both cars,but the mustang has a tradition of ruling the streets. Mustangs suspension, engine, and light weight make it the #1 choice for drag racing.

The suspension on a Mustang is an excellent design. It consists of upper and lower control arms; the 4 control arms hold the rear-end and eliminate twisting of the rear-end If the rear-end twists any it will shift pinion angle creating negative effects such as wheel spin.

In addition to that, Ford designed Quad shocks for the Mustang. Quad shocks mount horizontally so that if the rear- end trys to twist the quad shock will not let it. The Camaro, unlike its competitor, does not have quad shock. In fact, a Camero doesn't even have 4 control arms! As you can see the Mustangs rear suspension is the epitome of a drag-strip car Rear suspension.

The Ford 302 C.I.D. engine in the Mustang is a better choice to hop up than a Chevy 305 C.I.D. engine. The engine geometry of a Ford 302 C.I.D. is far superior to a Chevy 305 C.I.D. Although Ford is down on actual displacement, you can build more horsepower per dollar. The reason is that a Ford 302C.I.D.

engine has a cylinder bore of 4.00 inches...