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Help with swapping 302 EFI to 302 carbed-89 FSB

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My 18-year-old grandson decided to sell his good running 85 ranger and buy an 89 FSB. It ran for about a month, though barely, and then started to run really bad. He made it home and it died. We spent 2 weeks checking and replacing sensors and filters etc. Finally got it cranked again on about 4 or 5 cylinders. Engine is gummed up really bad inside and very noisy. I think the cam lobes and rod bearings are very worn.
A friend of mine has a 302 with an Edlebrock intake. He built the engine to put in a Ranger to run in mud. He didn't like the low-end torque, so he is changing to a larger engine. We are buying the engine for $150.00 complete with intake and headers. I have a few questions that I still need help on. I feel that replacing the EFI with a carb is going backwards, but the price is right for my grandson. We are going to use a Holley 600 for the carb as we already have it. We are going to use a Druaspark II ignition with vacuum distributor.

1. I plan on using the low pressure pump in the tank and bypass the high pressure pump on the frame rail. Will this work? If so, do I have to run a return line to the fuel tank?

2. Any suggestions for the accelerator cable and kick down linkage?

3. Will a 351W distributor work in the 302?

My grandson realizes he made a bad mistake not checking the Bronco out more even though it was only $800.00. He is 18 and the thought of driving a FSB was more than he could overcome.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give us on this swap.
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save you and you son some head achs use a DUI (davis Unified Ignition) it looks like a gm hei with the coil in the cap but built to work on a ford it uses reglar gm cap and rotor and is very simple one wire with vacum advance
unlike the dura spark .. those things are known for there headachs

as for the carb i'd go with the edelbrock proformer 600 w/ electric choke its simple and runs good right out of the box with no power valves to blow and you won't be testing and tuneing rather be driving and enjoying ... summit racing has both

also aware if your bronco has a AOD you may have to call painless wiring for a harness so you can run the trany with a non ecm moter

lastly you will need to swap out your sender in the fuel tank to use one without the fuel pump in it or modify the one you have so it is a pick up vs a pump
this is a easy swap just a few points to keep an eye on if the truck is rust free and you got it for $800 you're not in the hole and since you have a $150 long block to work with.. I'd say your ahead on a nice 4 wheeling machine
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