I need carb info! I’m new to the classic/hot rod world, I’ve been digging for part numbers and what not but haven’t had any luck. It’s a 2 barrel. Also I’m probably not going to rebuild the carb as it’s in pretty rough shape and I want to get the car running good, so are there any edelbrock or Holley carbs that would be “plug and play” or am I looking at a manifold swap too?
Are you in the AF? Active duty here, although the idea of retirement is getting some traction LOL
The stock carb is pretty darn good, especially for that size engine. Generally when they don't do well they need a cheap kit and then they do great. However, if you want an easy and effective swap, look for a Holley 500 cfm 2 barrel. They are pretty much plug and play with the exception of a little different fuel line and likely requiring an inline filter and manual choke, they go pretty easy. They are a nice addition if you find a good or new one, but don't consider it a requirement at your power level
Also, look close at a basic tune up, quality points and condenser, check firing order, set timing properly, adjust air/fuel. A stock 352 can run very nice with some very basic tuning if in decent shape.
If you are trying to hot rod it a little, and on a budget, here is the key to getting them running a bit better in order of effectiveness
1 - Make sure you are getting full throttle
2 - Recurve the distributor (it will not get you more peak power, generally, but absolutely helps around town) and consider an electronic trigger like Pertonix, etc
3 - Headers and duals (the issue though is old cylinder heads usually break the top bolts without heat) However, a set of headers and 2.5 inch pipes with good mufflers is one of the best things for a Ford FE and the foundation for everything else
4 - Shift kit in the tranny (doesn't make it faster, but a solid, firm shift, feels better and saves the tranny long-term) Transgo is likely the best for your application and I would likely ask an experienced shop to do it.
5 - Rear gears - really subjective but you need to think how you will drive it. If it is around town, in the hills, 75 and under, with the above modifications a 3.50-3.70 gear will make a huge difference if you have a 3.00 in there now. In fact, it is mathematical, if you have a 3.00 gear, a 3.50 gives you 17% more torque multiplication, but you lose top end speed, so think on it. This could move up before headers, but realize the stock exhaust, particularly the manifolds are horrible, so if someone wants to go in stages, I generally do exhaust and tranny first.
6 - Open element air filter - again ot a big power adder, but with the quick advance, steeper gears, hard shifting tranny, nice exhaust, you get the grown of the air filter and it makes it more fun
After that, 4 barrel, cam, heads, more cubes, it's only limited by budget and creativity.