Well guys, It looks like I've moved forward on this plan.
I think I'll probably go with 8.5:1 compression ratio with this blower. I want as little chance of predetination as possible. Its a little on the low side I think, but lemme put it this way -- I'd like my kids to be able to feel this motor pull someday, and I'm not even dating at the moment. I'd rather have it last than make a crazy amount of power.
Assuming I can't get someone to build me a motor for around $4k before I'm ready to get started, I've been looking at the MMR 600 shortblock. I'm not quite sure how built up I'd need this sucker as I havn't had a blower before. Are there any trouble spots that I need to beef up? Here's a link: http://www.modularmustangracing.com/...hortblocks.htm
They have other options listed, and I'm not sure if I actually NEED them or not to have a reliable motor:
Coated Pistons (ceramic dome/teflon skirt) $399.99
Brand New Current production Aluminum Block +$399.99
Upgrade to forged crankshaft +249.99
ARP Mainstuds (recommended for 600+HP) +169.99
MMR Street/Racing Oil Pump (highly recommended) + $199.99
ARP Headstuds and MMR/Felpro Extreme Duty Headgaskets + $369.99
MMR windage tray and hardware kit (+15HP) + 129.99
The Windage tray I can and will get elsewhere. I know I don't need the forged crank. What I don't know about is the ARP stuff and the coated pistons. What are your thoughts on those?
Also, concerning Oiling -- Does anyone have any thoughts on HO Oil pumps and deep sump pans? Typically the HO pumps are only suggested for 4v applications, but the vortech might change that.