Yeah my mistake on the location of the distributor... it's been a while since I seen one of those awesome frankenstein engines... I love em. If I had a spare Mustang II laying around.... I'd try to cram one in it with a stick shift and a sullivan intake.
Some quick basics... The 4.6 SOHC "2 valve" as it's called, is the run of the mill engine that ford threw in everything after 93 (except mustang for 2 years). plagued by cracked coolant crossover ports on the intakes, and low on power (rated at 215hp) they were the droll powerplant in all your crown vics/grand marquis/town cars, and cougars/tbirds if optioned with a V8, and even trucks. Unless you have a 99-up "Performance Improved" or "PI" motor (not to be confused with Police Interceptor... which is the P71) which was rated at around 260hp. The difference was in the heads and lower intake. Let's just say, for instance, my high mileage stock 1994 Mustang GT with the pushrod 302 and a 5 speed could stomp a mud hole in a stock 1996 Mustang GT with the non-PI 4.6 and a 5 speed in it. Because I have done it. LOL The better powerplant to play with is the 4.6 DOHC known as the "4 valve". The aluminum block Mark VIII engines are awesome. Light and strong. "Teksid" blocks used from 93 thru like 95ish. They have 6 bolt mains and hold 1000hp themselves. (internals not so much) The later "WEP" aluminum blocks are good too but said not to hold quite as much power. Find yourself a 93-98 Lincoln Mark VIII engine (NOT the FWD Continental... the block is different and will not bolt to standard rwd 4.6 mounts) or any '96-up Mustang Cobra engine. They're a double overhead cam and make like 280hp to the flywheel. Cobra's have the forged crank and stronger rods and pistons compared to the Mark Viii but the Mark engine will hold 400hp all day long. Find a set of intake cams from a 98 Cobra and put them into a mark engine (or a later cobra engine... split port B head or single port C head... doesnt matter) and degree them (by filing the keyway and adding different thicknesses of shims) and you'll have an NA 4.6 DOHC that runs pretty good on stock parts even if fuel injected... even more so if you slapped a sullivan intake on it and ran a carb, and did the distributor drive setup like Andy (which is wild looking seeing a distributor coming out of the front of a timing cover!) Here's my '93 Mark VIII engine... nothing special. I did a coil over plug conversion on, and put the later valvecovers on, and coil pack covers from a Ford GT. My car has factory B heads (split port intake ports) with the "bundle of snakes" intake. Throttle body is under the cowl practically. They'll get in upwards of 25 miles per gallon with 280hp in stock form with properly working IMRC plates (Intake manifold runner control.... which can get gummed up over time.)
here's a sweet looking N/A 4.6 dohc with a distributor drive, electric water pump and crank trigger... looks like they have a cobra intake on it with a sweet custom spacer for the hat. This engine has C heads (single intake ports) based on the newer style cobra intake
And this is another 4.6 dohc with what looks to be aftermarket valvecovers I've not seen before... and this has a carb'd inatke on it (not sure what brand) and they're running the coil packs behind the carb which looks neat. The engine almost has a 427 SOHC look to it. This one also has C heads based on the intake.
I have some wheels and some superchargers I'd love to use on some builds but they're chrome... and the chrome doesnt fit the theme I'm going for... so what is everyone's steps/processes or tips on getting that magnesium look for wheels, and the aged raw aluminum look for old superchargers/intakes/wheels?