I found years ago that most Ford 1960's drive train components were racing quality.
This makes building dependable race cars affordable.
The Pinto is able to take a 57 ford 9" rear end with little work.
A race ready 289 or 302 conversion weighs around 2400 pounds for a good 12 second bracket racer.
A mostly stock 429 SCJ with a 460 crank and flat top pistons in a 1400 pound rear engine dragster is good for 8 second runs at 160 mph.
Good stuff.