My vote for stock 260 is the original Ford 2bbl carb – a stock carb in good original condition will be very reliable and run well IMO. The more non-original you go the more initial up front costs as well as ongoing maintenance costs I have experienced. If your not needing/wanting more HP a stock 260 is a very enjoyable car – and usually very reliable.

So, what did you end up doing with your 260?