Glad to see another Texan, just too bad you drive a Ford!
Get an LS car, you won't regret it. My 98 has an LS1 in it now but I too am thinking about the LS3. Can't knock 430 horse and still get decent mileage. Or you can get it with the 'hot cam' from GM Performance and bumps it up to 480....that's what I'm drooling over !