FE's! I started my Ford journey on the 390 / 428's until 1973 when I bought my first Cleveland. It was love at the first hit of the throttle!
I think Ford really hit the nail on the head with the Cleveland. The 71-73 Mustang and Torinos were just well balanced drivers with the Cleveland up front.
I know I got bit by the big block bug too,and did the 429/460 thing, but the car just was not fun to drive with the big cubes and weight, for me anyway.