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46and2
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posted 01-17-2001 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 46and2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the deal. My uncle is tired of the 351 4v in his 86 f-150 and is looking for a 302 2v. It just so happens I am looking for a 351 4v to swap out my 302 2v.

So as you already know we are probably going to swap motors. HOWEVER, my father who works on the Mustang with me since it is a father son thing, wnats a 351C since he thinks they are better motors than the 351W.

So...that leads me to my two questions:
#1 which is the better motor 351W or 351C and why...i already know about the parts being readily available for the Windsor and not the Clevland. I also heard something about oiling problems in the Cleveland.

#2 the motor in my uncles truck is a 351W right? I know they made some 351M motors for a while and I have forgotten the years on production. I heard the 351Ms are crap. So if they did make a 351M in 1986 how do I go about figuring out whether my uncle has the windsor or the M.

Thanks

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Clark
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posted 01-17-2001 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clark   Click Here to Email Clark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even though I have the 351W, the cleveland is a better performance motor. That being said the windsor can be a great performer with the right parts added to it. It depends on what you are looking for and the windsor your dad has will need some performance help when you do the rebuild (new heads, intake, cam, etc..)
I am almost positive it has to be a windsor, the 351M was a 70's engine.

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sigtauenus
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posted 01-17-2001 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the 351M is similar to the 351C for easy identification purposes...it has a really wide intake, the timing cover is cast into the block with a flat front plate that goes over the chain, the thermostat goes into the top of the block instead of the front of the intake, just to name a few.

As far as I know, the 351M production ended in like 79-81 time-frame, so I'll agree you are probably looking at a 351W.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-17-2001 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No probably about it, if it's original it a 351W. If you are unsure, 351W have six bolts per valve cover, 351C/351M/400 engines have eight.

I've never had a problem finding high performance parts for the 351C, and it will make more power than the 351W, part for part.

That said, the 351W will be a more streetable engine.

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FloJoe
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posted 01-17-2001 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FloJoe   Click Here to Email FloJoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man I wish someone in my family that has a 351 would just offer it to me in exchange

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-17-2001 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't feel bad about the 289, Joe. You can make that motor really crank. Just ask Alex.

Plus, I bet there's a lot of satisfaction in blowing someone's door off and then being able to say "Oh, it's only a lil' 289..."

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46and2
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posted 01-17-2001 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 46and2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been looking for a 351 to replace my 302 and it was right under my nose the whole time! BUT, if my Dad doesn't get out of the mode of "351C or bust" then we won't do the swap and my uncle will probably end up paying a lot of money to buy a 302 and trade in his 351 which is robbery. Then later my Dad will tell me how we should have done the swap! UGH...I have seen it happen so many times before I can predict the future. :lol:

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[This message has been edited by 46and2 (edited 01-17-2001).]

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rcutshaver
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posted 01-19-2001 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rcutshaver   Click Here to Email rcutshaver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your dad's right about the 351C being a good performance motor, but I don't know that it's so much better as to break the deal. My dad had an early 70's Ranchero w/ a 351C years ago and that thing screamed and it was bone-stock, but I've also ridden in some 351W's that had no problem getting on down the road. The problem w/ all SB fords (except Boss 302 and 351C) is that the heads don't breathe very well. The big advantage over getting a 351C vs a 351W is that w/ the Cleveland 2bbl heads, you don't have to do much in the way of head work. (The 4bbl heads are too much for a street engine). With the 351W, to really open it up, it either needs a lot of headwork or aftermarket heads. It's true, though, that parts are cheaper for the 351W (usually), more plentiful, and there are a lot of thiings that can be done w/ it (stroker, for instance). My personal opinion is that except for the heads, it's pretty much a wash. A lot of the guys in here have a lot more experience than me, but that's my 2 cents.

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kid vishus
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posted 01-19-2001 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My opinion, bang for the buck, the cleveland is a better engine. The oiling problem can be fixed, and you can buy stroker kits for them too. However, there is a bigger parts inventory for the Windsor, everybody makes them.

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bossman
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posted 01-19-2001 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bossman   Click Here to Email bossman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the owner of a Boss 302 and MANY Cleveland powered Mustangs, it is obvious I am very partial to the Cleveland engine and the performance that has been built-in from the factory. Besides, I personally think the Cleveland is one of the greatest looking powerplants (visually) ever produced by ANY manufacturer. However, with the explosion of the 5.0 and ALL the aftermarket speed parts produced for it at extremely reasonable prices, it is definitely easier to build more power in the Windsor these days. If you are looking to build LOTS of power at a reasonable price, the Windsor is the way to go. My 65 X-tremestang's powerplant is based on a 1995 351W Lightning short block assembly which comes roller configured from the factory. Using TFS Twisted Wedge heads (with mild bowel porting and smoothing of the intake/exhaust ports and combustion chambers), a TFS roller cam, Coast High Performance is projecting between 450 and 500 flywheel horsepower (won't know for sure until its strapped to the dyno) and that's all motor, no juice or turbo/supercharging. I have the know how to build power into the Cleveland, its just getting harder and harder to find "true" Cleveland stuff (not the later 351M or 400 junk). With the Windsor, just about anything intended for the 5.0 can be used (except for intakes and such) which keeps costs in line when looking for that extra horsepower/torque. Still, a fully built Cleveland with the 48 IDA Weber setup would be nice.......

randy
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Moneymaker
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posted 01-23-2001 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dollar for dollar, the 351W is a better choice for primary street use. It will take twice the money to get the 351C parts together to make the same power as a 351W. No brag, just fact!

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46and2
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posted 01-23-2001 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 46and2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SEE! that is what I need to hear!! hehe Have to sway pops into going along with it though.

thanks MM!

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67coupe
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posted 01-24-2001 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i an building a cleavland right now and love them but i would have to say go for the winsdor. it is cheaper to build up. good luck convincing your dad.

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pthornton
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posted 01-24-2001 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pthornton   Click Here to Email pthornton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A 351W will be easier to swap for a 351C than a 302. Do the swap then swap again if the situation presents itself.

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