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Scott (69Mach)

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From: Walnut Creek, CA USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 05-24-2001 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A buddy of mine picked up a '69 351W long block. He'd heard somewhere that the '69 to '71 cranks were weak and shouldn't be run in a strong street engine. I know squat about Windsors so I thought I'd toss it to the forum for answers. Is there any concern with his crank living inside a performance motor?



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Ryan Wilke

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From: Stanton, Michigan
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 05-24-2001 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've don't recall reading or hearing anyone say the '69-71 351W cranks being a weak part.

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From: Gadsden, Al
Registered: Aug 99

posted 05-24-2001 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 69 351W crank in my stroked 351W. It is offset ground to 3.70" stroke X 4.060 bore for 383ci.

It's going on it's 5th season of regular bracket racing with shifts from 6800-7000. No problems at all. With Windsor Sr iron heads and a smallish solid roller it runs 6.80's @ 100 mph in the 1/8 mile. Motor only. Maybe a bottle at some point in the future.

I think the key is a good balance job and it will live for a long time.


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