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stinger
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From: mn
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posted 03-08-2003 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stinger   Click Here to Email stinger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
351w or 351c and is a 351cleveland cobra jet block that much better then a standard cleveland and what is a 351 cleveland block with 4v close chambered heads worth? Thanks.

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kid vishus
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posted 03-08-2003 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stinger:
what is a 351 cleveland block with 4v close chambered heads worth? Thanks.

The only thing special about that block is the 4v heads. If it's a complete motor, then you have a little more value with the 4v intake, but not much.

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Originally posted by stinger:
is a 351cleveland cobra jet block that much better then a standard .


No. No difference. All blocks are just as strong, and the 4 bolt blocks aren't worth the added expense. Some people will claim there are certain blocks with a higher nickel content, but that has never been verified by any reliable source. All blocks are a plaqued by the same thin cylinder walls, and a poor oiling system.

All I have ever ran is 2 bolt main blocks. I have ran 2 bolt blocks that came originally with 2v heads, and even blocks that came with 4v heads. Once I started making good power, I have cracked them all without any block filler in them.

Personally, I love my clevelands. But if I were to start over from scratch, I would build a stroked windsor. Parts are just so much easier to find.

And remember, this is all my slightly biased and maybe mis-informed opinion.


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69_sportsroof
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posted 03-08-2003 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69_sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69_sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
have to agree with kid, bottom end isn't a problem...FILL THE BLOCK. Haven't built a street cleve til now but built quite a few roundy round motors. Just got rotating assy back from being balanced.

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69machI
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posted 03-08-2003 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69machI     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also like the Cleveland. They run good, they look good, they like to rev, and they have the 'Cleveland mystique'. But parts are getting expensive and hard to find though. If I was racing, I think I would go for the Windsor.
If you do go for the Cleveland, I noticed that in the Ford Motorsport catalogue that they are clearing out some Cleveland cranks.

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jkilroy
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posted 03-08-2003 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Take the Windsor. The blocks are better, and parts are cheaper.

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steve'66
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posted 03-08-2003 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Windsor is my vote, unless you have a stockpile of C parts.

SteveW

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clevelandstyle
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posted 03-08-2003 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a Cleveland guy. What can I say?

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Rory McNeil
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posted 03-09-2003 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ran 351 C`s back in the 70`s & I really liked them, but unless you already have a bunch of Cleveland stuff for cores, I think the 351W makes more sense. WAAAY more aftermarket stuff available, & engine cores are very easy to find, as they built them from 69 until recently, where the 351C was only in production from 70-73, so cores are much harder to find. On top of that, if you want the 351C 4V heads, they were only available in 70 & 71, so they are even harder to find. One good thing if you want to buy the 4v heads, the prices are still about the same now as they were in the late 70`s-early 80`s. I sold a pair of 70 4V heads back in 1979 for $300.00, & thats still what you can find them for. Compare that to my 428 Cobra Jet heads I bought in 1976 for $125.00 (I still have them), today it`s not uncommon for these heads to bring $600.-$800. as good cores. Itr`s all supply & demand. As hard as the 351C stuff is too find, not many guys run them anymore. With all the stuff available for the Windsor, plus the lighter weight & more room under the hood, it`s no wonder. However, back in the 70`s-mid 80`s, nobody wanted a 351W. It seemed that half the 69 Mach 1`s in my area had their 351W`s replaced with Clevelands by the late 70`s.Strange, Eh?

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mustangboy
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posted 03-10-2003 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd go with the windsor as well.The blocks are a dime a dozen,put your money into some good aftermarket heads and your all set.They're also easy to stroke

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Scott (69Mach)
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posted 03-10-2003 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When folks as what motor I'm running, I get a kick out of saying "it's a Cleveland". They nod and understand. Yeah, it may be more effort to build, but let's face it, our cars are old anyways. Go for the mystique.

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DRAGSTANG351
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posted 03-10-2003 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DRAGSTANG351   Click Here to Email DRAGSTANG351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you should go for the 351w you will
have better oiling system and more parts to choose from.

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Tea'sGrabber
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posted 03-10-2003 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tea'sGrabber   Click Here to Email Tea'sGrabber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Windsor!!!!! They're cheaper to build!!!

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kid vishus
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posted 03-10-2003 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tea'sGrabber:
Windsor!!!!! They're cheaper to build!!!



I don't buy that at all.

Where the Windsor has a significant advantage is here, if you are going to race it every weekend, and make big power, sooner or later, it's going to break (especially a cleveland). Might not be for several years, but it usually happens. You might get lucky and it might not ever happen, but....
If you are running a windsor, it will be much easier to find replacement hard parts. Especially stuff like blocks.
If you run a cleveland and it breaks, now you have a problem unless you have several blocks stashed somewhere. I know, I'm looking all the time for them and most guys that still have some, want what I consider too much money for them. There is a pile of busted cleveland blocks next to my father's garage. I bet there is at least 5 blocks in that pile. All but one of them has big holes in the sides. The one that doesn't, has a big piece of main webbing missing. And that pile is not counting all the sleeves I have had put in blocks. I bet over the years, I have had enough sleeves put in blocks to completely sleeve 3 blocks.

If it's a street car, then dis-regard everythign I just said.

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