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From: Brogue, PA, USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 09-25-2004 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Simoria2        Reply w/Quote
I have a 1980 Ford Thunderbird that needs a new engine. I need to
know what is involved in swaping a 351W from a 1981 van to replace
the 255 in my T-Bird, other then the oil pan?


Angie (for my Dad Don)


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From: Bethlehem,GA. USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 03-30-2005 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for quick50stng        Reply w/Quote
Motor mounts will be the same. You will need a distributor for a 351w if you don't have one. The oil pan as you mentioned. You will have to check on some clearance issues for the exhaust manifolds because the deck height of the 351w is taller than the then 255,289,302. Other than those items should just be a drop in.


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posted 03-30-2005 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
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From: Metamora, Illinois
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posted 04-01-2005 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fordwiser        Reply w/Quote
80 T-Birds are cool!


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