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From: Indpls. In. USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 07-02-2003 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AsTech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

..I have a 78 ford mustang II that I ripped a 4 banger out of about 10 years ago and then dropped a 302 down in her...It nestled in like a walk in the park....I just got my hands on a 351 and was debating on rebuilding it adding a 4bbl (and headers would be nice) but pretty much a stock 351...What I'm wondering is how realistic would this task be ya think? Is there a mount kit for such wild dreams?(If not Is making one that hard?)...and would there need to be some cutting done to get it to squeeze in under the hood and between the firewall and fender wells?....Has anybody tried this task?

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From: Arnold, MD, USA
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posted 07-03-2003 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Windsor or Cleveland?

Windsor will go right in, no cutting or anything. Some minor tweaks might be necessary, but it'll drop right in.

Cleveland will not fit in the stock engine compartment. I recall reading the decks are too tall to squeeze between the engine bay walls.

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John Holloway

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posted 07-04-2003 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Holloway   Click Here to Email John Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KEEP YOUR 302!......Use the money that You would use on the 351 and put into the 302,there are so much more stuff you can do, Put on Aluminum Heads,a cam,etc....351 parts are more money and heaver.I had a 351C in mine for 10yrs... and I went back to a 302, It was a money pit and nothing but problems, plus the more weight you put in the front you will have to up grade the Brakes because the car will be harder to stop!

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Mike Patterson

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From: Huachuca City, AZ, USA
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posted 07-05-2003 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Patterson   Click Here to Email Mike Patterson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your planning on a Winsor rather than a clevland other than a little massaging on the passenger side exhaust and making sure you have a front sump oil pan it's pretty bolt in.

Actually, if your doing a Winsor rather than a Clevland, there's only about a 50 pound difference. You can shave around 30 pounds with an aluninum intake and another 50 with a set of aluninum heads and end up lighter than a stock 302.

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