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Lightning Fast Fords
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posted 04-10-2005 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightning Fast Fords   Click Here to Email Lightning Fast Fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi All,

Gotta question regarding TALL Covers and the 1968 Torino. I have noted how close valve covers (stock)are to the firewall with the cars current (yet not stock 351C) that's in the car. I have also noted close tolerance with cars with the 428CJ in them.

My issue is this. I have all but decided to build a 351W I have...and save the 351C for another car in the future. I will be opting for Roller Rockers regardless of what engine I use...and I'm concerned with clearance involving the forward lip of the firewall. Will Tall valve covers clear with a 351W ?

Next issue is clearance of tall valve covers when I elect to go with a complete power steering system (OEM Style)...will Tall Valve Covers clear with that involved? The car has standard un-power assisted drum brakes at present (Yuck)

FYI...the major reason for going with the W instead of the 351C is accesory mesh..as I add power options like brakes and steering from a 351W Powered 1969 model...I see no point in having to fabricate more than I need too by sticking with the 351c that's in it...and still requires being rebuilt at present


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2000 Crown Victoria (Performance and Handling Package.

1994 SVT Ford F-150 Lightning

1988 Turbo Coupe Thunderbird (5-Speed)

1988 Crown Victoria Police Package (Modified to the max)

1968 Torino GT (Fastback) 351C 4V with B&M C6 Tranny

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posted 04-11-2005 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69   Click Here to Email Fstln69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not a problem in our 69 w/351w..

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posted 04-11-2005 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ton's o room.

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posted 04-11-2005 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightning Fast Fords   Click Here to Email Lightning Fast Fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies gents,

Now...to carry the concerns a step further.

My 351W Block for build purposes is a seasoned block from a 1991 Crown Victoria Police Package. I am toying with the idea of attempting to use the Power steering pump and all accessory drives that come with that. This also becomes more confined by using a thicker Aluminum Radiator with the 1991's Clutch Fan as opposed to a 1969's set-up.

Plenty of room is a very blanketing statement..up to the point that it's actually attempted.

What are your thoughts on this?

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posted 04-11-2005 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69   Click Here to Email Fstln69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im not sure its worth all the trouble.I took the p/s off this car and my wife drives it with no problem she says she likes it better this way.Car is easy to steer espcially with a w in it.
Dennis

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posted 04-11-2005 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightning Fast Fords   Click Here to Email Lightning Fast Fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fstln69:
Im not sure its worth all the trouble.I took the p/s off this car and my wife drives it with no problem she says she likes it better this way.Car is easy to steer espcially with a w in it.
Dennis


Dennis,

Thanks for the quick reply. My plan is to get the modified 351W going...and then get a 9inch swapped into it...as the 8 just ain't much to bragg about.

I am not going for any creature comforts like A/C...but I do believe in the merits of power steering and power disc brakes.

BTW...your 69's engine bay is a piece of beauty to behold. We definatley have the same kind of taste...as I have the same type valve covers for both my 351W and the 351C that I have.

My 68 is a basic Torino GT package at present...but I want it more "Streetable" as well as more powerfull.

The 1991 351W I have will be bored out...balanced and topped off with a new set of Roush 200 Series heads with Harlan Sharp Roller Rockers. I already have a custom ground cam from Holman Moody ready to go in as well.

The short term for the W is obtaining yet another 4V Intake...and then buying all the assembly hardware. I'm at exactly the same point on the 351C build too.

Should I elect to take the route of No power steering like you did....I would likely stick with the 351C...but knowing what I really want in the long run makes me think the 351W with all the toys in hand is more worth while and far less labor intense.

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