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daniell
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted October 21, 2002 02:01 PM
can anyone tell me what is different about a 350cid police engine and are they good engines to build with. 91-92 year model

rico 08
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted October 22, 2002 04:53 PM
just guessing but probably just a hydraulic roller style block and fair heads ok to build just make sure you have a fuel pump mounting flange that is machined out so it can be used i beleive all before 97' are.beware most police engines are wore out and need more work than non-police used motors.

24s52
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted November 12, 2002 01:11 PM
It depends on what police department you get them from too. Some, like around here, trade up every two years or so. That makes for a barely broke in engine with about 60k miles on it. I actually prefer the older motors from Ford. If you can get around the electronics then the 351W is a great builder. Also it has a lot to do with accessories. Bigger radiator, oil cooler, tranny cooler, and that type of stuff. Not really as much difference in the actual engine.

30rulz
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted November 12, 2002 05:50 PM
I have a ltd with a 351w in 79 police car and was wondering if there any little tricks to making it more responsive. I run it as a cruiser and don't want to put much into it because of the claim. I took the stock alum. 2brl intake off and put a 650 holley 4brl on it but wondered about a cam. it has a 308 rearend and aod tranny. any help would be nice

24s52
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted November 17, 2002 06:36 PM
I'm sure you know about advancing the timing. I'm not sure what intake you put on, but I find a 500cfm Holley works really well. Too much cam without rebuilding the whole thing will eventually blow the thing up. Moneywise I just advance the timing as much as I can without getting detonation. Use really good plugs and wires, and 14 inch tires on the back with 15s on the front. this really seems to work for me.

30rulz
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted December 02, 2002 08:23 AM
has anyone you ever used a venturi carberator on the stock alum. intake. I just bought another car with a 351 in it that the guy couldn't get to run but it just had dead gas. took out the tank and put in a boat tank with fresh gas and it sounds good with the stock carb.

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted December 02, 2002 04:32 PM
if you're talking about the ford variable venturi 2 bbl. carburetor, dump it. a holley or motorcraft 2 bbl. will bolt to the manifold and will be better by far.

bump the timing up to about 36 degrees total. that should make it come around. you'll need premium gas.

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