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pforsythe
Member
posted October 30, 2002 12:51 PM
Here is the deal. We have a 77 LTD that we are going to race next year ina factory stock class. We are wondering about the best engine to use. My thoughts are to stay in the 289-302-351W family line. We have an old 289 out of a mustang, we can get a 302 out of a late model pickup, and some one told us we can have a 351(not sure which one) that has been sitting out in the junkyard. Which one would be the best for our application? Our rules are very strict as to what we can and can not do to the motor so it will remain mostly stock. I have been leaning towards the 302 for the simple fact that there are a ton of parts for the 5.0L engines out there and I think it is going to be easier to get parts. The guy doing this with me is afraid that we are not going to be able to stay with the pack of 350s, that predominately run out there. Am I right in thinking the 302 will be fine or should we look into the 351? Thanks for any input.


One87Racing
Member
posted October 30, 2002 03:47 PM
GO WITH THE 351. I RACED A 69 MUSTANG IN A FIELD OF 350'S AND I WAS PULLING AWAY FROM MOST OF THEM (I ALSO RAN A 3 SPD MANUAL TRANS). IF YOU WANT SOME IDEAS WHAT TO DO TO IT WITHOUT BEING ILLEGAL, EMAIL ME AND I'LL HELP YOU WITH WHAT I CAN.


Drogo99
Member
posted October 30, 2002 05:00 PM
Any Ford motor will work GREAT. They are all made of Quality Iron. What you need to do is set it in the trunk of a chevrolet, and let me tell ya, "that baby will-FLY". You might ought to put a wing on the top.

nuttin personal, but Fords don't have that durability that most poboys need. BUT you can get anything durable with enough money.

outlawstock17
Member
posted October 30, 2002 07:41 PM
pforsythe, a 351W would be my choice. 69-70 heads with the thermactor boss removed and flat top pistons. i like the factory ford "lemans" type cam with stock heads. it's a solid lifter grind with about .530 lift and 250 degrees of duration @ .050. that should make you a nice little combo that will be in the hunt if your car handling good. balancing is very important to any race engine. an oil cooler is also a good investment for a 351W as the large main and rod journals can get the oil pretty hot. i use mobile 1 synthetic in my 500+ HP engines with excellent results.

hughes, you're comepletely wrong about ford engines not being durable. obviously, you haven't built any or you haven't built any correctly. i've been running fords for over 20 years and have lost 4 engines due to mechanical failure. most of them were competitative engines that won a lot of races.

how many chevrolets have you blown up?

redneck bubbas racing
Member
posted October 30, 2002 10:36 PM
I have to agree with outlaw on this one. Fords are the durable motor out of the big 3. I built a 302 when I was a tad bit younger for my 70 mustang. I was changing the oil one day and got called to the phone. I then when back to the car only to discover my oil had "disappered" from the back of the truck. Frusterated I went into the house. A couple of days laterI got that itch and fired it off. I made a couple of hard pass down the road and then cruised for about 5 minutes when it locked up. I then realized why.DUMB DUMB DUMB. I pulled it back to the house and put about 7 quarts of tranny fluid in the crankcase, left it alone for about an hour, and then it fired right up. Would you believe that I never did anything to it other than put the correct oil in it? I later took this same motor and put it into my truck, I never even pulled the valvecovers. I drove that truck for 6 years tillI gave it to my brother. He drove it 2 more years and busted the radiator about 10 miles from home. Did he park it and walk? Nope, he drove it home. Motor still ran after that but it did smoke from that point on. He did drive it for another year before it got a nice cleaveland. I race chevys cause there cheap, I get it to the track though with a Ford, cause I know it will.


pforsythe
Member
posted October 31, 2002 12:10 PM
Thanks for all the grat advice. This has been one of the greatest resources I have found for getting our car up and running. We are building a Ford Becuase just about everyone at my local track runs Chevy's and I need to be diffrent. I have a ford pickup with 127000 miles on it. ALl I have ever done to this truck is change the spark plugs and oil. And I drive it hard. It will also be used to pull my race car.


66jj
Member
posted October 31, 2002 08:46 PM
im a chevy guy but i am not stupid,

fords are better now.

they have aftermarket heads that are ok in almost any class, (who can tell the diff??)

circle track did a test several years ago and fords made more hp and torque at 7000 rpm, to get the same results a chevy had to go 7600 and up, obviously lower rpm is better for durability.

fords are approx 120 lbs lighter according to a wt chart that summit published in their catalogue about 8 years ago....302-351

also i just bought a ford f350 duallie crew cab, 1993, and you know what i found? the distributor is in the front, man thats easier to get too!!! lol.

i will someday switch im sure, but i have soooooo many chevy heads, 4 sets all fresh and 5 sets of good cores.. 8 years of chevy racing is gonna make it hard, but im thinking in a claimer class unless i want to give away all my good chevy stuff i ought to build a ford or dodge.

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