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Old 04-13-2005, 06:31 PM
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1951 Mercury Do you go 350 or 351?

Please Help me! I have a 1951 mercury and I am trying to decide weather to go with a 350 tpi or with a 351. I know that I would have to put some mounts in for the 350 but What i would like to know which one would be better for the rod. Thanks for your help. Robert

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Old 04-13-2005, 07:33 PM
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I'm a Mopar guy but for heaven's sake, PUT A FORD in a FORD! The world has seen enough "cookie cutter" small block Chevys.
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:39 PM
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Ford in a Ford

Amen, we have far too many Chevy powered Clonemobiles out there as it is.
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:43 PM
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Completely agree with the two previous,howzabout go one better and retain the flathead?Ya can't get any cooler than that.
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Old 04-13-2005, 08:06 PM
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Any of the above are good choices lol, but to answer your question go with the 351
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:10 PM
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If you put a sbc in there it will burst in to flames before being sucked in to the depths of hell.
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:21 PM
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any V8 ford will be appropriate.
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:31 PM
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its your car...do what you like..if it were mine it would be Ford powered...& im generally a Chebby guy
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351,please.
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TPI engines can be mean but I tend to like 429-460 fords. My 429 in my bronco was even beating my SBC in gas mileage( I guess that 14 miles to the gallon isnt great but I didnt find it bad for a big block with a holley 750 on it.) Other wise I would go with the SBC TPI it will be better for cruzing if you plan on driving it, if its all show no go then yea I would build a 351 or the original flathead.
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351 or 350

Dont be dissing the 351W, its a very gutsy engine.
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If you really want to get people going put a Mopar in it. You might get run out of town but it would be different.

Seriously it is your car don't worry about what others think. since you asked I am assuming you are concerned with the way others "see" your car. If that is the case go with Ford power in a Ford.

Either way you go someone will have something to say about it. If you go with Ford power people will say you are throwing money away (because they cost so much more to build the same power as a Chevy). If you go Chevy power then you are just a "follower", etc... Do what makes you happy. If you have the Chevy engine sitting there then use it, if you are starting from scratch and I were in your shoes building a Ford (that'll never happen) I would put a Ford in it. This is from a guy building a Buick and putting a Chevy in it (I already have the engine handy).

I think you will get more respect if you put a Ford engine in it (from the Ford guys).

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the end result

Well the ballots are in, and Camaroman is right. The final choice is yours.
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Put the ford in it..the distributor is in the correct end...

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