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1973 Ford Windsor 351

Hey guys first post and first Ford Engine Build. I am currently building a 1946 ford f-100 hot rod pickup. I bought the truck the 1973 351W in it.

From what I understand the windsor is the desired block and the cleavland has the desired heads. I however do not want to build a clevor. So this is what im thinking.

The truck is going to weight in the neighborhood of 2000lbs. so I do not need stupid power. The block is a good block so im thinking of putting GT40 heads on the top end, run an edelbrock performer 2181 intake for windsors and a 4bbl edelbrock 2506. However what I do know about this year windsor is the low hp rating. I assume it is bc of the junk cam and pistons. What would you guys reccomend for a mild hydraulic cam and new non domed pistons. I want to run non forged bc I do not want to drop thousands in this motor im hoping around $500 bc i already have the intake and carb.

Need some suggestions bc I do not know where to start.


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Old 08-20-2010, 11:42 PM
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Hi Bret,
I think for what your going to pay for gt40 heads you'd be better off looking for an after market set of heads, world's Windsor Jr heads is what I'm using they have 58cc chambers (vs gt 40s 64cc) new bare heads are $330 each, assembled $560 to $760 each or keep looking you may run across some used trick flows or AFR's, (FYI 93to95 lightings had gt40 heads.)
Pistons, I'm using flat tops but i have a high power engine, the pistons below are at jegs $42.99
# 351W Stock-Type Piston, .030'' OverborePiston Dia.: 4.030''
# Piston Top: -13.2cc Dish
# Pressed Pin
# Comp Ratio: 9.30:1 w/60.4cc Heads, 9.08:1 w/69cc Heads
# Ring Grooves: 5/64'', 5/64'', 3/16''
# Sold as Each
cam, I'm using a roller but I assume your using a flat tappet
Lunati Part# 638-00064LK Adv. Duration: 284�/284�
Gross Lift: .488''/.488''
RPM Range: 1500-5500 $169.99 .

There's a start, I'm sure others will chime in with more information.
Good luck,
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