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Old 09-24-2002, 03:36 PM
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Question 351 what?

i recently acquired a 351 ford. i was told it was a cleveland but after seeing that the starter is mounted on the transmission i think it may be a modified. are their any sites for information on this motor and is it a good project to rebuild for a hotrod? thanks

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[quote]...seeing that the starter is mounted on the transmission<hr></blockquote>

Do you mean it is mounted on the flywheel/convertor housing?

The 351M will be same in appearance to the 400 as both have the same deck height. The Cleveland will appear smaller.

Look for casting numbers behind or above the starter motor on the right hand pan rail.

Either series will make a nice street motor (the 351C more so) as many Cleveland parts can be used on the M. Much less, the price is right...
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Any casting number later than D3xx would be a modified. You didn't say what intake it had, no modified came with a four barrel so if it's a 4bbl originally it's a cleveland. All Ford starters bolt to the trans, the Modified uses the same trans pattern as a 460, the Cleveland has a 289/302 pattern.
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an easy way to tell the cleveland from the modified is measure the width of the intake. the "c" is 11 inches wide,the "m"s are larger.also,a lot of the "m" motors had a rib cast on the block next to the distributor,the cleveland is flat(no rib) around the distributor.hope this helps.
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