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351W and 5.8L the Same?

Is a Ford 5.8L and a 351W the same block and bolt patterns? Meaning, the Bell Housings, Water Pumps, Oil Pans, Heads and motor mounts are all the same?

I have been debating between a small block Chevy and a 351W for my 37 Ford Coupe and want to be sure if I pick up a block that has plenty of aftermarket parts available.

Also: Will a 5.0L T5 Tranny, Bellhousing and clutch bolt up and work fine on a 351W? Do I need to worry about correct weighted Flywheel? If so which Flywheel weight would be correct for a 351W? Is the 164 Tooth flywheel the way to go or are their other options?

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yes, there the same

yes to the T5

28oz flywheel
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I'm a Chevy guy but a Ford definitely belongs with a Ford engine. Stick that 351W in there. That's all the advice I can give you on this one.
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I'm a Chevy guy but a Ford definitely belongs with a Ford engine. Stick that 351W in there. That's all the advice I can give you on this one.
I'm really glad to hear somebody feel this way.

351W blocks are basically the same but there are differences. The early blocks were stronger but the first two years had a shorter deck height (.020" shorter I believe) which could leave the piston coming out over the top of the deck a little bit. They are still sought after because of their strength. I don't know when but the 351W went from a 2 piece rear main seal to a 1 piece. The last 351W blocks were made so that they could use a roller cam but I'm not sure of which years. Maybe somebody else will chime in that knows the specific years.

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I'm really glad to hear somebody feel this way.
YOU'RE GLAD!?

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I don't know when but the 351W went from a 2 piece rear main seal to a 1 piece.
Late production 1983

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The last 351W blocks were made so that they could use a roller cam but I'm not sure of which years.
1994- F4TE (Roller Block)
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