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Old 04-15-2011, 12:22 AM
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Best Engine?

Im looking to build a 32 Ford Coupe or 33 Ford Sedan, still havnt decided which one i want to find and do. But what i do know is the engine is one of the biggest thins to not only choose but to customize. So I was looking at doing a Ford 351 Winsor but not sure if thats the best one for power and money.

Im not looking to get a creat at all looking to ether restore or buy block and put together as i go.

Also looking to stay Ford just liking staying true that if its a Ford you use a Ford engine.
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Im looking to build a 32 Ford Coupe or 33 Ford Sedan, still havnt decided which one i want to find and do. But what i do know is the engine is one of the biggest thins to not only choose but to customize. So I was looking at doing a Ford 351 Winsor but not sure if thats the best one for power and money.

Im not looking to get a creat at all looking to ether restore or buy block and put together as i go.

Also looking to stay Ford just liking staying true that if its a Ford you use a Ford engine.
A 302 or 351W are the obvious choices but both are a little ho hum imo. Why not put a Cleveland in it? It is a good looking engine and a 2V version is still pretty easy to find, cheap and will make good power with minimal effort.

Dare to be different.
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Installing a later Ford engine (60's-90's)) in an early Ford car (pre 40) is not a simple task. Thats why so many early Ford cars have GM engines..
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Installing a later Ford engine (60's-90's)) in an early Ford car (pre 40) is not a simple task. Thats why so many early Ford cars have GM engines..
It isn't easy?? That's the way it was years ago. Its become as cookbook easy as a Chevy in the past few years .

The 221, 260,289,302/351 is shorter, narrower, lighter then a 350. Then of course the Ford distributor is nicely placed in the front. As far as performance parts for the Joe Average build are now reasonably priced, abundant and good. Dress up parts, the same. Transmission choices - manuals are virtually the same as GM. Autos - the C4 is strong, a C6 indestructible, the AOD can be excellent with a few minor mods and E4OD's well established.

If you want to talk about folks that have actually done the Ford-in-an-early chassis, yep, there are fewer, but that's changing quickly. A Chebbie 350 in a Ford - unless it is something really special often doesn't get second looks.

The Cleveland - now that one is where it can get tough as performance parts are expensive and choices are much fewer tho it used to be the Ford engine of choice 20+ years ago. Great choice, but a much tougher install

There are many other modern engine choices as well to choose from - even some V6's could be conversation starters and will perform stock as well as many V8's.

Why not a Ford V10 - hmmmmm

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Dave, then besides going with a 351C or a 351W which Ford engine would u go with, modern engine?
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....just happened inside when this popped in

An aluminum 32valve 4.6 out of a '90s Mark 8 is a tough install, but what a great engine. Pricewise, not outrageous used - but not for the weak of heart to put in a small engine bay

If you want to look at an economy version with the gas prices now (Hawaii!!!), the 4 cyl turbo T-bird or SVO Mustang is a sleeper plus those engines are tough to kill

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2.3L svo motor with the Volvo head modification and a newer turbo...KILLER motor. Can put one of those 90s mustangs deep in the 12s with ease.

How about a Rover 215 V8 with a blower? :-D
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Not worried bout gas out ere I got a motorcycle I can ride damn near year around. Don't know how much dragging I'll do was kinda looking towards more show car with enough balls to show the car has power when needed .
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Not worried bout gas out ere I got a motorcycle I can ride damn near year around. Don't know how much dragging I'll do was kinda looking towards more show car with enough balls to show the car has power when needed .

Then you go for whatever your budget can bear - I really like those 4.6/32 valve modulars and their 'bling'. I might have used one in my '31 'A' had the price of a salvage yard version been reasonable when I started and had known more about them.

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Budget around 10k
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If your budget can hold it even building a 2v mod-motor would be interesting. Just make sure that you go with the PI (performance improved, not police interceptor) heads and intake. It gets pricey when you start modding them though.

There's also the 5.4L 4v in the Navigator and the 5.4L 2v in fullsize ford trucks. Basically a tall deck version of the 4.6L
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Ireland's child beat me to it......
Pick up a salvage '93-'97 Lincoln Mark 8 with the all alloy 4.6 DOHC motor. Use everything out of the donor as far as drivetrain (IRS) and electrics.
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You really don't want to know the dreams I have about that one in my '31
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I think I'm going to go with the 4.6 dohc out of lincoln prior to 99
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