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I wanted to know, since i have a 1963 falcon i was wondering would i be able to fit 17 or 18 inch wheels on it? and also will i be pretty decent with power and speed with a 351w to about 320 hp? thanks, Dave

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Old 03-22-2005, 12:16 AM
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The wheel diameter is not the issue. Its the tire heighth that will be your concern. This tire calculator will tell you what you have and then you can play with the numbers to tell you what you can install. Click here. Use the Tire Height & Width Calculator
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The biggest consideration you have is more tire width and diameter. The 63 Falcons have a somewhat small wheel well. As for the 351W, that would be a great engine to drop in it. One thing to consider, the SBF (221-302) have a nominal weight of 460 lbs, and the 351 W scales in at 525 lbs. so you will definately be looking for some stiffer front springs. I would go with springs in the 550 to 600 lbs rating. This will stiffen your front end up quite a bit, and improve handling some as well. I would also recommend having the front and rear stubs tied together, as the additional torque, could turn your car into a pretzel in short order. A 320 hp 351W is quite easy to attain. In 69 and 70, Ford offered a 290 HP version of the 351W, which sported a 4 bbl carb, 10.5:1 compression, and dual exhaust, in the Mustang. You should easily be able to match that with any 351W, and not have to go to that high of compression. A good cam in the 210-220 degree range, with 9.5:1 compression, a 4 bbl intake, with a 600 CFM carb, and headers should get you pretty close to that goal.
Having dealt with unibody Fords a lot over the years, as well as Ford engines, feel free to give me a PM if you want more info.
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the stock front springs would work well for budget drag if you runa 351. but ytou want 17s or something..
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i'm also a falcon guy, own three of them... i've seen a few roundbodys with 17 and 18 inch wheels on them.
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