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Old 01-21-2006, 07:38 AM
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hey all this is bosshog again iwas wondering im restoring a 1984 ford t-bird and before i thought i had a boss 302 but i was wrong i found i have 351 Windsor so what is the best way to restore cuz i love my car and i want it to shine

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Old 01-22-2006, 06:01 PM
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Everyone I know who deals with fords hates the windsor motors.

So, Most would say junk it amd get either a 302 or a 351 cleveland.

I would go with a 302. Parts are easy to find and they make a ton of performance kits for that motor.

You want it to shine? Give it a good dependable motor.

If I were you i would swipe one out of a mustang of the same year. Probably will have less problems doing the swap that way.
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1) If you have a 351 W in there, the factory did not install it.
2) The W is an excellent engine.

Here's what I suggest.
Look at the front of the engine where the heads bolt to the block. If the head touches the timing cover water boss you have a 5.0 engine. If the head is 1 1/4 inches above the timing cover the engine is a W.

You can also look where the distributor sticks into the block. If the wall behind the distributor is 1 1/4 inches tall, it is a 351 W. If the wall is very short, you have a 5.0.

You should also consider having an experienced Ford mechanic identify your engine. Try a local Ford dealer.

I would bet you have a 5.0 of 145 horsepower. And the wonderful State of California's laws won't let you have anything else !!!

See attached 351W picture. You can see the head deck is 1 1/4 inches above the water boss, and the high wall behind the distributor hole..
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Hey i would opt for the winder if that is indeed what you have. Sure every thing Joe said is true but.... really every one and there uncle have a 302 if you lookin for cheaper and easier then yes but if you want a little something different then go 351. There are lots of aftermarket parts for the Windsor and its a bigger motor to begin with ! When i started building my car i had the option for either the Windsor or the Cleavland both 351 i choose the Cleavland.. haha yes more searchin for parts but im a glutton for punishment and also i like things a little out of the ordinary. Depends on how much money you got and how quick you want this project done !

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