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Old 01-22-2006, 08:36 PM
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Small Block Vs. Big Block

I am wanting to hop up a Ford Ranger. Ive got a 351 or a 460 to choose from. What do you guys think? Why?

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Old 01-22-2006, 09:12 PM
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A 351 ... what (W, C, or M.)?

I'm a big Cleveland fan but I'm thinking that the W might be easier. I'm sure there are a ton of 302/5.0 powered Rangers around, so lots of stuff made for that conversion would probably work on the W as well.

The "C" block mounts pretty much the same as 302, except that I believe that it sits back further ... it did in my 68 Torino anyway. The heads are also pretty massive, and might be pretty tight in that engine compartment. The Torino had shock towers on it and they were REALLY close to the headers.

They make a lot of stuff for the W now ... including hi-flow heads ... so you can get a lot of ponies out of them.

A 460 would be great if you could "shoehorn" it in there ... those trucks had steel or plastic inner fenders, didn't they? Maybe with little mutilating and fenderwall headers???

Heck ... I've seen a BBC in a Monza.
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Old 01-22-2006, 09:13 PM
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SB is probably easier to fit from sheer size. You have a heck of a time gettin the thing to handle well with the BB weight.
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Johnsongrass! is correct on that. Even with just the 302 in it. My Ranger shorty was front heavy feeling. The 351 will go as fast as you want and almost hold the road. MOST Big block anythings, plow/understeer during corners and handle badly. Been there with several other projects..
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I'm partial to big blocks in mini trucks.

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