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Old 01-29-2004, 08:46 PM
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Question will a 351 fit in ranchero?

Hi everyone, I'm new to the board and had a few questions about a project I'm thinking about doing. I really like the Ford Ranchero's, (only pre 1965), but the ones with the v8's are too expensive for me since I'm only 17. What I want to do is buy a pre 65' Ranchero, drop the 6cyl, and put a 351 in it. My dad has had a lot of experience with cars and used to be a mechanic, and said that this swap will fit, but it wouldn't be worth it because there'd be no room to work on it. Is it true that it would be a really tight fit and that it would just turn out to be a pain in the ***? Also, I was wondering about the headers for that swap. Would I have to get custom headers made? or is there a company that makes a pair that would fit for that? One last thing, would it just be easier to put a 302 in it? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Yes, the 351W will fit into it...tight but it will go. Dad is right about maintenance, just changing plugs will be a chore.

-Crites Restorations- makes a kit that will notch the spring towers to give you more room and headers are available.

Now a stroked 302 (347) will fit like a glove and will give you a wider choice of intake systems. Just a thought.

Oh...If you decide to use a six cylinder base model, don't forget you will have to upgrade the front suspension and rear axle.
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thanks for that. ya i was thinking about a stroked 302, but i heard that the 347 burns a lot more oil or something like that, than the 331. ya, i have noticed that there seems to be more intake options for the 302, epsically since i want everything all chromed up and shiny! how much more room are we talkin about with the 302 tho? will changin spark plugs still be a pain? or will matinence be a little easier because of clearence? i was also thinkin about swapping in a ford 9" posi rear end. i've heard they are very durable rear's, and will hold a good amount of h.p. what tranny should i use? i'm guessin the stock 3-speed won't hold up to a beefed up 331, and i want to stick with a manual, preferably something with an o.d. i'm hopin for about 400-450 rwhp, thats my goal. thanks for the help.,
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Servicing a 302 will be easier as the 289 came stock in the chassis. The 351W is approx. 3" taller and 2 1/4" wider. If you could find a cheap base early 351W or a later F4TE roller block, you would have a better start than stroking a 302. I just suggested that as an option.

As for transmission choice, a F/4/S would be ideal but you want an O/D. You will have to look for a later stronger T-5.

And you will have to find a FORD 9" rear asm to go into it. Don't forget the front suspension. You will need to find V8 spindles and of course upgrade the springs, front and rear.
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what about putting a paxton supercharger on the 289? Should get you some ponies that way?

Or maybe dropping a turbo V6 in???

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ya i wanna try and keep it a n/a motor, but if i have 2, i'll get a supercharger. i had a supercharged car for my first car, and i dont think my dad liked it too much, so i dunno how happy he'd me about putting a supercharger on a v8. i dunno though, i'm still in the planning stage.
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