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I've been pondering what new engine I'm going to build for my fastback. A 351W would be nice, but I'm not sure about how well it will fit. Any recommendations on headers that fit well with the stock clutch linkage? I suppose hood clearance is also a problem, I'd like to keep my stock hood or maybe go to a Shelby hood. Any info you guys could give on shoe-horning the sucker in there would be appreciated. I've also been thinking of going with a 347 stroker kit. Everything would fit a lot better, but the stroker would be a lot more $$$. Anyone care to compare the two? In the end I want a reliable engine with enough power to smoke brand X bone heads when needed.

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On hotrod tv they put a 351 in a red 65 fastback and had to put a cowl hood to clear the air cleaner. Didn't look good.

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Personal preference really. If you're really wanting to make the thing cook go with the 351 and stroke IT. Hedman makes conversion headers. Maybe a 392 would be nice? I probably would have gone that way myself, but I hate spending money twice, and I already had an intake I really liked for my 289 which won't work on a 351W. My ultimate plan was to finish my current engine building project on the 289, and then move all the performance goodies to a 347 later, but now I'm not so sure.

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If you use any kind of hi-rise intake, hood clearance will be a problem with the Windsor. My car has a stock Ford 4v intake and clearance is not a problem. Everything I've read about them suggests that the 347s are a race-only engine because of the oil consumption (and other problems) inherent to the relocated wristpins.

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You are telling me! That looked terrible - I was hoping they'd put a shelby hood on it (will it fit?) - but they didn't. It was a nice project otherwise -- I would like to know the total cost.

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I talked to a guy at a car show last September. He had a 71 351Boss, He bought the car new in 71. The car had a 347 stroker in it, He had the original engine at home on a stand.
He said in his opinion the stroker was quicker than the 351Boss, he really liked the stroker. I was suprised by that.


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I'm almost ready to seriously bite bullet on the engine for my 66 fastback. During all these many years of restoration, I have always planned on a 351W. Over the years I have collected a number of 351W blocks, including a 1969, to build a 377, 408, 392, or even a 427. However, as decision time approaches and real $$$ must be invested, I have begun to reconsider. The weight, size, and appearance (like the 289) have me going with 347. I believe the newer 347s have the piston pin location/rings fixed, and they typically produce around 400HP. Also, the header selection and availability are much better with the smaller engine. I have been talking with a group in Alberta, Canada (long way from my home) about a 347. Anyone ever heard of Xtreme Engines? There web site is: http://www.xtremeengines.com/html/main.html

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You are right about the oil consumption problems. Coast
High Performance has a new piston setup that cured the
oil problem. I also have been considering my next motor and
have pretty much decided on the 347 Streetfighter. Being
able to keep my 302 bolt-ons and clearance problems was
a big factor for me.

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I dropped a 351W in my 65 - a real bolt in. Need to use headers since the left cast iron manifold will contact the stearing box. I have an Edelbrock intake manifold and had to use a low profile air filter to clear the stock hood. Everything considered, a great low $$ swap.
 

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Of course it is hard to dislike something you put money into. This may be a factor for him liking the 347. Maybe/maybe not.

Don
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