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Okay all I have a choice to make. I recently picked up a 67 FB, no engine or tranny, needs a complete restoration. That is the easy part. My dilemma is my engine choice. The choices are
1. Built and stroked 351c
2. Built 1965 427 top oiler

Both engines need to be built so I already know there is a significant cost in that. The car is going to be built for show and driving. With the 351c it will handle corners better. With the 427 it will be a total explosion of power. My original thought was to build a Super Snake clone with the 427, but I recently acquired a 351c and I love the sound of them. I know it is my car and I should build it how I want, but I want all of your opinions. A 427 would look and sound bad azz and have a huge WOW factor. The 351c would be fast and lethal, sound like nothing else and handle better.

So let’s get those opinions.

LJ
 

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I am going to diverge from my canned response of "if you have a 351C, run it" because in a 1967, a 427 just feels right. I say go with the 427. You arent racing it... its a driver and show car. Handling shouldn't be that big of a deal. Nothing is going to pop better under the hood than a 427 (unless you get crazy stupid with the Coyotes or such) at a car show.
 

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as a spectator, I would prefer to see an FE in a 67 as opposed to a Cleveland. however, if done right a Cleveland could look the part too.

as a driver of a classic, I can't find myself to push the envelope in the corners on the street anyways (too risky). so the added weight in terms of cornering wouldn't seem to be that big of a deal to me (plus if a host of aluminum/headers are used as opposed to cast iron that seems like it would increase the margins...).
 

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Not that you are going to be racing, but this thread defies the whole 427 is to heavy for road racing. I even questioned it before watching the video a couple of times. Boy was I proven wrong.

https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/track/663526-427-holman-moody-mustang-videos.html?amp=1
I have watched that Gold mustang race at PIR. It really gets with the program and handles extremely well... So 427 it is. I should probably do a build thread on just the motor.
Thanks for everyone’s input. I do appreciate it.

LJ
 

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If use use aluminum heads and manifold on the FE, the weight issue tends to become a non-issue. I've got a FE in one of my cars and I love it, but everything FE is more expensive. Cleveland isn't much better. Personally, I'd go with a 408W over an FE or Cleveland simply for the physical size and cost factor. But there is no denying the sound and torque of a well built FE!
 

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If use use aluminum heads and manifold on the FE, the weight issue tends to become a non-issue. I've got a FE in one of my cars and I love it, but everything FE is more expensive. Cleveland isn't much better. Personally, I'd go with a 408W over an FE or Cleveland simply for the physical size and cost factor. But there is no denying the sound and torque of a well built FE!

My Cleveland collection. One is for my 70 MACH 1, another is for my sons 66 coupe and the other is going in a buddies 51 F1 Pickup. I have two other blocks to build one more 550 HP Cleveland.

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One day you will sell and the 427 will be a bigger wow factor, and the wow factor brings more money.
 
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