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Talking Help with a 351 Windsor in 1985 Mustang.

Alright, so here is the breakdown:

A 1985 Mustang was given to me by my in-laws. I am told that whoever they had bought the car from had put a 351 Windsor in it. They had bought the car for their son who had plans on building it up, then never did. The car has been sitting for about, 6 years if i had to guess. They were told by the person they bought it from that he "blew" the entire ignition system due to the size of the cam that he put in the car. That part sounds bogus to me, however, stranger things have happened i suppose.

So, any tips or information on what to do? I know i will need to take off carburetor and intake and do some cleaning, drop the oil pan and do the same. Any do's and dont's for this kind of project? I am pretty sure this engine will run as it is NOT seized up.

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make sure you put rags in all open holes/ports/passages into the motor. if you don't then you WILL drop something into somewhere you really don't want it. Don't ask how i learned this.

If the motor really did sit for six years, it's going to need all-new gaskets. there's a link to the articles section at the top of the page, there's a really good write-up in there about how to do a full tune-up on the motor.

Are you planning on re-building the motor, or just giving it a serious cleaning up?

If it's not broke, you're not trying hard enough.

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Thanks for the info, I plan on cleaning it up and rebuilding or replacing anything that needs it. and also, sorry if this is a stupid question, however, I am looking at manifolds, and they are saying there is 2 that went on the 351 Windsor, a 902" deck and 9.5" deck. where do i get that measurement from?

again, thank you for the info.
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your 351 will have the 9.5" deck height. this is measured from the centerline of the crankshaft to the cylinder head mounting surface (the deck).

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