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Default Best Crate Engine for a 1969 Mustang convertible?

I'm about to buy a 69 Vert and will be doing a restomod with her. I figured I would come on here and ask you guys about what type of engine would be the best for my needs.

The car will mostly be used for cruising, and maybe an occasional trip to the drag strip to test her out. Originally I wanted to put a big block in her but after hearing some feedback about how the extra weight will affect handling and how expensive it can be to mod a big block I am thinking of going with a 351W.

So Im debating between a 302, 351W or a stroked motor like a 347 or a 408W or 418W. I really know nothing about strokers so any info you guys could share would be greatly appreciated. What are the pros and cons of each motor? Is there a better choice that I didn't list?

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Well, the small blocks will give you much better clearance to work on the beast. And strokers usually have more torque per say than their stock stroke counterparts. Much better bang for the buck. I am partial to the 351W series myself. The choice is really yours. What fits the intended usage, with reality being considered, of the car for the best price is what you should shoot for. Bruce
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What would the downside to a stroker be?
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The downside is the price of one,Don't bother with ford racing they make there stuff up,I would find a local engine builder that's well known they can build you anything you want.
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The downside is the price of one,Don't bother with ford racing they make there stuff up,I would find a local engine builder that's well known they can build you anything you want.

I went into a shop here in San Diego that seems to specialize in Mustangs (judging by the sweet vintage Mustangs they had in the bay and based on some reviews of them online) and talked to a guy there briefly about some options.

I think I will be going with a 351W stroked to 408W.

What sort of HP at the rear wheels could I expect from an N/A 408W?
Do you guys think this would be a good choice for a car that will mostly be used for cruising and the occasional trip to the drag strip?
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A 408 can make 400 to 600 hp depending how its built.Just talk to them about power and prices or just give them a budget.Also you need to make sure your trans and rear end can handle the power too.
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