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New Member with Questions about a 351W in my 66 Coupe :)
Hello All,

I have a shop here in AZ that's offering to work with me on a budget to get me a motor that's upgradeable for the future with my restoration project. I want to drop a 351W in my 66, and they are telling me they can do it for about 8K out the door. This includes sandblasting and repainting the engine bay, carb, manifold, headers, exhaust, etc. The setup would be totally turnkey ready.

The 351W is a remanufactured Ford Lightning Engine out of a 1993 Ford Lightning Truck. It comes directly from Ford with a 3 year 100K mile warranty.

My 2 questions are this:

1. Is this a solid engine to not only use now, but upgrade in the future if I want to stroke it for a very mean high powered beast in the future?

2. The owner of the shop has told me it should pump out about 360-400 HP with the Manifold/Carb/Headers with about 400 lb of torque. I'm assuming this is going to be a huge difference from my bare bones stock 2V 289 at 210 HP? Can anyone verify the power on this model engine?

Thanks in advance for any advice!!!!!!!
 

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That should be a great engine for you. Those numbers are pretty easy to get out of a Windsor, and you would be able to stroke it to the 400ci range later on. Go to FordStrokers.com 331-347-393-408-418-427 stroker kits and ford parts. and check out their shortblocks. Add a top end, and you may have a stroker motor now for about the same money as you are spending now. Just a thought.
 

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Hey bud yeah thats a great motor. But if you could get a 69-72 351w motor they had a higher nickle concentration i believe which could withstand more power. But yes its a good motor.
 

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Okay, thanks Fellas - do you think the 360-400 range in HP as well as the 400 lbs of torque are accurate figures, or is he just blowing smoke at me to make the sale? All the research on the web I can find say it should be a bullet proof block, and that warranty is awfully attractive! :)

Thanks again ~
 

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I wouldn't go fuel injected even though it gets you better gas mileage. From what I've learned is that the carburetor atomizes the fuel better to produce more torque. (I got that out of the 5.0 mustang magazine that took that same engine and put a carburetor then EFI on it. About 15 more Ft/torque than EFI)
 
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