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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2002, 03:23 AM
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ford 351-w rebuild

Looking to rebuild the 351-w motor in my 84 F150 xcab 4x4. It is my hunting truck and I got 182000 good miles out of it stock. My driving is mostly hiway some pulling a 20ft camping trailer. Its auto and running 31s for tires. Interested in thoughts on rv cams,headders, and intakes. It has a factory holly 4 barrel. Not looking for a street screamer just a little more for pulling and long life. I believe it has 3.5 gears. Any info on brandname parts and experience will be appreaitated.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-09-2002, 03:22 PM
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Re: ford 351-w rebuild

Off-hand, for the use you described, I don't think you'd be disappointed in the Edelbrock Performer intake and cam package.
Pick up some shortie headers (would bolt to your stock exhaust) and you'd be good to go.
Get a QUALITY rebuild on the bottom end and heads.
Balancing the rotating assembly never hurts either, even if you're not going to be pushing 6,000 rpm's every day.

Do you need to keep emission controls intact?
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Good advice by WD40.

I have basically the same setup as he described and pretty similar goals to yours. I have been very happy overall.

The only thing I might consider doing differently if I was building it again would be to stick with the cast iron exhaust manifolds. I have hedman headers. My experience with them hasn't been bad, but it does make some maintenance (removing oil filter, starter, and spark plugs for example) more difficult because of their heat, and the space they take up. I'm also not sure if I'd take much of a performance hit with the stock manifolds.

There's been plenty of debate here and elsewhere about the pros and cons of headers.

Here's another forum dedicated to small block fords that may be of interest.

Have fun.

http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/119417?it=0
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Hey, cool link there <font color="blue">vitaminc</font color>!
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Re: ford 351-w rebuild

And chuck those 84 heads for some better flowing 87 and later 5.8 heads, they dont have the BIG A.I.R. tit dangling 3/4" down the middle of the ports [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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