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Old 03-25-2020, 07:09 AM
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Well, I finally got it last Friday. It did cost me $90 for the towing, but the truck itself was free. And here it is.
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Now, the truck has somewhere north of around 800k on it, and it was used for hauling shrimp, and driven through a few floods. So I'm not putting much into the truck itself. What I really wanted it for was this.
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1978 Windsor 351 out of a Mercury Cougar, with around 200-250k on it. It's stock, so it should be making around 150hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

My uncle said that somethings either wrong with the fuel line, or the fuel pump. Well the line is good, but the battery was fried (and 5 years 2 months old), so I'm replacing that first, since the engine might not have been cranking right. So I've been looking at other things on the truck. It does have either a rear main seal or an oil pan gasket leak, but I already knew that. The trans is an AOD, so I probably won't keep that. But I was looking on the axle and found this.
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That's an original ford axle tag, which is pretty rare. And it says thet it is a true 9 inch (some had 8" ring gears in the same housing), and that it's got a 3.25:1 ratio. I'm definitely keeping the axle, driveshaft and the engine.

So far I'm thinking of swapping the axle and engine into a Fox body mustang. A 351w will swap right into one (except for hood clearance issues). And you can get more power out of a 351 easier than a 302, and 351 blocks are stronger.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:15 PM
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A 351w will swap right into one (except for hood clearance issues)
If you take the hood OFF the clearance issue would be fixed

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Old 03-25-2020, 05:41 PM
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That or a cowl. But I was thinking of something where the bottom of the air filter sits at the top of the stock hood, with a custom bolt on scoop (something that's taller than most) that'll give it a ram air effect. And for the engine I'm thinking 408 stroker kit, stock heads but with reworked ports, a cam that matches the new flow numbers, Edelbrock performer rpm air gap (port matched and natural finish since it's half the price of the polished) or a tunnel ram intake depending on the space between the top of the engine and the top of the hood, and an 800cfm carb. Also I'd like to ditch the 3 v-belt accessory drive for a serpentine belt system.
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You could always go all out, and do what l did. You could also put 351 Cleveland heads on the 351w (with only a few simple mods). That would actually be cheaper than the stroker mod, and give you better overall flow. The stroker option is a great option, however, you still need to get the extra air in/out, and your 351w heads will be your weak link. They are adequate at best, under normal flow, and they will limit the potential of your stroker kit. Just my two cents...lol.
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I know that the stock heads suck, I'd have them ported a lot before I'd run them. I have been thinking of a set of dart or trick flow heads. Also, I'm not going all out (not enough room in the budget). I'd like something that makes enough power (I'm looking for around 450-500), but in a way that it's controllable. Because I want to be able to at least keep up with these ricers on a road course. So I'll also be putting some money into stiffening the suspension (ie. strut tower brace) and chassis (since it's a unibody).
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Do you think you could explain that post, I'm not sure what you mean.

Well, I had an eventful weekend. I got a new battery for the truck, and got it to turn over. I also discovered that the fuel pump is bad, so I'm going to need a new one. I might replace the fuel line too. But the really big thing was that while I was cranking the truck over, I started to smell smoke, and saw some coming out of where the a/c is. I went and looked under the hood, and sure enough, there was smoke coming out of the a/c. So I pulled the fuse going to the a/c and heater, and it hasn't smoked since, so I think I'm good. But I used a water bottle with a hole in the top, to pour some gas into the carb, and got it to fire. It actually sounded a bit beefier than my grandpa's car, which is funny because this thing is a 150hp engine from a mercury, and my grandfather has a 245hp corvette, that's 6 years newer.

And I also discovered that the truck is an '82, not an '86 like I thought.
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