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Hot Rods How good can you make a Windsor look?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ChoppaScott, May 6, 2018.

  1. ChoppaScott
    Joined: Feb 4, 2012
    Posts: 57


    Here's my conundrum. I bought my 30 coupe 3/4 finished and the previous owner put a Windsor in it. It's a good little motor. Lumpy cam, runs nice, no smoke. I've got no reason to swap it out.


    It looks wrong. I don't know if it's the angular valve covers, the long water pump or the dizzy in the front but it just looks so nineties.

    I'm at the point now though where I need to make the decision whether to get rid of it or learn to live with it. Changing drivetrain/tranny at this point in the build is going to absorb a lot of time and $.

    I'm hoping there might be a few die hard Windsor guys out there who can show me a few pics of cool looking engines to convince me to keep it. I've tried googling it and I just get pics of Mustang engine bays. I want to see a few Windsor's with chrome, metal flake blocks, polished tunnel rams etc.

    Do the exist?

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  2. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,198

    from Nicasio Ca

  3. There's also FE valve cover adaptors, which to me look more 'natural'. Use pent-roof covers and there's no hassle putting oil in. Holman-Moody also makes a very attractive cover.
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  4. ChoppaScott
    Joined: Feb 4, 2012
    Posts: 57


    FE valve covers on a small block. Is that like putting a plastic rack on a size 8 porn star?

    I like that look!

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  5. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,752


    Keep the Windsor, too many sbc in old Fords. Bones
  6. Here's a pretty good looking Windsor.
  7. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,793

    anthony myrick

    Some finned valve covers and cool air cleaner and call it done
    If ya really want to pull of the vintage vibe, add an oil fill timing cover and a generator.
  8. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,762

    from Quincy, IL

    You are worried about how it looks and you want to see “metal flake painted blocks” :confused:

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  9. 53 ford
    Joined: Apr 8, 2012
    Posts: 143

    53 ford

    Put a hood on it and don't open. Nothing better than a Ford in a Ford.
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  10. 63Compact
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,178


    You can run twin 4s, tripower an elusive manafre 4 x2 intake, theres quad webers or injection etc. theres plenty of rocker covers avail. finned sumps etc. I run a tripower, offy covers and a cal custom finned sump with lakes style headers on a winsdor in my A Coupe.
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  11. haileyp1014
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 929

    from so cal

    One way

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  12. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,308


    Don't try to make it something it isn't. Forget the finned aluminum and go for a Ford factory race look circa '64:

    289 2 4s.PNG
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  13. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,189


    My little Windsor don't look so bad. 20180406_160230.jpg
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  14. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

  15. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,936

    from Iowa

    I use an older timing cover, pre 70 water pump and early pulleys. Shortens up the engine. Lots of valve cover choices (I'm going 64 Fairlane/Galaxie on spacers so roller rockers fit better) tons of intake choices. If' it's a 302 it's easier, if it's a 351 you can still find several intake styles.

    3rd one down is my '88 roller 5.0/302 with a couple different looks. It will be painted with minimal chrome. Most likely where I am headed. Will also use Pertronix and stock looking wires from them.

    The 289 in my '57 in a couple different looks. Also Pertronix.

    302lf.jpg 302vcac2.jpg AirCleaner3.jpg 100_1819.JPG IMG_0679.jpg
  16. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama

    There is only one Windsor, the 351.
    221, 260, 289 and 302 were called Challangers or the Ford Fairlane V8.

    Everybody call them Windsors when "small block" would be more appropriate.
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  17. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,361

    abe lugo

    put a hood on it and drive.
  18. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,793

    anthony myrick

    I like the early black blocks with the painted gold valve covers
    those look cool

    and this one as well
    munster 289.jpg
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  19. ChoppaScott
    Joined: Feb 4, 2012
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  20. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,648


    I personally like the "Power By Ford" oem rocker covers.
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  21. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 8,015

    jimmy six

    Get rid of colored wires if you have them and use black. Make every thing neat and clean. I think they look great.
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  22. .... and make sure you use the small cap on the distributor.
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  23. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,176

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from SoCal

    The 5.0 in my '31. Black metallic catalyzed urethane on the engine.
  24. I have the Edlebrock dual quad set up for a 351W that I’m selling you’re interested. It’s still in the box, I only took it out to take pictures one day.

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  25. Drink lots of beer,it’s known to cure ugly!
  26. ChoppaScott
    Joined: Feb 4, 2012
    Posts: 57


    Thanks but if I keep the motor I'm thinking about going with a tunnel ram. It'll keep that 60s feel and apparently 302s run pretty well with them.

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  27. NewGuyOldFord
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
    Posts: 586


    Before you started this post I was thinking the same thing about how to get the ugly off a chevy motor so I just went with a ford. ;)
  28. hotrod428
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 287


    This is the 351W thats going in my 53 Courier. I made adapters for the 66 390 covers.

    Attached Files:

    • 351w.jpg
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  29. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,145

    from Ok

  30. Mechman_22
    Joined: Mar 18, 2014
    Posts: 133

    from Nc

    following as I will be running the same engine in my sedan

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