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Hot Rods small block chevy or 351 ford?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 29 rattrap, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. sbc

    100 vote(s)
  2. 351

    130 vote(s)
  1. Chevrolet all the way...
  2. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    Sounds like if I were in this situation I'd go with the 351. Like you said it's already been rebuilt. The SBC probably is "more" traditional, but it's not like the Ford would be impossible. It depends on what era you're going for.

    As for the aesthetics of the motors: who cares if it's pretty? It's a motor- not a prom dress. I'd be thinking performance over looks, but to each his own.

    It all depends on what you want. The 351 is already rebuilt, so there's that money. The SBC needs to be rebuilt, that's more money you'd have to put in it. In the long run though, depending on how much you build the motor up the SBC might be cheaper in the long run.
  3. The 351, with a 2x4 intake, Cal Custom valve covers, and an early type dizzy cab. Put a 5 speed behind it.
  4. gorilla
    Joined: Jan 21, 2007
    Posts: 168

    from Idaho

    +1 on that
  5. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    sbc all the way if it was a y-block i,d have to think about it
  6. 30dodge
    Joined: Jan 3, 2007
    Posts: 464

    from Pahrump nv

    Everyone and their brother's sister seems to have a small block Chevy with a chrome kit from either the Auto Zoner or Prep Boys.
  7. ole rodder
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 37

    ole rodder
    from Western US

    I vote for the 351. "Belly Button" motors are cheap, easy to rebuild and you buy go fast parts at your local drug store.
    With that said, Ford's have never been cheap to build.........Are They Chopped Coupe!, but give me the $$ that John has spent on his blown flathead and I could build a 650hp stroked 351 that would make that Model A fly and still run all day on unleaded and stay cool in traffic.
    It just depends on how much money you have.
    If the motor has been rebuilt by a good builder then put it in and start driving.
  8. evilone0528
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 539


    SBC all day and then some.JMO
  9. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    Ford in a Ford... that's why I'm putting an Olds in my Olds... :cool:
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,242


    I love my 351 my Bronco. The 351 will take up more space, not look as early as you may like, bring enough $$$ to rebuild and dress the SBC if ya sold it, might not make the same power and will only satisfy the ongoing ill-gotten mindset of 'Ford in a Ford'. The most famous OHV V-8 in history beongs in a Model A.
  11. AllSteel36
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 562

    from California

    Kinda answered your own question, huh?

    Hell, may as well pick up a free LA block, rebuild it and run a Mopar.

    Makes about as much sense of rebuilding your SBC instead of running your rebuilt 351.
  12. AllSteel36
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 562

    from California

    Not a whole lot of 351 Y-Blocks out there though...but might make a good conversation piece!
  13. ++! look at the 351W built by Bob Lathrop for Engine Masters. 536HP on pump gas. you should hear that bad mofo!
    I know Bob personally, he built my FE 390. Great guy. yes it's an OT car but just wanted to check in on the idea that a Windsor can't go fast.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2009
  14. 29 rattrap
    Joined: Apr 28, 2009
    Posts: 166

    29 rattrap
    from New York

    theres alot to think about but im leaning more towards the 351
  15. 33_chevy
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 370

    from TX

    don't do it!!!!
  16. wutihad
    Joined: Jan 14, 2006
    Posts: 14


    Do whichever gets you down the road putting miles on. I'd rather be sitting behind my Ford motor in my 32 chev than watching everybody drive by while I miss out.
  17. roughidle
    Joined: Feb 1, 2009
    Posts: 549

    from iowa

    Ford, everybody and their uncle puts a sbc in everything. I wish they would run out of those damn things. Not really but please be different and use the ford.
  18. tattedfordguy
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 1,362


  19. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    a y-block is a 272,292, or a 312 those are the ford motors that i was talking about
  20. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,716

    Tech Editor


    Looking at the Poll, the 351 is way ahead

    Looking at what people are driving its more Chevys

    So what does that mean?

    I guess if you want to please the vocal minority you use the Ford, and if you want to please the less vocal majority you choose the Chevy.

    Or you could do the only that makes any sense, and make up your own mind.

    And I feel I can say these things because I have a ( Blown ) version of each, in my own cars...

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  21. AllSteel36
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 562

    from California

    With regards to the original post...your comment was?
  22. The 351 is such an under rated motor. My daily had a 351C, 496 rwhp and was a joy to drive, didnt have any bad habits and didnt cost the world to build.
    It WILL cost more than a chebby but its a Ford so who cares!!

  23. claymore
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 896


    Blue Oval all the way.
  24. Bettlejuice
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 481

    from WV

    The Cleveland didn't get the run at it in the US like it did in Austrailia/New Zealand, only 5 years and after the first 2 they got dogged out with smog gear. And we didn't get the 302C, so we'll buy the heads for a stupid sum of money.

    A 400 Ford isn't bad. The 351M is a worthless piece of shit any way you slice it.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  25. hotrodfrank
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 98

    from dearing,ga

    i have a 351 w in my 34 ford, it is a driver, my buddies say i can't finish it because it is always in the road, ford in a ford, fird in a chevy, ford in anything,
  26. Chevy parts are most interchangable from 1955 to 85 and on a few more years , the thing that sours me with ford is that the guy at parts house will ask is the week of production or month of production , it seems hardly anything from year to year in a ford interchanges, I have a 289 in my 30 coupe and 50 ford coupe both with c4's and it is the hardest trans to find which year did what fit, Like the way the fords run DO NOT like to work on them , give me a chevy for ease of servicing ,,,,,
  27. 57tony31
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
    Posts: 632

    from Woods

    Go with a Hemi nobody has one :)
  28. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Use the ford it has one more cubic inch, so it will put out a bagillion more horse power than the cheby! Just kiddng, but still get the ford. Ford in a ford is better than a cookie cutter chevy!
  29. Willy59
    Joined: Jan 7, 2009
    Posts: 75


  30. What kind of 351 Ford? I'm a big fan of the Clevland mills.

    I'm going to say which ever one makes the most zot. Its all about going fast, if your moving fast enough no one can tell not your not cool.

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