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Technical Which Ford engine to use in F-100

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 1955 F-100 guy, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
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    czuch
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    from vail az

    I vote Cleveland. Mostly since you have one.
    I like inventory. Theres 2 in my pile, actually one in my OT pile.
     
  2. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
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    F-ONE
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    The 262 I believe, was only offered two or three years, 63 and 64.....maybe 62 as well. So it's very rare and hard to find.
     
  3. BJR
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    The traditional engine swap would be a 350 Chev engine!
     
  4. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
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    gimpyshotrods
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    I build practical drivers, that can be used daily, without emptying your bank account at the filling station.

    351W.
     
  5. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
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    I bought a "core" 360 out of a 69 F100 just for the block for $50 out of a tow yard before they sent it to the crusher. Dark when I loaded it, wasn't till the next morning I saw the cross bolted mains. Yep, 427:).
    Back to the subject on hand, I've never really cared for Clevelands (just me), 351 Windsors I do like for solid little cruiser motors which I assume is what your after. I'll bet with the support for the Windsor it would be considerably cheaper then the Cleveland to rebuild, might discuss that with your engine builder/ machine shop. Clevelands are pretty well known to be gas pigs as well. 460s make great motors as well, I'd run one of them before a Cleveland if your after power/ torque. IMHO they have all the advantages of a Cleveland but with an extra 100+ cubic inches and they aren't that much bigger or heavier, have a lot more torque and get just as good of milage.
    Emotionally I'd have to run a Y-block or FE, not cost effective but I just love them.
     
  6. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
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    from Berry, AL

    I'd go with the 351W. The later motors have a roller cam from the factory. Easy enough to change from fI to a carb if you have a later engine. Lots of head choices for the 302-351W's, from aluminum to cast iron GT40's. With the right gears, you can have great power and decent mileage, too. I had a 351W in an OT 84 4x4 with a C6 and 3.55's, it would pull a house and still get 12-15 mpgs if I kept my foot out of it. I've got a 460 in a e350 based motor home that won't get better than 10 mpg, most of teh time it's about 8 mpg.
     
  7. scf100
    Joined: Feb 8, 2014
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    scf100
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    from Georgia

    392 Hemi.........go beyond the box
     

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  8. Wyld Deuce
    Joined: Oct 17, 2005
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    The engine bay of a 56 ford will fit anything you want in it.
    As for ease of parts availability , 289/302/351w.
     
  9. F.O.G
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
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    F.O.G
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    from Pacific,Mo

    I have put 425 Olds engines in two old F100, lots of room and torque to spare. If you can
    find a decent FE that would be first choice however.
     
  10. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
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    from Area 51

    From a practical stand point, any of Ford engines mentioned would be a good option. For appearance, a physicaly large Ford engine sure looks good in that big old engine bay.
     

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