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Old 05-04-2003, 05:17   #1 (permalink)
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Windsor, Clevo or Chev.

All the favouritism aside here, is there anyone well rounded enough to appreciate, understand and know all the proís and conís of each engine. If I were looking to build either of the three why should I go for that particular one? Were talking Street, Mild applications, nothing wild but not a dead stocker. I know a lot of guyís are going to say mix the two ford engines and create a Boss motor but while they are a fantastic engine there main power out put is way up in the rev range. Any thoughts would be of interest
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this is a bit of a loaded question..... it depends on what car you have more than anything. If you have a XY351 and any XA V8 on you will of course be looking at a cleveland as it was standard fitment. Windsors pre XY 351 and also all the new V8s from the EB to the BA were windsors.The modular engine in BA form is still too new to have much of an impact on the aftermarket....yet
IMO .. Clevelands stand out because they had the best heads FROM THE FACTORY. This is undisputed really as the 'Clevor' still lives on despite the number of aftermarket heads that flow better than the cleveland heads. Windors are great little motors but I wouldn;t throw my cleveland out to get one whereas plenty of people go the other way.
Chevs are brilliant motors (especially the LS1s that have round bores ) and have had the most development of any of the motors... but would I be putting one in any play car of mine?? no way.

If you have a late model car... go the windsor .. early model.. go the clevo
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Thanks for your input mate. I was thinking more in the lines of Building a Hot Rod, So it would be more of a case of early 350 Chev or the 351 of either type.
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if it's a ford rod, then there is no other choice but a ford motor.. if it's a chev rod then there is no other choice than a 350.

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My pick of the bunch is the Cleveland (perhaps I am biased). They need very little done to make them get up and go.

As for the Hot Rod, my choice on brand of Engine depends on the car. If it is going into a Chev, then use a Chev. If it is going into a Ford, then use a Ford. That type of Bastardisation really grates on me. But thats just me again.
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A rod then think about a BIG block something different..460 c i

I agree with comments above.. Mind you it depends when you go looking what you may find already built up etc...
For economy an H.O 5Ltr retrofitted..But in a rod carb looks better imo...
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As much as I love Ford V8, u can't get around the simple fact that Chev go fast bits are shitloads cheaper than Ford stuff...sad but true
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true but I would rather walk than put a chev motor in a ford body
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true but I would rather walk than put a chev motor in a ford body
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Come on fella's let's be realistic. Since we all love Ford's we like to think that's alway's the best way to go. I've owned G.M. ,Ford, Mopar, and have had good luck from all of them. They each had there good and bad side's. I am trully a Ford person, but when it come's to street rodding and not racing the Chevy is the way to go, like the guy said earlier the Chevy's are just cheaper to build. They put out plenty of power and are reliable engine's.
The Chevy engine is also lighter. Which make's thing's better if your building a little roadster or such.
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