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Old 10-21-2002, 17:47   #1 (permalink)
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Ok...here's the situation. You have an XE, with the choice of putting in EITHER a Windsor 351 or a Cleveland 351.

What's the good points and bad points on the engines? And remember, this is for a daily driver car, that will get punished on weekends, so it's gotta go both ways....
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they came out with clevelands so thats the way id go. plus windsor 351 are a bit harder to find (302-351 windsors are different blocks) i think clevelands are easier to extract power out of with their big ports.but im biased
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351 Windsors produce more usable torque from idle up to about 2800-3000 then the cleveland takes over. I reckon stick with the clevo because it came out with one. With a standard cam, neither is good for over 4500RPM.
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Oh, I'm not going to keep it standard, trust me on that....but that's great info on the rpm and torque.
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Go clevo simply for the point that it doesnt take as much money if you have any sort of budget limitation to make a clevo go fast.

(of course this is to a certain point)

For those with 5K to bust on a older motor the 400hp clevo from FMP seems like great value to me still. Has all the basic bits that you really need for a good clevo with a good backup from what I have seen by FMP
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Who's FMP? Rebuild place in Syd? I'd have to go and get a C4 tranny to go with, yea?
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Yeah FMP is Sydney , sorry didnt see the brisbane bit.

A C4 is the general go and for a motor like that youd be wanting it rebuilt with shift kit / extra bands and of course a stall convertor.
Figure another 1200 or so for that and away you go....... with the right diff etc would be good for low 12's in a XE no worries.
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