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Re: Engine Swap or Keep?


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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 28, 2020, 12:02 AM

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This was a reply to a new member's questions on fixing up a '77 Mustang Ghia with lame 135HP 302 about what to do. Accidentally all the person's post disappeared to just move it here was in Engine Noises area first. Sorry about that OP was notified it's here now can start over if wanted?


Keep it OE if you want any return on this. 351W was lame too I think drop in fit really can't tell it's a 351 if you got the OE orange valve cover stickers. For power you don't want a '77 351W the 302 is a "W" Windsor super lame carb set up and detuned on purpose to meet emissions mostly plus low compression to deal with low octane fuel was early for unleaded began in 1975s.
These years of "Malaise of gutless wonders for cars" had no guts but now old are of interest to the select few. I seriously don't think the much better 351/400M series (big blocks) would fit without wild hassles were just OK and strong but adds too much weight to the front of this thing IMO.


Good luck if unaware and IMO knowing this stuff new interest now would be history - the cars really stunk, leaked, pretty wild pigs on gas if that matters.


For your own info on how much work and $$ to put into this know I just found an OE original, unrestored asking about $12,000 did have 39,000 on it all toys of the time.


BTW a C meant "Cleveland" was a big block may be too annoying to get one worth a damn to be worth it for this? Fit? Not easily.
That was double HP but also torque to consider not made for '77 like you may recall exactly.


Last: If you just want insane power and keep the shape see what some Mustang club has to put a Chev 350 in it and find kits for brackets and all ready made? Not my thing but have fun,


T
(will delete other post no need for two on this)



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Aug 28, 2020, 12:35 AM)






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