My wife and I just acquired this beauty and have decided to get her back on the road. We may have saved it from the scrap yard. What the heck, it was free not counting the near $200 to get her home.
We are on a tight budget and will be doing the vast majority of the work with reclaimed, used/scrounged and refurbed materials and parts.
Looking forward to the project and excited to find this valuble resourse to assist and document the endeavor.
God ain't she a handsome beast. You'll have great fun with this I bet!
I suggest the 351 Cleveland, same size but lots more power. I have owned both and to me the Windsor is a gutless wonder compared to the Cleveland. Both were in 1/2 ton ford pickups.
I'll do some research but it makes sense. The Cleavland is a big block I believe.
I'm a small engine guy.
Hey there...new to the site and would like to give you more info on your engine choice.
With todays technology, the Windsor would be a better bet, lighter/ narrower than a Cleveland. Easier to get parts for (built into the 90's last Cleveland was 73) Clevelands were considered small blocks (335 series)had the same bellhousing bolt pattern as 289 to 351W, however the were never installed in pickups, it was the 351/400M that made it to trucks, Same heads as the Cleveland but had a modified block deck height (M). They were gas guzzlers and not as strong as the Cleveland internally. These engines were in the big block 385 series along with the 429/460. Hope this helps your research. Geo.
PS looks like a cool project
Cleveland vs the Windsor engine. Which to install and why.
Now this will be an interesting discussion!
Pat Daly, you are my favorite. We think she is a handsome beast, too. Someone suggested that we could get something mostly done for $7-10 grand. They just don't get it. The fun is in the restoration. I will likely eat my words in the next year. It's strange lying in bed the night before you pick it up, with just as much buyers remorse as if it wasn't free.
You are so right... enjoy the journey!
What was it originally? I see a Bronco in your pic, so I can understand a blue-oval bias :). I would go with whatever the manufacturer put in it. Would save a lot of headaches with regard to finding replacement parts, fitment, etc. I accidentally wound up with a Chevy with my tow-yard find. It was a happy coincidence given my affinity for GM products. I put a 454 in it and it does really well.
I believe it was a 292 originally. My understanding is that it was way underpowered. Jay and I (I'm the wife) are hoping to find the "sweet spot" between economy and power. Suggestions are definitely appreciated. We have a 460 in our F250, pictured below. It is a thirsty bugger.