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.
I think that's a neat vintage vehicle. You can get stroker kits for the 351 Windsor and make it a 427 cubic inch engine, if you would like. Same fit, but with big block torque!!
What a cool looking MH. I have never seen one that looked like this one. I sort of wonder why you are looking at Ford power plants ? I am a big Ford fan but, in my limited experience, the Ford motors tend to be nearly twice the money of a Chevy or Mopar and parts are more expensive too. Remember, I love Fords too. I had a 460 in my previous motorhome with a full Banks kit. Oh yeah, tons of power. Horrible gas mileage. I now have a 454 in my Vintage AS MH. I think you said ti had a 292 and as I recall that is a Ford motor but, I thought Ford stopped building the 292 long before your MH would have been built. If going Ford, could you go E4OD C6 trans so that you can take advantage of overdrive to get much better gas mileage as well as increase the life of your motor via lower RPM s/ less turns. That big flat box is going to need all the help it can get with performance and fuel econ.
I like it. on the top scale of cool. Good luck with it.
If I may, Jeff I think the 292 (Y) block was made until '64-5? Installed in light Ford trucks. Nowadays with all the aftermarket parts that are available, all engines are comparable in cost. Also if you know what vintage engine parts to use you can build a ford very inexpensively. It is a common misconception that it costs twice as much for ford or Chrysler engines than it does for chevys
The AOD from the midish '80's beefed up a little, .should work fine behind a Windsor in the MH.
Oh My, I had a 1973 Condor Motorhome and yours sure does bring back lots of good memories. Mine had a large ford motor and got 5 MPG haha. That was when gas was 67 cents per gallon.
Mary, we will probably be able to drive around the block. . . :(
Hi Jay,the 351 Cleveland was a high output motor.The ports are much bigger than the Windsor engine.The four barrel models are even bigger.I have found that the Windsor engine lasts longer and they made many more of these.So used parts are plentiful.
Jimco, which engine would you choose?
being a 64 was probably a 330 or 361 ford fe industrial engine with either a c-6 or fmx trans ive seen a few of the short one with a 240 inline 6 351w and 351c was both good engines would be good mills to pull it around if built correctly with the weight and gearing of that fuel gonna be about the same but the small blocks lack in bottom end torque over drive or gear venders would help on fuel mileage but for the weight id go with a 429/460 for the bottom end torque to move the weight.( most them old motor home hit scales at 10k plus with 4:10 to 5:14 gears ) especially if you are going to do mountain driving or pull a car or boat etc. with out going to a diesel if you can do electrical or know some one go find a mid 90's f250/350 with 460 e4od fuel injected would be your best bet unless you could find a cheap late 90's 7.3 diesel
best is to figure the amount of use and type of use and travel plans
next time i go to the mountains there use to be one sitting around georgtown ill try to get some pics
Bob, that would be great!
It came with a 292.
We're liking the diesel thinking. Looking at 6.2L in a truck with a 4 speed auto.
Pat,I would go with the Windsor engine.But I like the idea of swapping in a Chevy LS engine with the FI and overdrive trans.The new Corvette gets 29 MPG on the highway and has almost 500 HP.It uses GM's Fuel Management System to turn off unneeded cylinders when cruising.
LS Engine Swap Please check out this Road Kill episode.They take the big block and blower out of the Camaro and install a LS engine.Now the car goes faster and gets much better MPG.