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351 in the Performance Guide

This page in the Ford Performance Buyer's Digest pamphlet lists with glowing terms the new 351W High Performance Engine.

by Wild About Cars Staff - reprint with permission only.

In response to Chevrolet's 350 and Chrysler's 340 cubic inch V8s, Ford developed a larger displacement small block, based on the recently released 302 cu. in V8, available beginning in 1969. The 351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor featured a 1.3" taller deck height than the 302, allowing for a longer stroke of 3.5".

Although related in general configuration to the 289-302 and sharing the same bell housing, motor mounts and other small parts, the 351W was a unique, tall deck block, with larger main bearing caps, and thicker, longer connecting rods. These changes added approximately 25 lbs. to the engine's dry weight.

The 351's distributor is also different as it is designed to accommodate a larger oil pump shaft that feeds a larger oil pump. It had its own distinct firing order: 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 versus the 221-302s 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8.

The 351W also had a different cylinder head than with a larger combustion chamber than the 289-302. The early 1969 and 1970 heads had larger valves and ports for better performance. The head castings and valve head sizes varied from 1969 to 1976.

One of the differences was that the 1969-1974 used an 18 mm plug, the 1975 and up used a 14 mm plug. From 1977 onward, the 351W shared the same head casting as the 302, differing only in bolt hole diameters with 7/16" for the 302 and 1/2" for the 351W.

Early blocks (casting C9OE-6015-B) had enough metal on bearing saddles 2, 3, and 4 for four bolt mains, and as with all Ford small blocks, were superior in strength to most later lightweight castings. The 1969 to 1974 blocks are considered superior in strength to the later blocks, making these early units the most desirable in the SBF engine family.

After 1970, the 351W 4-barrel was replaced by the 351 "Cleveland". However, upon the demise of the Cleveland after 1982, a four barrel version (casting E6TE-9425-B) was re-introduced for use in light trucks and vans. In 1988 fuel-injection replaced the four barrel carburetor. Roller lifters were introduced on the 351W in 1994.

The block underwent some changes during its life. In 1971, the deck height was extended from 9.480" to 9.503" (casting D1AE-6015-DA). This was done to lower the compression ratio without the need to change the piston or cylinder head. In 1974 a boss was added on the front of the right cylinder bank to mount the air injection pump (casting D4AE-A).

In 1974 the oil dipstick tube moved from the timing case to the skirt under the left cylinder bank near the rear of the casting. In the 1990s, the rear main seal was changed from a two-piece component to a one-piece design. In the 1980s, roller lifters were added . . .

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