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Old 04-27-2006, 02:14 PM   #15
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Rodney,

If you're going to get a rebuilt motor for your F150, you ought to see about getting a 351, instead of that 302. The price, I would think, is going a bit more, but think of the increased power you're going to get out of it. I owned a vehicle with a 302, and it was a dog. The 351 is the same block (except for the 351 Cleveland), and I think you'll be happier with it in the long run. Also, are you running a C4, C6 or manual transmission? If you have a C4 and you go with a 351, it'd be a wise move to change to a C6. The C4, in my opinion, just isn't strong enough to handle the power of the larger motor.

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Fredric,

Thats an interesting thought and it had occured to me as well. I wonder what kind of milage I would get with that motor. I normally stay under 65 and get about 15mpg on the highway with the 302.
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Fredric,

Thats an interesting thought and it had occured to me as well. I wonder what kind of milage I would get with that motor. I normally stay under 65 and get about 15mpg on the highway with the 302.
Unfortunately, the 5.8 will require a different ECM, and possibly a new wiring harness, a lot of trouble for the difference it will make.
The one I told you about has 166,000 miles, it was used to transport gooseneck and travel trailers before being retired. The dual overdrive units are set up for the best horsepower and economy on the road. One is attached to the rear of the (C-6) transmission, the other is aft about 18" connected via a short driveshaft. A turbo will give an engine more horsepower when under heavy load, and better fuel economy. It also will help the engine breathe better at high altitudes.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:25 PM   #18
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Sorry, Rodney, I forgot you had a new era motor. I'm thinking carburetor, not EFI.

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I think this weekend will decide the issue

Well, the tow up and back to the mid-west forum is going to be about 500 miles, that will tell me alot I think. Last minute thoughts are welcome.
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How big of a deal is it?

How big of a deal is changing the wiring harness and EMC?
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If you've got a donor truck, not hard at all....it's pretty much plug-n-play. The one good thing is that you don't have to mess with the motor mounts, provided you have the Windsor block....from 289 to 351 it was the same block. The 351C was a different block though, I believe. The other thing you can do is have your 302 punched .030 or .040 over, and put on 351W heads. That will increase your overall cubic inches, and you shouldn't have to change any harnesses then.

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