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Old 12-14-2011, 03:45 AM   #1
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

I was told the engine was too heavy for the suspension. The car also has a lifter tap? Is that an easy fix and ok to buy?
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:05 AM   #2
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

Not a lot of performance parts available for the Cleveland.The windsor would be a better choice.
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

matt we are talking old motors, that being said the c is not any heaver than a w [they are both small blocks] and even a two bbl c will run circles around any w motor. the c was only made for about 3 years so parts are obviously not to plentiful but basic performance stuff is still available at any good speed store. the c was the up step from the boss 302 and was originally designed to be a full blown race motor but ford dropped out of the horsepower wars and that killed all the other big guns they had developed also. if the motor is in good shape you could easily sell it to a restorer and upgrade to a more modern system. however don't let anyone tell you a c motor is a dud. it kicked chevys a$$ for many years and one on one the chevy 350 could seldom beat it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:30 AM   #4
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

The Cleveland had better flowing heads then the Windsor, but a weak lube system that made the bottom end of the block unreliable. The W, on the other hand, had a solid oiling system/bottom end, but low flow heads. When Trick Flo came out with the first aftermarket heads for the W, they cured the low flow problem, and pretty much nailed the coffin shut on the C. That's why the big C is now history..... So, if you want to put $$ into your C, that's up to you ........
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

The Cleveland is heavy and expensive.
No modern intake manifolds for it.
Headers are very expensive into the FOX body.....
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:26 AM   #6
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

the cleveland would be more valuable than a windsor if it was original
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:01 AM   #7
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

Jane has some good points except that the C is a little heavier than thye W.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:02 AM   #8
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What are cons of a 351 cleveland motor in a 1981 Mustang?

It's to heavy..parts are expensive..
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