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motor essentials
#1
I'm about to put my motor back together, and just wanted to pick a few brains on what things I should use. Best motor oil? Oil filter? Thermostat? There is a Mr. Gasket 180 degree thermostat at local ap store, anybody use one of these? Any suggestions on tranny fluid? My girlfriend says use F type for FMX? Can I use F type in power steering pump? Best belts? All input welcome!! Thanks!
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#2
If it is a 351C you need to get the right thermostat. You want one with a 'hat' that blocks off the bypass when open. Do a search on this site for more info.
For oil I would stick with something that has a high zinc content. There are a few choices there as well. Search zinc or zddp.
Type F will work in the power steering pump. That's what I use. I don't have an opinion on belts.

I hope this helps.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#3
Sorry, yes, it is a cleveland! Yes that helps!! I can't find a thermostat though!!! and I picked up the motorcraft FL1-A oil filters, are these good for clevo's?
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#4
I always use a motorcraft FL1-A on my 351C and I'm a big fan of Valvoline 10w40. Just go to your local NAPA store and buy a Thermostat.

Going fast is fun but life is short so slow down and enjoy the ride Big Grin Frank
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#5
Make sure to get a zinc additive for your oil, especially if you a running a flat tappet cam.

run_horse Run Horse Run!
John 72 Q Code
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#6
The 335 family of engines requires a unique thermostat for the cooling system to function as designed. Robert Shaw part number 333-180 or 333-192. Evidently, no place has any. I heard an Australian company makes a correct part, Dayco DT66A. I have also heard the American or early 351C housing may not fit the DT66A. I've also heard that Australian and American later housings (perhaps 351M/400M) have a step in the housing allowing everything to fit. I found a source on !#@$ ebay, $58.00!!!!! Sorry about all the speculation but it is all I could find. What I do know for sure is, the engine will run warmer than it should with the wrong thermostat. An alternative is plugging the bypass circuit, under the thermostat or in the pump housing, and using a regular thermostat.

For a new build oil I use Joe Gibbs break in oil. After that I switch to synthetic, Amsoil Z Rod 10w30. I'm sure other will work as well. Filters, I use Wix or Wix Racing. Belts, Gates or Goodyear.

Good Luck, Chuck
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#7
I used the Joe Gibbs break in oil and the Valvoline VR 10-30 wt since it has high ZDDP content. I am contemplating Royal Purple after I have about 5000 miles on it. For oil filter I use Wix and I know that the Mr Gasket thermostat is the wrong one.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

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#8
Thanks for the info guys, Can I get the break in oil at a local aps? Or online order?
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#9
Omie01;214913 Wrote:Thanks for the info guys, Can I get the break in oil at a local aps? Or online order?

Break in oil I got from Summit, the high ZDP Valvoline oil from O'reily's.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

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jbojo;214916 Wrote:
Omie01;214913 Wrote:Thanks for the info guys, Can I get the break in oil at a local aps? Or online order?

Break in oil I got from Summit, the high ZDP Valvoline oil from O'reily's.

Brad Penn, Joe Gibbs, Valvoline all-climate, all good choices, but I always break my V8s in using Shell Rotella 15W-40 diesel engine oil. For filtration duty I utilize Purolator Pure-One or Wix filters.

Once broken in, I generally switch to either Redline synthetic or Valvoline Synpower (street duty) engine oil and stick with Purolator's synthetic filter media.

1971 Mustang fastback: 10.3:1 C90E 408W hydroller - CDAN4 EEC-V w/EDIS8, girdled, lowered and caged
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