I am looking at an engine for the 71, read that more after market preformance parts are available for the 351 Windsor than the 351 Cleveland, just for the heck of it I would like yall's opinion, which engine should I stick in the 71?
Going to be a long ride.
My vote is for the 351 cleavland..
Very good question...
I believe it requires a lot more information as to what you want to do. If you are looking at readily availability of parts at a lower price, I would think the Windsor would win out.
I am not so sure that a "full bore" Windsor could match a "full bore" Cleveland for ALL applications but the Cleveland would probably cost much more on the CURRENT market.
Do the RIGHT thing.
stroked out 351w out to a 408 or 427
I vote Cleveland but it's hard to beat todays Windsor. Mike
This depends what you want to do. If you want to build a screaming motor, either one will work depending on your budget. Deep pockets--go Cleveland. Tighter budget--go Windsor. Looking to just have a solid motor with more of an original flavor for the car--Cleveland.
1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon
1969 Mach 1 - 351C, TKO-600, 4WDB, R&P, A/C, Shaker, Fold Down, etc.
1972 Mach 1 - 351C, FMX, PDB, PS, A/C, Fold Down, Console
1996 Mustang Cobra Convertible - 10psi Procharger
I recently made this choice for our 72, and chose the original Windsor. I also had a Cleveland (2V) from our donor, but chose the Windsor simply because of the number of them produced and related availability of parts. As cobra3073 said, and many others here have as well...it all depends on your goals for the car. Once you make those decisions, the other ones become easier.
But it's nice to know that picking between the Windsor and Cleveland is a decision you really can't get wrong.
CLeveland has my vote, but if I ever do it again I will buy a "Crate" motor no matter what size it is and will be ready to set in and will have a warranty.