Ford 351 Cleveland Engines – How To Build Max Performance


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By George Reid

From SA Design "PERFORMANCE HOW-TO" Series

How To Build For Maximum Performance
Covers 351C, 351M and 400M Engines
Packed with Technical Specs, History & More

Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a mid-sized V8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head airflow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small-block offerings, and the Cleveland engine was the answer to that problem. Unfortunately, the Cleveland engine was introduced at the end of Detroit's muscle car era, and the engine, in pure Cleveland form, was very short lived. It did continue on as a low compression passenger car and truck engine in the form of the 351M and 400M, which in their day, offered little in the way of excitement. Renewed enthusiasm in this engine has spawned an influx of top-quality new components that make building or modifying these engines affordable.

The author reviews the history and variations of the 351 Cleveland and Ford's related engines, the 351M and 400M. Basic dimensions and specifications of each engine, along with tips for identifying both design differences and casting numbers are covered. In addition, each engine's strong points and areas of concern are described in detail. Example builds of 400-, 500-, and even 600-hp engines are highlighted so you can model your build after any of these powerhouses, depending on your intended use.

With the influx of aftermarket parts, especially excellent cylinder heads, the 351 Cleveland as well as its 351M and 400M cousins are now seen as great engines to build. This book tells you everything you need to know to build a great street or competition engine based on the 351 Cleveland platform.

Published by SA Design - # SA252

Softcover - 144 Pages

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