Progress Thread 351W 4FTE Build Part 1 & Part 2

ClevelandTim

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HI Guys,
Back in March I asked some final questions regarding updating an old GT40 crate engine. Here are some pics from the update.
Starting with draining the radiator (no petcock) and removing the exhaust I began with the disassembly.
Summit Radiator.jpg




Dirty Old Trans Pan:
AOD Before.jpg


Dirty GT40 crate on the stand:
Dirty Block.jpg


F4TE Blocks are set up for Roller Cam, So the .498 lift cam was replaced by a Comp Cams HE274HR cam
Roller Cam Block.jpg


Prepping the TFS Heads - Drilling out the bolt holes for 351W, swapping single springs for double springs
Valve Spring Redo.jpg
Valve Springs #2.jpg
Drilling out Head Bolt Holes.jpg


The Roller Cam required a change in pushrods (8.050) and PTV clay test.
Push Rod Checked.jpg
Clay Check.jpg
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ClevelandTim

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Healthy dish on the 4FTE block
351 F4TE Piston.jpg


351 scrubbed and painted.

Degreased and Painted.jpg


Back in
351W Back In .jpg


Accessories On:
351w Accessories On.jpg


Intake and Carb On:
Intake On .jpg


Carb On .jpg


Trans filter and fluid changed while I was at it:
AOD After.jpg


All done:
Done.jpg


So my covid-19 break allowed for a leisurely 2 month swap. I worked on it when it was warm and when I was in a good mood. It actually starts easier and runs smoother with the roller cam even though I gained a half inch in lift. Car pulls hard and obliterates 225 tires all through 1st and 2nd gear. All in all, a worthwhile swap.
 

WhiteCobra95

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Very nice! Thanks for posting the build pictures. That's got to be a blast to drive. It's the engine package that Ford should have offered in production. ;)

I really like the tall cast aluminum valve covers. It reminds me of the old school FMS days when those covers were used on every serious engines. I used to run those on my big block drag car. I miss that look.