Have a 69 f100 2wd with a 360 fe. Truck is going to be a daily driver, no heavy towing. Looking to either build up the 360 a little, maybe swap in 390 crank rods, 4v intake and carb, mild cam, headers and elec ignition.
Or swap in a 351w, same mild build, stock heads.
Not looking for huge power numbers, just want something that will get out of its own way, be a good driver and not kill me on gas.
Looking at the windsor because it's close in cubes, lighter and can bolt a 5spd up pretty easy. Any suggestions, ideas? Thank, Matt.
I'd say find you a 390. You already have the tranny (An FE bellhousing won't bolt up to a smallblock). You'll be able to spend the money on the motor, and not have to worry about messing with a different tranny, probably having to change driveshafts, different mounts, ect. You can keep the tranny, and still make a good bit of power. Rebuild a 390 and get the power package from Edelbrock, that should really get that truck moving.
No problem with exhaust when using manifolds. Any exhaust shop can make a system from the manifolds back. They did on my 63 F100 with a 351W. You will need 302 motor mount towers. Pretty common on those trucks.