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Old 10-17-2018, 08:52 AM
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Would you buy this?

I am kicking this around but the guy has no paperwork and obviously I can't here it run. What are your thoughts and what do you think it is worth?

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...718689883.html
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:22 AM
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Well a 351M is a turd, no matter what you do to it.(unless you stroke it to a 400) I wouldn't buy it without pulling the heads and oil pan to inspect it first. Freshly painted transmissions can be trouble, you never know if they're hiding some problems. I wouldn't give more than the total cost of the extras added up, sight unseen.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:30 AM
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Yes I understand about the 351m but I'm trying to get this truck back to original and that's what came with it. I could make it the 400 though, agreed.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:13 PM
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Well it didn't come with a 4 bbl aluminum intake either. Or headers. So why worry about originality ?
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:14 PM
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Fair point but the block is correct.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:12 PM
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ford engine block numbers do not say what vehicle the engine comes out of. Just a block number and a date code.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:36 PM
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Yes, I am aware of that but it is a d7te. I'm more curious about what you guys think about buying a motor without seeing it run for that price.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:47 PM
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I would pay core price plus about 10 cents on the dollar for all the external goodies like the manifold, headers etc.

As noted above, this is a highly polished turd, and may actually run worse than a stock 351m in some parts of the RPM range.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:59 PM
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Okay point taken. Thank you for all of your input. So if I was to swap out my motor what would you put in? And I'm not putting in and Cummins diesel. lol. Thanks.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:03 PM
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You have a 351M, right? You could do a 400 with 9.5ish compression, an rv cam and leave the rest of it as OEM, including 2bbl manifold. You would be way up in power and torque and still look bone stock.

Year one (1971) for the 400 was built that way,

Of course, anything else you do will add more beans to the pot, but if stock appearance is what you want, you can still get more than the OEM specs provide.

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You have a 351M, right? You could do a 400 with 9.5ish compression, an rv cam and leave the rest of it as OEM, including 2bbl manifold. You would be way up in power and torque and still look bone stock.

Year one (1971) for the 400 was built that way,

Of course, anything else you do will add more beans to the pot, but if stock appearance is what you want, you can still get more than the OEM specs provide.

Serving suggestion.
X 2 on this. The 71 400 was no slouch. Even building one with the low comp pistons and adding a different cam and topping it with a Holley 500 2bbl and headers will amaze you. I ran one like this in a SWB 77 F100. And ditto on what you said above on the price. $2100 ? no way Jose. Not without taking the heads and oilpan off and inspecting it first.
 
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by 85e150six4mtod View Post
You have a 351M, right? You could do a 400 with 9.5ish compression, an rv cam and leave the rest of it as OEM, including 2bbl manifold. You would be way up in power and torque and still look bone stock.

Year one (1971) for the 400 was built that way,

Of course, anything else you do will add more beans to the pot, but if stock appearance is what you want, you can still get more than the OEM specs provide.

Serving suggestion.
I have a 351m block but I'm not sure if it's a 351 or 400. I have to measure the stroke. This just caught my eye so I was wondering the value and opinion on an engine like this Good suggestion. Thanks!
 
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I have a 351m block but I'm not sure if it's a 351 or 400. I have to measure the stroke. This just caught my eye so I was wondering the value and opinion on an engine like this Good suggestion. Thanks!
OK, I looked back as I thought this sounded familiar.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...-or-400-a.html

In that thread you said you had a D1... block. D1 is 1971, so that is a 400 block, or a block that started life as a 400.

Now you mention a D7.. block. D7 is 1977, and the 351m and 400 used the SAME block.

That other thread was inconclusive, as it could have been rebuilt as a 351m, no one knows.

Now you are looking at this other 351m--because you want a casting code closer to the 1978 year model of your truck? "Back to original..."?

Functionally, these blocks, if within service limits, are all the same.

Are you thinking this truck is going to Pebble Beach?

I'm sorry, but I am jaded.



 
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:20 AM
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OK, I looked back as I thought this sounded familiar.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...-or-400-a.html

In that thread you said you had a D1... block. D1 is 1971, so that is a 400 block, or a block that started life as a 400.

Now you mention a D7.. block. D7 is 1977, and the 351m and 400 used the SAME block.

That other thread was inconclusive, as it could have been rebuilt as a 351m, no one knows.

Now you are looking at this other 351m--because you want a casting code closer to the 1978 year model of your truck? "Back to original..."?

Functionally, these blocks, if within service limits, are all the same.

Are you thinking this truck is going to Pebble Beach?

I'm sorry, but I am jaded.
I know maybe I'm overthinking it. I just saw this on Craigslist and thought that I could use a spare drivetrain for my truck. I am not anticipating anything going wrong with the current motor but I figured if I'm going to have to do a motor swap at some point, I might as well make it back to the correct date code and original. That's all. I'm not looking to make it into 100 Point restoration. It is a 78 crew cab and so it does make it somewhat of a limited production so that's why I'd like to keep it consistent + I am just picky like that since I have the choice.
 
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I'm selling a new remanufactured Ford 351M engine w/ one hour run time.
There is over $3000 worth of parts here, great deal !

Has the big block trans bolt pattern .
Great for your 1975 to 1982 Ford truck ,car or van.
Engine has a new RV/towing cam,
a brand new aluminum 4 barrel intake manifold,
a brand new Accell billet distributer,
brand new plugs and wires and water pump,
and a brand new set of long tube headers and chrome valve covers.
So that's $800 worth of stuff you get for the price of just an engine.
my loss is your gain.
It also comes with a fresh C6 transmission.
the C6 has very low miles on it, like new. comes with a new torque converter and all new bolts.
If you just want the long block with none of the bolt on accessories it is $ 1700 firm.
also there is NO core charge.
(oil pan , harmonic balancer , water pump is included for the $1700).
 

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