Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance

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Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a 'mid-sized' V-8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. This unique design proved itself under the hood of Ford's Mustang, among other high performance cars. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head air flow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small blocks ...

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Overview

Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a 'mid-sized' V-8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. This unique design proved itself under the hood of Ford's Mustang, among other high performance cars. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head air flow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small blocks 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.

This new book 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 number(s) are shown. In addition to this, each engine's strong points and areas of concern are described in detail. Written with high performance in mind, both traditional power tricks and methods to increase efficiency of these specific engines are shared.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Modified Mustangs and Fords - Angelo Van Bogart
"... this book contains pretty much everything you would ever need to know about these axles." -Round Up, January 2014
engine professional - Mike Caruso
"Unless you have years of working with the 351-C engine, this book will save you time and money by bringing you up to the current day technology applied to these engines. Take your time to read and re-read. There is plenty of information in this book just waiting for anyone who wants to learn." -Mike Caruso, engine professional, December 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250488
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: CarTech Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 268,432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Reid has been a Ford enthusiast for more than 30 years. He enjoys restoring and building Fords. George has written a number of books for CarTech.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 4
Chapter 1: Building Basics 9
Organization 10
Compression Ratio 12
Power Physics 14
Building a Cleveland Stroker 15
Chapter 2: The Block 24
Cleveland Block Identification 25
Block Preparation 32
Fasteners and Threads 34
Chapter 3: Rotating Assembly 36
Crankshaft 36
Balancer and Flywheel 42
Pistons 45
Connecting Rods 47
Displacement 50
Cleveland Stroker Kits 51
Sweat the Details 52
Chapter 4: Lubrication 55
Pump Blueprinting 56
Oil Control 57
Chapter 5: Cylinder Heads 59
Factory Iron Heads 59
Head Prep 63
Cylinder Head Sources 67
Cylinder Head Innovations 67
Jon Kaase Racing Engines 69
Powerheads Performance Engineering 70
MPG Head Service/Cam Research Corporation 71
Scott Cook Motorsports 72
Edelbrock Corporation 73
Trick Flow Specialties 74
Pro Comp USA 75
Air Flow Dynamics 75
Chapter 6: Camshaft/Valvetrain 77
Street Cams 77
Race Cams 81
Lifters 82
Valvetrain 85
Chapter 7: Induction 90
Carburetion 90
Carburetor Sources 94
Holley Carburetors 94
Edelbrock Corporation 94
Demon Carburetion 95
Proform 95
Exotic Ford Carburetion 95
Weber Induction 96
Intake Manifold 96
Electronic Fuel Injection Sources 100
MSD Ignition 100
Holley Performance Products 101
Fuel Air Spark Technology 101
Nitrous Oxide 101
Supercharging and Turbocharging 104
Chapter 8: Ignition 106
Quick Fire 106
Ignition Timing 106
Spark Knock 108
Breaker-Point Ignition 108
Electronic Ignition 109
Ignition Coils 111
Distributor Sources 111
MSD Ignition 111
Mallory Ignition 112
Performance Distributors 113
Crane 114
Magnetos 114
Ignition Wires 114
Distributor Caps 115
Spark Plugs 115
Chapter 9: Exhaust 116
Header Selection 116
Calculating Primary Tube Size 117
Secondary Tubes and Collectors 118
Equal-Length, Step, and Tri-Y Headers 118
Exhaust System 119
Chapter 10: Break-In & Tuning 122
Getting Started 122
Break-In 125
Exhaust System 127
After the Break-In 127
Chapter 11: Power Builds 128
400 Horsepower 128
MCE Engines TMeyer, Inc. 500 Horsepower 132
Trick Flow Specialties Horsepower Monster 400 134
Jeff Huneycutt 600 Horsepower 136
JGM Performance Engineering 400 Proof Positive 139
Richard Holdener
Source Guide 144

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    The Ford 351 Cleveland engine - it takes me back to the days of

    The Ford 351 Cleveland engine - it takes me back to the days of muscle cars with their big block engines, manual transmissions, bucket seats, big tires and laying rubber when the light turns green. I saw plenty of Ford 351 Windsors, Chevy's with the 327 and 396 engines, and Plymouth's with the 383 engine, but seeing a stock 351 Cleveland was far and few between.

    Now you can build one from the ground up. George Reid has written a new book for SA Design called Ford 351 Cleveland Engines - How to build for Max Performance. The book covers the 351 Cleveland and its variations - the 351M and 400M, and it is packed with a wealth of knowledge.

    If you are planing to build a street car or race car with the 351C engine, you need a copy of this book. This book begins with the history of the 351C and building basics. The rest of the book covers the block, rotating assembly,lubrication, cylinder heads, camshaft and valve train, induction, ignition and exhaust. It ends with break-in and tuning and power builds. Each section is covered in great detail and includes specifications, tolerances, and countless tips to help find more power and pitfalls to avoid. It is also full of color pictures which can be a huge help when building an engine. This book is a must have resource for the hobbyist or professional that is planning a 351C build.

    I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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