Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How To Build For Max Performance by George ReidFord 351 Cleveland Engines: How To Build For Max Performance by George Reid

Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How To Build For Max Performance

byGeorge Reid

Paperback | May 10, 2013

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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 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.
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.
Title:Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How To Build For Max PerformanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:May 10, 2013Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1613250487

ISBN - 13:9781613250488

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1:

Building Basics 
Compression Ratio 
Power Physics 
Building a Cleveland Stroker 

Chapter 2:

The Block 
Cleveland Block Identification 
Block Preparation 
Fasteners and Threads 

Chapter 3:

Rotating Assembly 
Balancer and Flywheel 
Connecting Rods 
Cleveland Stroker Kits 
Sweat the Details 

Chapter 4:

Pump Blueprinting 
Oil Control 

Chapter 5:

Cylinder Heads 
Factory Iron Heads 
Head Prep 
Cylinder Head Sources 
Cylinder Head Innovations 
Jon Kaase Racing Engines
Powerheads Performance Engineering 
MPG Head Service/Cam Research Corporation 
Scott Cook Motorsports 
Edelbrock Corporation 
Trick Flow Specialties 
Pro Comp USA 
Air Flow Dynamics 

Chapter 6:

Street Cams 
Race Cams 

Chapter 7:

Carburetor Sources 
Holley Carburetors 
Edelbrock Corporation 
Demon Carburetion 
Exotic Ford Carburetion 
Weber Induction 
Intake Manifold 
Electronic Fuel Injection Sources 
MSD Ignition 
Holley Performance Products 
Fuel Air Spark Technology 
Nitrous Oxide 
Supercharging and Turbocharging 

Chapter 8:

Quick Fire 
Ignition Timing 
Spark Knock 
Breaker-Point Ignition 
Electronic Ignition 
Ignition Coils 
Distributor Sources
MSD Ignition 
Mallory Ignition 
Performance Distributors 
Ignition Wires 
Distributor Caps 
Spark Plugs 

Chapter 9:

Header Selection 
Calculating Primary Tube Size 
Secondary Tubes and Collectors 
Equal-Length, Step, and Tri-Y Headers 
Exhaust System 

Chapter 10:

Break-In & Tuning 
Getting Started 
Exhaust System 
After the Break-In 

Chapter 11:

Power Builds 
400 Horsepower 
MCE Engines TMeyer, Inc. 500 Horsepower 
Trick Flow Specialties Horsepower Monster 400 
Jeff Huneycutt 600 Horsepower 
JGM Performance Engineering 400 Proof Positive 
Richard Holdener

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