351 Cleveland Rebuild

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The Bottom End:

In the beginning
The block comes back
Pistons and Rods
Windage Tray and Cam Timing
The Timing Set
The Eccentric Problem
First Solution to the Eccentric Problem
Final Solution to the Eccentric Problem
Oiling Part 1: Pump and pickup
Oiling Part 2: External Plumbing

The Top End:

The 4V Heads
Putting the Heads On the Block
Installing the Hydraulic Roller Conversion Kit

The Transmission:

The Case:


Darryl's Stang Stable

Asa Jay's 351C Rebuild


The Mach I, ready for it's trip to the Shop.

So Why Rebuild?

A 1971 car is a thing of the past, it's hard to find parts for, they never pass emissions, you always see them breaking down, your last engine didn't last, what makes you think this one will?

All of us at one time or another have heard these things said to us, or felt this way ourselves. The fact is, my 1971 Mustang is one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. Parts are readily available, the car passed emissions every time it was due, and whenever I did have a breakdown, it could easily be fixed and I would be back on the road within a day or two at the most.

The 1971 Mustang was the beginning of a short lived period in Ford's history. A small brief period lasting only about three years. The 1971 through 1973 model years saw the last of the large bodied Mustang. The massive 351C (Cleveland) powerplant was shelved due to rising gas prices and a perceived gas shortage. The Japanese auto makers jumped on this opportunity to push smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. In 1974, Ford's answer came as a re-fendered Pinto, badged as a Mustang. It was a sad day for many.

The 1974 and later "small bodied" Mustangs were not that bad and I'm not here to bash them. My purpose here, is to talk about the 1971 to 1973 Mustangs.

The Mustang Mach I was even more unique and desireable for it's higher horsepower engine and interior/exterior styling. The low roofline gradualy sweeping back to the rear tailights in a manner that made one wonder where the roof ended and the trunk began, was a trademark of the popular Mach I's of the day. The rear window was a massive 2½ feet long front to back, yet provided only about 8 inches of viewing area through the rear view mirror. Side mirrors were a must, and the adept driver could rely upon them religiously.

Many Mach I's came with a manual transmission and I won't talk about those since the one I own came with a C6 automatic. For me, a transmission has always been a personal preference, and for this largest of the breed, I felt very comfortable with the C6 provided. With the technology available today, the C6 could easily be replaced by a good C4 or C5, or even an AOD. For me, the C6 has proved to be a very powerful conduit to get the power from the engine to the rear wheels.

What I've tried to relay here, is the sense of passion I have about this. The Mach I is no off the shelf car, it's a piece of American History. I'm not the restore it and show it type. Though I do make it to car shows and am an active member of the Inland Emprie Mustang Club of Spokane, Washington, I enjoy my car as a passion. For more on that, visit my Mustang home page, which you may have already been to.

Since 1997, I've been unable to drive the car. After almost 100 thousand miles on my first rebuild, the engine finally gave up. Since then, I have collected parts, purchased new parts, and generally got ready for this project. It's taken a couple of years, and I've had to wade through another engine/tranny project for my Jeep, but I'm now ready. The Mach I as it is now, requires what I have lately referred to as a "heart/lung transplant". The engine has had it, and while I'm in there, I might as well replace the transmission.

I've collected a few spare engines, and I've had a spare tranny for quite some time. I'm now putting them into the plan.

So enjoy what you find here, provide feedback if you like, and ask questions if you desire. Welcome to my current project.

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