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Hey everyone, As you could probably tell I'm new to the Forums.

Anyways, Ive been saving up some money and am looking to build a 351W for a learning experience and as an upgrade to my 289. If anyone could help me out on a relatively cheaper build the tips and knowledge would be much appreciated. Thanks guys and I look forward to the replies!
 

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Welcome to the board

I don't know what your budget it is, but it is not too much more to step up to a stroker kit when you consider the cost of all the machine work to resurface you crank, balance rods, etc.
 

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Thanks,
My budget is probably going to be around 2k. I know that the building is going to take some time so im not opposed to saving extra cash for better parts over time while I build it. Right now my mustang is a daily driver for me to school and back and what not so I cant really pull my engine and work on it and be without a car so I would need to build one separately before pulling my 289.
 

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Well the first hurdle is to actually get a 351w. Try to get the complete motor as that helps alot. If its EFI then you can usually sell off the EFI intake and maybe break even on your investment so far.

An idea that I have used in the past is to get together with some of the truck guys at your school. Pool your resources and you can prolly get a rough shape F250/350 with a 351w for you and the one ton axles and trans for them. Its just an idea.

Generally its cheaper to buy a vehicle and part it out then to buy just a motor, but be sure to check junkyards. You plan to rebuild or maybe stroke it anyway so as long as its not cracked or full of water you shouldn't have any major issues.
 

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I see 5.8L Roller motors out of F150 and Econoline vans with 150 - 200K miles on them for $200/$300 (you pull/we pull) on craigslist quite frequently down here. You can easily sell the EFI top end for enough to pick up a used 4BBL intake.
 

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If you can get one for a few hundred bucks, spend the money to freshen the motor (rings, bearings, ect......). For your budget, I don't see many mods, so I'd have the stock heads threaded for screw in rocker studs, and guideplates, then add some roller rockers, and a small Comp shelf cam, like an XE268H. Find a used Weiand Stealth, and a Street Avenger 670 carb, and you'll have a fun engine.
 

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A buddy of mine wanted a "roller" 5.8 and bought a block and crank from a local place that tears down core engines for parts and scrap. He gave $200. I told him he was nuts. I have a core 5.8 with a cracked block that's in my way. I decided to fix it. I went to the local "U-pull-it" and picked out a 1996 E250 van 5.8 and pulled it out. $125 for the complete engine. I was going to tear it down and build one engine out of two but the more I looked at this engine the better it looked. I ended up swapping it into my 1995 F150 in place of its anemic 5.0. A year later and i still runs great. And the busted 5.8 is still in my way. I'll probably go and get another $125 5.8 this spring. If it turns out as good as the first one I bought I probably will scrap the cracked block one.
You don't need all the EFI stuff on such an engine. You can dress one up in 1969-70 351W Mustang type parts and it will work fine with a carburetor. My '67 coupe currently has a 1978 351W in it.
 
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