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Started by walter young Oct 13.
Started by jason deussen. Last reply by Keith Baumgarner May 18.
Started by Russell A. Sweet Jan 31.
I had bought this rotating kit specifically for the early winsor block, as I needed to make sure the pistons did not reach TDC and be sticking out of the bore's. Eagle was one of the only suppliers that advertised both an early, and late kit for the 351w to accommodate the different deck heights. Word has it, the later block design had something to do with the new mandates in the 70's to increase fuel milage, that resulted an a drop in horse power.
Well leave it to Detroit to change things in mid stream, and create confusion! Glad Summit is fixing it. They're always great customer service!
Issue resolved. The early 351w blocks, from 1969 to mid 70's had different main caps than the later ones. Seems Eagle put the late bearings into the kit designed for the early block in this case. So Summitracing.com is replacing the main bearing kit for free. The early block has a deck height of 9.48", and the later blocks have 9.501". It also seems that the crank caps are different as well.
Hope somebody at Summit tech can help, and I'd enjoy hearing if there is a difference between various years. Seems odd that Ford would not make things interchangeable though.
I checked the part #, they say its for a Winsor, but there is the early and late versions. I do not know if that makes a difference, and they don't say which the bearings are for. I have bought off the shelf bearings before and had no problem. Its like they put the wrong ones in the box.
That's pretty weird! I don't know Ford engines, but maybe they gave you bearings for a Windsor, or different model engine?
Due to too much end play in the FMX transmission, I've had to put it aside while I wait for some shims I ordered to come in. So I start to work on the motor again. I'm installing the main bearings into the block, no problem. But when I go to the caps, the alignment notch is way off! So now this is on hold as well, I'll see if Summit is open Labor day and see what they want to do about this.
Looks like you know to pick up a deal when you see one.
e Hit the Pick N Pull half price sale today! Figured I'd grab a spare 8.8" Ford rear axle in case I need one. $102 for a 3.73 limited slip, and while I was there I also pulled a short side axle shaft from another rear end for $20. That way I can have the option of having the long side tube cut 3", and use the factory short side axle in it. So it's 59.5" OAL as is, or 56.5" OAL with the tube shortend and the spare shaft put in it. $50 to shorten the tube, so I have a narrowed 3.73 posi for under $175! Hard to beat the price for an extremely strong rearend!
Short video from the nostalgia drags last weekend! The 2nd race is me in the Falcon and a buddy in his '56 Chevy. Last race is a couple of our friends, and one of them snapped an axle in his Willys coupe! Fortunately he saved it!
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