351W roller block

351W roller block

Joined: May 24th, 2008, 1:32 pm

January 15th, 2009, 6:23 pm #1

What year did Ford start putting the roller cams in Windsors? I've found a 5.8 in a 1990 van. If it's a roller I'm going to grab
it for a mild close to stock rebuild.

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Joined: January 15th, 2003, 5:59 pm

January 15th, 2009, 7:16 pm #2

differ here as I have seen it was 1994.

I'd also like to find a definitive link that factually proves when roller 351W blocks became available as too any conflicting reports exist. Ford tech manuals would do it but I've no on-line access.
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McCutcheon4
McCutcheon4

January 15th, 2009, 7:28 pm #3

A poster over at Ford Muscle said it was 94 also. I could have sworn there were earlier HO versions the were roller though.
I prefer to avoid the reduced base circle cam method. I'm putting together a very mild 351 to replace the 302 in my 1/2 ton.
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Joined: January 15th, 2003, 5:59 pm

January 15th, 2009, 8:53 pm #4

302W roller engines are what you are likely thinking of as they did first appear in 1985. Most sources show that for the 351W roller block it was late '94-early-'95 for their first appearance.
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Mccutcheon4
Mccutcheon4

January 16th, 2009, 2:51 am #5

of the early roller 302/5.0, no confusion. After reasearching the topic more every source seems a agree 1994 was the first 351 roller.

At any rate, I found one today at Pacific Engines in Tacoma and purchased it. $200.00 already
hot tanked, with a standard bore.

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Craig Nash
Craig Nash

January 18th, 2009, 2:16 am #6

The introduction date was very late 1993. The conclusive feature is the casting number of F4TE on the block. Unfortunately it's a little hard to read as it's on the underside of the block, just above the starter motor.
Lightning pickups used this block but had a flat tappet cam installed.
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Joined: February 14th, 2003, 2:11 am

January 18th, 2009, 6:03 am #7

What year did Ford start putting the roller cams in Windsors? I've found a 5.8 in a 1990 van. If it's a roller I'm going to grab
it for a mild close to stock rebuild.

Thanks.
any 94 up 351w block found in vans and trucks are roller compatible. You can also take any 69-93 block and use link bar lifters which at least the comp ones will out perform stock style roller lifters in all aspects, OR use a small base circle cam and stock stuff but not the greatest choice on an all out performance engine to go a roller 351w. If your looking to go radical any 351w can be fitted with a solid roller cam.
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