Review of Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance by George Reid


The perfect book for anyone who is looking to rebuild or modify a Ford 351 Cleveland engine, whether for the street or competition.

Designed to be a ‘mid-sized’ V-8 engine, the Cleveland was a short-lived powerhouse introduced in 1969 for the 1970 model year as a new performance-car engine. It was the engine of choice among Ford drag racers and NASCAR teams during the 70’s and was manufactured through the end of the 1974 model year.  There was also a 302 cu in (4.9 L) Cleveland engine- built only in Australia- from 1972 to 1982, which was intended to give consumers a smaller alternative to the – also locally manufactured – 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland engine. Despite it’s grand aspirations, the 351 met it’s demise not long after its introduction as the smog-era and a couple of memorable energy crises hit America, which made high-strung performance small-blocks unpopular with new car buyers. Fast forward to today, and the Cleveland is gaining in popularity once again.

In “How to Build for Max Performance”, Ford enthusiast George Reid covers everything you need to know about these engines, including:

  • History and Variations
  • Dimensions and Specs
  • Tips for identifying both design differences and casting numbers are covered
  • Each engines strengths and weaknesses
  • Power tricks and Methods

This book is packed full of detailed color photographs, guiding the reader step-by-step through the process of building and remodifying a 351 Cleveland engine.

Rating: 5 stars


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