Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: simpsonville,Ky,(east of Louisville)
I understand his position if he has a crate engine sitting there basically ready to lite up. If NOT,,,then i would build the Cleveland versus having to find a windsor and going through the dog and pony show to swap it out.Here's the deal,,,same trans,same flywheel(need to check the year/windsor for imbalance though),motor mounts bolt up the same way. On a 70,,the radiator will work fine,,a/c or no a/c. What you WILL need are all the correct pulleys for the 1970 and up dress,timing chain cover for 70-up.The fan will work fine though.May need a different aluminum spacer for the fan though. The exhaust is the major difference,,nothing bolts up the same between either engine. Either buy the new "H" pipe to fit whatever year exhaust manifolds you go with,,69 or 70 versions (they ARE different),or bolt on a new set of headers and have some exhaust shop hook them back up. Just my personal opinion,,,next to a big-block,,the Cleveland is a much better "eye-candy" engine under the hood of a 70 than any windsor. They breath a hell of a lot better too due to thier canted huge valves also.
Professionally restoring 65-73 Mustangs,,Full-size Fords,,,AND 67-81 General Motors Firebird,,,Trans-Am.Located in Simpsonville Ky.,Shelby County.25 years experience,,,,,with emphasis on building beautiful and unusual musclecars,,to include full-size too.Advice and questions are always welcome. (502) 338-1218 Thanks.