Well thought out and explained in a way that even I understand.
Over the years, I've run both open and closed chamber heads on the same car, same shortblocks for that matter; and like you point out, they run very much the same, really not even noticeable.
Question for ya George...
I've often thought that the open chamber 4V head looks very much like a Hemi head and really don't understand why its not called a Hemi head, other than back then MOPAR was using that name in their marketing, and that chamber design was used on the more pedestrian 2V head, so I'm sure Fords marketing folks passed over the whole idea.
Really even MOPAR's Hemi head are not a true Hemi, so the Ford 351C head is just a bit shallower than that. Maybe we should just roll back 5-6 years on this forum and go back to calling them "Cannon Ball" heads. Because when you flip the, over on your work bench, you now have a place to store 4 cannon balls.
Has anyone ever seen a set of custom popup pistons for the Open Chamber 4v's? (or even 2v's?)
Great history, and I think the whole topic helps remind us what a special slice of automotive history the 351 Cleveland was.
Thanks for taking the time George, I know you spend a lot of time on these "mini dissertation" which may seem unappreciated, but I think we all learn, and do indeed appreciate the time you spend on your "classroom presentations"
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