(Login magimus) Member from IP address 126.96.36.199
while i had been making plans to build a 4v cleveland powered maverick, a 79 mustang maybe falling into my lap. i know that with enough creativity (and sometimes a large hammer) one can fit almost any engine into any chassis, and i have seen pix of a few cars with this combo. so my questions revolve around what others have done here for this combo (headers, motor mounts, gear ratios, k-members, suspension upgrades). obviously there are many variables, but what have you guys done that works well for a strip only car. thanks in advance
302B and 351C into a Fox platform is easy, in my book, as long as you have the headers, or can modify some. Hedman still lists the headers for the swap, and you see some on ebay and elsewhere fairly regularly. There are several members here who have Fox-body racers with Cleveland power. One is even selling his very nice and quite quick C powered Fairmont. I ran my Boss 302 in a '78 Fairmont for a while, and the normal Fox setup tricks worked very well. I just did a good C4/converter, 8.8 out of a later version, frame ties and ladder bars. Simple but very effective.
A couple of guys here have C powered Maverick type racers. Not so simple to adapt a C to that little car, but do it right and it will fly, while (arguably) looking better than a Fox car.
You will probably get some very worthwhile responses from the guys running both chassis.
"If you're under control, you're not going fast enough." ---Parnelli Jones on Trans Am racing.
i agree that when done right, a mav looks very good. i am now building cars from a wheelchair, so the availibilty of quality bolt ons for the fox body that will save on the time spent fabricating becomes a big factor. the more i look into it, the more it looks like the mustang will take less time and money to get to the track.
Heres a couple pictures of my cleveland fox combo. I used a QA1 k-member and flaming river rack, canton oil pan, hpm solid motor mounts, and hedman headers without any issues. When i changed to chi heads, had to grind some clearance to the trans crossmember for the headers because the exhaust ports are raised a little. I also have the frame tied with a 9in rear and adjustable control arms. Car weighs 2850 with me in it. Put that cleveland in there and kick some butt!
I am not a fan of the flat collector and the thin flanges. The tube gauge seems thin to me also. I have had two versions of the kooks and liked them both, two barrel and four.
87 Boss351 what kind of times are you getting with that beauty!
but Holcomb motorsports provided me with some nice hand made (welded from bends) headers that had std square collectors. Collectors slipped and each cyl flange was separate on to allow individual tubes to be installed. These put 4v heads in fox chassis.