V8 Conversion Information
If you have a tired 289 or 302 or need more horsepower and torque, the 351 Windsor is the way to go. You may get better mileage with a Windsor than a stock 289 / 302 due to more torque and lower RPM. A 351 Cleveland doesn’t have enough low range torque for four wheeling. Clevelands require very expensive custom radiator, headers and exhaust. Hard to find 100+ octane gas is also necessary. So, unless you intend to drag race at 5,000 to 8,500 rpm, a Windsor will out perform, out pull, out climb, and get better mileage than a Cleveland.
A 69-70 2V or 4V Windsor is best, a 4V having 10.5:1 compression or a 2V, 9.5:1. Before you swap, see if the 351 has a 3 bolt harmonic bal-ancer. If it has a 4 bolt, you’ll need a 3 bolt harmonic balancer for a 69 Windsor. If you can’t find a 3 bolt, you can use a 302, 3 bolt balancer by re-marking the timing marks. Reuse your 302 water pump, pulleys, belts, etc. using the power steering adapter bracket #3160 & alternator bracket #3161.
The 351W rear main is larger, so the stock 302 pan won’t work. An Oil Pan Kit, #3103, is needed to clear the front differential. Most Windsors have the sump in front which is bad for four wheeling. Your engine could run out of oil as you’re climbing a hill! Our pan has a rear sump. Even with this pan, to avoid damage, your Bronco must be lifted 2- 3 1/2”.
To complete the conversion, our Headers are designed to take into consideration the extra 1 1/2” height of the heads. They don’t rub the firewall and if you need to remove the starter, you can leave our headers in place. CAUTION: Don’t try to use your 6 cyl transmission with the V8. There are several problems and it’s not strong enough to handle the power.
SWAPPING A 6 CYL FOR A 302 / 5.0L OR 351W: YOU'LL NEED:
#3100, or #3102 Headers
Oil Pan (351W) or Oil Pan (302)
Radiator with Bracket Kit
#3107 Lower Radiator “L” Brackets
#3114 Rubber Engine Mounts
#3115 Motor Mount Brackets
#3160, #3161 Adapters (351W only)