When Richard Holdener decided he was going to be testing what he refers to as “The Other Guys”, meaning engines that aren’t GM LS or Big and Small Block Chevrolets and Windsor Fords. Because the M-Code 351 Cleveland is the highest horsepower Ford small block every produced, Richard wanted to see what it really made and how much more he could make with some bolt on performance parts from this decade. It makes a huge difference, just watch the video to see how much.
It’s truly amazing how much modern camshaft profiles, intake manifolds, and carburetors can add to a classic engine like this one.
But just how much power will it make? If it starts out as the highest powered Small Block Ford ever, then it’s got to be serious power with some add-ons.
Really like this guy. Very interesting test and surprising how much power it made.
Very interesting video. That explains why my 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with a 1970 Cleveland engine, stock short block and stock heads, 750 Holley, Edelbrock air gap intake, Hooker super comp headers and flat tapper hyd can ran 165mph at Bonneville. My car also has 4 speed toploader and 2:75 rear gears. Street driven. Yes, I drive to car from Cincinnati Ohio to the Salt Flats.
The black car! Mike is working on it now! I met that car in person at a rest stop on 75 a few years ago! Beautiful machine!
Hee..hee…hee…. no big surprise to any of us that have rodded one of these M-code engines…. 11:1 CR is a great starting point, but you can really lay an egg if you cam the engine like an SBC..
In the mid 70’s I had a 1970 Mach 1 with the 351W 2bbl auto. I modified it adding an aluminum dual plane, Holley 600, re curved distributor, headers, dual exhaust and 3.91 rear gears. Had a buddy with a bone stock 1972 Mach 1 with the 351C auto. I raced him in a 30 roll (with my gear advantage he couldn’t compete in a dig) and we were dead even. I was so bummed I don’t think I spent another cent modding the car
Bob Glidden’s Cleveland’s ruled during the small block years of Pro Stock wonder what the Glidden family’s engines made for power.