: What engine to chose ?

11-08-05, 01:07 AM
As some of you know.. im restauring a Ford Galaxie 500 1974... the shop´s owner that im buying the motor from said that if I dont like it, I can change it for another one ( Im currently paying for a 351 windsor, like the original it came with) so, whats the best bang for the buck compatible motor ? :confused:

Night Wolf
11-08-05, 01:24 AM

I would go with a 460

but thats just me... I like large engines :)

the Windsor is really nice as well.... but 460 all the way!

11-08-05, 01:25 AM
Years ago I heard that the Cleveland is better than a Windsor, something about the heads?

Can't go wrong with a 302....been around since the dawn of time, and proven imo. Not too hard on gas and can be made more powerful with a decent aftermarket.

So you're not looking to go completely original......just get it running and looking good.....

11-08-05, 01:27 AM
Well I know the 400 is compatible... Not sure about any other one though...

Night Wolf
11-08-05, 01:40 AM
I thought the 400/460 were pretty interchangable... like the Cad 425/500?

302... eh, I woudln't want a 302 in a '74 Galaixe..... the 351 (Cleveland or Windsor) would be a nice overall engine, but if you wanted to go all out, or if it was me, it would be a 460.

11-08-05, 01:44 AM
302... eh, I woudln't want a 302 in a '74 Galaixe..... .

It makes about as much sense as a 307 in a Cadillac Brougham, but there they are. However, the 302 has a tonne of aftermarket parts that would get it up to snuff in no time. If a 351 would fit, I thought the 302 would bolt in there as well...

If it were to be a daily driver, I would go for economy, combined with potential for power (302) If it were to be restored to complete original, I would go with the original 351 W, and not worry too much about the cost of gas. If I didn't care about gas prices, or original condition, I might go with a 460, maybe...depending on how deep my pockets were.

11-08-05, 03:35 AM
460 is a great motor...I had a lincoln with the 462, which was basically the same as the 430, and it was bad ass...460 is totally different, I know, but a great motor...very similar to the 390, if I remember right, which was a great motor that could do anything. My fords have all been big blocks, a truck with a 390, a '63 T-Bird a 401, a '63 Mercury with a 406 w/ 2 4bbls, a Lincoln with the 460, anoterh lincoln with the 430, and yet another Lincoln with the 462...ALL were great. I'd definately recommend a big block in a car that big, if you're able to do the time and money to make it fit...if not, go with the Cleveland...different mounts and a little bit of effort, but not too difficult to make it fit, if you can find one...I'm just a big big big fan of large engines...I like them. :D

terrible one
11-08-05, 07:32 AM
I would go for the 351 Windsor if you are trying to keep it original or close to it. If not, 460!

11-08-05, 10:48 AM
Heheh, hunt down the 426 CobraJet motor. :P I'd go with the 460 myself, but the 351 Windsor has a sizable aftermarket out for it as well. You won't hurt for power with that or the 460. With fuel costs, you might consider staying with the 351, and doing some work on it.

Night Wolf
11-08-05, 11:44 AM
Yeah but who restores and builds up a '74 Galaixe... or any 70's Luxo-barge for that matter..... then to worry about fuel consumption?

to hell with saving the earth! put a 460 in that thing! :)

11-08-05, 12:56 PM
There are tons of aftermarket parts for the 302, I can't speak for the other displacements. I was pushing a 3700lb Thunderbird TurboCoupe with a 2.3L turbo 4 engine and that baby would haul!

Fuel inject it if you can. Besides economy, overall performance will be better.

11-08-05, 12:57 PM
Night Wolf has it right...two miles per gallon to have a 460 over a little 351??? Hell yes! and if you go an injected 460, I've seen a few buildups that claim fifteen or so mpg with ungodly power...

11-08-05, 02:39 PM
It´s not to be a daily driver, im going to use it on the weekends, my daily driver is a EXT, so anything that use a little less gas than the escalade is okay....I want a motor that fits perfectly on the car, with none o minimum modifications.... the engine shop get motors from used cars, so I was thinking about a 1970-1971 Galaxie 351 windsor motor that are 250 hp or a 390 windsor.....

11-08-05, 03:23 PM
i also say a 428 cobra jet would be the ticket

Night Wolf
11-08-05, 05:17 PM
used engines?

tell them you want a 460 from a '70's Ford truck! its a weekend car...gosh, go big man!

11-08-05, 05:43 PM
Your outlook on what you want in an engine right now, will probably change later on. The 460 is a great engine, making great power in stock trim. But, and this is a big but, the aftermarket for it is quite limp. Also, the aftermarket is quite expensive for it. You can get more power, for less money, by going 302. The two best engines ever made (IMHO), is the Chevy 350, and the Ford 302. They both have endless potential, while being relatively cheap to build up. Also, the 302 is about 250 - 300 pounds lighter than the 460. The 302 would be my choice.


11-09-05, 07:40 AM
Limp aftermarket for BBF? You've gotta be kidding me.

And a 302 in a big ass Galaxie? Not unless you want to wind the living piss out of it every time you accelerate from a light. How about you put a turbo 4 from some Honda in the dang thing? :p


11-09-05, 08:35 AM
just shove one of those Crammer 5.0(i think?) in it, they got what like 500hp??? should be a good start.....