1966 Ford Mustang
The New 351
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The New 351 is a 1966 Ford Mustang with a 289 V8 and a 3-speed manual transmission — and it's a replacement for my first car, the Original 351.
When I sold my first car, I did it with the intent of getting a '66 Mustang with a better body and a manual transmission. It's not a choice I would make if I were to do it all over, but after a long, convoluted path, which involved two other '66 Mustangs, I eventually ended up with this car, and I'm determined to see it through.
When I bought this car, I knew it needed help to get on the road, but I eventually discovered it would need a lot more than basic repair work to have it in good working order — it was going to require a complete restoration. The avenue that restoration will take is a bit up in the air right now, however, it will involve a manual transmission and a 351W to replace the 289.
The options at this point are rather plentiful, but it will end up with a 2-barrel carb and either a Toploader 4-speed or a T-5 5-speed depending on the engine under the carburetor — which could be a '69-'74 Windsor or a '97 hydraulic roller cam Windsor.
So many choices.
It will eventually be modified beyond the 2-barrel configuration, but gradually, and how far the modifications go will depend a great deal upon what I decide I want to do with it when I get there.
The two-barrel carburetor has never been a performance option — and for good reason — until you realize what a 351W in a '66 Mustang does.
Maintenance & Repairs
As I write this, I just got back from the track — and it was heaven.
The car hobby is a fascinating culture to study.
For a long time the Mustang held the flame in the Mustang vs. Camaro war.
Today, things change at a fast pace.
Happy New Year!
Environment, people, and substrate safe degreaser/all-purpose cleaner and rust removers.