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Old 08-29-2003, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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255 Ford V8???

Did Ford ever make a 255 engine? I have found one at a salvage yard, What bell housing will fit it and how reliable or powerful can they be?
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Old 08-30-2003, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Late model Mustang II and I believe they were also in the first "fox-body" mustangs...1979 pace car and Giha...they changed back to the 302 in 80 - 81 with a 2 bl carb.

It is kind of an orphan engine, because of the small cylinder bore you can't use the new big valve heads. Unless you have an orignality thing going on, it would be much easier to swap to a real 302, 289 or 351
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Old 08-30-2003, 05:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If a 302 intake and distributor will fit it, it is cheap enough...I might try it. It runs, has a aftermarket cam in it, I might run it a truck I have that has a 300-6 in it. If the intake and dist. are the same as a 302, I know where some of these are.
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Old 08-30-2003, 11:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The 255 was never found in the mustang II but was in 80 and 81 fox stangs. The heads intake ports are different than the rest of the windsor family so the intakes will not swap. I believe the distributor might interchange, but I'm not sure.
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Old 08-30-2003, 01:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Back away slowly then turn and run as fast as you can. The 300 I6 is much superior. Using the 255 for anything is almost like throwing money down a toilet.
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Old 08-30-2003, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks to all of you guys...youre...a book of knowledge.
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Old 08-30-2003, 02:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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everything that ive learned about the ford 255 leads me to believe its crap, everyone that ive talked to so far pretty much says its crap. Like stated above, grab a 289, 302, or 351. Youll be much happier, I say gor for the 289=).
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Old 08-30-2003, 02:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes,Ford made a 255 V8(although Im sure they would rather not talk about it)
Basicly a small bore 302, it was a waste of time.My car had one it it. Its Junk basicly and would pass on it if I was you.
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A 255 wouldn't even make a good boat anchor(it's not heavy enough).
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The 255 V8 was also used in the 80-82 Thunderbirds.
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The 255 V8 was also used in the 80-82 Thunderbirds.
If it was it wasn't used in all of them. I had a 80 Cougar XR7 and an 81 T bird and both had a 2bbl 302.
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Both engines were offered as oprions. Here's thge funny part-the 255 had more power than the 302!!
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Both engines were offered as oprions. Here's thge funny part-the 255 had more power than the 302!!
Nope... Fords advertising said... For its size it has 10% more hp than the 302. Meaning it had more HP per cu in, but not more hp overall.

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It was an excellent car," Gurney says of Thompsonís í62 Indy car.

As a Cobra team driver, in addition to F1 driving for Porsche, Gurney was involved in the test development of the aluminum small-block Ford V8 that became the Indy-car engine. It was essentially an aluminum version of the Fairlane 260 V8, sleeved down to 256 or 255 cubic inches (depending on whom you ask), drinking in its fuel-air mix through four Weber side-draft carburetors. The engine weighed 360 pounds and put out about 370 horsepower in race trim.

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It was an excellent car," Gurney says of Thompsonís í62 Indy car.

As a Cobra team driver, in addition to F1 driving for Porsche, Gurney was involved in the test development of the aluminum small-block Ford V8 that became the Indy-car engine. It was essentially an aluminum version of the Fairlane 260 V8, sleeved down to 256 or 255 cubic inches (depending on whom you ask), drinking in its fuel-air mix through four Weber side-draft carburetors. The engine weighed 360 pounds and put out about 370 horsepower in race trim.
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