Should I adapt my 228 Mercruiser to my Ford 351 or replace the blown 350

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  1. Wingryder
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    In a nutshell my friend has a 351/omc800 with blown stern drive. He also has a working 228 Mercruiser mated to a blown Chevy 350. The stern drive is a pre alpha "R" vintage.

    A. Replace the Chevy and put the entire power train in.?

    B. Adapt the Merc stern drive to the Ford?
     
  2. gonzo
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    You will need a bellhousing, motor mounts and may be able to adapt the exhaust.
     
  3. Wingryder
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    Thanks gonzo.. You mentioned bellhousing so you think mating the merc with his existing Ford 351 is the way to go. Why then do we need motormounts... ?
     
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    The motormounts on the sides of the block need to be for a Ford.
     
  5. Wingryder
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    Sorry you have lost me Are you commenting on Solution A or B???
     

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    If you replace the GM for a Ford, the mounts on the sided of the block need to be replaced too. That is for option B. The rear mounts are part of the bellhousing.
     
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