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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Need some engine advise

I just purchased a 1989 Four Winns Liberator 201 without engine but with King Cobra drive.
As engines are not easy to find in the Netherlands where I live.
I have some good experience in building car engines but zero in marine engines.
There are two engines I can chose from right at this moment, a 7.4 King Cobra (Chevy) and a 5.0 cobra (Ford)
With gas prices exeeding $8 a gallon I'm leaning towards the 5.0 but as it's a relatively heavy boat would the 7.4 be a better choice?
The chevy 5.7 stroked to 383 would be MY first choice but there not easy to find for a decent price.
Another thing I can do is stoke the 5.0 to a 331 as I don't like the 347 short pistons to much.
The downside with the Ford engine is parts are more expensive but I have more experience in building them rather then Chevy's.
What is the best option?
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Welcome to the forum. My first thought is will a Ford bolt up to your outdrive
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Welcome to the forum. My first thought is will a Ford bolt up to your outdrive
I think it will, the Chevy can be purchased with the original King Cobra sterndrive and the Ford with the orginal Cobra stern. From what I understood it's the correct engine to drive adaptor you need.
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I was not sure as havent done much with Cobra drives. Mercrusers need the correct drive at least for SBFs
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