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posted November 23, 2003 08:39 PM
u will need long drop cord for the motor
Originally posted by bachshute:
i run a crate engine - its only a 350 with 350 hp at 5000 rpm and 390 lbs of torque at 4000 rpm with a 650 holley carb and 1.5/8" stepped to a 1.3/4" header 3" collector .
nudular cast crank
cast aluminum pistons
iron vortec heads
cam with hydraulic flat tappet lifters
highrise dual plane intake
hei dist.
would like to get a little more hp without getting inside the motor, what can i do -- bigger carb ? headers ? cam 2 gas ? ect.
also how much hp could i expect to gain if any ? thanks for any help .

posted November 24, 2003 04:48 PM
Without really getting into the motor, you could look at having a carb custom built for your application. Or try to reduce internal friction by running synthetic oil and going to a roller-rocker setup (if not already). If the HEI ignition is stock, they don't make good spark over 5,000 rpm. You might be able to pick up some upper range power by upgrading the ignition system. The compression of the motor should be a major factor in determining what type of fuel to use. If you're not running real high compression, high octane gas can lead to burnt exhaust valves.

Just some thoughts...

posted November 24, 2003 06:38 PM
You could run the Hei as a trigger and hook up a digital MSD. On a level field with a crate rule, you probably will win more races working with the car than with the motor. JMO

posted November 24, 2003 09:48 PM
Where do you run a UMP mod with 350hp at?

posted November 25, 2003 10:38 AM
If you do go into the engine you can get alot more power out of it,i have a hotrod mag with the same engine that put out 459 horses with the stock shortblock and the only thing done to the heads was mods to the valve guides for more lift,maybe you could run a lift rule cam and not remove the heads but you definitely need to change the cam to see any real h.p. gain.

posted November 28, 2003 07:08 AM
rico 08--- yea thats kinda what i thought , was just hoping there was something i was overlooking that i could do without getting inside the engine ,, wishful thinking i guess .
your right about the cam i can gain a little there without getting into the heads , might go that direction .
hey - what issue is that hot rod mag.? would like to check that out . Thanks

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