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Old 05-12-2010, 12:07 AM   #11
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Spitty I found you a motor. 374ci 450 hp.......

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Spitty I found you a motor. 374ci 450 hp.......

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Wow! $11,000 for an engine!

I want to someday do a project like this. Im not sure if I should start it now, then give it to my son when he turns 18 in 15 years. Or, start a project when he turns 12-13, help me fix it up, then give it to him.
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I'll be making more power with the motor I started yesterday and for a lot less money. The short block went together really well. I'll try to get some pics up later. We are shooting for 500HP which isn't that impressive but it's solid for an FE. With a 4.25" stroke 500ft/lbs of torque shouldn't be a problem and all this will happen below 6,000 RPM.
500HP will get the car finished but we built it with a forged steel crank, forged H beam rods and forged pistons so I can see a blower ending up on this thing down the road. The bottom end is good for 800HP.

I was wrong when I said the 445 only needs a crank change. It gets different rods and pistons too...my bad.
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Please keep us in the loop Spitty.
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Spitty, this project of yours jogs my memory of the last motor I built for my hot rod Camaro back in 1982.

The Camaro has long since been sold but I still have alot of the motor left in a fresh machined mothballed condition.

I ocassionally ponder the thought of building another street freak machine but I come to the two same conclusions every time for not doing it. (1) I'll just get into trouble with the law (can't keep my foot out of the gas and if I got it I'll use it) and (2) Been there...done that.

The (2) excuse just makes me feel better about myself in my inablilties to curb my impulsivness when it comes to keeping my foot out of the throttle.
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Spitty, this project of yours jogs my memory of the last motor I built for my hot rod Camaro back in 1982.

The Camaro has long since been sold but I still have alot of the motor left in a fresh machined mothballed condition.

I ocassionally ponder the thought of building another street freak machine but I come to the two same conclusions every time for not doing it. (1) I'll just get into trouble with the law (can't keep my foot out of the gas and if I got it I'll use it) and (2) Been there...done that.

The (2) excuse just makes me feel better about myself in my inablilties to curb my impulsivness when it comes to keeping my foot out of the throttle.
When I was in high school my car dropped a valve and for a little while I drove my dad's 65 Mustang. At the time it was around 325HP but I still had fun with it so I know where you're coming from. Now it's in the form of 600HP and a 6 speed. You can't drive that car without getting on it at least once.
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I am not a Ford guy. But I can appreciate a Mustang. My younger brother has a similar project going. I saw an early 70s Nova for sale right around the corner from my house. I'm seriously thinking about it. It droped from $3200 down to $2600. If it gets any lower I may have to go buy it.
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When I was in high school my car dropped a valve and for a little while I drove my dad's 65 Mustang. At the time it was around 325HP but I still had fun with it so I know where you're coming from. Now it's in the form of 600HP and a 6 speed. You can't drive that car without getting on it at least once.
Hell, I got on it with that Camaro at least 3 to 4 times a day.

Had a Strange Engineering 9", 31 spline Ford rear end made for it and had several pumpkins with gear sets ranging from 5.56, 4.10, 3.55, and, 3.00. (If memory severs me correctly) My intentions were, with the last motor I built for it, was to break the 200 MPH barrier with that Camaro. Thats why I had a pumpkin made up in a 3.00 gear ratio. Unfortunately the best she would go was 187 MPH. Really disappointing to me at the time. Quarter mile time was in the low 9's, but drag racing by that time had become really boaring to me.

So I lost interest in it, and the wife at the time was really pissed off it it as well, pulled the motor and transmission out, towed the Camaro to our family ranch and there it sat until a fellow and hid son bought it from me in 2005 for a "father / son" project. I still have most of the motor and the transmission and I see that Camaro ocassionally on a trailer with painted in headlights and taillights being trailered to and from the drag strip.
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