Re: Hemi 265'd
Gotta love those old Hemi 245's and 265's. I had a 1971 VH R/T 265 as my first car in 1979. They had about 150-160KW "stock" from the factory with standard exhaust and 2 barrel carby (it was not the E37/38/47/48 engine with triple Webers). The "plain" R/T's had a bit extra over and above the 770 series engines (I think a slightly more aggressive cam and some other bits and pieces).
I put on extractors and (rice? haha) side pipes which must have been the rage at the time (which were functional with 2 hot dogs inside each side). The extractors were split to exit 3 pipes into one side and 3 into the other. It was plenty loud. I had the head worked, a reground cam and a Holley carby. These cars weighed only 1370kgs which is astounding power to weight compared to the N/A XR6 at nearly 1800kgs.
So what went harder? The Charger vs anything unmodified up to 100ks and then it ran out of puff because of the gearing (I had the crap 3-on-the-floor manual) and lack of power and torque beyond 5000 rpm. The triple-webered cars revved much harder (I think they were blueprinted, balanced and had much hotter cams). Low 14's and high 13's for these vehicles (with the E49 4 speed box).
351 Fords and 350 Chevs would get me but unmodified 302's, 308's and so on were fair game. I won a carton of beer once off a bloke who said the Val was crap and his 302 would eat it. I never did race it legally but I'd say mid to low 15's for a 1/4 mile. These things were weapons at the lights if you could get traction.
They were unpopular vehicles though - everyone lusted after Monaros, Toranas and GT's. Valiants were cheap as chips to buy as a result. What I would give to have the old girl back now....
BA XR6 N/A Pacemaker extractors, 2 1/2in exhaust, K&N Panel Filter, XR6T intake, Leather, Premium Sound, 18" alloys