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Old 01-27-2004, 03:38   #1 (permalink)
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Im lookin to get a 351 c and spend about $3000 on it.

I'm looking to run it on gas to work in the week and on the weekend run it

on petrol for more power nad fun. I'm gonna put on extractors and a twin system.

What are some ideas on the best way to increase horse power?

I'm not thinking huge carby because of the gas system. Im told it wont make

that much diffence.

I'm thinkin mabey Fuel innjection or stroker or a performce kit or whatever!

Ideas???? Chartoo
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Re: More horses from my 351c

first of all you can forget your fuel injection and stroker with that budget.if you are capable of building a 351 yourself and prepared to do some of the running around you can probably build a very mild combo .if your paying someone to do it then expect no more than a stock build for that much outlay.as they say,"horsepower costs money.how fast do you want to go?"
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Re: More horses from my 351c

If youre starting with a stock 351 in good condition, I get a good set of extractors and a 2.5 inch twin system first. Then I'd look for an aftermarket manifold and a 600-650cfm carby. I'd probably spend the rest of the money on a 3.5:1 diff and a 2200rpm stall converter because they will make the car feel more powerful.
You should be able to get the exhaust, manifold and diff secondhand for around $1000 and a new converter for $400.
Its might be worth converting to full time gas and going for "Gas Research" carbs or similar. Theres some awesome big horsepower gas cars around and you dont have to worry about octane ratings or fuel price.
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Re: More horses from my 351c

I'd give Nod's advice the nod...

But would also add that cam and heads need attention to make a 351 go. Check out all the posts about 351's and you pool together all the common denominators to make a 351 work well.

People generally don't like talking in $ terms about their motors, and I'll probably get hammered for saying this - but it's very general advice - and depends on what gear you start out with:

. $1500-$2500 will get you a standard but quality rebuild
. $2500-$3500 for a healthy everyday driven street engine for standard or near standard gearing, but add another $1000-$1500 for decent manifolding and ignition
. $3500-$6000 for a 351 that will make your knees tremble
. $6000+ for strokers and 351's that will beat most of the cars on the street...
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Re: More horses from my 351c

for mild street use the standard 4v manifold, say, off a xd 302-351, will save money and still flow similar to edelbrock performer. just weighs heaps more. so if you're starting from scratch buy a black engine, you get electronic ignition as well.
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Re: More horses from my 351c

If you are pretty handy with spanners, then achieving a fairly powerful 351C for under $3000 is not impossible.

I'd be looking at
carb/manifold
cam/heads
ignition
exhaust

then driveline
convertor/trans
diff

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