Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Ft Worth, Tx USA
I am with Jody's post and every thing said is very good. But here is something to think about, these engines are designed to do so much and if you exceed that limit like Jody you will wreck the bottom end.If you plan to keep the car wait until rebuild time and put the crank, and rods in it that will take the abuse of more HP, and also you can build a stroker at that point, and add the heads, cam,ect.
So what to do now? I learned years ago that I could put lower gears in my car and nothing else and out run most all my friends.
So in saying that, I will say this, the LT1 LOVES LOW GEARS. You may not want to go this low but I built a 1st gen w/LT1 for a guy that had 4:11 posi and the second day, he nailed it going about 35 MPH and it went to low, and cut the tires loose went backwards, slamed a curb, bent two wheels, one axle, an aframe and a new ball joint, before he knew what happened.
This same car gets 17MPG dogging it out, and 20+ highway, and if you don't keep your car pull the low geared diff out when you sell the car and sell the diff seprate. I think some of the 6SPD cars have at least 3:66 or lower gears, and it will bolt right in, and save the old one.
By the way Jody don't take offence I have done the same thing, and was just throwing something else out there to think about.
[This message has been edited by lnjstreetrods (edited 10-25-2000).]