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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 01, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just installed a Richmond 3.55 w/Eaton Posi unit to replace the factory 2.56 open (car came w/Glide , now has M21)

All the difference in the world in "around town" driving. Scoots off the line great and runs at the base powerband @ 35 in 3rd. Gets on the pipe and pulls hard with about 500-700 more RPM (or at 40mph) from a rolling 30-33mph.
(mostly from the cam , but from a gear standpoint)

Runs about 3200 on the highway at about 70 (speedo not ironed out yet ,but paced by another car on the highway). Not too bad on the revs , I and it can definately live on the highway.

I almost bought the 3.73 , glad I didn't , but that's only because I plan on long trips with the Vintage A/C cranking. I think the 3.73 would be neat , but not for me right now. But , if it was a 200 mile day-tripper , or mostly in town , the 3.73 wouldn't be out of the question at all. I had a 3.90 / Muncie car a few years ago and it wasn't very pleasant on the highway , but great in town (gas sucker , but aren't they all ?)

So in my opinion , depending on your displacement , cam & highway needs , the 3.55 is just about the perfect all around gear. I'm happy with it anyway , made a hot rod out of my slug.

(*also keep in mind this is a small block A/C convertible in full RS trim , so it's a tank , base cars & stripper big block coupes would see a far greater benefit)

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 01, 03:23 AM
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I also like my 3.55's. But I'm running 3100 RPM at 60 mph with 26" tall tires. How tall are your tires?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 01, 04:49 AM
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Hey Brian I've got to wash the mud off the race car from last nite then I'll stop by.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 01, 11:41 AM
 
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I really like my 12 bolts stock 3.31 gears.

Just put tall narrow tires on for trips and gas mileage, then short wide ones on for having tire smoking fun.

I try ta build my engines for torque so I can power the car down the quarter!! That way, it's not as hard on parts b/c I'm not winding the sh-t outta it. pdq67



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