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Don't know where to put this question cause it has some engine/performance/tech/body in it. Please move it to appropriate place if necessary

I have a question for all ragtop owners with a non-stock engine in it. (or a stock-car engine in it
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I'd like to know if a ragtop-body has any trouble with the torque of a (turbo'd) 355 or a mild 383.
I ask this because in the town I live there is a Qvale mangusta

with a displacement of 280 ci (F*rd cobra)
, 320bhp @ 6000 rpm, 314 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm and because it is a convertible the body couldn't handle the torque so the chassis twisted and the plastic body was cracked in some places. Does this also happen to 1st gen with steel body and subframe connectors??

I know Dennis (DjD) has a convertible with a 383 in it and i see absolutely no cracks in the body, but I also read on this forum that a ragtop with an original 327 caused twisting of the chassis and misalignment of the doors.

HELP!

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[This message has been edited by DL (edited 05-14-2002).]
 

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My intention is 90% - 95% of the time (4 months a year) just cruising. When I'm cruising and a car wants to do a little "exersize" I don't want to see his tail-lights ofcourse

So I think a convertible with a mild 383 with SFC's should do the job then.....right??


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You'll probably know that I never took a ride in a V8 powered car ever before, but do you say that for example your car ('69 rag 383) does the 1/4 mile in high 13 - low 13???

Because the closest dragstrip near me is on the other side of the country, I do all the calculating in 0-60 in stead of in 1/4 mile. I know that a "small sportscar" like Honda CRX, VW GTi, etc. here runs about 16 sec in the 1/4 mile (wind in the back, downhill, beer insight LOL
) but I don't know what a 1st gen Camaro would do.

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