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Old 08-19-2010, 11:10 PM
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396 Demolition derby engine

I picked up a 68 Caprice wagon with the 396 engine that I'm going to build a demo derby car out of. I am looking for some advice on what camshaft I can put into it to make it perform a little better. Right now the engine runs good but I could use a little more power out of it. I have a new Edelbrock 750cfm carb I would like to run along with a performer intake.

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Old 08-20-2010, 09:21 AM
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Edelbrock performer plus cam or Eqiv will work just fine. However, I`d stick a 305 in it`s place before I`d ruin a big block chevy. While it`s true the 396 has fallen to the way side due to it`s smaller cubes, it`s still a BBC and it would sell.
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yep... you don't need all that much to run a derby car.. 305 or run of the mill 350 and just run the pistons loose so when it heats up, it doesn't seize.. some people I know run the derbys every year. they just run whatever engines they can find, or whats in the cars when they get them.. this year they ran an early 80's Olds Cutlass and a mid 80's Monte Carlo.. next year I will probably run a car
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There are Chevelle nuts all over the USA that would buy that 396 in a heartbeat.

Then, you would have the cash to get a lowly 305 or even a crappy 307 to kill.

Don't need a lot of power in a derby car---the cars have been stripped so that even the largest barge would weigh next to nothing, and besides, most derby events are on mud anyway-----a little less weight over the nose might get it moving better.
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There are Chevelle nuts all over the USA that would buy that 396 in a heartbeat.

Then, you would have the cash to get a lowly 305 or even a crappy 307 to kill.

Don't need a lot of power in a derby car---the cars have been stripped so that even the largest barge would weigh next to nothing, and besides, most derby events are on mud anyway-----a little less weight over the nose might get it moving better.
And Camaro nut's also I will guarantee it. Save the (396) please.


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Old 08-20-2010, 03:51 PM
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And it won't be worth a dime after you burn it up in a punctured radiator derby car, right now it would fetch enough to buy 3-4 SBC's.
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I thought about pulling out the 396 and putting in a sbc but I only paid $300 for the car and I don't think it is worth all the trouble becouse I will have to change the accessory brackets and stuff. I may just leave the engine stock too becouse it has a factory high rise intake on it. I might just throw on the new Edelbrock 750 that I have. Here are a few pictures of the beast.
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Sad to wreck that car...pretty much guaranteed that it has a turbo 400 and a 12 bolt in it.......
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Instead of wreaking that wagon in a da derby, get your adrenalin fix bungee jumping and part out the car- you'll make more that way than you EVER will derby'ing it, guaranteed. The REAL derby guys will see to that.

Is it a 2-bbl.?
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:53 PM
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I agree^^, Lot of Parts $$ to be made off that car.
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you paid $300. and the running 396, T-400 and 12 bolt is worth $1k or so.. personally. I'd part it and make money.. derby cars are easy to come by. just find a diffrent 1
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:35 AM
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I wouldnt part. I love unique cars. I would clean her up, car and motor and drive to local car shows. People would go nuts over its originality. Fixer her up and sell entire car for $2000 bucks or so. Somebody would get it.
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Why destory a nice looking big block car, even if it's a station wagon.

Thats nicer that all the cars we own. Find some POS 80's chevy station wagon to destory, not a classic.
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I am think I am still going to use this car for the derby becouse I have seen those 80's wagons in derby's and the frames seem weak on the in front of the rear wheels and they tend to fold there. This is actully a solid car with very little rust and I think it will do very good. I might stick a sb in if I can get one cheap. I just dont know if the 396 is worth saving becouse a while age I tried to sell a 427 that I had for $800 and had hardly any calls on it and it was a excellent running engine complete fron carb to pan. I ended up trading it for some junk.
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Not many left and getting harder to find. You posted this just to torture us right?
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