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465hp 355 Maintenance tips

New to the high performance scene and was wondering if any one could give me some maintenance tips for a daily driven c-10 with a 465hp 355. Its gonna be driven 45 miles round trip monday through friday. Thanks. It has a beefed up th350, 3.73 gears with an auburn posi.

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Ok...I'm gonna be the bad guy here, how do you know it's 465 hp? do you have a dyno sheet for it. The reason I ask is because there always someone who claims they have X amount of HP but no way to prove it. That would be a pretty stout 355 with a lot of serious after market parts and converter, not to mention the rear end gears. If I'm wrong I will gladly apologize.
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Really have no choice but to drive it daily. Other truck was totalled out,lol. I know about oil n such. Just curious about the little things to check. Plugs, valves, etc?
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No its really guestimated. It had been dynoed at 436 hp but had heads swapped n some other things done with carbs n such. Its my dads truck. Engine has 548 miles on it so break in is still in progress.Gonna be driving it for a little while until I can get insurance crap done n such on my other truck being totalled.
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All I really know is it has a built th350 with a 2800 stall, 3.73 rear gears, forged crank, airgap intake, afr heads (If remember correctly), 750 demon carb, 292 cam.

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ok let me re ask the question. What would be the common things to check and look for when driving a 400hp+ 355 daily 40 miles round trip to and from work? Has dual electric fans, huge radiator so running hot hasn't been an issue yet n hopefully never. Has 3.73 gears aburn posi with a 12 bolt rear end. Built th350. I know higher performance engines require a little tighter maintenance schedule. Will have to be cool in it cause its dads truck and I definately dont want to screw it up. He'd kill me. Its an 86 C-10 2wd.
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Unless it has solid lifters it would need nothing more than any other common hydraulic cammed SBC would need. Plug life should be normal, oil changes at a more frequent interval, say every 3,000 miles.
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Thank you very much. Thats the kinda things I was looking for,lol. Any other things?If not then I appreciate all the inputs.
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Nothing more that comes to mind, other than it is a relatively new installation so just keep an eye on fluids and watch for leaks, and check the tension on header bolts and intake manifold bolts, and hose clamp tension. Gaskets and hoses tend to relax a little after the first torque down and a few heating and cooling cycles.
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Check engine oil and transmission fluid levels daily. Check coolant level daily. Change fuel filter(s) regularly. Check air filter every couple of weeks. Hold it up to the sun and see how much light comes through it. After you do this for a while and compare the amount of light coming through a new filter element, you'll get an eye for knowing when to change it. Check belts for cuts or cracks every couple weeks. Keep tires aired up weekly. Look on the sidewall, there will be a max pressure. Do not exceed. I have 235/75R-15 radials on my truck and I run 40 psi all around. Make certain that you have everything you need to change a flat tire, including an aired-up spare and tools. Keep a good flashlight. Flats happen at night too. If the spare is chained and locked, make certain you have the key. Keep area in front of radiator cleaned out and free of leaves, newspapers that blow across the road, etc. Check battery water every couple of weeks. Keep top of battery and connections free of corrosion (baking soda sprinkled on the connections, then hosed off with water). Next time you have the cables loose to clean them, install a couple of those felt donuts on the posts, one is green, one is red. That will help to prevent corrosion.
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