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Old 01-01-2009, 06:32 PM
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JMHO, but with forty years of experience:

1. Not all 2x4 tunnel rams are created equal. Summit has a very street-friendly Weiand unit with Holley 450s for a SBC for $700 and I've seen custom sheet metal race units with 1250 Dominators for $10,000.
2. A tunnel ram will usually start harder, backfire when cold, idle rougher and use a LOT more fuel.
3. On a stock 383", the car will be very little faster, harder to drive, a lot more difficult to tune, use more fuel and will cost a lot of money to achieve all the above. And then, once the excitement wears off and you're stuck with all the problems, you've cut that big hole in your hood. Bottom line, most real deal engine guys would say a tunnel ram on a stock 383" is a poser/hoser's toy. No points from anyone who matters.
4. If someone asks this question, it is an indication he probably doesn't have the skill and experience to install a tunnel ram, set up the linkage and fuel lines, tune the carbs and distributor advance. Anyone who would take money to do it for the owner without trying at least once to talk him out of it is not a friend.
5. Some cops will write "driving with obstructed vision" tickets for tunnel rams with decent air cleaners.

As always, your car, your money, your decision.

thnx, jack vines

thnx, jack vines
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