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Old 05-31-2010, 09:09 AM
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no just a lil rebuild on the heads. i was just looking for something like 400hp the engine only has 1000 mile or so at first the comp was at 100 now 500 mile later 150

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now im thinking about a single turbo to make up for the lose of power
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It always helps when there is a full disclosure of ALL the info pertaining to an engine is revealed up front, in the first post or two, instead of having to ask for each and every detail one bit at a time. So, if there are any other details that you'd care to add, now would be a good time.

It would NOW appear that your cam might be a Summit Racing #1104. It has 0.465" of lift- right at the maximum that a stock set of Vortec heads will allow before the retainer hits the valve stem seal.

But the real problem is, if the "lil rebuild" did NOT include valve springs that are correct for the camshaft's lift, the valves could well be floating/lofting because the stock valve springs are too weak.

The stock springs are designed to be used w/the L31 cam:

Stock L31 cam specs:
Intake lift- .414"
Exhaust Lift- .428"
Intake duration @.050"- 191
Exhaust Duration @ .050" - 196
LSA- 111

If your valves are floating, the engine might run strong up until the point of valve float, then power would take a definite nose dive, along w/the possibility of popping through the intake and/or exhaust. Sometimes, there will be no popping, it just depends on how bad the problem is.

Does this resemble the way your engine is running?
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well the thing is that i have only done 2 builds 1 was mild 350 (it made the same power as these 383 better burn outs to ) there are lots of things i have to learn
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Do you have a tach in the car? What RPM and speed can you shift from 1-2 at? A stock 1982 rear end will most likely have a ratio somewhere in the 2.xx range. My dad's 1981 Regal with a 267 2bbl V8 had a 2.29 ratio rear end! Your 383 will feel like a total slug with a rear gear like that. The stock motor in your Cutty had a diesel-like power curve and the more mild the motor, the more they agree with super tall rear ends. As was said, put a 3.73 gear in there and it will be much much better. I put a hotter cam and heads in my truck and it felt 'okay' after but until I changed out the 2.76 stock ratio to a 3.40 did it get quite a bit better.
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the car prb has 2.14 or 2.73 gears!! you will def need some 3.73's,, iv got a 87' cutlass with mild 350, flat top motor with "461" double humpers with 10.1CR, a 288 degree cam with 204/214 420"/442" a victor jr and a 600 carb, a 2100-2500 stall and some 4.10 posi and it smokes the tires like nothn!!!
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yes i do the trans shifts at 2000 give or take
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