gears for my combo?
I have a 68 chevelle malibu 327 .40 over with a lunati cam
th350, 2000 torque converter
Advertised Duration (Int/Exh): 262/268
Duration @ .050 (Int/Exh): 219/227
Gross Valve Lift (Int/Exh): .468/.489
Valve Lash (Int/Exh): Hyd/Hyd
RPM Range: 1400-5800
I am wondering on the gearing I should be running? I am not sure what I have in the rear now, but it is a stock 8.2gm 10 bolt 1968, but my tach says I am around 2800-2900 rpm @ 60-65mph I also have a team g single plane intake with a 670 holley vac secondaries on there, could that single plane intake be the cause of sluggish bottom end? But once it gets the RPM up it flies like a bat out of hell! Also I have 245 50 r 15 on the front and 275 60r 15 on the rear which I think calculates to 31" tall tires for the rear. Pls help I am happy with mid to top end performance but would like recommendation on gears and posi? Some have told me posi is to dangerous easy to loose control, breaking loose all the time from the road. I will be driving a good amount of highway driving and not a strip car. I will be sticking with this th350 for the time being, but next time a OD trans for sure. Sees like with my RPM at 65 could it be 3.73's? If so how can it be so sluggish down low if in fact it is 3.73 gears, dual plane intake???
A Dual Plane Intake such as Edelbrock RPM would work better with the Cam you have. Slightly more Stall @2500rpm would also but, not neccesary.
What is your Ignition timing advance set at, Initial, Mechanical and Vacuum advance?
A Posi Diff can be a little touchy on wet surfaces but, dry surfaces it's not a problem.
A 2004R O/D Trans would be a good swap, same length as the TH350, better gear ratios. Bolts right in using a TH400 Crossmember. Requires a TV Cable & Brackets and a simple Lockup Kit for the TCC/TorqueConverterClutch.
3.73 X .67 = 2.50 ratio, great for cruising. @65mph = 1950rpm.
Trans ID & Specs >> http://www.maliburacing.com/auto_tranny_id.htm
take in to acct that your speedometers 'driven' gear could be wrong for the tire size and axle ratio (whatever it is). You could be off by 5-10mph or more.
Put a performer RPM on it and some 3.73s (or more if you use a 200-4r) in it.
W/31" tall rears it sounds more like 4"10's. I turn 2800 at 60 with the same combo trans and rear gears. If you have the room under the hood, try a 4 hole 1" spacer under the carb for more bottom end torque (cheaper than a whole new manifold). :D
I Posted the wrong size above ^^ 275/60/15 is 28" Tall.
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