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Old 07-09-2007, 09:17 AM
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help picking size

I need some advice on what to do

I am looking to build my first big block in the up comming months

I have already started looking at parts and pricing them out but i am still not sure what displacement engine i would like to go with

I am considering 4 options something in the low 400 range, something in the mid 400 range (454 etc), low 500 range (502) and something in the mid 500 range (540)

i am looking to use the engine for street use as well as drag racing,

i would like to make a 3650 lb car go easly into the 11's and do not want to have higher than 11.1 compression, be able to run on pump gas and be naturally aspirated

which would mean i need somewhere between 600-700 hp on motor

and i would like the posibilty of adding nitrous, if that has any affect

what would be the best engine to choose,

i know that there is no replacement for displacement but is a 502 or 540 really my best option

i am open to all suggestions

thanks
-TheDocta

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Old 07-09-2007, 09:34 PM
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I think you will find the parts much more available and cheap for the 454. Kits for bolting it into most Chevy's are readily available, as are articles. Your goal of 11's on pump gas is not impossible but the answer is combinations, not just power. Put that 454 on a go cart and you could do 6's but you couldnt get the traction and youd kill yourself if you ever did . Put it in a dump truck and settle for 20's. Putting that motor in a Camero is relatively simple and there are tons of hot rod parts available. Good Luck!
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You have stated a weight and a goal, but what you didn't state is what car. Give some specifics. At 3600 lbs or thereabouts, a 454 could easily get you in range with room for more.

What car? This is important as the weight distribution will determine what you need to attain your goal.
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You have stated a weight and a goal, but what you didn't state is what car. Give some specifics. At 3600 lbs or thereabouts, a 454 could easily get you in range with room for more.

What car? This is important as the weight distribution will determine what you need to attain your goal.

sorry the car is a 1979 camaro with cal trac traction bars and subframe connectors, so the car should hook well and as for weight the big block will put it with in 100lbs of the weight stated
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it seems like a 496 is really the smallest displacement to go if you want to make decent HP
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