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.. I agree, about 250 - 290grossHP... nominal 8.5:1 but prolly actually 7.6:1 compression ratio... hence the poor MPG... domed pistons would pump HP up into 300's and 17-20 MPG... GM sells a Mexican SBC 350" crate engine built to mid 1970's spec's rated 290grossHP wimpy 330 lb.-ft. torque using 224/224 duration cam from 1960's L46 350HP 11:1 350" 'Vette engine.

.. Nova police cars were popular around here for a while... prolly had LM1 4bbl. 350" engines of 155-170netHP depending on exhaust setup... 225grossHP at 4200 RPMs with open headers... SBC 400's in those days rated 175netHP at 3600 RPMs... in '76 - '79, Nova 4-door bodies were stretched 4" between the doors to make midsized Cadillac Sevilles with EFI port fuel injected single plane aluminum intake Olds 350" engines, 2-bbl. throttle body, low compression, prolly about 155netHP...

.. After GM dropped the Caprice in 1996, they tried to put cops into Suburbans... some places out west and south used Camaro/Firebird and Mustang police cars... Big Buicks were made in Flint. Michigan and Flint used Buick police cars... Jeeps are made here and police/fire/city use some Jeeps...

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