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Old 05-21-2013, 02:24 PM
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Low RPM High Torque sbc

Thinking about building a budget sbc, 6-71 Weiand blower with 2 Edelbrock 750's. Looking for a high torque monster at a reasonable RPM, less than 6500. Plan on using cast crank and forged pistons with good heads, cam, lifters (suggestions). Will probably have water/meth injection if it would be of an advantage in this type of motor. Trying to keep RPM's down and use mostly factory parts thus the 6500 RPM limit.
The vehicle it's going in:
41 Willys
355 CI
700R4/3500 stall
3.90:1 ford 9"
Race weight 3257
20%Street/ 80% strip car

Yeah, I know will need a different stall converter. Is it possible or a pipe dream?

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what size of engine?over 800 hp?
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what size of engine?over 800 hp?
355 SBC. That would be nice but don't think I'd get there in this budget engine. Pretty limited to 700HP and 600 Tq by the tranny specs.
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If you want low RPM torque then you need a lot of displacement. A blower definitely helps but Going with an aftermarket block and 3.75" stroke (or more) would really get you there.

Price out what it would cost to use stock components and compare to a complete SHP short block, it'll only be a little over a grand more for more displacement and much improved durability.

BTW, are you attached to the sbc platform? There a LOT better options for low RPM torque.
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If you want low RPM torque then you need a lot of displacement. A blower definitely helps but Going with an aftermarket block and 3.75" stroke (or more) would really get you there.

Price out what it would cost to use stock components and compare to a complete SHP short block, it'll only be a little over a grand more for more displacement and much improved durability.

BTW, are you attached to the sbc platform? There a LOT better options for low RPM torque.
Oh yeah, pretty attached. Already has a 355 in it and never was big on big blocks. Do know where I can get a complete stock 454 though at a good price. (free)
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Then I would put Vortec dished pistons in a 4 bolt Lt1 block, LT4 heads or ported lt1 heads, and perhaps a zz4 take out cam. All factory parts, all cheap, and about the best you can do in the sbc platform at 355ci.

With a blower you can maybe hit 600ftlbs if everything is set up right.
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6500rpm's and 700 HP with a factory cast crank? I think I would start saving up a little and get all forged internals.
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Then I would put Vortec dished pistons in a 4 bolt Lt1 block, LT4 heads or ported lt1 heads, and perhaps a zz4 take out cam. All factory parts, all cheap, and about the best you can do in the sbc platform at 355ci.

With a blower you can maybe hit 600ftlbs if everything is set up right.
Thanks for the info. I'll look into that.
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6500rpm's and 700 HP with a factory cast crank? I think I would start saving up a little and get all forged internals.
A factory block will fail before a cast crank will as long as its properly machined, assembled, and tuned. RPM and tune kills cranks. Being an auto with a loose stall helps too.
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A simple engine such as the GM 350HO (330HP) vortec motor would fit the bill.
A smaller blower is more efficient at low rpm. Like a 142 blower or the 177 blower.
Keep the cam small like the 330HP crate motor cam is.

A blower just magnifies what you bolt it too.

a 6-71 roots would be a lot more efficient with a blower drive system that had a built in variable speed transmission. so the blower speed would be independant of crank shaft rpm.

Even still you can build a good street "cruiser" blower motor. The key is keep it mild.
Let the blower make the power. A dedicated water methanol injection system allows more engine compression ratio.
Don't need to get real stupid with boost. its a cruiser.. 475- 500hp is a lot.
easy on parts and fuel consumption.

Whats going on with your present blower motor?
Are you looking to tame this one down? (street cruiser practicality)?
Just wanted to see if there was a good way to build a torque monster on a budget without all the cost of high RPM parts. They say, "torque wins races". lol
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Just wanted to see if there was a good way to build a torque monster on a budget without all the cost of high RPM parts. They say, "torque wins races". lol
Only slow idiots say that.
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[QUOTE=F-BIRD'88;1677558] snip snip
A blower just magnifies what you bolt it too.

a 6-71 roots would be a lot more efficient with a blower drive system that had a built in variable speed transmission. so the blower speed would be independant of crank shaft rpm.
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A thought, or brain fart. Maybe a fluid drive that would keep a constant RPM at the blower, kind of like a wast-gate so u'd have 8-10 lbs boost constantly.
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Remeber there are already many much more efficient supercharger designs other than a Roots blower.
But all--- cost more.

Also remember.... detonation will cut up cheap parts and expensive parts too.
Lower charge air temperature is your friend. High octane gasoline is your friend too.

If you want to keep it on a budget you got to keep it simple and realistic.

Define what you want the car to do.
I just mainly wondered if a torque monster could be built on a budget and not need all the expensive parts.
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No. Better parts will always be needed for better results.
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"A factory block will fail before a cast crank will as long as its properly machined, assembled, and tuned. RPM and tune kills cranks. Being an auto with a loose stall helps too."

Really? Then whats the point of factory forged cranks? I understand you can beat on stock internals several times before they go boom. But It seems like a lot of money in jeopardy to not to add a forged crank. Not trying to argue here just curious. I would think 95% of the forged cranks on the marked to into stock blocks.
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