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Old 02-22-2010, 11:49 PM
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need some help and suggestions

hey, im quite new at this, i am only 17 but i have a grandpa that can do anything that i need to do to my truck...

I have some questions though...

I have a 1985 chevy 1/2 ton, witht the original 305 5.0L V8 4barrel carborator in it..
What can i do to give my truck more horsepower, make it faster give it better acceleration and get it running with the other guys who race their trucks?? I would like to do all this without really having to by a new 350 or something, and not killing my gas mileage any worse than it really is... thanks guys and all suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated!!

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:10 AM
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You would need to rebuild+ or swap in a hotter engine. There really is no "bolt on" thing that will give you tons more horsepower. If there was, we would all have it. There is nitrous, but on a tired stock engine it will probably be the perfect tool to blow up your engine. Remember, the guy with the fastest truck is probably the guy with the most money to dump into it. This is a real expensive hobby, and even more expensive when you try to keep up with the Jones.

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I know its gonna be expensive and I figured I wud have to rebuild, but I am askin like opinions on brands and things people think wud help. Like when I rebuild and put in a new carb is eddlebrock or holly better? And flat top, or disced pistions? Wud a new exhaust minifold help? Wud a cam help or hinder? What exactly does a cam do? Lol I have tonnns of questions. I wud ask gramps but everytime I ask him sumtn he tells me he wudnt put it on there or change nothing...
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:30 AM
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Opinions are going to vary on which brand of stuff. I can only suggest hanging around and reading everything you can on this forum. You will learn a lot. Read what people do and use in their rebuild to get some ideas. Maybe buy some books from amazon.com about hot rodding specific engines. Maybe get a worn out 350 cheap and rebuild that. You may want to get a beefier transmission also. The money will add up fast.

Good luck with it
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:30 AM
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For a decent bump in power, I'd look for a used Performer intake, Eddy 1406, and a regular vacuum advance HEI distributor.
All three of these should be available used, Ebay or Craigslist. Try to buy the carb cheap enough that you can afford to put a kit in it. Long tube headers and dual exhaust will help some too. When you really start to get serious, you may want to swap heads, but by that time, you may be ready for a more serious (bigger) motor anyway.
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305- 375 hp

Jon has info in the wiki.... click the top of this page ...wiki.... and then ...engine... then ...305 build up... for more info.
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Thnks for the help everyy1!
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