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Old 09-25-2005, 01:23 PM
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Are you saying you're turning 3000rpm at 80 mph or 80 km/h? Because 3K @ 80mph isn't bad at all.

The cheapest way to make your F-85 fast and not kill your fuel milage (believe it or not) is to drop in a 455 and th400 from a mid to late '70s full-size Olds. This will give you low 15 to high 14 second 1/4s. It'll run on today's gas and won't have to work to push your car down the highway.

I had a '73 Delta 88 convert, 455 smog motor, th400, 2.73s, headers, and electronic distributor, it would run 15.50s all day long and get 18 mpg on the highway. I also had a '67 Cutlass 4 dr with the same setup except with 3.42 gears, it would run 14.0 in the 1/4.

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Kay thanks for the reply, i might just do that down the road, itd kind of be cool to have a sleeper. I could rebuild the engine on the side while going to school. Thanks for the replies everyone.
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I had a '73 Delta 88 convert, 455 smog motor, th400, 2.73s, headers, and electronic distributor, it would run 15.50s all day long and get 18 mpg on the highway. I also had a '67 Cutlass 4 dr with the same setup except with 3.42 gears, it would run 14.0 in the 1/4.

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the 207ci v6 in my grand am gets 20-24mpg but then again I drive like the 19 year old I am (the burning rubber smell means it's working!)
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Actually I think you would get the most bang for the buck with a set of 3.55 gears and the 200r4 myself..The 200r4 seems to be a fine trans for what you have in mind..

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I am going to use this quote.

I agree. Since you don't want to do much engine changing, you have to do this and nitrous.

15 flat is not realistic for your car. It runs 17.5s now, if you are lucky. That is all they did when new.

No matter what you do to that little nail head, you are NOT going to beat most of the ricers. Period. Be realistic. 15 flat will not beat most of them, and a lot of them will kick your *** easily. I mean assembly line stock ricers.
That Dodge SRT4 is killing late model Z-28s.

I would suggest you just stay with what you have and make faces at the ricers, and put your money into gasoline. That's less $$ outgo than chasing parts. (but not as much fun)

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I would like to PS my last entry.

Mind mind said Buick... yours is not a nailhead Buick... but an Olds.

289 HIPO Mustangs ran mid 15s.
327 Camaros ran mid 15s.
390 Mustangs ran 15 flat.
Buick Skylark GS 400s barely ran 15 flat off the assembly line.
Olds 442s dipped into the 14s barely.
383 Dodge Chargers barely ran 15 flat, (3800 pounds)
etc.

Be realistic.
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