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Old 09-17-2004, 12:50 PM
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Anyone noticed the new triple carb setup from barry grant?

http://www.jegs.com/cgi-bin/ncommerc...26&prmenbr=361



Call me crazy but is the nostalgic look and theoretical 13 hp and 12lbfttq gain really worth roughly $1700 over a standard rpm intake and demen 650?

I am still having trouble understanding this marketing attempt, were they just bored or are there people out there looking to spend money for the %^** of it?


Just wondering what everyone thought

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Old 09-17-2004, 12:53 PM
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Dont know. But I sure could think of a lot better ways to spend 2396 bucks.
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If i had the money i would totally buy it.
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Old 09-17-2004, 01:43 PM
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what, you mean like a "six pack?" NOt a new idea, they've been making those for 40 years

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No, as in why in the hell would someone spend roughly $1700 more to get a modern nostalgic look and "potentially" gain 13 hp and 12 ftlbtq. Thats why I used the term nostalgic look, I know the concept isn't new, well that and it says it in the advertisement.

Probably asking the wrong crowd, as I would imagine a true hotrodder would go to any length to get a certain look.

Personally it doesn't matter if I can comfortably afford something or not, it has every thing to do with the bottom line and what I am actually getting and I couldn't justify the $2300 for a carb(s) and intake "system".

All about perspective I suppose.

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Old 09-17-2004, 08:01 PM
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Some people have plenty of cash to throw at their cars and will gladly pay that money so they can have something most others won't.
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Old 09-17-2004, 08:27 PM
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Cashwise....

[size=3]Doc here:

Jeeze, I don't know, fur $2500 Bucks , I'd rather throw a small "Huffer" at it... and It would still look awesome.

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Some people have plenty of cash to throw at their cars and will gladly pay that money so they can have something most others won't.



Yeah your right but on my side of the fence, if I am shelling out the big bucks for the latest and greatest, the hp increase ratio should be better than $130 per hp gained...maybe I expect too much or I am not easily distracted by the shiny stuff?



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[size=3]Doc here:

Jeeze, I don't know, fur $2500 Bucks , I'd rather throw a small "Huffer" at it... and It would still look awesome.

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Finally, someone that understands.

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not to mention you only get those gains if all three of your carbs are in perfect sync....

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not to mention you only get those gains if all three of your carbs are in perfect sync....

K

Exactly...more likely than not the average joe isn't gonna wanna try and syncronize the setup themselves and shell out even more to have it done.





Another thought, the first time I saw that setup was on american hot rod, they tried to put them on a vortec headed small block and found out real quick it wasn't gonna happen, after some modification to the intake they did get it to work...aparently that inspired a change in the design, as the link I posted claims they will work with standard or vortec heads.
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I think you will find that the show car/hot rod crowd are the ones that will buy something like this as it is getting away from/different than what you see everyday.

Some guys are into strictly cheap speed, others the awe factor when you open the hood. I am of the latter persuasion as I like older LINC-MERCS.

A setup like this...



...could easily come to two/tree thousand bucks to duplicate. The dedicated air cleaner asm. (alone) for this setup (58 LINC) just sold on E-Bay for about six grand.

A setup like this...



...could easily come to a like amount, other than a dedicated air cleaner asm. for this setup (58 MERC) just sold for eight hundred fifty dollars. The rocker covers shown are even more rare.

So you have to consider all different persuasions that are in this hobby (or lifestyle).

Now, the below is more in my price range...







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Ya gotta remember 90% of most guys with SBCs would be best served with a 9:1 engine with a torque cam, some headers and a 600 vac. sec. carb. Yet they are willing to spend a whole lot of money on crap they really don't need. This is just another example.

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what were they thinking

course you can always do it the broke white trash way I did and build your own 3 x2 intake cuz no one else makes one for your engine. I used the lower half of a TPI intake from a 351 winsor truck engine and fabricated my own plenum chamber for it, using 3 Ford 2 bbl carbs. Havent had opportunity to run it yet as dont have the engine in a car now. May not run any better than it does with the edelbrock performer and 600 cfm Holley but its sure got to look a lot meaner, and different.

By the way, I did this just for the heck of it. Just to see if I could do it. Isnt that what hotrodding is all about?
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keith, that's really cool. if you could post some pics, that would be really cool. i'd like to see that thing!
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I used the lower half of a TPI intake from a 351 winsor truck engine and fabricated my own plenum chamber for it
You used the lower intake from a 5.8L EFI? Won't that give you a single plane intake for the street?
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