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Part 9: Engine
A blown 355 SBC is the motor of choice. Balanced and blueprinted, and producing 425hp and 9 lbs of boost at 4000 rpm, with a Richmond 5 speed transmission with Hurst shifter, Centerforce clutch and a solid stamped steel bellhousing. It sports a B&M 144 blower with a 700cfm Holley double-pumper carb, 350/882 large chamber heads, mild street cam, MSD ignition, Edelbrock air cleaner and valve covers, and ceramic coated block hugger headers.
I've realized for some time now that I never allowed for clearance of exhaust piping. Unless I correct this problem the exhaust will hang too low and be unsightly. While I had the old motor and tranny out I added steel rings in the tranny crossmember to allow the exhaust to pass through.
Specialty Power Window cable driven wiper kits have been installed, and I've placed the motor inside the passenger door post. There's still no room for piping under the very shallow frame. I've decided to scrap that idea and run a set of 4" Corvette-style side pipes that bolt directly off the headers.
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