Not to rain on your parade or anything, but you won't see any measurable gains unless you're changing your C/R also. That's where the benefit of E85 kicks in, as it's somewhere around 105 octane? (don't hold me to this, as I am inexperienced in this area). The gains will come from a compression increase, not from the fuel itself. Compression change implies new heads, which in turn implies a new cam to take advantage of the higher compression...etc, etc. Maybe with the new intake it'll net a couple more HP, but don't expect anything too crazy to happen.Chefasaurus said:I'm looking at upgrading my entire fuel system, in my '77 Mercury Monarch. I can handle the 30% loss in fuel economy in exchange for the increased octane/timing advance/hp/environmental factor that E85 offers.
Motor is the stock 302, with a 2bbl carb on it. I *believe* that it's 8.5:1 compression. That's going to get replaced with a dual plane intake, and one of Holley's E85 4bbl carbs, probably around 600cfm, maybe smaller.
What fuel lines, fuel pump, fuel filter, etc. do I need to get?
I have already considered buying a new fuel tank, since it's only $167 shipped, and won't have all of the sludge that this 32 year old car has built up in it.
I'm not building it to be some radical hot rod, but I do want the advantages of the E85, and it's available at most of the gas stations here.
That being said, I don't think you'll need a new filter, lines, etc. You'll just need to modify your carb. to be able to handle the change in the A/F mixture.
Just my $.02.