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Warhorse - 1979 V8 Drag n Drive / Bracket Car Project

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As rob289c said, that's an interesting project!  I think the "Stars and Stripes" theme is going to look amazing!  I'm looking forward to following your progress.

Dwayne :)

I have some videos on my youtube channel of the Pinto resurrection in this play list:

Also a Mercruiser 188 play list, which will be the first V8 to go in the car:

Be warned the "shorts" videos are mostly dumb and mocking YouTube. lol

I'm curious what cam is in the Mercruiser engine. A lot of times boat engines will use a cam that is best suited for the narrow, constant 3,500-4,000 RPM range a boat engine runs in. Not much on the bottom end because the prop to water slippage is like a high stall convertor and not too much on the top end because..., well they don't want you revving the engine very high for lengthy periods.

Update - curious I did some checking. This Melling cam seems to be the OEM replacement. It looks to have a bit more duration and lift than a stock cam that are typically in the 260 (190@.050) duration and .400 lift range:

Advertised Exhaust Duration304 / Exhaust Duration at .050 inch Lift 221

Advertised Intake Duration283 / Intake Duration at .050 Inch Lift 206

Exhaust Valve Lift .453Intake Valve Lift .445

I'm not sure about the cam, but I've seen people say they are close to a truck cam?  I know it is a 351w or 302 HO firing order.  They took a grinder to the intake manifold to delete on the firing order. They also say it has 351 heads on it, which in 1973 had bigger valves.  I was able to verify 351 casting marks when I removed the intake manifold.  I am curious to see what it will dyno with an Edelbrock Performer 289 manifold, 600 cfm 4 barrel, underdrive alternator pulley and aluminum flywheel.

Here is a pic of the granada that donated the 8" axle I will start with.  I have seals and new wheels studs in hand.  Might just put a mini spool in it. It has 2.47 gears, and I'd rather have a 9" with removable carrier for when power gets serious. So I don't think I'll change gears for now.


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