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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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a few months back i was having a terrible day there wasn't a single thing going right.. i bumped into a man whom i almost got into it with we ended up talking and he said he was selling his car but that he saw i was a good kid and decided to hand me the keys to his 71' impala with a 350.. its not in the best conditions but i love it! done some research on it but dont know 2 much about it. if any 1 has info please share.. i would highly appreciate it..
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 09:37 AM
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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i have about 1,000,000 questions..lol

But mainly about my engine are 350 good engines? whats the best way or where should i start for best throttle response? iv'e seen other cars with a 350 and mine doesn't ride anything like that.. lol i have flowmaster exhaust and edlebrock carb. MSD ignition control module double roller chain a few other smaller things but i don't think im getting as much power as i should..

ALSO, are these not popular models? because i've looked them up and i have only found them to be out in Florida..
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 12:14 AM
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Big B-body cars weigh in at two tons so they are not going to out muscle much with a small block under the hood. I have a little less than 600 cubes in my big block engine stuffed in a four door that appears to be an old taxi cab that sneeks up on a lot of people. But I spent a lot of money on the car where it doesn't show just to be able to do that.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 08:25 AM
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A rear end change would give you more pep than anything else. That 350 is a fine engine
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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thanks guys..

Big Dave- well i'm not trying to make a super fast car i'm just looking to have a cruiser with some horsepower.. dont get me wrong i would love 2 just dont have the money for it at this moment.

Bob- as far as a rear end change, u mean posi-trac? if so where do u suggest i should look for it or what should i be looking for..

u guys will have to excuse me i don't know 2 much but i am looking forward to learning this is my first real project car but will not be my last.
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A posi will move both tires under pressure but without a gear change little to no help. Find out what gears you have in there now then go lower.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 09:57 AM
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I would start with a good tune up, check your fuel and air filter, distributor, wires, etc. Once you know that this is good, I would see how can you increase the HP. Do you have headers?

I have a 1970 wagon with SBC 350 and like Big Dave said, the car weights two tons so it is not a speed demon. Bob is also right, check your rear gear ratio. Mine is setup with 2.59:1 (if I remember correctly) so while the highway speeds are good, it takes a while for the car to keep rolling.
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