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Old 06-28-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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Alright. I know I'm not very active here. And to be honest, it'* because I'm not very active with my car just yet. Now, this question is brutally stupid, but I've gotten so impatient I gotta ask. Anyone that has the last gen of RWD Bonnies, can you give me an idea of what the old boat should run stock? I'd go find out, if I could afford gas or the entry fee to the dragstrip, but I quit my lousy job 3 weeks ago. Oh, and I found out that my astoundingly high 0-100 times were probably due to my car firing on 7 cylinders and a choke that was...well...choked.
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Get some headers, an intake manifold and carb on there, and you'll be MUCH better. Those engines are smog choked...
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Oh heck yeah, and don't forget a camshaft with a fairly aggressive overlap. And to fit with the headers, a H-pipe. Don't worry, that car won't stay stock forever :P I'm just curious as to what I can expect before I go check it out for myself, because with the way things are going this summer...I'll have to wait until next year
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Well what do you mean by the last generation of rear drives? You mean the early 80'*, like <86? Well those wern't really meant to be powerhouses, if i remember correctly they had small V6'* and V8'*, with small low-flow carbs and heavy duty emmissions equipment. Not to mention a power hungry THM 350 or whatever they ctusk in those. Actually i'll do you one better let me run and get the book *runs upstairs*. My mistake, quoting from the book "Base engine was a 231 cid (3.8 liter) V6 with three-speed automatic transmission. Optional: 5.0 liter with four-speed overdrive automatic." Looking to specs, i see for the 3.8 (this is with a 2 bbl carb remember): 110 HP @ 3800 RPM, 190 LB ft @ 1600 RPM. Obviously not a stock car by any means. For the 5.0: 150 HP @ 4200 and 240 LB ft @ 2200 RPM. Of course the V8 is going to help a lot but i'm saying both because you don't say what engine you have. Neither of these is going to give you really eye-popping results though, because both of them are running, like i said, through in-efficient tranny'* and lots of emmissions equipment. But you should have a decently quick car with lots of potential. Oh and as far as the only question that you asked, maybe hi 18'*? i'm not really sure as i havn't driven one of those old boats in a long time, but you should be able to manage something half decent. Nice thing was though for a big car they were relatively light, even lighter than our generation. I have the weight listed here as 3143, which undercuts even the lightest newes bonne.
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Okay Alec. Not to be mean. But if you read my sig, you'd have seen 305. The 305 is the 5.0L. So it'* rated at 150 hp. And I have no catalytic converters on the car, because they're not required where I live. So we'll say, given that my car is old (although low mileage), that the power I gained from taking the cat off nullifies the power I lost through the years. So I'm running 150 hp. but, if a 1990 Crown Vic can pull 17.2 (read that somewhere, I could very well be wrong :P), I hope to god I can pull faster than high 18'*. This is kind of why I asked the people who own the same gen car as me, and who had first hand experience. Thanks for your time anyway, though.

PS-yeah, when my friend found out my '86 sedan weighed less than his FWD, V6, "sporty" Z34, he near crapped himself.
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well a freind of mine had a caprice (basicly the same car) with the 305 like your he ran like high 18'*
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The 305'* were never that powerful... They always lacked... But could be built...

I'd be more willing to have a 350 4 bolt main in there... A 400 4 bolt would be fun too... But there could be some side effects to the 400...

OTOH, the 305 could benefit from a warmer cam, better carb, betterflowing intake and exahust.... That will bring it to life...

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350'* are so nice just because performance parts are so readily available and inexpensive
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350'* are so nice just because performance parts are so readily available and inexpensive
And its so easy to squeeze 300-350 hp out of one with ease...

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Well, yeah. They're darn nice. If you're THAT concerned about speed. I don't want a hotrod just yet though, I'd rather a mild street custom. Something I can take to the strip, OR put in the occasional car show, OR just embarass weed whackin' riceboys. I'd like to keep the original 305 if I could. The only weak points that engine has, really, are a weak camshaft and a crappy fuel delivery system (and to some, the fact that they forgot to finish boring it out at the factory :P) If I ever do get a 350, I'll HAVE to get some nice head covers that have "305" in nice big numbers, just to justify it. Because what no one knows can't hurt them, right?
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