posted on Jul, 24 2003 @ 02:00 PM
Ok, this could get ugly...mwahahaha.
I only like ONE single Japanese automaker. Nissan. I used to drive a 1987 Nissan Stanza GXE. 2 litre engine bored out .10 over, ported and polished
head, totaly re-done fuel delivery system. I kept the exhaust nice and quiet, but ripped out the catalytic converter to make up for none
perferformance muffler and header. Man. this thing FLEW. I hooked it up with a 75 horse shot of Nitrous, and when I hit the litter button, Go Baby,
Go! She was a 12 second ride. and most couldnt figure it out. But the reason was that Nissan makes such badass, reliable and damn near unbreakable
motors and trannys that you could do the fuel system, the head, give it a huge shot of juice and the car wouldn't even stress out under the load. and
the best part was that it was a 5 speed manual. - drools - I miss that car. After a while, the rest of the crap connected to the engine finaly went
and I just didn't have the money (2 grand) at the time. I was 17 and making minimum wage part time after school. lol.
Now, I have always been partial to good ol' american iron, and that's exactly what I drive. 1979 Pontiac Firebird. It's got a stock Chevy 305 small
block V8 under the hood. But, I'm bringing it down douth to my old man's to rebuild her. We are gonna throw a set of 350 heads on their, ported and
polished. Then, we put in a new camshaft and lifter set, new timing chain, new intake manifold with a bigger carb, perhaps a set of headers as well.
We figure that since stock this engine has about 200 to 220 horsepower, after the mods, we should be at an estimated 350 to 375 horse. Again, there
are little things we plan on doing to bump it up.
The tranny can handle it as well. It's a Chevy TH-350 with a stage 2 shift kit. Very nice, aggersive when it has to be. Anyhow, moving to the rear,
it's a Pontiac 10 bolt rear, 3.08 limted slip gearing. thing with limited slip is this: you shim it out to the point where it wont move and then take
out just enough to get it to move slightly, and it acts like a posi 99% of the time in the straightaway, yet still give enough in a turn to keep your
rubber nice and fresh.
Anyhow, I figure that going by the weight of the car (it's a base model, with the least options) and going with an estimated 350 horse power and my
gearing, I had a friend plug it all into his virtual dyno and quarter mile time simulator, and I should hit about 12.4 to 13.1 (depending on reaction
time) down the qtr. Not too shabby for an old Friebird!
[Edited on 24-7-2003 by JamesLimelight]