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Old 08-28-2015, 11:31 PM
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Congrats on the back on the road trip....isn't it a blast? even sideways...
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:45 AM
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Yep, I'm up early this morning, going to go get it and get some breakfast and run some errands in it. It is supposed to rain a lot this afternoon again, so I want to get some dry miles on it before that happens.

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Old 08-29-2015, 06:08 PM
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:40 PM
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Got out this morning before the rain hit. Finally got some dry pavement so I could wind it out a little. Such a huge difference from the 4.30 gears.....1st gear used to be useless but now I can wind it out further before having to shift and it is actually quicker off the line. The tires used to spin too easy before, but now it just goes.

Felt great to be driving it again.

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Old 08-29-2015, 11:21 PM
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Sometimes you can really gear one too low
Glad to hear you're enjoying it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2015, 12:39 AM
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Got out this morning before the rain hit. Finally got some dry pavement so I could wind it out a little. Such a huge difference from the 4.30 gears.....1st gear used to be useless but now I can wind it out further before having to shift and it is actually quicker off the line. The tires used to spin too easy before, but now it just goes.

Felt great to be driving it again.
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I went from a 4.10 to a 3.73 in the Chevelle & it was SO much better all around... especially on the highway! Now that I live in the boonies I'm considering slipping in something closer to 3.25,

Glad you got her back on the raod... always a great feeling!!!

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Old 08-30-2015, 06:44 AM
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You guys are right. When I built the new 331 stroker, I figured some deep gears would make it really fun and get me into the power band of the new cam. I did like the gears around town, but every 1000 rpms only got me 20 mph, so I was taching 3500 at 70 on the interstate.

What surprised me the most about these new gears is that the car actually leaves a light quicker. It seems like every revolution moves me further along. My Son is running 2.73's in his T bucket and when I would follow him it was hard to keep up from a light, I really had to get my foot into it.

The other upside is that the car is better in the rain. With the deeper gears I couldn't move, even in 3rd gear, the car just wanted to spin the tires. It still has somewhat that tendency, but not as pronounced.

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Old 08-30-2015, 09:08 AM
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Gears in the 200's are great, when you have the torque to pull them.
3.50 is what I had and went to 2.75's in the 33 and love them.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:04 AM
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Gearing makes all the difference in the world. I had 273s in my 37 Ford slantback with a 350 350 combination (had an rv cam). Got 21mpg on the road and you could light up the tires all day long. I used to drive from Louisville to Ft Myers and back for less than 100$. Man those were the days!
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