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Old 02-26-2021, 05:13 PM
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ok, at the risk of being thrown into the fires of Hades for mentioning such a 'limp wristed" motor....

110 hp standing 1/4 in around 3 days.. i am almost considering one that has come up for sale ... because its cheap, cheap to run, with some diesel laid on the road might be inclined to skid a tire under duress...

4 bbl and headers may get 122hp .. this would be going in my super light 23 Dodge rpu, attached to a manual trans with a 3.5 ford rear..

has there been any attempt to speed these little motors up ? and is it possible?

im actually curious - something different ...

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Old 02-26-2021, 08:44 PM
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A swapped in 350 usually cured all the 262's low power problems.

They were smog motors geared for fuel mileage. Tiny cylinders the best I remember, even smaller than a 305. Nowhere near as peppy as an original 265. Never saw anyone build one, they always got replaced, even with just a 305.
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Old 02-27-2021, 06:27 AM
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I agree with Bama but, a friend has one in a 41 Chevy coupe that runs surprisingly well and sips fuel.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:02 AM
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In my humble opinion you only need 100-200 horsepower in a light car to cruise around town.
But there's nothing wrong with having a thousand ponies either.
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:24 PM
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Like Bob says, you only need 100 hp to drive a light vehicle around nicely. My '36 Ford had a stock flattie V-8 with about 100 hp and it was quite decent. It's maybe very difficult in your neighbourhood to come up with a 350 Chev, or ------ something CHRYSLERish.
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Old 02-27-2021, 02:07 PM
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If you can get 150HP out of a 239 Flathead with heads, intake, cam, headers, etc., there's no reason you cant make 200HP from this small block Chevy, despite its small size.
Low compression and little valves are limiting factors of course, but a conservative dual plane hi rise, 450CFM carb, headers and a cam that's spec'd to this combo can do wonders.
Here's a funny one - a friend of mine put a 262 in his 39 Dodge after blowing the 350 temporarily, 'till he rebuilt the 350 - the kicker is he also put the 671 blower on it that was on the 350! It was underdriven 40% of course, but he drove it around for 2 yrs before swapping it back out - yes it was burning oil by then but still a testament to what the SB can take. He said it actually performed quite well, considering what it was......
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