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Old 12-23-2004, 10:18 AM
1960Bird 1960Bird is offline
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Default RE: Three Inch Drums

The car pulls pretty good, if it is running good, I have some carb issues yet to be corrected) The engine is a a 1961 block and heads, it also has a mild cam along with the rest of the stuff I have listed. She will spin the tires pretty easily, although, if I had a C-6 rather then my old "Cruise O" it would be a lot better, I really need about a 2200 RPM torque converter to get the power down. As they used to say "HP sells cars...torque wins races" The big blocks have the torque that is for sure. I would guess that my new engine has about 325 actual HP and around 425 ft. lbs torque.

As for the brake switch over...I already have everything to do a 11 inch Granada disc switch, except a good proportioning valve. Being very lazy...I thought if I could just go to the bigger drums/shoes it would be a lot easier job. I estimated that I would pick up about 20% more front brake shoe surface area. If the 3' brakes stopped the 4400 pound Bulletbirds OK they should stop my old Squarebird on a dime.


1960 HT 390, Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake, Shorty Headers, 2-1/2" Exhaust and 3.70 Rear Gears
390, Mild Cam, Headers, 3.70 rear, 2-1/2" Exhaust, Edelbrok Performer RPM Intake, Holley Street Avenger 670 Carburetor, One Wire Alt, Petronix Ignition. She's All Go and No Show.
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