I have had a great time with what I have but I get board with it. I am not board enough to go off the deep end.... move from Vettes or any thing like that but I figure I have a long way to go before I need to supercharge or NOS or ????? I have done the open air box, K&N, +4 spark plugs etc, the easy stuff. I can do the rear end, hot cam and what ever else while I still have this engine. Once I bury that engine then it's 383 time with other goodies listed before.
There is never enough horse power is there??
My ultimate dream is a 32 ford with a blown rat motor. I better start saving for the wheelie bars huh... or a shrink to figure out my need for speed....
I would suggest a plan for your car... your plan should basically be an ending point for how much power you want, and what you are going to use to get there. If you supercharge, you will probably find that gears are too much for the car, and you will probably need to switch back. How many miles do you have on your LT4? they aren't easy to kill!
If you do go with gears, 4.10 or 4.09 are excellent choices
I just got Holly on the road after a 3 Mo withdrawl. Opti/water pump/+4s/clean rad etc. I am enjoying what I have been missing for the past 3 mo. However, I will be wanting more in the future.
My clock has 54K. I am the second owner. I purchased Holly with 23K. A historical service check showed that the previous owner did an "OK" job at changing the oil with only simple warrenty returns when he bought it. Based off my lenghy timeline for the simple mods above and $$$, my next step will be in the long range future. I do agree with a plan though!!!
My gut feel says that I should stick to simple mods like I have done above. I like the idea of the rear end change with this engine. Besides if this engine is as bullit proof as every tells me than I am in for a long haul. I guess I it could be worse to wait for a 383 with all the goodies. (A possible option)
Ulitimatly a 32 Ford with a blown Rat is in my future. I better start saving for the wheelie bars now!!!!
Thanks for the gear numbers. How hard is that job? I have heard that it should be only be done by the profesionals but what makes that so? Also, does 0.01 make that much a difference in ratios?
the .01 doesn't really matter, it is just who you get them from that will vary... some have 4.10's, others 4.09's.... The gears will really make the car fun... I have wanted to do them for a while, I just can't justify the cost right now... There is quite a bit of work involved... I would strongly suggest you have someone that knows gears do the job... A friend of mine had it done, and the guy didn't set them up right.... he cracked a tooth and wound up going back to stock gears... He wound up paying to buy the gears, put them in, then put the factory gears back in... go to a good gear shop that will stand behind their work... Some of the things involved include taking off some of the rear suspension components... you need a good lift, and a bunch of time....
If you really wan to wake up that LT4, go with Nitros... you don't seem especially worried about how long the engine lasts, and nitros is a super cheap mod for the power gains... that and the price tag should be less than gears if you do the nitros yourself