I was wondering if anyone knew where i could buy a remaned engine that has
more horsepower than the stock specs. My 5.7 is getting tired and is
smoking, and wanted the horsepower rating of a marauder. Also, is it true
that the motor in my car is a "vette" engine. People always tell me that,
but can someone please tell me the differences between the vette engine and
the impala ss/caprice motor.
There are a few things you could do with that engine. It would really
depend on what $$$ and what kind of backyard mechanic you are.
You are looking at (most likely) a ring problem, with smoke and a fuel
injected engine. If you already know (or have friends who can
recommend) a reputable shop, you can have them tear down the engine,
overbore it slightly (not only give a slight power increase, but
really for making sure the cylinders are true).
Other than that, your car is actually generating more torque (twisting
ability) than the Mercury Marauder engine (est 287 bhp by Car and
Driver Magazine). Actually, Car and Driver seemed to suggest that
there is nothing wrong with the Marauder that the Chevy 350 can't fix.
They like the torque, which is a factor in aceleration. Horsepower is
a function of torque, not the other way around.
The engine is very closely related to the 'Vette engine, in that the
block is the same. The computer is programmed differently, and other
differences are probably there, I'm just not certain of them (ie, fuel
injectors, intake, cam, etc.)
Quid quid latine dictum sit altum videtur.
(That which is said in Latin sounds profound.)
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