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"I built the chassis 7 years ago for a naturally aspirated small block.
The thing is mostly made out of .095 wall thickness DOM tubing. Four Link
front and rear, Ford 9" rear with spool and 5:83 gears, Dana 44 front with
3:54 gears, custom built chain drive for the front end, reardisk brakes (
soon to add front disks again......this thing is way too quick now), Ford
rack and pinion, Halon fire system, owner built air
shifter, Turbo 350 tranny with a ton of good stuff( ya, I know it won't work
but it does. My tranny guy is a genius but even he can't believe it works. I
have to rebuild it a lot. We should have a Lenco and clutch for 03)
Engine... 572 cubic inch all aluminum RODECK, Kuhl 14-71 Hi-Helix Retro
blower, Enderle Bird on alky with 990 pump, Mallory magIV, Brodix heads,
11.5 to 1 Aries pistons, Brooks rods, Crower crank, cam, roller
lifters, rockers, etc., When this motor was new it dyno tested at 2208 hp
with a straight Mooneyham 14-71 @ 60% over. My new Mike Kuhl 14 makes more
boost but I have it tamed down to 35% over on a pretty fat tune up. We
figure its at about 1800 hp on this tune up. With the aluminum engine and
hand built glass Austin Mini body the car weighs about 2200 lbs. 33" Bigger
Diggers and shaved 33" Boggers on the front. I'm still babying
the tranny so the best we've done is high 2 sec in 180 ft.....3 sec flat on
200 ft pits. Thanks Rusty and the Hairy Kanary, "
the short simple answer is this.
A big block produces more HP and torque and also consumes more gas. A
big block generates more torque and horse power in the lower rpm
A small block makes reasonable HP and less torque , and it comsumes
less gas in doing so. A small block makes its horse power and torque
in the upper rpm range.
Most "tow" vehicles run a big block due to its ability to generate a
lot of torque in the lower rpm range. THis makes a big block the
better tool for moving heaving loads, the trade-off is that it comsues
a large amout of fuel to do so.
the generally accepted pro for the big block is its ability to move
heavy loads and generate power at low rpms. The con is the fuel
The generally accepted pro for the small block is the better fuel
milage and the ablitly to make power in the upper rpm ranges. The con
is that its less powerful..
Big Block(Rat)=Big power, Big money, Big weight
Small Block(Mouse)úir power, little money, decent weight
If you want to floor it and have your nutz crawl up inside you from fear,
Get a Rat! If you can afford it.
If you want to be able to pass at least a couple gas stations, on don't
want retracted testicles, Get a Mouse.
I don't need my testicles anymore and my mouse is gettin pretty sick so I
cant pass any stations anyway. Plus I can get my hands on a couple turn key
454s for 5-8 hundred each that don't even need freshening up.
Just call me Rat Boy!!!
Never mind...Keep calling me Shades...
What that was all about is...If you need BIG power, have money to spare,
and don't mind less than ideal MPG, Get a Rat
Otherwise, keep your mouse! More than adequate power can be had from a
Mouse for half or less than half of the cost of rebuilding a stock Rat.
Plus, you could get a truck load of Mouses from almost any salvage yard.
Rats are VERY scarce and one would cost the same as the truck load of
The primary difference between a small-block and a big-block is weight
and cubic inch displacement capability.
I am presently building a stroked small block displacing 383cid producing
over 425 hp and 500 ft. lbs. of torque below 5,000 rpm.
Those Rats may rule the sewers but my Mouse will rule the woods.
79 Scottsdale 4x4
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