I never matched it against any f those but I also had a 1966 Caprice 396
that was quick but I doubt that if was as good as the 427. The '69 had
a custom interior and the engine was equipped for racing (Holley racing
carb with no choke etc.). It was fast but very hard to start in cold
weather. I ended up having to switch carbs for different seasons just
so I could get it started in the winter. That old car surprised mre
that a few guys that thought they had fast cars (ok so I broke a few
laws - but they were only little ones LOL).
The 396": hot water choke? They sometimes stuck until warm. I
usually associate Chevy with Rochester Quadrajets and Hollys with Ford.
Chevy, correct me, dropped out of racing in '64. The 427"s of that
pre-pollution control era were "hot stuff" by any standard. Ford had a
margin of speed & power but only after Chevy dropped racing. No idea how
the Mopar hemis faired by comparison. They had good specs. Today's "hot"
3-400 hp cars wouldn't hold a candle to most of those engines/cars (e.g.
today's cars are too heavy with luxury, safety and pollution devices).
Today's cars are "commuters" by comparsion. Nothing wrong with that.
Different era, different technologic needs. On the other hand drag, formula
etc. have different requirements and successes.
The 396 had a choke coil in a well that was located on the exhaust
crossover on the intake manifold. The well was a cast well, not the
removeable type used on some engines. The 396 is my favorite engine of
all times. Mine was so well balanced on compression, that it was hard
to tell it was running even with the hood open. I lost that car in an
accident but the wrecking yard that bought it, restored it and the last
time I saw it (about 10 years ago) it was in pristine condition.
I "tinkered" with the car a lot and one thing I did (in 1969) was build
a capacitive discharge ignition system for it (from scratch). I later
repaced it with a kit system from Allied Radio. The CD ignition worked
great in the 396 and I later moved it over to the '68 427 (which had a
Mallory dual point distributor). I had a 1969 with a 427 SB but those
engines just didn't measure up. Give a good 'rat' motor anytime.
Know what you say. I never heard anything but good about the 396.
Hot air chokes, CD ignitions, Mallory dual-points .. . (not to mention the
alternator, which Mopars developed first) .. . quick fixes for what the auto
companies weren't developing fast enough. Muncie was a great transmission
.. . sort of replaced in modern cars (4-6cyls) by the Warner T-10 design.
Look at how long it took them to develop and refine disk brakes?! If it
weren't for auto racing .. . they'd still be trying to figure 'em out.
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