25 years ago I built a 392 IHC for my IHC pickup. Took it to a shop to get the jetting and timing dialed in. Guy snickered,put a couple of straps on it. Got the dyno rolling,4th gear,mashed the throttle.
Hp and tq were very very dismal. The smell of burning rubber filled the room. We looked around to see if it had thrown a belt or what. On the 2nd pull we realized that the tires were smoking on the rollers!
The guys then decided to put more straps on it.
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Yeah, it's kinda sad with what we were driving back then as compared to the 1960s to the very, very early 70s. Then, everything seemed to STOP! I mean, we were driving V8s with 120-150 hp.
Today, OMG what a difference! I mean, we're driving NA 4 cyl family sedans with ~ 200 hp. And 4 cyl turbos with even greater #s. I mean, we're driving 3500 lb(still heavy) family sedan 4 cyls that'll do 0-60 in the high 5s.
Last edited by Char Baby; 04/16/2007:26 AM.
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I had an 1981 Capri 4 cylinder - basically the same car except 5 speed. Yes it had to downshift going up hills and couldn't use cruise control unless it was on flat ground. Gas was $1.35 per gallon at the time which we thought was outrageous. Equivalent to $4+ now. In-line 6 would have been a better choice but it only came with a 4 speed.
The Capri's 2.3 engine made 88 hp or 0.64 hp per cubic inch.
My Fiesta's 1.0 3-cylinder makes 126 hp or 2.1 hp per cubic inch.
And surprisingly they both weigh about 2500 lbs.
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