Budget Question

MechMan

MechMan

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I am thinking that my motor budget for my build will be $5,000. I am looking to make 400 hp and 450 tq at the wheels. Do you think I am on target wioth that budget or am i looking at more? I am currently saving up so increasing my budget is not really an issue at the moment.
 
TURNA

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MechMan

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My plan is to use a LQ4 block with L92 heads and a LS3 intake. This budget is just for the motor parts. I plan on redoing the whole car but I need to start somewhere.
 
fleming442

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:rofl: you said "budget"!

Take your number and multiply it by 1.5, that's where I usually end up. Start amassing parts, search for deals, and it still adds up quickly.
Don't get hung up on a horsepower number; just let it happen. You won't notice the difference between 375 and 400. If you play your cards right, a well matched combination will still put a grin on your mug when you mash the Go pedal.
 
MechMan

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Unfortutunatly I can't start buying parts yet. No place to store them. I am just storing money and making my shopping list right now. I will try not to get too hung up on the numbers.
 
wskirvin

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Budget wise, you could grab a junkyard motor put fresh rings and bearing in it and put a turbo and make the power you want plus a lot more, its cheap but definitely wont be pretty lol
 
airboatgreg

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I am in a similar dilemma. I am certainly capable of building an engine for my El C and have enough connections regarding machining, mac-daddy parts etc. I just keep going back to a 350/350 crate engine with roller cam, run premium pump fuel and have a good warranty. I put the muncie 4 speed in and finishing up the ford 9" 370 rear end swap project and think that will be enough for me regarding drivability, horsepower and dependability
 
Turbolq4

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The budget x1.5 works well for NA engines.

Budget x3 for turbocharged setups.
 
Turbolq4

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My plan is to use a LQ4 block with L92 heads and a LS3 intake. This budget is just for the motor parts. I plan on redoing the whole car but I need to start somewhere.
That setup has lower compression than an LS3 but is still good. With a reasonably good cam and springs you're looking at roughly 450 crank. If you're running a manual transmission then youre not too far from your goal as is. All the internet tools will tell you that you need 1200 horsepowers, triple compound turbos, and a gold plated phallus to have a fast car.

I'm here to tell you that 400+ wheel will get most people in a lot of sketchy situations.

The torque number you are looking for will be a struggle in big cam, NA form.
 
MechMan

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I was going to pull the block for a yard. Right now I am looking to stay N/A. wouldnt I be able to increase the compression ratio though?
 

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