The Insurance Guy
I was looking at their kit for the 496HO; $5300 and claims to make as much power as the whipple kit. Plus it looks a lot easier to install....what are the downsides to this?
Bigger motor = $40k+. If you take care of your 496 it will last a long time with the blower. I've heard many success stories from people who drive them right.
No havi heat is really going to help IMO. I understand on the rigging part, even though its not that hard and can be done in a weekend.These are all really good points, but I have to deal with what I have to work with. Building a motor like mentioned would be cool, but I don't have the facility nor the experience to install and rig a motor myself. I'm not an automotive dummy, but I would hesitate to tackle a project like the myself, and again I have no where to do it (I do have the tools though! devil). As far as the 496HO goes, I am aware that it doesn't have the best internals in the world but I do trust the opinions of friends that do this stuff for a living that feel confident you can run that motor for a long time as long as you are gentle with it (I am). I am not looking to build a race boat, I just want a little more out of my social boat and this looks to be a fairly economical way to do it. Trust me, I would LOVE to buy a TPI motor, but there is no way my wife would agree to dropping that kind of cash and neither one of us is willing to take on debt just to go faster in an already great boat. Oh, and I don't run in the havasu heat (note my location)
How much do you think that would cost? (not counting the blower)No havi heat is really going to help IMO. I understand on the rigging part, even though its not that hard and can be done in a weekend.
If I was you I would do the procharger and a forged short block. Leave everything else (heads, cam, etc.) Just do nice pistons/rings and the blower. I bet it would live a long time and you would not be worried.
How much do you think that would cost? (not counting the blower)