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just woundering if everyones 318 is the same..by that i mean very little power.my truck has trouble spining its tires on a gravel road and absolutly no chance of spining them on pavement.its stock and only running 31's so no big changes since new.its also an 88 by the way
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3.92 gears and 32" tires have no trouble spinning for me. My engine is stock. Intake and exhaust can't be giving me more than a handful of hp/tq over stock. And mine is an 89. Its not a speed demon, but grunt is something it does have.
I would check the timing. Mine was so far off that it did what you describe. Now that the timing is in check, it has already spun unintentionally a few times on gravel and haven't tried on pavement and I don't plan on it. I also have 31's and I'd like to keep as much life in them as possible. The SRT-4 is my fun toy.
3:55 D60 open diff
318 with Edelbrock TM5 intake and 1406 carb
Stock y-pipe to Flowmaster with dumps
Not only can I not spin tires even in the rain... the truck is scary to try to pull into traffic with. I know the intake I have doesn't help. This is why I have a cammed 318 ready to drop in with some nice longtube headers!
Mine runs pretty good. It's no big block, though. My only fear about pulling out in front of traffic is frying the one rear tire that spins. And I run the a/c 90% of the time, which takes a couple horses out of it too. My dad has some old LA heads off a '69 318 along with intake, manifolds, etc. that I make look into doctoring up a little and getting rid of tbi. But for now, it's 100% stock and runs too good to want to mess with.
TBI is more of a pain in the a$$ as far as i'm concered. i don't trust computer controled vehicles. your computer could die anytime and you could be SOL on the side of the road in the middle of no-where. it is also harder to diagnose computer problems in vehicles.
Comes with as a default, maybe. But there were plenty of options. Do you have a build sheet anywhere? You can try a free online vin decoder. I know there is a marking of some sorts on the back of the diff casing too.
pre TBI trucks are usually 3.55, most TBI's have 3.55 posi's ........... i just priced out making my 318 into a 372 stroker for $3000 less labour.... if you really wanna spin them get a 360 crank, 360 rods and some 340 pistons....than with a stock top end and those parts you'll make at least 400 FT.Ib's of tourque...then you'll spin them