So, I just picked up a 1 owner 45,000 mile 1978 Cutlass for my new daily driver. I've always loved the GM G-body style, especially the 442, Hurst/Olds, and of course the Buick Grand National (my brother has a 10 second GN that get 25 mpg). This car is absolutely as new, was owned by an 80 year old customer of mine that died, and his "kids" all live in Georgia, so they were just getting rid of his stuff dirt cheap. Scored this thing for $500 and runs and drives perfectly.....Except it's literally the slowest vehicle I've ever driven, and I've driven some real turds (Chevy LUVs, 2.8L Rangers, Mercury Topaz AWDs, etc.). It's got a 260 Olds V8 rated at 105 (yes, 105) hp, a 165 cfm 2 barrel, and 2.65 rear gears. I'm going to be swapping in a 350 Olds or 455 this summer, as it's only getting 16 mpg despite being in a perfect state of tune, it lumbers so bad trying to break the wind resistance of it's own aerodynamics and speed. There are virtually no performance parts for this as the heads are their own design, with ports that are approximately .75 x .75, and intake valves at 1.51, exhaust are 1.30. You can swap on heads from the bigger 350, then you can put on an intake and 4 barrel, but why bother? This all got me to thinking....What a great engine to do another Engine Master type competition. Each team or builder gets the same 260 Olds V8, or some other anemic engine to start with, and let's see what kind of power the really good guys can pull out of these dogs. Stock block and stock stroke, naturally aspirated, anything else, have at it. On this engine, once you swap the heads (there are a lot of aftermarket Olds heads), intakes will bolt on, headers will work, and small block Olds cams fit.....Like I said, just give the guys in the know something different to work with that wouldn't normally be a performance build, but there are parts that fit, so wouldn't be too much fabbing involved.....just a thought as I was thinking what to do with this engine after I pull it other than use it to power a go kart or something else light enough for it to get out of it's own way. I know it'll never happen, but what do you guys think?
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