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Old 07-22-2017, 09:08 PM   #21
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I have just about the same combo you are working with. I started out with a 3.42 gear, then decided to try a 3.73 gear, I like the 3.73 better.
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I just had a customer, who is obsessed with keeping his motor below 3000rpm at all costs. The answer is watch your tire height. The 700r came in camaros and firebirds with 3.42 and 3.23s. I much prefer the 3.42, the gain in 1st gear absolutely outweighs the 100rpm or whatever the difference is.

With a carb, you really want to make sure you're off the idle circuit at extended cruise. My minimum for the avg customer is 2200rpm. Im not a carb guru, nor do I have the time to sort that out on the phone with customers of every ability level. If you can dial your specific motor back to 2000rpm and have it off the Transfer slot (in a holley for example) - great. If not, and you cruise at that RPM, you may find your efficiency isn't as good; or you need to push the engine higher in the revs to 'clean it up'. Rare, but it does happen.

Don't forget if you lock up the converter you'll lose a couple hundred more RPM.
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