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FASTFORD
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posted 09-26-2002 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a '67 coupe with a 289 (originally a c code, but I added a holley 600 4bbl, edelbrock performer intake, and hooker comp headers with dual exhaust). I was going to buy heads or a cam, but then I realized how much that would cost, so now I want nitrous. I want to take care of this motor...it only has 2,000 miles on it right now, so how much nitrous can I safely handle?

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Hell_Fish
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posted 09-26-2002 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you priced nitrous? A cam is way cheaper.

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kid vishus
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posted 09-26-2002 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you priced rebuilding the motor after you lean it out from the nitrous and cook a piston? Especially if you have cast pistons, they dont last very long with nitrous.

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rockafellz
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posted 09-26-2002 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd follow Hell_Fish's advice. The nitrous setup is expensive, plus the constant refilling of the bottle.

Erik

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FASTFORD
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posted 09-26-2002 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I priced getting a cam, new rocker arms, and all of it installed at a few placed and they all told me about $500. Nitrous is about $350 and I could install it myself. I also don't want to completely "race out" my engine, I just want the power for the occasional race and such.

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indyphil
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posted 09-26-2002 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
something to consider:
if you get a big cam etc... you have to change the stall on the torque converter blah blah, in the end you have a car that has a rough idle and may require a lot of new parts to handle the rpm.

I think nitrous for "occasional use" is great value for money if you get a wet system (adds extra fuel with the Nitrous). I would think a wet system for 50 to 80hp would be safe for occasional and short duration use. you get to keep your smooth idle. Forged pistons would be added insurance though.

Its easy for me to dispense advice here for free, but personally I wont be using Nirous any time soon, i dont want more cheap power that bad. If i ever did use it I would use a wet system to avoid leaning the engine out.

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indyphil
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posted 09-26-2002 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just re-read the thread.
When you say a new cam you dont mean a BIG cam you mean a 270H cam. So you wont necessarily need a new torque converter or all that stuff.

I would go with the cam. You get more power all the time, no filling bottles etc...

But after that? if you still want more power? Thats when you need to compare nitrous with a bigger cam... thats where the costs of a new BIG cam start to spiral and when nitrous looks attractive.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 09-26-2002 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FastFord, I am no expert on Nos, but I have heard the same things the other guys are saying. If you let up on the pedal too soon, like if some yo-yo pulls out in front of you on the street, if the nitrous hasn't shut off you will melt a piston or pistons. When the power kicks in it is an incredible shock to the drive-line. Especially the bottom-end, think crank, rods, etc. The kits I have seen are rated by horsepower. In a car magazine that tested these, the 150hp kit only showed a dyno increase or approx 100. The 200 hp kit showed an increase of approx 150. So you only net about 2/3 to 3/4 at the rear wheels on a mild street motor. Personally I would go for a properly built steet motor. If you want power to compete go for a stroker. If money was no object I would put a Paxton on it, but that is just my personal taste. Good luck to you on whatever you decide. Charlie

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mustangboy
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posted 09-26-2002 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Indyphil I think you could probably get away with a 50-75 shot.I know lots of guys running that much or more on basically stock 5 litre mustangs and they seem to live no problem(I know these have forged pistons)I think the biggest problem is once you feel that power you'll want more and increase the power level until it goes boom.Also ignition and fuel system must be working flawlessly.In the end though I don't really think its any cheaper than doing the mods to your motor (cost of filling the bottle adds up)so either way you gotta pay to play.

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Hell_Fish
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posted 09-27-2002 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First off, why do you need new rockers? With a new cam you NEED new lifters and can re-use other parts if in good shape. If you can install NO2, why can't you install a cam and brake it in? You should be able to find a cam kit for under 2 bills.

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Scott (69Mach)
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posted 09-27-2002 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Until you build a bottom end to handle it, I'd stick with the cam. Next rebuild, do it right (forged pistons, ARP, etc.) and add a 150 shot. That'll give you a serious kick in the shorts.

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Mustang66
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posted 09-27-2002 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang66   Click Here to Email Mustang66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been running NO2 for about 2 years on the street. Its a 100hp shot it uses the plate. I have had NO problems out of it. I love the stuff. Just watch your timing.The pluggs always look good and it does not burn any oil.I do not have forged pistons.So I wouldn't go over a 100hp shot.I have had very good luck with it.

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