Brought to you in part by:

.

Shop Eastwood for your Auto Restoration Needs!


  Mustangsandmore Forums
  '64 1/2 to '73 -- The Classic Mustang
  How much power can our cars handle?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   How much power can our cars handle?
joe
Gearhead

Posts: 517
From: Los Angeles
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 11-03-2002 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Say for an everday driver? I'm just curious.

Maybe I worded this wrong, but at what point would the frame not support anymore power?

[This message has been edited by joe (edited 11-03-2002).]

IP: Logged

Pierre
Gearhead

Posts: 366
From: France
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 11-04-2002 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pierre   Click Here to Email Pierre     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The limitation are more in the gear box & rear end than in the frame. If you look at Moneymaker's picture, looks like plenty of power to me (500 hp I think) on a regular chassis (with may be a few welded addition! )

IP: Logged

Fastback68
Gearhead

Posts: 1746
From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 11-04-2002 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pierre's right. The frame could probably withstand a few thousand HP. I just chopped a Rustang and the parts that connect the frame rails (running under each door) could support an elephant. But everything else would shake apart long before that

[This message has been edited by Fastback68 (edited 11-04-2002).]

IP: Logged

mustangboy
Gearhead

Posts: 670
From: Ont, Canada
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 11-04-2002 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I disagree guys.While the older generation mustangs are stronger than the fox body style I would be cautious going much over 450 hp.The key of course is how hard the car launches.I'm sure moneymaker has some healthy subframe connectors and the roll cage also stiffens the car substantially.Automatics would be a little easier on things as well.Lets remember these cars are getting close to 40 years old.

------------------
1968 mustang j-code [email protected] 1963Falcon waiting for a rebirth.

IP: Logged

Fastback68
Gearhead

Posts: 1746
From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 11-04-2002 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, you're right ... 2000 HP's a bit much After all, Ford started adding torque boxes on sub-300 HP Stangs, presumably to stop them getting bent out of shape.

IP: Logged

Dad Vishus
Gearhead

Posts: 564
From: Moscow, Iowa, USA
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 11-04-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When ya wrinkle the quarter panels permanently, its too much!

IP: Logged

joe
Gearhead

Posts: 517
From: Los Angeles
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 11-05-2002 03:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dad Vishus:
When ya wrinkle the quarter panels permanently, its too much!


You think so huh?

IP: Logged

SteveLaRiviere
Administrator

Posts: 33988
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 11-05-2002 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any Mustang (or any unibody car, for that matter} without subframe connectors quickly gets a twisted chassis with any significant horsepower.

2000 horsepower will have you looking for a frame machine real quick.

------------------
'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Mustangsandmore Front Page

Copyright 2003, Steve LaRiviere. All Rights Reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47d

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

[Build a free Mustangsandmore.ws Home Page!]

[About M&M][Acronyms][Calendar][Chat][Classifieds] [Members' Pics] [M&M Mug Shots]

[ Mustangsandmore.com Bookstore] [Mustangsandmore.com T-Shirts][Tech Articles]