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Dubz
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posted 01-13-2003 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what is the make of the pistons found in the 74 smog motor?? would they be able to handle 9.5:1 compression?? or is that a negatory??

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1970 Mustang Grande, 289

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V8 Thumper
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posted 01-13-2003 04:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even if cast pistons (likely), with proper timing and fuel quality and they'll handle 9.5 no problem. Not for nitrous oxide or high rpm use however.
The problem may be getting to 9.5:1 with those pistons... they're likely to be dished 20-some cc's. What heads do you intend to run?

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Dubz
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posted 01-13-2003 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I prolly won't get to 9.5:1 but that is as high as i would like to go. Felpro has some super thin head gaskets that are supposed to be twice as thin as normal gaskets, as well as i was planning on getting the heads milled to boost some compression. I had heard a 8.5:1 compression ratio at one time, so was looking to get substancially higher.

Just something to tide me over until i do a complete rebuild, whether it's for NA, nitrous, or a blower/turbo.

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-13-2003 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a tid bit of info to maybe ease your worries, the 351c 4V came with cast pistons and was 11 to 1 compression in 1970.

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Dubz
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posted 01-13-2003 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
how does that help me with my 351W???
just that cast pistions can hold up to 11:1?? not all of them though.....

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1974 Gran Torino, 351W
1970 Mustang Grande, 289

Just a young buck

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