Going fast is good. Going faster is better. Here’s how to tune for more acceleration
Story and photography by Tom Shaw #23742949
Even those who prefer casual cruising over full-throttle flogging like to feel the kick when they hit the gas pedal. After all, if you’re driving a muscle car, it’s only natural that some muscle is expected.
But after 50 or-so years, a certain amount of old guy syndrome can’t help but creep in. This article is about helping it creep back out.
Tuning a V8 engine for acceleration is not rocket science, but in these days of computerized engine management, knowledge about how to make a vintage engine really run is certainly not as common as it used to be.
So we’re here to help. Let’s go through a typical vintage V8 system by system, and shed some light on how to squeeze out more power. We’re drawing from years of experience with racers at the Pure Stock Drags (www.purestockdrags.com). Dan Jensen, the original founder of the event, is a reservoir of knowledge when it comes to tuning and what makes power. He builds engines professionally and does a lot of dyno tuning to stock-type engines. He’s helped us understand how to tune for acceleration.
So let’s throw it in gear and get right into the heart of the matter, shall we?
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