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Sounds to me like he got the pushrod length wrong. That and probably too high compression with the RA IV heads on a 455 so it was probably detonating/pinging to death.I'm running a 1970 455 in my TA with 6x-4 heads, custom ground cam, edelbrock performer RPM intake, etc. Stock valve train other than the Comp Cams roller tip 1.52:1 rockers.Runs like a bat out of hell with 3.42:1 gearing out back. Really haven't tried roasting the tires because, quite frankly, I spent WAY too much getting the car on the road to lose it doing something incredibly stupid.
As for opening my car up, no thanks. I've had it up once around 90 and it got squirrelly. Like I said, I spent WAY too much on my resto to turn it into a new Honda doing something incredibly stupid. Or lose my license. Or hit someone while showing off. Too many variables and I'm too old to cuddle up with Bubba in a 6x6 jail cell.
Gee Brian you sure live life on the edge , I guess we won't be seeing you on Fear Factor any time soon ?