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    Total timing for racing chevy 358

    I am working on my new race car, I didnt build it, flat tappet cam unknown specs,brodix trak 1, i was told 11 to 1 comp, msd pro billit with locked timing. car is low 7 in the 1/8 it has 38 degrees initial/total timing.

    starts fine , is that too much too little starting point. Max rpms are 6250 +-
    750 holley on single plane, 8 inch converter t 350 411 rear

    thanks for any help

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    Administrator RACING JUNKIE bjuice's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    Greenville s.c.
    i wouldn't say 38 degree's is too little starting point...probably a good place to start.
    if the engine hasn't been dynoed you just dont know where the sweet spot is without testing the car.

    i have ran 40 dergee's on small blocks in the past..( nautral aspirated)

    just remember Timing is gonna give you more bottom end while taking away from the Top end and vice versa

    same thing with valve adjustment..( tight setting more bottom end) (loose setting more top end)


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    11 to 1 timing ok at 38 - 13 to 1 - 36 higher compression = less timing - alky even less timing :lol: = VIC

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    Senior Member EXPERT BUILDER
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    a friend of mine has a 355 kind of like urs run mid 7s 1/8 mile
    and he ran 36 degrees timing all the time
    and that dang truck loved it it would run a hole in the wind
    it had an 11 to 1 comp, flat tappet cam 495 lift and 290 duration,
    vortec heads and long tubes

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    Junior Member APPRENTICE
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    rock hill sc, 29730
    in response to lowbudget377 input, alcohol needs more timing due the slow burn rate.

    Alexu @ McCraw Auto Machine

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